Inflammation begins as a very normal process. It can often be measured as pain, local heat, swelling, redness, etc. This process is often mentioned in great detail in medical books and taught at medical schools. Yet, it’s a complex issue and unfortunately is not easily resolved, leaving many women having to deal with it as part of their daily lives. Over time, the conditions can worsen and lead to autoimmune disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's and cancer. Later, the process unfolds to a more chronic and systemic state of disease.
5 Herbs & Spices that Help Beat Chronic Pain and Fight Inflammation
Garlic: Contains an anti-oxidant property called allicin. It is very closely related to leeks, onions or scallions. Historically, the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians and Babylonians even used it to treat inflammation. Garlic is highly nutritious, with essential minerals and vitamins. It helps fight colds, infection, and strengthens the immune system; can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol; can prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia; and can help remove harmful toxins such as heavy metals from the body.
Clove: The important ingredient that gives ginger the power to beat inflammation is gingerols. It can be used in foods such as smoothies, salads or as a warm morning tea. It can also be taken by capsule or tincture. This fascinating herb can actually alleviate joint pain effectively as well. It has also been known to reduce nausea, indigestion, fight against infections, help with osteoarthritis, lower fasting blood sugar levels, improve HbA1C levels, protect against heart disease by lowering cholesterol and fight cancer.
Ginger: You may be very familiar with this herb derived from the middle east. It’s warm and peppery yellow powder can be seen in many authentic Indian curries. There are many studies that show how effective curcumin (the active ingredient that helps fight inflammation) has on the body. This wonderful herb has also been proven to reduce weight, improve blood pressure regulation, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
Turmeric: The active chemical in Rosemary is called carnosol. This gives Rosemary its fighting power. This fresh herb is often seen in chicken, fish or beef recipes. However, rosemary can be found as a an essential oil that can help improve memory as well. It is also excellent for digestive health, fighting cancer and joint pain. This herb can also be taken as a warm tea.
Rosemary: Herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years. Did you know that over-the-counter and prescription medicine have been derived from plant herbs since the beginning of human time? Knowledge is power! So I urge you today to be brave, bold and courageous by starting to take care of yourself more naturally, because “you matter most!”