We have here a list of herbs that act against pain and infection generally. Thus they have a long history of safe application though abuse is not a good idea.
- Garlic. Raw garlic contains a compound that turns into allicin when we cook or eat it. It has properties similar to penicillin. It acts as an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal. Allicin is so powerful it’s even effective against MRSA, a super bug that other antibiotics can’t touch.The best way to get garlic is to eat two raw cloves daily. You can also supplement. Look for “aged garlic” that delivers at least 3,600 mcg of allicin (sometimes called “allicm” yield).
- Honey. Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. Studies show it improves the effectiveness of antibiotics even against super bugs like MRSA.2Manuka honey is the most healing type of honey. Use it for wound care and digestive problems as well as sore throats, colds, dermatitis, acne, sinusitis, acid reflux and heartburn. It’s available in health food stores and online. Make sure it’s from New Zealand. Look for honey labeled UMF (Unique Manuka Factor). UMF 10 and above is therapeutic grade.
- White Willow Bark. This plant contains salicin, the same compound found in aspirin. It comes from a tree native to Europe and Asia. Hippocrates had his patients chew on white willow bark to reduce inflammation. Studies show it relieves arthritis pain as well as lower back pain.3White willow bark won't upset your stomach like aspirin might. You can find it in health food stores or online. I recommend 240 mg per day.
- Frankincense. This contains enzymes that block a hormone-like chemical in your body called prostaglandin e2 (PGe2). By directly attacking PGe2, frankincense stops inflammation before it starts. Studies show it relieves pain as effectively as Big Pharma painkillers.I suggest taking 400 mg three times a day. Frankincense is also available as an essential oil. You can place a drop or two under your tongue. Or dilute a drop in a glass of water or a teaspoon of honey.
- Holy Basil. (Ocimum sanctum Linn). This herb has a long history, since ancient times, of treating arthritis pain. It contains dozens of nutrients that reduce inflammation. One of the most powerful is called ursolic acid. It fends off the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme. But it has none of the nasty side effects of pain drugs. And clinical studies prove holy basil relieves pain and reduces inflammation.4You can buy holy basil tea at most health food stores or on the Internet. Holy basil capsules are also for sale online. Make sure the product you're buying has at least 2.5% ursolic acid to get the anti-inflammatory effect. I suggest 150 mg three or four times a day.