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More reasons to eat fruit…

Recently the news has had stories about how eating fruit is not a good idea because the sugar is bad for you and will rot your teeth.  Well, that might be true, though I would prefer natural sugar in the form of fructose than the simulated forms of sugar like aspartame.  But there are some really, really good reasons to eat fruit.

cherries

Cherries have featured quite heavily in this weeks’ blog posts, and not only are they good for relieving inflammation, they are also fantastic for calming the nervous system.  Grapes are good for relaxing your blood vessels, and the old adage of an apple a day keeps the doctor away is absolutely true!  Apples actually help to boost the immune system.

 

Peaches – I personally don’t like them because the furry skin makes my mouth feel weird, but they are vitamin and mineral powerhouses.  A peach contains potassium, fluoride and iron!  I might have to get over the fuzzy lip thing.  Watermelon is also an amazing fruit.  Thirst quenching, it also helps to regulate your heart rate.  Oranges help with good skin and good vision and strawberries are potentially excellent for anti-aging and anti-cancer!    Blueberries also protect your heart from damage.

pineapple

And now, some tropical fruits.  Bananas are great for energy and help to prevent cramps because they are packed with potassium.  Pineapples can help to fight arthritis, kiwi fruit help to increase your bone mass (very important if you have osteoporosis) and Mangoes help to protect against cancer.

 

Looking at my fruit bowl, it could do with a bit of a makeover!  And fruit beats chocolate.  Well, it does for me anyway!

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Ouch… herbal pain relievers…

The idea for this morning’s blog has come out of yesterdays topic.  It is all well and good trying to prevent inflammation, but sometimes, the pain is there and although it isn’t bad enough to reach for the painkillers (remember what I said… if you need them, use them!) you wish there was something you could take naturally for it.

 

The good news is that yes, there are several different things you can try.  Of course, there are also lots of different sorts of pain.  I was going to give you the top ten natural painkillers… but I have actually found 11 of them.  So here comes the top 11 natural painkillers.

garlic

Number one is Garlic.  I loooove garlic, and it is absolutely awesome as an antibiotic.  I remember it being referred to as Russian Penicillin.  It is also good for earache.  That is one of the worst forms of pain you can have to my mind.   If you infuse some oil with crushed garlic and then drop the warmed oil into the ear (by the drop rather than the gallon) it works a treat apparently.  Thankfully, earache is not something I usually suffer with, for which I am very, very grateful!

cloves 2

Second on the list is cloves.  Cloves are fabulous for toothache and gum inflammation (plus they taste fabulous with Ham.  Sorry… I digress!)   I think toothache is almost as miserable as earache.  You do have to be careful with clove oil, the essential oil, though.  It can be very, very powerful.  I would actually put one clove in the mouth and crunch it.  That should do it.  Your breath will smell spicy, though you might need a gallon or so of water to wash the woody bit of the clove out of your mouth!

 

Three is Apple Cider Vinegar again.  Apparently it is great for heartburn, which is another good reason for taking it before you eat in some water.

ginger root

Four is ginger.  Ginger is great for muscle pain and is actually a constituent of several of the popular muscle balms you can get.  It also smells fabulous and tastes even better.

 

Cherries and Tumeric come in at five and six on this list.  I wrote about them yesterday, so please refer back if you are interested!

peppermint oil

Peppermint comes in at number 7.  It says in my research that Peppermint is good for sore muscles, but I also know it is EXCELLENT for headaches.  It is actually the menthol in the essential oil which is the force at work.  I also love the smell.  It is fresh and vibrant and green.  Yes, smells can be green.  Don’t look at me like that!  I know what I mean!

pineapple

A strange entry at number 8 is pineapple.  It is great for stomach bloating and gas.  Actually, this makes sense because pineapple is packed with important enzymes, and as your stomach is a veritable maelstrom of enzymes, pineapple is likely to even things out.  Lets face it, a bloaty and gassy tummy is all about imbalance somewhere in the system, so anything to even the scales is a good thing.

water drop

Good old water is number 9.  If you have a lot of pain, keep up the water intake.  Dehydration plus pain is not a pleasant mixture, and should be avoided.  Apparently water is good for general injury and pain.  I take that to mean, if in doubt, drink water.

horseradish

Number 10 is Horseradish.  This is great for sinus pain.  Of course, while it is clearing the blockages, it causes significant sinus pain, but boy oh boy does it work a treat on a blocked sinus cavity.

blueberries

And… drum roll please… number 11 is for the pain and discomfort caused by bladder and urinary tract infections.  Blueberries.  Interesting… I knew about cranberries but apparently blueberries have the same chemical in them and so both are good for helping to clear them up.

 

That was an interesting bit of research for me to do, and I hope it helps you too.

Some things to help with inflammation…

Well, the weekend didn’t kill me, but it did rather feel a close run thing on a couple of occasions.  Unfortunately, after 4 months of pretty much constant work, my back did decide to do more than niggle at me.  After judicious use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs (I might be a herbalist in training, but I am not insane… if you need it… USE them!!) and slathering my back in glucosamine gel regularly… I am pleased to report that the back is no longer niggling.  Thank goodness.

