Whether you suffer from creaky knees, tennis elbow, or a stiff back, there are a number of herbal remedies that can help. Taken topically or orally, a cure for your aches and pains could be as close as your backyard garden. Here’s a look at some of the most common pain-relieving herbs:
– Arnica: A flowering herb related to sunflowers, arnica is now widely available in both topical and oral forms. It contains helenin, an analgesic and anti-inflammatory and has long been used for joint and muscle pain.
– Boswellia: A flowering tree best known for producing the fragrant resin used to make frankincense, boswellia is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic used to soothe pain from arthritis and sports injuries.
– Cayenne Pepper: Peppers contain capsaicin, a circulatory stimulant that triggers the body to release endorphins, or feel good hormones, thereby reliving pain.
– Ginger: This spicy root has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties used to treat arthritis pain and cramping.
– Gotu kola: Also known as penny wort this herb was traditionally used to help repair connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. It is an anti-inflammatory that also strengthens the collagen in the joints for greater comfort and flexibility.
– Nettles: This stinging plant was traditionally used to relieve arthritis pain — arthritis sufferers used to swat aching joints with the leaves, thereby injecting pain-relieving histamines into the skin. Today, nettle leaf extracts are used for the same purpose, and to prevent cartilage degradation and inflammation.
– Oregano: This popular culinary herb has anti-inflammatory properties and can be brewed into a tea, along with rosemary and thyme.
– Rosemary: This popular culinary herb has anti-inflammatory properties and can be brewed into a tea, along with oregano and thyme.
– Thyme: This popular culinary herb has anti-inflammatory properties and can be brewed into a tea, along with rosemary and oregano.
How To Make Tea From Herbs
To make a cup of herb tea, add 2 teaspoons fresh leaves (or 1 tsp. dried herbs/tea leaves) to a stainless steel tea ball or in a small reusable, muslin teabag.
Place into a glass or ceramic teacup. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove tea ball or teabag and enjoy plain, or with lemon and honey.