How much do you spend a month on chemical pain relievers? How much do you know about what they contain or what they do to your body? Wouldn’t you rather take a natural plant substance to relieve the pain that you can pick in your yard? I am going to give you nine extraordinary reasons to eliminate or at least cut back on your chemical pain relievers.
We all know everyone experiences pain. If you are over twenty, you are more than likely looking for something to get rid of pain naturally. Without using addicting or harmful drugs. Whether you are an athlete, gardener, weekend warrior, or whatever you do that makes life painful, you want the pain to go away.
Every day we are bombarded with pharmaceutical company ads touting their very best, newest pain reliever. It’s the best they have ever come up with. Then you hear all the side effects that include: the possibility of stroke, don’t take if you have high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, suicidal tendencies, and about fifty other not-so-great results. Is this what you really want to put in your body? Not me!
Our lives are filled with so many various reasons we experience pain, there should be that many ways to eliminate it without chemicals. And there are, right outside your door.
My lifestyle is not a painless one. Between wrestling goats, chasing sheep, getting them their feed, and other assorted chores, I get lots of bumps, bruises, cuts, and burns. I was done. I was tired of always popping pills and wondering if it would have some negative effect. I wanted to eliminate the need to continue to consume Tylenol, naproxen, or any other chemicals so often. You have to remember, everything you put on your body, goes into your body. If you put naturals on your body instead of chemicals, your body is happier.
Here I’m going to share with you a more natural way to address the pain and inflammation you experience.
Since the beginning of civilization, people have been using medicine made from plants that worked to relieve the symptoms of their ailments. From pain to inflammation, coughs, fevers, bleeding, cramps, and a whole array of other ailments. Where did all that knowledge disappear to and why can’t we bring it back? Well, this knowledge has made a comeback and is as easy to reach as your doorknob.
A friend of mine, who is also a neighbor, introduced me to medicinal herbs and foraging. She taught me what each plant does, what they look like, and how to use them. I had so much fun foraging for these pain relief plants I even made a medicinal salve for my family. It REALLY works! If you want to know more about the salve, visit my blog at: https://dustsweatboots.com/make-your-own-wonderful-medicinal-salve/. I am now going to pass that information on to you.
Most of what I have learned to forage for is, as they say, right in my backyard, which makes it even more exciting.
We have forty acres where wild herbs and plants abound. Every time I can identify a new plant, I look up what are its medicinal attributes. I have found several great plants known for their pain and inflammation eliminating properties.
List of Pain Relieving Plants
Here is a list of the plants I have found to ease or eliminate pain. Listed are also plants that reduce inflammation. When inflammation is gone, the area where the pain is coming from can heal.
Used to relieve pain, anti-inflammatory, stops bleeding, and antimicrobial. This can be used internally or topically.
Can relieve pain, reduces inflammation. Made into oils, tinctures, and salves.
Relieves pain, kills bacteria, and lessens inflammation on burns. It is also a great anti-anxiety.
Calendula (Marigold) –
A great anti-inflammatory either internal or topical. (Image courtesy of https://seedempire.com/calendula-pot-marigold-seeds-calendula-officinalis.html)
Great at reducing inflammation. This plant can be eaten and known to reduce inflammation, promote digestion, and wound healing. (photo courtesy of https://www.ediblewildfood.com/broadleaf-plantain.aspx)
Anti-inflammatory due to its antioxidant component. (Image courtesy of https://www.fourseasonforaging.com/blog/2019/11/1/burdock)
White willow bark –
This plant has been used throughout history as a medicine. It contains Salicin, similar to aspirin that works to eliminate back pain, joint pain, osteoarthritis pain, fever, and colds & flu. (Image courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salix_alba)
Devil’s Claw –
Reduces pain taken internally to relieve back, neck, and joint pain. (Image courtesy of https://kalaharibiocare.com/devils-claw/)
Prickly Lettuce –
Natural opiate-like pain reliever. It is also called Wild Lettuce and taken internally has been known to combat whooping cough, asthma, joint pain, back pain, insomnia, and is an opium substitute in cough medicines. (Image courtesy of https://extension.usu.edu/pests/ipm/ornamental-pest-guide/weeds/w_prickly-lettuce)
These wild herbs and plants also have other attributes but I just wanted to share the pain and inflammation aspects. I hope to have more wild herb information in upcoming blog posts.
You do have to understand one thing about using natural medicines. They take a little more time to be effective than your store-bought chemicals. Instead of one or two hours, they might take one or two weeks to get the job done. But isn’t it worth it?
The wonderful part of all this is that you can forage for these pain relievers right in your yard, in the hills, the woods, your neighbor’s farm, or your neighborhood Herbalist. Foraging for medicinal plants makes it so much more exciting and you can see just where they come from. Mother Earth was made to give us everything we need to exist, food, shelter, clothing, and medicine. Go enjoy it. Visit my other blog on wild plants as food supplements here: https://dustsweatboots.com/grazing-out-the-front-door-with-wild-plants/
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