Fast and Easy Pain Remedies You Can Find in Your Kitchen

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Ginger for Muscle Pain

Due to the compound called gingerol, which is the active constituent of ginger, swelling and stiffness of the muscles and joint pain can be easily treated.

The main benefit of gingerol is the ability to prevent the production of the hormones that trigger pain. To treat these problems, doctors and relevant researchers recommend the consumption of chopped ginger. One can consume one teaspoon of dried ginger or two teaspoons of chopped ginger in meals on a daily base.


Peppermint for Sore Muscles

One of the best ways to treat muscle knots is to use peppermint oil. This oil is highly recommended due to its ability to soothe the nerves and relax the muscles.

peppermint for sore muscles

Use 10 drops of peppermint oil to make a relaxing and pain-relieving warm tub. Repeat this treatment three times each week, and you will relieve muscle cramping more effectively than common painkillers.

Peppermint oil will also protect you from cramps and muscle pain in the future.


Pineapple for Digestive Problems

Pineapple is loaded with proteolytic enzymes that help the digestive system and speed up the breakdown of the proteins that cause pain in the stomach.

Researchers have shown that one cup of fresh pineapple a day can ease painful bloating within 72 hours.


Salt for Foot Pain

Salt has antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties. It can destroy the germs and bacteria that cause swelling and pain and to soothe inflammation.

Salt is especially good for ingrown toenails, which can be very painful and irritating. According to many studies, soaking in warm salt water can cure these infections within four days.

One needs to mix a teaspoon of salt into each cup of water and to heat it to the warmest temperature one can stand.  Soak the affected foot for 20 minutes twice a day until the infection subsides.


Cloves for Toothache

Cloves have a particular compound called eugenol that is a powerful natural anesthetic. Due to eugenol, chewing on a clove can ease gum inflammation and tooth pain for two hours.

To maintain healthy dental hygiene, one can sprinkle a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily.


Garlic for Earaches

Ear infections can be excruciating, but one can cure them with one of the most powerful plants – garlic.

Two drops of warm garlic oil are the best natural remedy for the aching ear. Place the drops in the affected ear twice a day for five days and clear up the infection.

garlic for earaches

Garlic poses certain active ingredients such as selenium, germanium, and sulfur compounds that are toxic to different bacteria and pain-causing germs.

To make your garlic oil, simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes. Strain it and refrigerate it for two weeks. Before using it, warm it up slightly.


Turmeric for Chronic Pain

In comparison to the most common medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, turmeric is three times more effective at easing the chronic pain, studies showed.

For people who are struggling with arthritis, turmeric is of great help. It is all because of curcumin, the active ingredient found in turmeric, which can neutralize pain-producing hormones.

For chronic pain, sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of this spice onto rice, meat, or vegetable dish.


Tomato juice for Leg Cramps

Lack of potassium is one of the leading causes of leg cramps. Diuretics and caffeinated beverages can easily flash this mineral out. Given the fact that tomato is rich in potassium, one can easily treat leg cramps.

Drink 10 ounces of tomato juice on a daily base and you will reduce the risk of painful flare-ups and speed your recovery.


Honey for Mouth Sores

Honey has natural enzymes that can destroy viruses, increase the healing time of damaged tissue, and neutralize inflammations.

Use unpasteurized honey four times a day to treat painful cold sores.


Coffee for Migraines

Researchers showed that more and more people are experiencing migraines early in the morning. It seems that the main culprit for this pain is a coffee deficiency. Different mental and physical problems (stress, lack of regular and healthy sleep, lack of certain vitamins and minerals) can cause migraines.

Although common medications can relieve the pain, they can cause more problems as well.

coffee for migraines

Coffee has better and more effective results by 40 percent than regular medications. On the other hand, caffeine stimulates the stomach lining to absorb painkillers more quickly.


Cherries for Joint and Headache Pain

Cherries have anthocyanins, potent anti-inflammatory compounds, which are 10 times stronger than aspirin and ibuprofen. These compounds can prevent different types of pain, and influence on the enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation.

Many people are struggling with chronic headaches, and the best remedy is a bowl of cherries a day. Cherries can ease the pain and ache, without triggering stomach pain as common painkillers.

Fresh, frozen, or dried, one can eat cherries until the pain disappears.


Horseradish for Sinus Problems

Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems. Horseradish can promote blood flow to the sinus cavities naturally, while helping, at the same time, to open and drain clogged sinuses. This way, horseradish heals sinus infections more quickly.

One teaspoon twice a day, either as meat topping or on its own, can remove the symptoms and heal the sinus problems.


Blueberries for Bladder Infections

Blueberries are packed with tannins, a compound that regulates the bacteria in the bladder.  These bacteria can create severe infections in the bladder; thus, eating one cup of blueberries daily can decrease the risk of urinary infections.

blueberries for bladder infections

Whether fresh, frozen or in juice form, blueberries cut the risk of infection by 60 percent.


Cider vinegar for Heartburn

Undigested fats and proteins usually trigger heartburn pain. Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids that can speed up the breakdown of fats and proteins in the stomach. This way, the stomach can empty quickly before causing heartburn pain.

With cider vinegar, one can easily stop the painful heartburn within 24 hours. Mix one tablespoon of cider vinegar and eight ounces of water and drink it before every meal.

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Last article update: 10/28/2019