List Of 40+ Herbs And Home Remedies For Pain

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If you’ve been driven crazy by chronic or acute pain (who hasn’t?), you’ll do anything you can to alleviate it.

But many people are concerned (rightly so) about potentially nasty side effects or long term effects of taking pain meds. This, combined with a huge and growing body of modern scientific research into plant chemistry, has triggered a resurgence in interest in natural and herbal remedies for pain – which many people feel are safer and kinder to the body in the long term – and nutritional remedies, which may be closer to addressing causes rather than just symptoms.

This is also useful knowledge for those occasions when something strikes at 3am and you have to deal with it however you can. For example, if you had a sudden toothache in the middle of the night and had nothing in the medicine cabinet, what would you do? Knowledge is king and if you knew that cloves were a standard toothache remedy in old times, you might be able to take the edge off it until you can get treatment.

We’ve collected up in one place all our posts about herbal and natural remedies for pain. Tons of great info here – bookmark and share this page so that you can find it when you need it! Ok, here’s the list:

Top 10 Herbs For Joint Pain – Detailed page including links to scientific studies on Arnica, Ginger, Nettle, Cayenne, Boswellia, Burdock, Flax, Turmeric, Licorice and Feverfew.

How To Make Turmeric Pain Relief Tea – a simple formula for using Turmeric, which has been called “The World’s most healing spice.”

Top 13 Herbal Treatments For Toothache – list of herbs and food items that have been tried and tested on toothaches since old times. Chances are that you will have at least one or two of these in your kitchen at any time.

How To Make Your Own Homemade Pain Relieving Cream – This great formula for a homemade pain relieving cream uses coconut oil and beeswax as the base, and essential oils plus camphor and menthol as the active components.

How To Make Homemade Pain Relief Lotion Bars These are lotion bars – not soap – and are not intended for bathing! Made with all natural ingredients: A base of beeswax, coconut oil and shea / mango / cocoa butter – and then a dash of essential oils. A little will melt to the touch, so the idea is that you apply them to the area you want to treat! They should also be great for the skin.

Top 20 Natural Painkillers In Your Kitchen – one of our most popular posts ever, this one lists 20 common foods plus the specific type of pain they are considered valuable for.

How To Make Hot Pepper Cream For Arthritis And Joint Pain I have to admit, this one looks strange but it turns out that the capsaicin in the peppers has been reported to influence the neurotransmitters that signal pain to the brain… clever stuff!

Know Your Abdominal Pain (Chart) – not a remedy, but a useful chart of different types of abdominal pain and what they could mean.

Please note – this post / this website is not medical advice nor substitute for a professional medical evaluation. Pain is your body’s way of trying to tell you something and if you have symptoms or are using medications, consult your doctor first.


22 Home Remedies For Weight Loss

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We discovered an absolutely amazing post from our friends at Everyday Roots and had to share! According to Everyday roots – there are really two true ways to manage your weight 1) eating healthy and 2) exercise. Everything should come back to these two fundamentals and if you get these right, you should be golden.

However it goes deeper than just calorie management: What’s really interesting is that certain foods, including herbs and spices, can affect numerous body chemistry factors that influence your weight. For example certain herbs can affect how hungry you are or how energetic you feel: One of the reasons green tea is considered valuable in weight loss is that it provides a sustained energy boost throughout the day, without the more aggressive “spike” of coffee. So, by being energized all day, you burn off more energy. Plus, green tea should be drunk with just the tea and water, without sugars or other calorific additives so it can provide a low-calorie beverage.



Other herbs have been found to have a beneficial effect on blood sugar management – for example cinnamon. Further, certain substances such as catechins are thought to affect the absorption of fats from the intestine. And then there are herbs such as dandelion which function as diuretics, flushing the system and removing toxins.

Then there is peppermint which may increase metabolism through stimulation of the liver – the principal organ that manages the way your body handles fats. A healthy liver is able to break down fats more efficiently and it goes without saying that a healthy “fat burning” liver as opposed to a “fat storing” liver will influence weight loss / weight gain. Liver health is critical to weight management. Milk thistle is considered one of the best herbs for the liver.

