Given all the headlines of the addictive and harmful effects of pharmaceutical drugs, you may not want that be your only path to pain relief. Herbal medicines are making a come back and is a becoming and increasingly popular way to manage pain.
Researchers are in the early stages still of trials on herbal remedies, but it's hard to deny centuries of tradition in medicinal herbs. Many herbs are thought to provide pain management and decrease inflammation naturally, such as willow bark. However, it’s very important to exercise caution and seek the professional council of your physician.
Herbal remedies used for natural pain relief:
- Willow Bark- The bark is actually used by pharmaceutical companies to make medicine. Willow bark is used for pain, including headache, muscle pain, menstrual cramps, and many others.
- Capsaicin- Derived from hot peppers, topical capsaicin may be useful for some people in relieving pain.
- Ginger- Though more studies are needed, says Dr. Kiefer, ginger extract may help with joint and muscle pain because it contains phytochemicals, which help stop inflammation. Few side effects have been linked to ginger when taken in small doses.
- Feverfew- Feverfew has been used for centuries to treat headaches, stomach aches, and toothaches. Today it's used for migraines and rheumatoid arthritis. There are some mild side effects including canker sores and irritation of the tongue and lips. However, women who are pregnant should avoid this herb.
- Turmeric- This spice has been used to relieve arthritis pain and heartburn, and to reduce inflammation.
- Devil's Claw- There is some scientific evidence that this herb may be effective in managing arthritis and lower back pain, but it’s not advised for pregnant women and those with gallstones or stomach or intestinal ulcers.
- Kava Kava- Traditionally used for anxiety, insomnia, tension headaches and neuropathic pain
- St. John’s Wort- Is most often used for stress and mood but may be effective in relieving sciatica, arthritis, and neuropathic pain.
- Valerian- Is most commonly used for insomnia and stress, however the root has also been shown to be effective in treating spasms and muscle cramps
Teas for pain relief:
- Renovation Tea: Pain Relief Tea— Derived
from traditional medicine this Free Trade all Organic herbal tea is
a natural way to fight pain and inflammation.
- Ingredients: Feverfew, Passionflower, Peppermint and White Willow Bark.
- Renovation Tea: Nerve Tonic Tea— Is a Free
Trade all Organic herbal tea designed to help reduce stress and
promote anti-inflammation and mild sedation.
- Ingredients: Valerian, Kava Kava, Chamomile and Orange Peel
Roast Chicken With Shallots
- 4 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
- 1 tablespoon Renovation Tea: Wild West Spice Blend
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 10 shallots, peeled
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 slice bacon, cut into 1/2-inch squares
- 1 cup dry white wine
- ½ cup chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pat chicken dry and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Place a medium Dutch oven over high heat, and add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter.
- Lay thighs skin side down in the Dutch oven. Brown well on all sides until a rich golden color. Remove chicken from pan, and discard fat. Do not clean Dutch oven.
- Return unwashed Dutch oven to heat, and add 2 remaining tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter.
- Add shallots, Renovation Tea: Wild West Spice Blend, thyme and bacon. Stir until bacon is crisp and shallots are lightly browned.
- Raise the heat, add wine and boil until reduced by half.
- Add chicken stock, bring to a boil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove pan from heat, and set aside at room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Return Dutch oven to high heat. When liquid begins to simmer, rest chicken thighs skin side up on vegetables.
- Baste quickly with stock and transfer the Dutch oven, uncovered, to the oven. Bake 15 minutes, baste again, and bake 15 minutes more.
- Remove from oven.
- To serve, discard thyme sprigs, and place equal portions of chicken and shallots on two plates. Top with sauce.
**All alternative and natural remedies recommended here should be taken under doctors supervision. Always consult your physician before beginning any herbal program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate herbal treatment.