STOP! Don’t reach out for a painkiller! Did you know that there are natural herbs and remedies that kill pain, without the nasty side effects of chemical-laden drugs? Here’s a list of 11 powerful herbs and spices that kill pain faster than the drugs prescribed!
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is used as a remedy for arthritis. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory thanks to compounds in the plant such as bradykinin, and salicylate. It also contains vitamins A, B, C, and E which have both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities. And the cooling, soothing gel from the plant can be used topically on burns, cuts, scrapes, cold sores and even sunburn.
Basil contains anti-inflammatory compounds called BCPs. BCP reduces inflammation in a similar manner that cannabis does, but without the side effects. Basil works just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs, and helps eliminate joint swelling and pain from arthritis.
3. Black Pepper
Black pepper contains piperine, a chemical which helps to counteract pain in the body. Black pepper also reduces the perception of pain, inflammation and even arthritis.
Cardamom is used as a remedy for urinary tract diseases and infections like cystitis. It has gastro-protective properties and is helpful in relieving the pain associated with stomach cramps and other stomach problems. Cardamom also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a natural pain reliever and weight loss aid. Capsaicin is often used in topical pain-relieving creams and patches.
Chamomile is a great sleep aid. It contains terpenoids and flavonoids which contribute to its medicinal properties. Chamomile has been used for hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, diaper rash, skin infections, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids.
Licorice root is used for a variety of illnesses. It is used to treat peptic ulcers, canker sores and acid reflux. When applied to the skin, licorice relieves the itching associated with eczema.
Mustard seeds hold many medicinal and pain killing properties. These include relief from muscular pains, ringworm and respiratory disorders. It is also effective in curing the inflammation and lesions associated with Psoriasis and inhibiting dermatitis. Mustard works for chest congestion too!
Neem provides instantaneous relief from itching and pain when applied topically. Neem extract can kill the herpes virus and quickly heal cold sores. It is also used for eye disorders, intestinal worms, stomach upset, gum disease and more.
Oregano has 42 times the antioxidant power that apples have, 30 times the antioxidant levels of potatoes, 12 times the power of oranges and 4 times that of blueberries! Phew!
Turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory herbs out there. It has also been found to be as effective as ibuprofen, if not a better alternative, due to the fact that ibuprofen causes un-desirable side effects like heart issues and stomach erosion. And turmeric? Trust us, turmeric benefits the body in more ways than just pain relief.