We know how easy it can be to pop a few pain-killers when the urge arises, but there are so many natural remedies to combat pain that are much better for you than a pill. Check out some of our favorite remedies that are safe, healthy, and, if consumed on a regular basis, a preventative step in avoiding pain.
Honey On Cold Sores
The Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates conducted a study that discovered unpasteurized honey heals cold sores and canker sores 43% faster than prescription products. This is due to honey’s antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, so if you apply it four times daily to the affected spot, you should see results almost immediately.
Peppermint Eases Muscle Pain
Naturopathic Doctor Mark Stengler recommends adding 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to warm water and soaking in it three times a week. It’s been shown to ease muscle cramps 25% better than pain-killers and helps prevent flare-ups down the road.
Cherries Reduce Inflammation
Cherries contain high amounts of anthocyanin, which makes them 10 times stronger than any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) you can get over the counter. Michigan State University did some research into it and found that women who ate 20 cherries daily were able to reduce and/or eliminate their joint pain, gout pain, and/or chronic headaches without resorting to any medication.
Blueberries Prevent Bladder Infections
Blueberries contain a compound known as tannins which helps prevent bacteria from turning into an infection. Researchers at Rutgers University found that eating one cup of blueberries a day can help reduce your risk of contracting a UTI by 60%.