Inflammation is not only experienced by individuals with muscle and joint injuries. In fact, we all can experience minor inflammation and pain from a workout routine, from skin eruptions, over working and simply from being sick with a cold or the flu. Furthermore, it is also common during pregnancy.
With this in mind, you may be asking what can I do to reduce inflammation that is natural and effective. Well, you have come to the right place, as we have the how to on reducing inflammation and possibly even preventing it.
Reducing Inflammation Naturally With Herbs
Turmeric is used to help reduce inflammation caused by fibromyalgia, over exertion, and joint or muscle issues.
One problem with curcumin is its low levels of bioavailability. Therefore, to enhance the benefits of turmeric add fresh ground black pepper.
Piperine the key chemical found in black pepper helps make curcumin more bioavailable.
Cloves have an anesthetic effect and can help to reduce inflammation of the gums or around sore teeth, by either chewing on a clove, or using its essential oil.
The oil is very powerful and can cause irritation as it can have a stinging effect. To prevent this, just mix with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oil.
Gargling with the oil in warm water can help improve dental hygiene besides reducing pain and inflammation.
Clove buds are also effective for a sore throat. Just chew on a bud between your teeth to ease away pain in the mouth or throat.
As an expectorant cloves are useful in treating various respiratory disorders including coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma and sinusitis.
Ginger is widely known for its use as an anti-inflammatory agent, nausea reliever and digestive aid for indigestion and cramps.
Roy Altman, MD lead author of the study of gingers medicinal effects at the University of California, reports that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level. As the herb has shown to decrease joint pain and reduce inflammation in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Research reported in the Journal of Pain, notes that a few tablespoons of grated ginger can help ease muscle pain caused by extraneous activity.
Add ginger to your diet by grating it over a salad or into a stir-fry. You can also make a soothing tea by adding one to two teaspoons of chopped ginger and simmering it in a pot of hot water for five minutes.
These are only three of the herbs that can help with inflammation. They are also the easiest to obtain, use, and store. For these reasons, they should be part of your natural medicine arsenal.