Top 20 Natural Painkillers in Your Kitchen

top 20 natural pain killers in your kitchen

It is always good, in my opinion, to treat yourself with food and herbs first before going to see a physician. Allowing your food to “be thy medicine” has worked for centuries prior to the pharmaceutical businesses became supreme.  Don’t get me wrong though. I am talking about minor things like colds, cuts, scrapes, stiff muscles, etc. NOT chronic migraines, recurrent and persistent pain, blood in stool or urine, broken bones, etc.

We have to be smart about our own health. We must become more involved with our healthcare. 

We have to listen to our bodies and we must treat them the right way. By this I mean, we must be kind to ourselves. We must be kind to our bodies. If we are sick, take a day off. Recharge, heal thyself. Many of our ailments can be remedied in a few hours or days naturally. If things persist, and natural solutions aren’t completely getting the job done, then bring in the big guns. But we shouldn’t use medication as a crutch, nor western medicine as a cure-all. Just like with eastern and homeopathic medicine. A holistic view must be undertaken. Treat the whole of yourself, not just the pain, the source of the pain. Not just the headache, the reason for the headache. Sometimes our bodies try to tell us things. And sometimes that means we have some serious lifestyle changes. Our bodies are not meant to be rubber bands, so it is crazy to think we can continue doing what we are doing when we are creating the same problems over and over again. 

We are fluid. We have feelings. And our bodies hold everything together in the physical world.

The following article is from Herbs Info. Some of these I knew, others I did not. I hope some of these you can learn from and add to your home medicine cabinet.

Note – as always – this is just background information, not medical advice or a recommendation to self-medicate. Pain may be an indicator of more serious issues and so if you have symptoms, medical consultation is advised. Also, be sure to ask your physician if there are any known interactions between herbs and medications you are taking.

Just discovered a fantastic, fascinating list of natural painkillers that are common kitchen ingredients! What’s interesting is that the list is not just a basic list – but also gives specific information as to the type of pain that researchers have found that these natural ingredients may assist with – and the way in which the food is used (not all of the remedies involve actually eating the herb / food in question!)

This list is absolutely incredible – and the uses are based on reports from scientific research (this info is included at the source article – link at the foot of my commentary). The original list is a bit of a long read though, requiring much scrolling – and so we thought it might be good to seem them all “at a glance” – so for those who want to “skim” through the list really quickly, I made a “short version” of the top 20, together with a summary of the condition each item is used for.

Once again, the miracles of nature have astounded me and made me wonder if the modern world will tamper with everything before going full circle and realizing that “natural is best” after all! Thankfully there are still many good scientists doing groundbreaking work in this field and I take my hat off to you.

Top 20 Natural Painkillers List

  1. Ginger (add to 1-2 teaspoons daily to diet for general muscle pain)

  2. Cloves (chewed gently for toothache / gum inflammation)

  3. Apple Cider Vinegar (1tbsp mixed with water before meals for heartburn)

  4. Garlic (made into a special oil for earache – recipe at the original article)

  5. Cherries (joint pain, headaches – 1 bowl per day)

  6. Oily fish (Salmon, tuna, sardines, trout, mackerel, herring – intestinal inflammation – 18oz per week)

  7. Yogurt (PMS – 2 cups per day)

  8. Turmeric (chronic pain – 1/4 teaspoon per day)

  9. Oats (endometrial pain – they are gluten free)

  10. Salt (hot, salty foot baths for ingrown toenails – 1tsp per cup of water – 20 mins twice daily)

  11. Pineapple (stomach bloating, gas – 1 cup of fresh pineapple)

  12. Peppermint (add a few drops of the essential oil to bath for sore muscles)

  13. Grapes (back pain – 1 heaping cup per day)

  14. Water (general injury pain, helps wash away the pain-triggering histamine – 8 x 8 ounce glasses per day)

  15. Horseradish (sinus pain – 1 teaspoon twice daily)

  16. Blueberries (bladder / urinary tract infections – 1 cup daily)

  17. Raw Honey (topical application 4 times daily for cold sores / canker sores) (see also our special report on raw honey)

  18. Flax (breast pain – 3 tablespoons daily – must be ground or seeds will pass right through!)

  19. Coffee (migraines – caffeine stimulates the stomach to absorb pain meds better)

  20. Tomato Juice (leg cramps – tomato juice is rich in potassium – 10oz daily)


4 thoughts on “Top 20 Natural Painkillers in Your Kitchen

  1. I knew about a few of these….but not about others! Thankyou!
    I think caffeine also helps a little with migraines, because it has some magnesium in it…which helps relax spasms
    I use a little Epsom Salt (all magnesium) in my bather water from time to time, to soothe aching muscles.

    1. Thank-you! Coupling Epsom salts with Aromatherapy and you have a cocktail for increased wellness! I can’t go a week without at least one bath where I turn off all the lights and just float for a bit. So simple, yet so effective.

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