Pain is often a frustrating and unbearable place to be in especially when it interferes with a person’s daily functions. Persistent arthritic, back, joint and muscle pains that seem to intensify when temperatures drop in fall and winter seasons are the most common complaints.
Over-the-counter prescription drugs remain to be one of the most popular treatments for these types of pain. However, if you’re wary of the possible side-effects of pharmaceutical pain killers, there are natural remedies to manage pain and inflammation. Certain herbs are found to have anti-pain and anti-inflammatory properties.
Drinking tea made from a blend of botanicals which contain active ingredients for pain relief can help reduce the ache naturally.
If you’re not a fan of conventional medicine, here is a recipe you can make in your own kitchen to access the health benefits of plants and ease the pain in your joints, muscles or back:
In this herbal pain relief tea recipe, you will need…
5 cups of filtered water
4 -1” coins of chopped ginger or 1 tbsp powdered ginger
1 tbsp + 1 tsp powdered turmeric
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Pour water into a large sauce pan. Squeeze lemon into the water and add the squeezed lemons too. Add the remaining ingredients into the mixture and warm over medium heat. Stir intermittently until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat, strain, and enjoy. You may add honey or sweetener of your choice.
How These Natural Ingredients Soothe Your Pain
Ginger and turmeric both have natural anti-inflammatory functions ideal for relieving arthritic pains and inflammation. Turmeric contains a powerful anti-oxidant called curcumin that potentially reduces swelling and eases the other symptoms of arthritis. Similarly, ginger extract can reduce pain and stiffness in muscles and knee joints as it blocks the formation of inflammatory compounds. Adding these spices to your tea, stew, soup and other savory dishes is a great way to reap their pain-relieving benefits.
Lemon is believed to be highly effective in preventing the build-up of uric acid – the human body’s waste product excreted in urine. When uric acid is not expelled from the body as quickly as it should be, it can cause painful medical problems like gout, arthritis and kidney inflammation. The citric acid in lemon and other citrus fruits is found to keep uric acid diluted in urine. Lemon is also a good source of vitamin C which helps strengthen the immune system.
Cayenne contains high concentration of capsaicin, the same substance that makes peppers spicy is also responsible for easing pain by decreasing the intensity of pain signals in the body. Capsaicin is also an anti-oxidant that fights free radicals which cause damage to healthy cells.
Black pepper is among the spices identified as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial. The chemical compound found in black pepper called piperine inhibits inflammatory process. Black pepper is shown to aid in easing muscle, arthritic and nerve pains.
If you experience persistent pain whether in your head, back, muscles, or joints, it’s important to keep in mind that pain is a complex issue to treat. While drug-free options work well for some, treating the symptoms as well as the underlying cause of pain still depends on individual situations. It pays to adopt a holistic approach to healing which includes healthy diet, exercise and a positive outlook. It also means having an open mind even if you might be averse to conventional treatment. Consulting a physician is always a good idea if you notice your symptoms worsening.