7. Asafetida for Stomachaches and Colic
Often people experience stomach pain due to indigestion, gas, heartburn, constipation, a stomach infection and overeating. Asafetida, also known as hing, can help solve these problems. This spice has antispasmodic and anti-flatulent properties that help treat stomach pain.
- Mix a pinch of asafetida and rock salt in a glass of warm water and drink it 2 or 3 times a day. Also, include a little asafetida in your daily cooking to improve digestion and prevent gas.
- You can also use asafetida to treat colic in small babies. Add a pinch of asafetida powder to 1 tablespoon of water, heat it and then let it cool. Rub this solution around the baby’s navel and soon you will notice improvement.
8. Ginger for Muscle Pain
Muscle pain most often occurs following overexertion of a muscle(s) during some type of physical activity. If you battle with muscle pain, remember to keep your body hydrated by drinking enough water. Lack of water causes your muscles to become tight, tender and more painful.
Ginger is the best natural painkiller to treat muscle pain. It helps reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation. It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that have analgesic qualities similar to aspirin or ibuprofen.
For best results, drink ginger tea a few times daily. To make the tea, put slices of a small piece of ginger root in 2 cups of water and boil it for 10 minutes. Strain, add a little honey and enjoy your tea. Also, include ginger in your daily cooking or use ginger oil to gently massage the affected areas.
9. Salt for Foot Pain
Foot pain is another common problem that affects people of all age groups. Pain can occur anywhere in the foot including the toes, heel, sole, ankle or arch. Common reasons behind foot pain are age, uncomfortable shoes, too much walking and standing on your feet for a long time.
To help soothe tired and painful feet, use salt, one of the most common ingredients used in cooking.
- Add ½ cup of natural rock or sea salt (table salt if its all you have) to a small tub of warm water and soak your feet in the warm saline solution for 10 to 15 minutes. The combination of heat and salt works well to relax the feet and ease pain.
- To make this simple home treatment even more effective, use Epsom salt rather than common salt.
10. Honey for Mouth Ulcer Pain
Mouth ulcers are a very common problem that can appear on the inside of the cheeks, lips, under the tongue and on the floor of the mouth. This painful and irritating problem can be due to constipation, hormonal changes in the body, excess acidity, accidental cheek bites, stress and nutritional deficiencies.
You can heal mouth sores with honey. Honey has enzymes that fight inflammation, destroy viruses and speed up recovery of damaged tissue.
- Dab painful mouth ulcers with raw honey a few times daily until the problem disappears.
- You can also use glycerin or vitamin E oil in the same way.