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Herbal Pain Relievers

Herbal Pain Relievers

Whether you suffer from creaky knees, tennis elbow, or a stiff back, there are a number of herbal remedies that can help. Taken topically or orally, a cure for your aches and pains could be as close as your backyard garden. Here’s a look at some of the most common pain-relieving herbs:

- Arnica: A flowering herb related to sunflowers, arnica is now widely available in both topical and oral forms. It contains helenin, an analgesic and anti-inflammatory and has long been used for joint and muscle pain.

- Boswellia: A flowering tree best known for producing the fragrant resin used to make frankincense, boswellia is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic used to soothe pain from arthritis and sports injuries.

– Cayenne Pepper:
Peppers contain capsaicin, a circulatory stimulant that triggers the body to release endorphins, or feel good hormones, thereby reliving pain.

- Ginger: This spicy root has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties used to treat arthritis pain and cramping.

- Gotu kola: Also known as penny wort this herb was traditionally used to help repair connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. It is an anti-inflammatory that also strengthens the collagen in the joints for greater comfort and flexibility.

- Nettles: This stinging plant was traditionally used to relieve arthritis pain — arthritis sufferers used to swat aching joints with the leaves, thereby injecting pain-relieving histamines into the skin. Today, nettle leaf extracts are used for the same purpose, and to prevent cartilige degradation and inflammation.

- Oregano: This popular culinary herb has anti-inflammatory properties and can be brewed into a tea, along with rosemary and thyme.

– Rosemary:
This popular culinary herb has anti-inflammatory properties and can be brewed into a tea, along with oregano and thyme.

- Thyme: This popular culinary herb has anti-inflammatory properties and can be brewed into a tea, along with rosemary and oregano.

7 comments

1 cayugo { 11.12.12 at 3:38 am }

Informative article. Comfrey ? anyone its use for ? Dandelion ? Licorice ? okay thanks

2 Jaime McLeod { 08.11.12 at 8:00 am }

I’d look in your local supplement store, Elizabeth, but if your can’t fid it there (or don’t have one), you should find it online with no problems.

3 kevin austin { 08.09.12 at 9:59 pm }

i would like the amount of ingredients for your anti-inflamotory

4 Ali { 08.09.12 at 12:44 am }

I’ve just recently discovered Madder Root. My mom is taking it for her knees now (she’s 82 yrs young), and she’s heard that people who were scheduled for knee surgery have it cancelled as they find the root has diminished their pain…amazing! (this root is for getting rid of kidney stones, so it has something to do with oxalates, in turn, helping with knee pain.)

5 elizabeth cameron { 08.08.12 at 2:32 pm }

Hi I appreciate the info in helping pain. Wondering what you would say for tendonitis bursitis? I get acupuncture and never use narcotics. Where do I get gotu kola?

6 Jaime McLeod { 08.08.12 at 11:36 am }

Penster47, dried.

7 Penster47 { 08.08.12 at 9:59 am }

Do you use the dried herbs to make teas, or the fresh leaves? I have several kinds of mints, but could easily grow Rosemary and Thyme also. I just harvested about a cup full of dried Mexican Oregano from my plant on my deck and there is new plant coming on.

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