Herbs for Aches and Pains
Whether you are looking to reduce and relieve the symptoms or tackle their causes, herbal remedies can come in very handy.
Here are a few herbs for aches and pains :
- Ginger – Ginger stimulates, warms and aids the circulation. When you feel cold and shivery, a slice of ginger in hot water, with honey, is an instant warmer. Ginger’s expectorant properties make it useful for coughs and chest problems, because it can help to clear the lungs. The root of ginger is commonly used in herbal medicine.
- Garlic – This trusted antiseptic and antibacterial herb fights many of the most common causes of aches and pains. The bulb can be crushed or chopped and eaten raw for best effect, or added to food. It is useful for all infections and helps to clear the nose, chest and head. Garlic is also used for candidiasis (thrush) and for gastric problems. It helps to keep the arteries clear, aids in preventing strokes and heart attacks, and lowers your blood pressure.
- Peppermint – The leaves and flowers of peppermint are cooling and effective in reducing fever. The herb is also helpful for easing colds and catarrh, headaches, painful periods and digestive problems. It’s effect on the digestive tract also eases tummy bugs and vomiting. Peppermint is useful for tackling the effects of illness.
- Echinacea – The roots and rhizomes of echinacea are sued for healing; you can take it as a tincture or a tea. Echinacea has strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, and helps to stimulate the immune system. It works well for aches and pains, as well as for viruses, bacterial infections and skin conditions.
- Comfrey – Commonly known as “knit-bone” because of its ability to help broken bones heal quickly, comfrey helps to speed up cell renewal. It can be used for bruises and burns, as an ovarian tonic, and for ulcers and ulcerative colitis. Comfrey’s expectorant properties help to relieve coughs and bronchitis. Comfrey speeds cell renewal and also aids recovery.
- Meadowsweet – Meadowsweet has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which make it a very useful remedy for aches and pains, especially those caused by arthritis and joint problems. Meadowsweet’s soothing qualities are particularly beneficial for pains caused by digestive upsets including nausea, indigestion and gastric flu. Drinking a tea made with meadowsweet helps to comeback cystitis and urinary tract infections. It contains salicylic acid which has an aspirin like effect on arteries and veins.
Hot Citrus and Honey Soother
This delicious and very healthy hot drink is rich in vitamin C to help you fight off the infections that are causing you to suffer from aches and pains. It is most effective when warm, although it can be stored for up to a day in the refrigerator. For this recipe, you will need :
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 orange
- Hot water
- 1tsp honey
- Large mug or glass
How to prepare
- Squeeze out all the juice from an orange, a lemon and a lime. If you have one, a juice squeezer or press is useful for this.
- Pour the combined fruit juices into a large glass, or a mug if you prefer.
- Add hot water until the glass is almost full. Finally, add a teaspoon of honey and stir until dissolved.
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