Food Is Medcine: 14 Powerful Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen


Just discovered a fantastic, fascinating list of natural painkillers that are common kitchen ingredients! Common acute pain is something that we all deal with almost every day. The problem is that most people turn to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals that have adverse side effects. Instead of turning to a pill bottle to deal with your pain, turn to your spice cabinet.  When you feel pain in a certain part of the body do not immediately resort to analgesics or similar tablets. Find out which foods from your kitchen will do the same thing completely natural and nutritious.

14 Powerful Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen

Painful ear infections drive millions of Americans to doctors’ offices every year. To cure one fast, just place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days. This simple treatment can clear up ear infections faster than prescription meds, say experts at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Scientists say garlic’s active ingredients (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria.

Turmeric helps fight various kinds of inflammation, chronic pain, back and muscle pain, toothache and arthritis. Also, this spice helps in successfully recovering tissues and it is excellent for detoxification and improving overall health. You can add turmeric to various dishes as well as teas and juices. Turmeric is best combined with black pepper because this way it is the most efficient.

Experts say at least six million Americans develop painful ingrown toenails each year. But regularly soaking ingrown nails in warm salt water baths can cure these painful infections within four days, say scientists at California ’s Stanford University . The salt in the mix naturally nixes inflammation, plus it’s anti-bacterial, so it quickly destroys the germs that cause swelling and pain. Just mix 1 teaspoon of salt into each cup of water, heat to the warmest temperature that you can comfortably stand, and then soak the affected foot area for 20 minutes twice daily, until your infection subsides.

Tomato juice
At least one in five people regularly struggle with leg cramps. The culprit? Potassium deficiencies, which occur when this mineral is flushed out by diuretics, caffeinated beverages or heavy perspiration during exercise. But sip 10 ounces of potassium-rich tomato juice daily and you’ll not only speed your recovery, you’ll reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days, say UCLA researchers.

Raw honey
Raw honey works wonders on sore throat and mouth sores. The natural enzymes in honey banish inflammation, help to destroy viruses and speed up the healing process. Cinnamon and honey mixed together are also promoted by Ayurvedic medicine and alternative medicine. In a paste form this mixture can be applied to the painful area and massaged into the skin. Mixing honey and cinnamon in a warm cup of water and drinking it on a regular basis has also shown to relieve arthritis symptoms.

For a congested and sore chest as a result of a cold, rub a generous amount of mustard onto your chest. Place a warm cloth over it to make an old-fashioned mustard poultice to relieve pain and congestion. The active ingredients in mustard have fantastic pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

Baking Soda
Baking Soda is excellent for easing the pain of a burn. Make a paste and apply to affected area and cover with a wet gauze for a few minutes. The alkaline nature of the baking soda will neutralize the acid in the wound, preventing infection and reducing the pain.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar will help to relieve arthritis and muscle pain, and improve joint mobility. Take 2 teaspoons in a glass of water before each meal. Find here 10 uses of ACV for great health and at home.

Ginger can help soothe indigestion and cause you to burp out troublesome gas. The strong anti inflammatory properties in ginger are also excellent for dealing with muscle and arthritic pain. For best results, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of ground ginger to meals daily. Also read my article how to use ginger as a medicine.

They have been seen to play a role in easing menstrual cramps and bring relief from endometriosis. Oats are loaded with the anti-cramping mineral magnesium. They are also one of the best sources of dietary zinc for women who suffer from painful periods.

In one recent study, adding 3 tablespoons of ground flax to their daily diet eased breast soreness for one in three women within 12 weeks. Scientists credit flax’s phytoestrogens, natural plant compounds that prevent the estrogen spikes that can trigger breast pain.

When muscles get sore and tired, peppermint is an ancient remedy that is extremely easy to use. Peppermint essential oils contain between 28 and 48% menthol. According to “Preparations containing menthol have a long history as a treatment for muscle soreness and pain.

Sinus pain is usually caused by blockages in the sinuses, and the pain from this pressure can be debilitating. The best way to use horseradish to clear your sinuses is to simply hold it in your mouth until the flavor dissipates. It’s a little tricky if you use hot horseradish, but the treatment doesn’t take long.

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Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Minor in business and liberal arts. I've written about health for more than a decade. Veteran freelance writer with expertise in health, wellness, parenting and lifestyle issues. I am passionate about educating and empowering people to achieve and maintain optimal health and is committed to providing the highest quality health care.