Over-the-counter pain medications are all too readily available to help people with chronic pain. Yet many people look for more alternatives to treat pain, some going the ‘natural way’. Natural pain management is definitely growing more and more popular nowadays. Herbal medications and supplements are trending – it’s a huge industry. Different research studies are being actively conducted on the pain management benefits of different herbs that have been used time and time again throughout ancient civilizations. Tea happens to be a great way to access natural, pain-relieving ingredients…
Here are five tea preparations for pain management and relief.
Ginger contains phytochemicals that aid in stopping inflammation by inhibiting the body’s inflammatory immune response. Ginger may be used by people who suffer from headaches or migraines, joint and muscle pain and even sore throats. The curcumin found in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that helps in relief for heartburn and pain due to arthritis. Combine these two herbs to brew into a tea to relieve the pain that you feel.
Boil water with the ginger and turmeric and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the herbs and you may choose to sweeten your tea with honey or stevia. This recipe makes two servings.
Aside from being a great sleep aid, the medicinal properties of chamomile are attributed to the terpenoids and flavonoids found in this plant. Chamomile may be used as an anti-inflammatory and relief for muscle spasms, rheumatic pain, and menstrual cramps.
Wash the chamomile flowers and add them to boiling water. Cover and steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain out the flowers and add honey or stevia if preferred. This makes two servings.
Due to the astringent, antibacterial and antiseptic properties of this herb, sage relieves the pain caused by mouth ulcers, sore throats, laryngitis, gum disease and coughs.
Add sage leaves to boiling water and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain out the leaves and add honey and lemon if preferred, since this tea has a bitter taste.
Salicin, the active ingredient found in the bark of a white willow tree, is converted by the body into salicylic acid. Salicylic acid lowers the body’s level of prostaglandin, the hormone-like compound that causes inflammation and pain. This herb works like an aspirin but without the stomach upset and bleeding side effects. This can be used for relief from joint and muscle pains and menstrual cramps.
Simmer water and white willow bark for 5-10 minutes. Allow this to steep for 20-30 minutes. Strain out the bark and add honey or stevia for flavor.
Since the ancient times, cinnamon has been used as a cure for a variety of illness. Aside from relief from sore throats and coughs, it has also been used as a relief from muscle and joint pains. Studies on the other properties of cinnamon show that it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. With the different properties of cinnamon, it can also be used to relieve symptoms of urinary infections and gastrointestinal problems.
Add the cinnamon ground to the boiling water; break the cinnamon into pieces if you are using the bark. Let it steep for 10 minutes and remove the cinnamon pieces if you used the bark. You may add honey or stevia to sweeten your tea.