Painkillers in your kitchen Part 1/4
– ginger, cloves, peppermint, honey, tomato juice –
Special posts for the next 4 weeks. We will go through 20 natural painkillers.
For the first blog we will look at ginger, cloves, peppermint, honey and tomato juice and how they can help us in painful moments.
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Use Ginger to reduce muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Danish researchers asked people with aches to include ginger in their diets and the stiffness, pain and ached reduces by up to 63% within 2 months. The study-recommends to add daily at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals.
Cloves are a good cure for toothaches. You can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation by gently chewing on a clove for 2 hours without stopping, according to UCLA researchers. Researchers say that the reason this works is due to eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic, a natural compound found in cloves. Sprinkling a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily can also helps stabilize blood sugar.
Peppermint is great for us active people as it helps relax painful, tight, sore muscles. Mark Stengler, N.D. author of the book “The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies” suggests the following approach: three times a week, add 10 drops of peppermint oil warm tub. The warm water will relax your muscles and the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves. This combination of warm water and peppermint oil can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half.
Honey helps heal mouth sores. Researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates suggest us to use unpasteurized honey four times daily until these skin woes disappear. They’ll heal 43 percent faster than if you use a prescription cream, researchers say. This happens because of the raw honey’s natural enzymes reduce inflammation, destroy invading viruses and speed the healing of damaged tissues, according to the study authors.
5. Tomato juice
Leg cramps are one of a runners fear. But we have tomato juice to help with it. Leg cramps because of Potassium deficiencies, which occur when this mineral is flushed out by diuretics, caffeinated beverages (commercial energy drinks anyone?) or heavy perspiration during exercise. UCLA researchers suggest to sip 10 ounces of potassium-rich tomato juice daily to not only speed recovery but also reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days.
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