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Natural Painkillers

Nature is a wonderful thing that provides many things including medicinal plants that can treat fever, wounds, and some cancers. Nature even provides some natural, powerful painkillers, but keep in mind that what works for one may not work for another.  Natural painkillers can offer the same relief as painkilling drugs; such as opioids can have unwanted side effect such as being addictive, causing constipation, hormone imbalance, depression, weakened immune system, and even worsened pain. Drug abuse is a most serious health risk, in the previous decade deaths from painkillers has climbed to almost 15,000 a year within the USA alone.

There are many natural painkillers, but below is a list of a few and uses that may be of benefit to you.  Before starting any routine, it is suggested to speak with a medical professional to make sure it is best for you.

Aloe Vera is known as the plant of immortality which has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Aloe Vera can be used to soothe and help heal burns, cuts, scrapes, and cold sores. Aloe Vera juice can also help to boost digestive function.

Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing for heartburn.

Arnica helps with bruises, carpal tunnel, minor sprains, insect bites, and inflammation in general.

Basil does more than just add flavor to dishes, it can also be used to treat colds and flu. Basil tea can help to relieve congestion due to colds and flu, help soothe muscles, and enhance blood circulation.

Blueberries and Cranberries and antioxidants that help with bladder and urinary tract infections.

Cayenne Pepper a potent candida killer, joint pain, muscle soreness, tension and skin infections.

Cherries help with join pain and headaches.

Cloves have analgesic and antibacterial properties that make them an effective natural remedy for relieving toothaches and gum pain.

Dill can be used as a natural diuretic, its properties can help relieve anxiety, insomnia, hiccups, menstrual cramps, and digestive disorders.

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Garlic seems to be the little flavor enhancer that keeps on giving. Raw garlic can strengthen the immune system. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can be used to relieve arthritis, earaches and back pain.

Ginger root contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help to tackle nausea, headaches, muscle pain, joints and overall body soreness.

Grapes re good for healing damaged back tissue.

Honey is great for mouth sours, pinkeye, cutes and pimples.

Horseradish is good with sinus pain

Lavender has a lovely sweet aromatic that can be used as an antiseptic, diuretic, and relaxant. Lavender tea can help ward off harmful bacteria, relieve stomach irritation, and soothe muscle spasms and muscle soreness

Mint tea can help relieve congestion from cold and flu, headaches, arthritis pain, sore muscles and indigestion. Its antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it an effective natural treatment for burns and cuts. As a plus mint tea can freshen breath, and reduce stomach bloating and indigestion.

Parsley is more than a pretty garnish, it is rich in nutrients such as vitamin A and C, iron, iodine, and calcium. Parsley contributes to fresh breath, helps to decrease fluid retention, and accelerates elimination of toxins from the digestive tract.

Pineapple not only looks and smells amazing, but it is good the enzymes it has is good for stomach pain, bloating and gas.

Rosemary essential oil can help to relieve toothaches, eczema, and joint or muscle pain. Rosemary tea can help soothe headaches and indigestion. As a nice benefit the aroma of rosemary can help to improve cognitive functions such as memory and concentration.

Thyme carries antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant benefits. Thyme tea can help to relieve sore throats, ease indigestion, reduce discomfort of menstrual cramps and other aches and pains, and its expectorant properties can help to remove congestion caused by colds and flu.

Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties that help with chronic pain.  To get a bigger pain for your buck mix is with black pepper.

Wasabi has isothiocyanates and research suggest that it could block an inflammation receptor

Water Is known to help general injury pain, muscle pain and the one thing you can always fall on if you have none of the above.

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