I normally don’t get injured, other than the occasional running into doors/walls/counter tops, etc… But every once in a while, I’ll get a little too crazy in yoga or spin class and end up aching for the next three days. What can I say, sometimes doing a head stand NOT using the wall for support sounds like a good idea? Eh, nope never is! So when I get these battle wounds, aches and pains, I really hate to think that my only option is over-the-counter prescription meds. I’m more of a holistic gal. I was excited to stumbled across a great article on alternative pain medication options! Naturally, I just had to share my ‘happy’ findings with the world!
Happy Frankincense- Boswellia: also known as Indian frankincense is an anti-infammatory remedy that is derived from the resin of the Boswellia Serrata tree that grows in India. It looks like crystallized ginger! The major component is boswellic acid, which helps circulate blood flow to the joints and prevent inflammation in damaged tissue.
Happy Hot Stuff- Capsaicin: the active compound that puts the heat in chili peppers! Primarily used topically to relieve minor pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis or muscle sprains and strain. It helps by interfering with pain signals sent to the brain.
Happy Treehugger- White Willow Bark: I bet you can guess the origin of this one! Ding, ding, ding! The bark from a White Willow tree! It acts a lot like aspirin, except its active ingredient, salicin, is much less irritating on the stomach. It can be ingested as a liquid or in capsule form as a natural health friendly pain reliever.
Happy Meow- Cat’s Claw: The name comes from the thorns on the plant’s leaves that look like the claws of a cat. These plants are predominately found in Central America. The root bark, which is used medically to treat inflammation and pain, can be found in tablet, capsule, tea, dried herb or tincture form.
Happy Spice- Curcumin: The component in turmeric that gives it it’s yellow color work as a painkiller. It is also used to reduce inflammation and pain response associated with rheumatoid arthritis. This is most definitely a “Spice for Life.”
Happy Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Probably the most common of the list, omega 3 fatty acids are great for just about every part of your body. Their excellent ability to decrease inflammation has made them a go-to option for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Hemp seed oil is one of the most effective ways to get your omegas. It contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and is easily digestible! Hemp, hemp, hooray!
These healing components can be found at your local holistic drug store or pharmacy!
Happy Natural. Happy Healing. Happy Hemp.