Nature is believed to be self-sustaining. It sustains itself and mankind. Everything that nature has to offer-be it plants, trees, herbs, fruits and vegetables, are very beneficial for human beings. Today, we will tell you about 10 painkillers that are found in nature itself.
1) Joint Pain
Cherries contain anthocyanins. These anthocyanins give cherries their red color. Research has shown that the anthocyanins that are present in cherries contain antioxidants, which help to fight inflammation. This property makes cherries very effective in providing relief from joint pain and arthritis pain.
Consuming apple cider vinegar helps to relieve heartburn and acid reflux in the stomach. Apple cider vinegar helps to neutralize the acid that is present in the stomach, thereby balancing out the pH levels in the stomach.
The acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar, adds more acid into the digestive tract. In addition to this, the acid is effective against several types of bacteria and works as an antimicrobial agent. However, it is safe to consume only a small amount of apple cider vinegar. Dilute the vinegar with water and then consume it. Since people find the taste of apple cider vinegar to be too sharp and sour, you can even add a little bit of honey to it.
3) Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are often caused due to the bacteria that takes hold and grows inside the urinary tract, which leads to infection. Consuming blueberries is a very good way to ward off UTIs. Blueberries contain certain substances that prohibit bacteria from binding to the bladder tissues. Blueberries are an extremely rich source of antioxidants, which helps to reduce the symptoms of UTIs.
Garlic has pain-relieving and antibiotic properties-two properties which make garlic a very effective home remedy to treat earache. Crush 2 cloves of garlic and mix it with 2 tsps of mustard oil. Warm this mixture until the garlic becomes black. Let it cool and then put a few drops of this mixture into the affected ear. This remedy will provide instant relief from ear pain.
Cloves contain eugenol-a chemical that acts as an anaesthetic and an antibacterial agent. Cloves also have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. To get relief from toothache, put whole cloves on the affected tooth for several minutes. Cloves can also be made into clove oil. Simply add whole cloves to oil and let them sit for a few days. Strain it and your clove oil is ready. Instead of whole cloves you can also dip a cotton bud into the clove oil and apply it onto the affected area.
6) Chronic Pain
Turmeric (haldi) is a spice that is commonly used in Indian cuisine. Curcumin, an active compound that is present in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help to promote healing. Turmeric is a very effective remedy to treat chronic pain-a symptom that is synonymous with medical ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis.
When it comes to bloating, pineapples are extremely effective. Pineapples are a rich source of bromelain-an enzyme that not only helps to digest proteins, but also soothes the digestive tract. The pineapple core is the richest source of bromelain. To ensure that you reap the benefits, always buy a ripe pineapple since this pineapple will always have a soft core. You can even cut the pineapple core into chunks and use them to make a smoothie or have fresh juice.
8) Sinus Pain
Horseradish is a vegetable that can help cure sinus pain. Horseradish is a rich source of sulfur, which has an antibiotic effect. This property of sulfur also helps to treat sinus infection and sinus pain.
9) Injury Pain
If you suffer from an injury, the best way to deal with the pain is to have water or to bathe the affected area with warm water. Warm water helps to soothe the pain arising from the injury and provides instant relief from the pain.
10) Sore Muscles
Sometimes, when you go to the gym after a long time or when you do a lot of strenuous household work, you may end up with sore muscles the next day. Sore muscles cause pain in the affected area such as arms and the legs.
The best way to deal with this pain is to massage peppermint oil on the affected area. Peppermint helps to relieve pain and inflammation in the muscles. It also improves blood circulation in the affected area, which in turn, prompts faster recovery. Apart from these properties, peppermint also has antispasmodic properties, which helps to calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps.
The next time you suffer from the ailments mentioned above, rather than reaching for a pain-relieving medicine or spray, use these natural things to get instant relief from the pain.
Sources: BBC Good Food, Biome, Cooking Light, CureJoy, Dr. Kelly Ann, Food Matters, Healthline, Livestrong.com, Living and Loving, Medical Daily, Medical News Today, Meghan Telpner, Mitre 10, NDTV, NDTV Food, Pixabay, Practical Pain Management, Safe Drinking Water Foundation.