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Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs For Relieving Aches and Pains

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Top Ten Anti-Inflammatory Herbs – Natural Pain Relief That Works

Here are nine more powerful anti-inflammatory herbs that work quite well for relieving pain and discomfort. Try working some of these into your diet as needed.


Dose: 1 bunch full (or 1-2 cups worth)
This medicinal herb helps aid in digestion and possesses anti-inflammatory properties that have been traditionally used in parts of India for centuries. It is one of the best sources of chlorophyll, which inhibits inflammation and TNF-α gene expression (a pro-inflammatory cytokine). Cilantro is also great for balancing hormones and ridding the body of heavy metals.


Dose: 1 bunch full (or 1-2 cups worth)
Parsley contains up to 54% of your RDA of vitamin C in just 1/2 a cup! What does this mean? Vitamin C is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and helps provide relief in those suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also contains a volatile oil, eugenol, that has been shown in studies to possess strong anti-inflammatory properties.


Dose: 3-4 inches fresh ginger root or 1 tbsp. raw ginger powder
Ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It contains compounds called gingerols that offer free-radical protection and inhibit nitric oxide production (which normally form damaging free radicals that trigger the inflammatory response). In a study conducted on patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, those received ginger extract reported significantly less knee pain on standing when compared to patients receiving a placebo.


Dose: 1/4 cup fresh basil
Another herb with the compound eugenol, basil makes a great pain-relieving supplement. Eugenol works by blocking the activity of an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase (COX). This same enzyme is the one targeted by standard over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. The eugenol in basil makes it a great remedy for people suffering from inflammatory bowel conditions or arthritis.


Dose: 1 tbsp. fresh oregano
This tiny herb contains beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP), a substance that halts inflammation in the body and could be useful for osteoporosis, Chron’s disease, and atherosclerosis. You might have heard of oil of oregano – this stuff can be applied topically to help relieve pain associated with bruises, sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.


Dose: 1-2 tsp. cinnamon powder
Cinnamon has been studied extensively for its anti-inflammatory benefits. It rapidly induces the expression of tristetraprolin, an anti-inflammatory protein and potential therapeutic target for the treatment of inflammatory-related diseases. It also tastes amazing, and can be added to smoothies with bananas, dates, and ginger to create a smoothie that tastes just like a ginger snap cookie!


Dose: 1 tsp. ground cloves
Cloves are also high in eugenol, and studies have found that this spice inhibits the 5-Lipoxygenase enzyme, which is the key enzyme in the biosynthetic pathway of leukotrienes (inflammatory mediators that are involved in the pathophysiology of allergic and inflammatory disorders like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, and allergic rhinitis). I like to grind my cloves in a coffee grinder, and then add to smoothies or raw pumpkin pies in fall.


Dose: 1 bunch full (or 1-2 cups worth)
Aside from being high in calcium, dill is a great anti-inflammatory. In one tissue culture study, they found that dill inhibited white blood cells from releasing cytokines (inflammation-promoting molecules). Dill is also considered a “chemoprotective” food, as it helps neutralize carcinogens we acquire from our environment and food.


Dose: 1-2 tbsp. fresh sage
Sage contains an active ingredient called rosmarinic acid, which is also (not surprisingly) found in rosemary. Rosmarinic acid inhibits the inflammatory response by altering concentrations of inflammatory messaging molecules like leukotriene B4. Sage is a great seasoning for those suffering from inflammatory conditions like arthritis, bronchial asthma, and atherosclerosis.


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