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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.