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Four common household herbs that curb pain in an instant

by , 26 February 2016

Do you suffer from arthritis or achy joints? How about muscle spasms and pains? In that case, my advice to you is to stop masking the pain. Instead, I urge you to "cure" it - naturally, intuitively, and straight at the source.

Did you know, that a whole medicine cabinet full of ancient herbs, tonics, rituals, and secrets existed in nature thousands of years before modern medicine came along? Yup, that's right. And they're just as effective as the pills you're popping for pain every day.

Here are some top healing herbal remedies that I find can curb pain and promote relaxation. Bonus: Most of them are probably already in your kitchen!

Four herbs for healing pain

#1: Chamomile
Chamomile has been globally promoted as a relaxation and sleep herb for thousands of years. It has anxiolytic properties, meaning that it naturally inhibits anxiety. Chamomile extract is also a powerful pain reliever that can soothe aches at the source by lubricating joints and inhibiting bone loss. It's also been shown to help ease menstrual cramps.

Plus, you can find chamomile practically everywhere. Speaking as someone who's sensitive to caffeine, I can attest that it's the most common caffeine-free tea available today! 
 
#2: Ginger
Ginger was one of the first herbs I discovered in my healing journey when I first started experiencing achy joints from running. And, luckily, I already loved it! Ginger has quite the history of pain relief. It's been commonly used since the dawn of Ayurvedic history and was described as “the beverage of the holiest spirits” by the Ancient Koreans. Today, medical journals have found that a few tablespoons of ginger a day helps ease muscle pain caused by exercise.
 
Ginger works on a cellular level because it contains anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, and antioxidant agents as well as analgesic (inflammation-fighting) properties. Ginger has been shown to reduce cytokines — inflammation-causing substances that are often linked to pain — by breaking down existing inflammation in the joints (naturally).

I use ginger to treat everyday aches and pains. I started by buying raw ginger and putting pieces into a tea catcher, boiling hot water, and drinking it as a tea. You can also buy premade ginger tea or supplemental ginger vitamins. I love the taste!
 
#3: Turmeric
Used for more than 4,000 years, turmeric boosts more than just your circulation. A member of the ginger family, it's an effective anti-inflammatory that can help with joint problems and arthritis. It's been used to treat rheumatoid and osteoarthritis pain straight at the source.
 
It’s also one of the easiest herbs to incorporate into your daily routine. My joints felt more fluid after just a week of incorporating turmeric into my diet, and it’s now replaced many of the drugs I took for pain. 
 
#4: Garlic
Egyptians worshipped it. Entire literary genres have been written about it. It was even used as currency in previous centuries! While these may not be your very first thoughts about garlic, this powerful plant contains naturally occurring antioxidants that are amazing for fighting discomfort, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease.

It’s also great for healthy joints and pain management. Simply toss a few cloves of garlic into your tea catcher, boil water, and drink with some honey. You can also put garlic cloves in your bath as aromatherapy.

Have you tried any of these great herbal remedies before?

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