Be it headache, toothache or some other pain, the very first thing all of us resort to alike are painkillers. Though antibiotics help in reducing the pain instantly, they bring along several side effects that are not seen instantly. These side effects emerge years later and can cause damage to some essential organs of your body. Thus, in order to avoid gulping painkillers often here are some natural painkillers you can try in order to keep pain at bay naturally.
A spice that is widely used in Indian kitchens, cloves can also help in bringing down pain. Cloves are proven to reduce headaches and inflammation. They are a wonder spice when it comes to calming tooth pain. Used as a whole, in powdered form, and even as oil, clove efficiently reduces pain.
You must always keep clove oil handy if you suffer from tooth or gum ache every now and then. Clove oil helps in numbing the area and will keep the pain off till you visit a dentist. Similarly, clove also helps in treating cold and nausea.
Capsicum is known for reducing inflammation and soothing the affected area. The vegetable contains a chemical called capsaicin, which is widely used to reduce pain when applied to the skin. Capsaicin is also added to ointments which are made for back and joint pain reduction. It is a natural pain reliever for those who suffer from arthritis and joint pain. Including capsicum in the diet helps in solving digestive problems and also keeps the heart healthy.
Another spice that is synonymous with Indian kitchens, turmeric, is a magic remedy for several types of pains. The spice contains curcumin, which helps in protecting the body from toxic radical molecules. This antioxidant can help in curing problems like indigestion, ulcers, and an upset stomach. Turmeric milk also helps in recovering from trauma and fastens up the speed of healing. This is the reason why ‘haldi wala doodh’ is given to someone who had recently suffered from an injury.
Ginger, a spice which is available readily throughout the year is also a spice that helps relieve pain. Ginger has a long list of health benefits and must be added to the diet in one way or another. You can add it to your tea, smoothie, and even food. Ginger helps in building immunity and aiding digestion.
When it comes to easing pain, ginger contains gingerol which is a powerful antioxidant. It helps in easing nausea and curing cold/cough. Ginger is a part of an age-old remedy of curing flu and sore throats. The juice of ginger has been proven beneficial in easing sore throat and providing instant relief when ingested with honey.
Ginger also prevents morning sickness and is also recommended for pregnant women. According to a conclusion driven from 12 different studies, the following results were extracted. A sample size of 1,278 pregnant women were taken. They were given about 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger. It was seen that this dosage of ginger significantly reduced symptoms of nausea and eased the episodes of morning sickness.
When it comes to fruits, blueberries have some amazing pain-reducing properties. These black coloured berries are proven to help reduce the levels of pain in the body. They contain certain levels of compounds known as heat shock proteins in the body.
These juicy berries contain large quantities of phytonutrients which can help soothe inflammation and tone down pain. If you can’t find fresh ones, frozen blueberries can be used as they have the same level of nutrients as the fresh ones.
Strawberries, cherries, and oranges too contain polyphenols and can have a similar soothing effect on the body.
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