Your kitchen cupboards are full of pain-relieving substances. Almost every family has favorites which are handed down through generations. Some of the remedies, such as applying butter to burns, are unhelpful old wives’ tails. However, most of the kitchen remedies are good medicine. Pain, bites and injuries occur unexpectedly. Reach for these remedies as first aid for pain. Use them if other remedies are unavailable. You may find that these remedies work so well that you won’t need other healing agents.
Pantry Staples for Pain Relief
- Vinegar provides soothing relief for a variety of maladies. My favorite vinegar to use is apple cider vinegar; but use whatever kind you have on hand. To relieve a toothache, simply swish some undiluted vinegar in your mouth and then spit it out. Use vinegar as a cold compress to soothe headaches. Add vinegar to bath water to relax overworked muscles and reduce itchiness. Drink a tablespoon of diluted vinegar to quickly relieve heartburn.
- Honey. Use honey as an antibacterial bandage to provide comfort to abraded skin. It reduces inflammation and prevents infection.
- Baking soda relieves inflammation, pain and itchiness of insect stings. Make a thick paste by combining baking soda with water or honey. Apply the blend to the affected area. For occasional use of heartburn and gas, mix one-half teaspoon of baking soda with a half cup of warm water and drink it for immediate relief. Only use baking soda internally occasionally.
Herbs and Spices Relieve Pain
- Nutmeg relieves pain from mouth sores and toothaches. Simply sprinkle the powder on the affected area. If you suffer from sore gums, mix one-fourth of a teaspoon of powdered nutmeg with warm water. Swish it around in your mouth.
- Cloves have been used by dentists to provide numbing relief of toothache pain. Sprinkle a little powdered nutmeg directly on the affected tooth and gum. Rub it in with your finger. As a bonus, cloves contain antibacterial properties which decrease inflammation and infection.
- Sage makes an outstanding gargle for sore throats. Combine one teaspoonful of sage with a teaspoonful of salt. Add one cup of warm water. Gargle as often as necessary to relieve pain, swelling and congestion.
- Thyme contains potent antimicrobial compounds. Sprinkle a tablespoonful of thyme over a pan of steaming water the next time you suffer from pain due to clogged sinuses. Place a towel, tent like, over your head and the pan. Inhale the healing vapors. Your headache will be relieved.
- Parsley, ground up with a mortar and pestle or in a blender, can be applied directly to a swollen breast to relieve engorgement or mastitis.
- Tea bags contain tannins. Tannins shrink swollen painful tissues. Try placing a tea bag which has been soaked in cold water over a burn or sting to relieve pain. Tea bags applied to the eyelids reduce discomfort and puffiness. Use teabags to staunch bleeding and relieve pain from minor cuts and scratches. While green tea is effective, black tea is a better choice because of its higher content of tannins.
- Cabbage juice is an old time stomach ulcer remedy. With a juicer, extract cabbage juice and drink it. In addition to providing pain relief, cabbage juice, consumed several times daily, heals stomach ulcers.
- Garlic juice, combined with slightly warm olive oil, is an outstanding remedy for ear pain. Try it when children awaken in the middle of the night crying of ear pain. Lightly crush a clove of garlic. Combine the garlic with one-eighth of a cup of the warm olive oil and shake it together. Strain out the garlic and compost it. Using a dropper, apply a few drops of the garlic olive oil blend to the affected ear. Do not use this remedy if you suspect the person has a ruptured ear drum or has tubes in his ears. This remedy is also great for pets who suffer from mites or ear infections.
- Corn silk is my favorite remedy for urinary tract discomfort. Use the fresh silk from one ear of corn. Place the silk in a cup. Pour one cup of boiling water over the corn silk. Place a cover on the cup. Let the silk infuse for 20 minutes. Strain out the silk and drink the mild, slightly corn-flavored tea. The next time that you urinate, feelings of burning and urgency will be reduced or eliminated. I consider this remedy to be among the most reliable natural remedies available for pain relief. Drink several cups of corn silk tea throughout the day.
Use kitchen remedies for minor ailments. If symptoms are not relieved quickly, consult with a health care provider. Do not delay in getting professional help if serious illness or injury is suspected.
Are there other kitchen remedies you use for pain? Tell us in the comments section below.