Friday, February 7, 2014

Natural Pain Relievers – 20 Herbs That Work

by P. Gough 
Recently, I was at work reviewing a publication in which we are considering placing an ad, when one story in particular caught my attention. Maybe it was because I had a throbbing headache at the time and was in need of some pain relief myself, but when I saw “Powerful Herbal Pain Relief” I was hooked and the for the next 10 minutes I was all theirs.
There are more than 100 plants that have some effect on pain, also known as painkillers or analgesics, but there are some that do a better job than others.
Devils claw. Known to ease tension and muscle tightness in the neck, shoulders and back-also known to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Capsaicin. Known to hinder pain perception and can be taken internally for digestive discomfort.
Gamma-linolenic acid. One of the good fats known to reduce inflammation and stiffness, help migraines and mild diabetic nerve damage.
Arnica. Available in creams and tablets, and know to relieve pain and inflammation.
Bosswella. Contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.Mortar-Arnica-montana
Clove oil. A popular home remedy for toothache.
Fennel. Seeds have 16 analgesic and 27 antispasmodic chemicals.
Feverfew. Popular for headaches and migraines.
Gingerroot. Has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties known to help with digestive cramps and mild fibromyalgia pain.
Green tea. Great for muscle stiffness.
Licorice root. Recommended for sore throats. Not for those with high blood pressure, heart issues and other conditions. Research before using.
Oregano, rosemary, thyme. All used regularly in cooking and have analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender, peppermint, chamomile and damask rose oil. Essential oils commonly used in aromatherapy for pain relief and relaxation.
Native Remedies PureCalm contains lavender and works quickly to facilitate a calmed mood and soothed nerves!
White willow bark. One of the oldest home remedies for pain. Known to help back, osteoarthritic and nerve pain.
Peppermint. A famous antispasmodic for digestive cramping and more.
So next time I get a headache maybe I’ll make a cup of green tea or apply some peppermint oil to my temples and breathe deep before popping some pain killers. What about you?