Isn’t this interesting? The list goes on and Everyday Roots has really created a “mega post” with not only vital nutritional information, but also simple recipes and ways to implement these simple and healthful weight loss remedies. I think this is the best page of this kind that I have seen and as usual I am super impressed with Everyday Roots.

Ok here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://everydayroots.com/weight-loss-remedies


Top 10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Pistachios

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The common edible pistachio and other Pistacia species have a surprising track record in traditional medicine for a very wide range of benefits! Did you know that herbalists have used various parts of the plant (not just the nuts!) for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties? [1]

The biochemical activity that underlies some of the positive effects of eating pistachio nuts has been researched and we can share details of these health benefits!

1. Vitamins – Pistachio nuts (Pistacia vera) are a good source of slow-release carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and antioxidants – they contain an impressive combination of vitamins, especially B6, and essential minerals in significant amounts! [2]

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis Support – Early studies have shown that the strong antioxidant properties of pistachios can help to reduce the degenerative effects of chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. [3]

3. Improves Erectile Function – A clinical trial showed clear benefits for males following a 3 week period of eating 100g of pistachios daily. The parameters measured in this trial included the very weird-sounding “penile color Doppler ultrasound” (or PCDU) – I really did learn something new today! [4]

4. Combats Free Radicals – Gum extracted from pistachios has been tested and shows a potent ability to reduce the numbers of free radicals in the body – free radicals can cause cell damage, speeding up ageing and the onset of chronic disease. [3][5]

5. Diabetes / Insulin – Scientific study has shown benefits to people with diabetes in terms of reducing post-prandial glycemia and has suggested “insulin-sparing” properties. Eating pistachios has also been shown to reduce the cardiovascular risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes, including the lowering of blood pressure. [6][7]

6. Weight Loss – Replacing dietary fats from animal products with nuts that are high in unsaturated fats is often suggested as a healthy choice and it could also lead to weight loss. Many nuts have quite high percentages of fats so it is still important to moderate your intake. Here is a curious fact that could help… the “pistachio principle” can reduce overall food consumption when eating shelled pistachios! – this is due to the slow process of removing the shells before eating them; slower eating tends to produce a full feeling after eating less. Seeing the number of opened shells has also been demonstrated to have a psychological effect and to reduce how many are eaten in one sitting! Though of course, if the nuts are salted this could lead to an addictive-like quality. [8][9]

7. Cancer Protective Phenolics – There is promising progress in cancer research that associates nut consumption with a reduced risk of developing cancer. The phenolic compounds (found mainly in the skin of nuts), antioxidants, vegetable fiber and monounsaturated fatty acids all exhibit cancer protective properties. [10]

8. Lower Blood Pressure – The nutritional balance in pistachio nuts, especially the prevalence of essential fatty acids, lowers blood pressure and so reduces the risk of diseases associated with hypertension. [8]

9. Overall Longevity – Nuts help you to live longer! – Studies show that eating nuts is likely to give a protective effect against “all-cause mortality”. The testing applied to several different population groups! [11]

10. Minerals – Pistachios contain impressive amounts of copper (80% of the recommended daily intake in 1 cupful), manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. [12]

Safety notes – Pistachios are closely related to cashews and mangoes, so it is likely that anyone who has an allergy to these should avoid eating pistachios as well. Many pistachios are available roasted and salted however for the best health benefits it is recommended that you consume unroasted and unsalted nuts to preserve delicate nutrients and avoid a high intake of sodium that could counteract health benefits. Pistachios are also rich in fructans (indigestible long chains of fructose molecules) so anyone with a history of irritable bowel syndrome, or a similar sensitivity, should probably seek an alternative for their diet. [13][14][15]

References
[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3876903/
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pistachio
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3813125/#B12
[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21228801
[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24939094
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24424074
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24980134
[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257681/#B76-nutrients-02-00652
[9] http://www.pistachiohealthinstitute.org/health-care-professional/weight-management/pistachio-principle/
[10] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17125538
[11] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10479222
[12] http://skipthepie.org/nut-and-seed-products/nuts-pistachio-nuts-raw/
[13] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacardiaceae
[14] http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/The-Effects-of-Excess-Sodium-on-Your-Health-and-Appearance_UCM_454387_Article.jsp
[15] http://www.health.arizona.edu/health_topics/nutrition/handouts/FODMAPs%20diet.pdf

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