Inflammation is a biological response that we have all experienced, whether we have rheumatoid arthritis that affects the joints in our hands, digestive issues that keep us up at night, red and angry skin because of an injury, or a swollen throat caused by a cold that stubbornly refuses to go away. inflammation is actually a good thing, because it means that your immune system is busy fighting whatever is bothering you. But it is also a painful nuisance. Before you buy an over-the-counter solution, consult our list of useful natural remedies that you can make in your own kitchen, so you know they’re safe.
1. Turmeric and Ginger Tea
Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin, an antioxidant that helps to lower enzymes that cause inflammation. Meanwhile, ginger can help with upset stomachs, and it is also proven to reduce pain and stiffness in joints, because it affects inflammatory processes at the cellular level.
To make some yummy turmeric and ginger tea, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add a peeled and pureed ginger root along with a half-teaspoon of turmeric. If you don’t think you can handle that much ginger, then a half-tablespoon will do. Be sure to strain it if you don’t like pulpy tea, and add honey to sweeten.
2. Irish Moss Cold Remedy
This natural remedy has been used for centuries as a cough and cold tonic to ease inflammation of the throat. It is an expectorant, so it can break up the mucus and phlegm that builds up when you get that inevitable winter cold, which helps to alleviate inflammation in your nasal passages. While it can be used as a reliable nasal spray, if you really want to ease that painful scratchiness in your throat, try making it yourself.
A tablespoon of Irish Moss, also known as carrageenan, must first sit in cold water to release its bitter taste, and then you can boil it with water or milk before straining it. Add honey and cinnamon, and maybe some lemon for taste.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Shot
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about apple cider vinegar lately because its health benefits are bountiful. Its variety of nutrients help reduce inflammation quickly, like potassium, which helps with pain, and vitamin C, which contributes to a healthy immune system. In addition, it helps your body to produce hydrochloric acid, which is integral in digestion.
We suggest taking a cleansing shot every morning for a healthy start to the day. Squeeze a lemon into a cup containing a shot of apple cider vinegar, along with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, and some water and stevia to dilute it before mixing it. And don’t forget to use apple cider vinegar in your homemade salad dressing, too!
4. Hot Pepper Cream
With ingredients like turmeric and ginger, as well as cayenne—which contains capsaicin, an ingredient commonly found in over-the-counter creams that treat arthritis—it’s no wonder this lotion helps with inflammation. Capsaicin works to deplete a neurotransmitter called substance P, thereby blocking pain signals that get sent to the brain, and making you feel better as a result.
If you want to make your own lotion to treat joint pain, mix together 3 tablespoons each of cayenne and turmeric, 2 tablespoons of ground ginger, and 3 cups of grapeseed or olive oil and put over medium heat. Blend and wait 5 to 10 minutes before adding a half-cup beeswax, and stir until the concoction is evenly mixed. Remove from heat and refrigerate for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then use as needed. Pro tip: Don’t forget to rinse off what you can’t rub in, since turmeric will stain your skin and clothing!
5. Seaweed Lotion
Because our skin is our largest organ, absorbing whatever we put on it into other vital organs, we definitely want to be sure that our lotions and creams have natural ingredients that won’t harm us. For that reason, if you find that you have red and irritated skin after spending a long day outside under the sun, then renew your skin cells with a natural remedy: Irish Moss lotion. Carrageenan contains potassium, iodine and high sulfur content, which keeps skin hydrated.
First soak a tablespoon of Irish Moss in water for 20 minutes, and then boil it in a saucepan for another 20 minutes until it has become a clear jelly. After straining it, mix it with a quarter-cup of aloe vera gel and let it cool before blending it in a mixer. While it’s still mixing, slowly add 2 tablespoons of almond oil, and when it’s evenly blended, massage onto your skin, and save the rest for later.
What we put on or into our body is vitally important to our health, so try opting for natural homemade remedies before turning to drugs to fight inflammation. Better to be safe using natural spices and ingredients known for their remedial powers, and your body will surely thank you.