It should be no surprise that nature, which has provided some of the strongest medicinal plants known to human beings that can break a fever, help heal a wound or even ward off cancer – should also provide natural pain relievers as well.
Chronic pain is a problem for millions of people all over the country, which is why hydrocodone is one of the most-prescribed medications in America today. However, apart from the possibility of dependence, opiate medications and other painkillers all come with serious side effects. Before reaching for the medicine bottle, people should consider some of the effective natural painkillers listed below. A recipe for a pain-relieving tea is also given.
Turmeric is able to treat pain associated with conditions like arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and even muscle aches and sprains due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties which reduce inflammation throughout the body and treat the root cause of the pain. (1)
Ginger is related to turmeric and like turmeric, it has powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make it a great choice for treating chronic pain due to inflammation. It has been proven to be particularly effective for arthritis.(2)
The compound called capsaicin, which gives peppers their heat, also has pain-relieving properties and acts by stopping the nerve signals of pain from being communicated to the brain. There are many topical gels and creams out now that contain capsaicin which have proven to be very effective for chronic pain sufferers.(3)
Apple Cider Vinegar
It should come as no surprise that this wonderful tonic should also be able to help with pain, especially the pain associated with heartburn, acid reflux and similar digestive issues; it helps by making the body more efficient at the digestion of proteins and fats which can cause the heartburn to begin with.(4)
Oil of clove is a very old remedy for problems like toothaches because of the almost immediate, numbing effect it can have on throbbing, painful gums. This is do it its active compound known as eugenol, which has a proven track record as an analgesic.(5)
Recipe for Pain-Relieving Tea
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons black tea
- 1 inch grated ginger root
- 2 crushed cardamom pods
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons honey
Bring water to a boil, then add the ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom and boil for 10 minutes. Add the black tea leaves and turn down heat, simmer for 2 minutes longer. Let tea mixture cool slightly, then add almond milk, strain, sweeten with honey and drink immediately.
This recipe uses some of the natural pain-killers mentioned above to help make a pain-relieving tea that will ease discomfort and inflammation from the body without having to resort of prescription or over-the-counter drugs, all of which have unwanted and potential harmful side effects compared to their natural counterparts.
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