Our world is amazing! As all of you might know most materials that naturally occur on earth can benefit the human body in one way or another. For example, naturally occurring food growing from the ground, fresh water and, herbal medicines!
As you can imagine there is a lot of herbs that grow naturally that have massive health benefits. Herbs that benefit fertility, herbs for inflammation, and herbs for pain! Today we will focus on herbs for pain. There is a considerable amount of herbs that can naturally decrease pain but some stand out more than others, consider the following 5 herbs:
5 Herbs For Pain:
History: Angelica has always been named “Angelica” for thousands of years! It was once considered one of the most powerful plants used for herbal remedies, for this reason, it was given the nickname of “root of the holy ghost.” Historically, Angelica was thought to be under the protection of Michael the Archangel because it blooms on his holy day. Others gave it this holy name due to its seeming ability to cure anything. For both reasons, it was considered to be a great defense against evil spirits, witches, spells and the plague.
Overview: The roots, seeds, and fruit are ALL used to make medicine. It can be used for heartburn, flatulence, loss of appetite, arthritis, and trouble sleeping. But most importantly some people apply angelica directly to the skin for nerve pain, and joint pain. It is used in most natural pain relieving capsules.
History: Typically found in southern China, and Indochina. It has been used in China as early as 3000 BC and was introduced into Europe via spice routes from the East. It was mentioned in the Bible and used by Egyptian pharaohs.
Overview: Cassia is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine for its ability to relieve pain symptoms when congested. Just because it’s considered an herb for pain doesn’t mean it comes with its drawbacks. Cassia is actually very controversial in the sense that it contains a substance called coumarin, which is a natural blood thinner. Because of this European and American health agencies warn us against consuming a high amount of cassia as it might cause severe liver damage.
History: Peony is a very interesting herb because it has such sentimental value to people around the world. There are stories that have been told about peony for thousands of years. in one of the tales, the peonies get their name from the Greek word Paeon. In Greek mythology, Paeon was the doctor to the gods who angered his teacher Asclepius after he extracted a milky liquid from the root of a peony that cured Pluto. Asclepius was the god of medicine and healing. He threatened to kill Paeon out of jealousy because he was outsmarting his teacher. Zeus saved him by turning him into a beautiful flower, the peony itself.
Overview: like I mentioned before peony has a lot of sentimental meaning all around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the meanings:
- With its importance as the official emblem of China, the flower plays a large role in holidays and traditions like the Chinese New Year. The Chinese name for “most beautiful” translates to peony.
- The peony has a strong tie to royalty and honor in Eastern culture.
- In contrast, the peony gained a reputation for bashfulness because legend had it that nymphs would hide their naked forms by turning into peonies.
- In the Victorian ages, it was considered unlucky to dig up a peony. If you did, Victorians believed fairies would curse you.
- The peony is also the Indiana state flower.
History: Now you guys are really in for a treat with this herb. If you guys thought Chinese peony was interesting, then you’ll love the quince! People are drawn to beautiful herbs and the quince is one of those. blooming it’s scarlet leaves every beginning of spring this herb is breathtaking. Originating in Asia minor the cradle of civilization, there it spread to the Mediterranean, fascinating the Greeks and Romans with its tart, delicate flavor and powerful aroma. Because apples weren’t discovered yet in this time, it is actually said that the “apple” from the Adam n Eve story was actually a Quince!
Overview: The Quince is very nutritious and has a lot of healing effects to it. It is a great source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The fruit also contains a very high concentration of vitamin C. And is a good source of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and copper. People often take the fruit and make powders out of it to mix in with teas, this is perfect for intestinal pain, or diarrhea. People also use quince in creams to apply directly to injuries for instant relief of swollen joints, or soreness.
History: Since ancient times hundreds if not thousands of years ago, the Achyranthes occupied a huge role in Indian culture, it was used for almost any disorder. Commonly called the “Devil’s horsewhip” due to its appearance, it frequently grows in waste areas and along roadsides, walking paths, and railroads. With this being said it is no wonder it is considered a “weed” but don’t let its appearance fool you.
Overview: It is often used to treat toothaches, headaches, and dizziness, it is believed to cause blood to move downward from the head to your chest. Achyranthes root is used to improve circulation in your body. Due to its function of increasing blood circulation, it is used for high blood pressure, painful menstruation cycles, and or causing your menstruation cycle. It is beneficial to joints and bones and is used for pain and soreness of the lower back and knees. It has the ability to clear painful urination and it lowers blood cholesterol levels.
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