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Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen

Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen [Part 1]

Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen [Part 1]

Ajwain seeds: Pain caused due to bloating or indigestion. 1/2 tsp with a pinch of back salt and warm water. Ginger: Respiratory related pain like cough, asthma, bronchitis, etc. Powdered ginger mixed with sesame oil seeds can be used for joint pain and bone disorders. For more natural painkillers in your kitchen swipe left.

Did you know that you have 10 Natural Painkillers right there on your kitchen shelves? The natural ingredients in the form of herbs, spices and condiments come handy and provide timely relief. Know about this Natural healing support as mentioned in the ancient Ayurveda text.

1. Ajwain (Bishop’s Weed / Carom Seeds)

When you have colicky pain in the abdomen, Bishop’s weed proves to be time-tested home remedy which comes to rescue and you thank your stars to have always placed it on your kitchen shelves.

For Which Pain?

This is highly advantageous for pain in the abdomen generally relating to bloating or gas trouble. Although in any form of abdominal distress, be it indigestion, loss of hunger, excessive wind formation, nausea and vomiting, abdominal distension, pain in the abdomen or worm infestations; Ajwain comes to relief.

How to Use

You may take half a teaspoon of the same preferably along with a pinch of black salt and with warm water for immediate relief from stomach discomfort. As per Ayurveda text, 1 to 3 grams of the powder of Ajwain should be taken along with warm water for relief.

2. Aadrak (Ginger)

In many digestion maladies like indigestion, excessive wind formation, abdominal pain and piles; ginger provides great help. Almost all types of respiratory disorders like cough, cold, pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, etc. would be benefited by the use of ginger. Not only this, joint pains also find good relief by the use of ginger.

For Which Pain?

Disorders of Arthritis, Gout, Oedema and other forms of joint and muscle pains.

How to Use?

For this purpose, a powder of dry ginger is to be mixed into oil of sesame seeds and massaged into the joint. It is always helpful to take hot fomentation after this for pain relief.

3. Mulathee (Liquorice)

Ayurveda recommends the herb of liquorice known as mulathee or Yastimadhu for variety of health restoring benefits. It is used both for preventive as well as curative purposes.

For Which Pain?

Pain due to Mouth Ulcers.

How to Use?

A decoction prepared from Liquorice may be used both for gargles and for swallowing. This is a remedy for not only relieving pain due to mouth ulcers, but also is good for pain in the throat and inflammation of the vocal cords.

4. Pyaz (Onion)

Onion is one of the most common ingredient of the kitchen and is a store house of healthcare merits in itself.

For Which Pain?

Pain and inflammation due to bruise, injury or contusion.

How to Use?

For relieving pain, you may prepare a paste by pounding onions and heat it. Apply the hot paste of onion on the site as onion poultice for finding relief from the pain and inflammation.

5. Ghrit Kumari (Aloe Vera)

The herb of Aloe Vera is beneficial in healing wounds, oedema, pain, inflammation and many skin diseases. Both external as well as internal use is recommended.

For which Pain?

Generalised Pain and Swelling in the body.

How to Use

Take Aloe vera pulp and mix some turmeric powder into the same. This is to be heated on low flame and later applied (preferably warm) to the site of pain and swelling for relief.

6. Hing (Asafoetida)

The natural properties of asafetida include being a stimulant, expectorant, carminative and antispasmodic. Thus Hing or Asafoetida comes to use both internally as well as externally. In Ayurveda text, one of the synonyms of asafoetida is Shoolprashmana which means that what combats pain.

For Which Pain?

It can help while you experience pain in the abdomen due to excessive wind. External application of Asafoetida in case of abdominal discomfort caused by flatulence is of great help in infants and small children.

How to Use?

Make a paste by mixing powdered Asafoetida into little quantity of warm water. When the baby is suffering from abdominal discomfort, you need to apply this asafoetida paste around the umbilicus of the little one. This proves to be highly relieving for little babies.

7. Kali Mirch (Black Pepper)

Black Pepper or Kali Mirch is an essential ingredient of Indian kitchen and is handy and useful in treating a number of common ailments. Ayurveda believes that black pepper invigorates the gastric fire, works as a wormicide and acts as natural a painkiller.

For Which Pain?

Tooth ache and pain in the teeth and gums.

How to Use?

Crush or pound a few pepper corns and make it into powder form. Regular massage with powdered black pepper relieves pain and also prevents frequent dental problems.

8. Mushak Kapoor (Camphor)

Camphor helps to relieve the inflammation and pain naturally.

For Which Pain?

Camphor comes handy for relieving pain at the site of injury or wound.

How to Use?

In case of an injury or wound, you need to sprinkle some powder of camphor on the site so as to combat inflammation, blood loss and pain and this also helps to prevent degeneration of the wound.

9. Lavang (Clove)

As a traditional home remedy, Clove has been recommended in relieving pain. Clove or Lavang is a common kitchen ingredient that not only adds to the taste and flavour to the dishes but also is advisable for the health benefits.

For Which Pain?


How to Use?

In case of toothache you can relieve the pain either by pressing Clove between the teeth or cotton dipped in clove oil into the dental crevice. This could relieve not only pain but also exhibits a germicidal action.

10. Nariyal (Coconut)

Use of coconut has been emphasized in Ayurveda for providing respite in the ailments that result from increased heat in the body. It is therefore beneficial in curing the associated maladies like hyperacidity, gastritis, and excessive thirst and heartburn.

For Which Pain?

A pain in the abdomen accompanied with burning sensation can be relieved.

How to Use?

Coconut water has the property to subside both heat and pain. You need to slowly take in the sips of coconut water every two hours for subsiding the pain and associated symptoms.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Sonica Krishan

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.

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