10 Natural Pain Relievers You May Have at Home
Edited By: Stephanie Dawson
• Ginger for muscle pain
A study found that adding ginger to the diet of people suffering with muscle pain, joint pain, swelling, and stiffness reduced pain by 63%. Ginger’s potent compounds, called gingerol, prevents the production of pain triggering hormones. Add one teaspoon of dried ginger or two teaspoons of chopped ginger to your meals daily.
• Cloves for toothache
Cloves contain a compound called eugenol which is a powerful and natural anesthetic. If you have a toothache gently chew a whole clove to ease pain and gum inflammation temporarily.
• Garlic for earache
Ear infection is a common reason for millions of Americans to visit their doctors. Studies have shown that adding two drops of warm garlic oil to the infected ear for five days can heal the infection faster than the prescribed medication. Garlic’s active compounds such as germanium, selenium, and sulphur are toxic to many different pain causing bacteria.
• Fish for tummy ache
Having 18 ounces of fish weekly helps ease indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and other inflammatory bowel diseases. Fatty acids present in fish such as EPA and DHA lower intestinal inflammation, cramping, and belly pain. EPA and DHA are natural and powerful anti-inflammatories, free from side effects and can drastically improve the function of gastrointestinal tract.
• Salt for foot pain
Statistics show that over 6 million Americans develop painful ingrown toenails each year. Soaking ingrown nails in warm salt water daily for 4 days can ease the pain within 4 days. Salt is an anti-bacterial and naturally quells inflammation while quickly destroying the germs that cause swelling and pain.
• Honey for mouth sores
Natural enzymes in raw honey destroy invading viruses and zap inflammation. They also catalyze healing of damaged tissues. Cold sores and painful cankers can be dabbed with unpasteurized honey 4 times daily. Doing this provides 43% faster results if you also use a prescription.
• Coffee for migraines
Migraine are common around the globe. Following your painkiller with a cup of coffee can increase the effectiveness of your medication by more than 40%. Caffeine stimulates the stomach lining to absorb painkillers more quickly and effectively.
• Horseradish for sinus
Sinus is one of the most prevalent health problems in America. It causes facial pain and makes the patient feel achy all over. Horseradish is a condiment that naturally increases blood flow to sinus cavities and helps open clogged sinuses. It can heal sinus infections faster than decongestant sprays.
• Cherries for headache
Studies have found that in America one in four women struggle with chronic headache. A daily bowl of cherries can ease your headache. Anthocyanins, the compound responsible for giving cherries their red color, is 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin as an anti-inflammatory. Eat up to 20 cherries daily, continue until pain vanishes.
• Cider vinegar for heartburn
Cider vinegar is a rich source of malic acids, tartaric acids, and powerful digestive aids that speed up the break down process of fats and proteins which empties the stomach quickly so food doesn’t back up into the esophagus triggering heartburn. One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces water before meals is effective in less than 48 hours.