 

Pain and inflammation would make the cheeriest soul a total grump.  And I am not the cheeriest soul.  (My poor husband!).  After doing some research for a friend, I have found out quite a lot about the sorts of herbs and foods you should eat to avoid inflammation, so thought I would share them with you.

turmeric

One of the best herbs for preventing inflammation in the first place is turmeric.  There are loads of recipes online about making a milky drink with turmeric to have before you go to bed which apparently will help take your inflammation down.  I am not sure about that… but I am quite keen on the idea of using turmeric in food.  A little touch of it when boiling rice means you get the coolest yellow colour in it (got to be better than boring white or slightly less boring brown-ish!).  Mind you, I am a fan of curries… and when I make one, it usually has turmeric in it!

apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is another drink addition which is good for inflammation.  It is actually a wonder ingredient in and of itself, and does more than just attack inflammation (I did a blog about it a while back, but can’t find it just at the moment..!).  Drinking a pint of water with a table spoon of cider vinegar in it, three times a day (just before you eat) will really help apparently.  Hmmm…. Might try that actually.

cherries

Life may not be a bowl of cherries, but I am pretty sure happiness is!  I do love cherries… and luckily, my husband is not that keen, so they are mine, all mine!  They also have anti-inflammatory properties, something to do with their antioxidant properties.  Come to that, tomatoes are the same… though with tomatoes, it is Lycopene which is the star.  Anything with colour is great to have when you are fighting inflammation.  The more colour, the more antioxidants.  The more antioxidants, the more good is done.

salmon

And finally, something our Grandmothers all knew and we lost somewhere.  Omega 3’s are very, very important.  So, those fatty fishes are the ones we are after, particularly salmon.  Did your grandmother make you take cod liver oil from a spoon?  Yes?  Well, it was Omega 3’s she was shoving down your neck.  It worked too I bet… you ran off like a whippet from a trap after your dosage too… yes indeed, the magic of Omega 3’s.  I think I will continue to take mine in the form of Salmon!

 

How to nix pain naturally…

There is nothing worse than being in pain.  Some people have a high tolerance for it, and some people don’t, but one thing is for sure, if you have it, you are suffering.  I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like reaching for the bottle of aspirin or ibuprofen or paracetamol all the time.  I would prefer to treat as much pain as possible as naturally as I can.  So… I started digging around on the internet and found a wealth of natural pain remedies we can use to make ourselves feel better.

ginger tea

Remember our blog on Monday?  All about Ginger and it is one of remedies for muscle pain.  Ginger contains potent compounds called gingerols which prevent the production of pain triggering hormones.  I think, after a couple of days of painting walls and going to the gym for the first time in a couple of months, I am going to need some!

cloves

There is very little worse for the temper than having a toothache.  How about chewing on some cloves?  They can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for up to 2 hours if you chew one slowly.  Cloves have a natural compound in them called eugenol which is a powerful and natural anaesthetic so that accounts for it.

apple cider vinegar

If you don’t think Heartburn is painful, then you are either very brave, or you have never had it.  But if you take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, before every meal, it will reduce the risk of you getting it in the first place.  Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids which speeds the breakdown of fats and proteins in order for your stomach to empty quickly and hopefully stop the reflux which causes the heartburn.

garlic

Do you suffer with earaches?  Using 2 drops of warmed garlic oil twice daily for 5 days will definitely help.  Garlic has germanium, selenium and sulphur compounds which are naturally toxic to bacteria.  5 days, bye bye infection.  And Vampires.  And possibly friends, because lets face it, garlic can really whiff sometimes.  But, anything is better than the throbbing of earaches, so I would risk it.

cherries

Apparently cherries are amazing for their painkilling properties!  A daily bowl of 20 cherries, be they fresh, dried or frozen can help with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches.  Anthocyanins, which give the cherries their red colour, are 10 times stronger anti-inflammatories than ibuprofen or aspirin.  They work by shutting down the enzymes which kick start tissue inflammation.  This means they can prevent as well as treat pain.  Amazing.  And they taste fabulous too!

oily fish

Suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion or Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?  Eat 18 ounces of oily fish a week.  Again, it is those amazing fish oils which are doing their stuff again.  And if you are a lady who suffers with Pre Menstrual problems (or someone who lives with one who does!  It is not much fun on either side of that equation!) try snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day.  The Calcium in it helps the body deal with the ups and downs of estrogen and progesterone which cause the issues.

turmeric

Cases of chronic pain can be tamed with Turmeric.  The active ingredient within it is called Curcumin and it naturally shuts down cyclo-oxygenase2, and enzyme which churns out pain producing hormones.  If you sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon on any rice, poultry, meat or veg dish daily, it should have the required effect.

salt

Do you have foot pain from ingrown toenails?  I do, and it is miserable.  So, I am going to use this tip, and take 1 teaspoon of salt into a cup of water heated as hot as I can bear it and then soak the affected area for 20 minutes, twice daily.  The salt kills the  bacteria causing the infection and therefore the pain, stone dead.

pineapple

Pineapple is great for solving the pain from digestive upsets.  1 cup of fresh pineapple is packed with proteolytic enzymes which speed the breakdown of pain causing proteins in the stomach and small intestine.  I know it used to work for my Father, who had myriad problems with food intolerances and before he died he had several intestinal issues.  He used to have pineapple for breakfast and it did seem to help.

peppermint oil

And finally, for our foray into natural pain relieving ingredients, how about soothing aching muscles using 10 drops of peppermint oil in a warm bath.  If you do this 3 times a week it can ease cramping up to 25% more effectively than using over the counter relaxants.  Also, peppermint oil can help headaches as well.

 

I hope this was an enjoyable post to read, and I hope it will help you find natural alternatives to processed chemical pain relievers.