Abnormal inflammation is a common root of many chronic diseases, including autoimmune conditions such as type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. It can be a component of other diseases such as multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. Besides eating an anti-inflammatory diet, you might want to give your body additional support with a few key anti-inflammatory herbs and over-the-counter drugs.
For mild headaches, consider Tiger Balm, says Andrew Weil, M.D., author of the upcoming “Why Our Health Matters.” This Chinese ointment contains menthol, which creates a warm, tingling feeling that eases pain when rubbed into your neck or temples.
Massaging a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your temples may also help for headaches triggered by stress, says herbalist Deb Soule, author of “A Woman’s Book of Herbs.” Indeed, past research has shown that lavender can promote relaxation. Or try plant remedies with a long history of traditional use and supporting scientific evidence: “Willow bark and meadowsweet both have anti-inflammatory properties that may help relieve headaches,” Soule explains.
Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of tincture as needed at the first sign of symptoms. For arthritis pain, turn to turmeric, boswellia, or fish oil, which all show promise in recent research; talk to a health-care practitioner about the best form and dosage.
I know the burn is suppose to be good, but often times the post workout pain just doesn’t feel good! And if you’re like me, I don’t like taking ibuprofen or traditional medications much at all… but I have a solution for you – it’s called Arnica.
I first took Arnica after surgery because my doctor recommended it for decreased swelling and bruising – sure enough, worked great. Arnica montana is a homeopathic that works by simply letting small pustules dissolve under your tongue – no pills to swallow.
Recently I overheared a trainer at the gym recommending Arnica to their client for muscle soreness and low and behold, it works! I have the pustules but there is also topical cream formulations of Arnica as well (good for arthritis too from what I hear from other customers). So if you’re on the search for relief from muscle soreness, Arnica to the rescue!
Since Mike H. let us know the Hyaluronic Acid has been helping relieve his joint range of motion in his hands, I have been wondering if anyone else has been having great benefits to this often not heard about supplement?
Hyaluronic Acid maintains the lubrication of joints and allows them to preserve water for other tissues. By retaining an adequate amount of water, our joints are less likely to turn out to be fragile and weak. HA also aids in the restoration of skin by maintaining its elastin and collagen, encouraging a healthy appearance (look younger AND feel younger!).
Some of the best advice I get is from our customers,friends and family…and what better way to connect then through the EdibleNature Today Blog? So please let us know (email@example.com) if Hyaluronic Acid (or any other supplements, vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies or homeopathic remedies) have helped you in your quest for optimum health.