Headache, Muscle, And Cramp Capsules
Did you know that people first made aspirin from common plants? Willow bark and meadowsweet both contain the active ingredient used to make aspirin and both can help to relieve pain naturally. Like many other herbs, these two have safety mechanisms built right in. Many people cannot tolerate aspirin due to stomach irritation, but unlike aspirin, willow and meadowsweet are not irritating to the stomach.
The following recipe shows you how to make herbal pain-relieving capsules. Capsule making equipment is inexpensive and easy to use. Furthermore, herb shops, natural food stores, and online resources sell them for less than twenty dollars.
If you prefer to make a tincture, you may use the same proportion of herbs. Just follow the tincture instructions that we have provided previously in our various first aid kit articles.
The recipe contains the following ingredients: cramp bark, which relaxes and comforts smooth muscle. Skullcap, a common wildflower, is relaxing and can relieve pain naturally. Valerian is a relaxant as well. Cayenne is an activator.
- 00 sized empty capsules
- 1 tablespoon meadowsweet herb
- 2 teaspoons cramp bark
- 1 teaspoon skull cap
- 1 teaspoon valerian root
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Finely powder the herbs using a coffee grinder. Fill the capsules using instructions that come with your capsule-making machine. Store in a dry, dark place.
To use, take two capsules every four hours as needed.
BVYF Capsules That Relieve Pain Naturally
The following capsule recipe contains herbs that can effectively prevent or fight infections.
While fresh garlic is not included, it is one of the most potent herbal antibiotics known. You can even apply garlic directly to a wound (although it will sting!). Moreover, you can lightly cook garlic or take it raw. Raw garlic can cause stomach irritation, so I recommend taking it with food. Cooked garlic does not offer the same antibacterial benefits. However, it does promote heart health and aids in circulation.
The herbs in this blend are effective against bacterial, viral, yeast, and fungal infections. Unlike antibiotic pharmaceuticals, drug resistance does not build up when using herbs because the herbs are such complex compounds.
You may also make this recipe into a tincture. In that case, add a couple of cloves of fresh, crushed garlic.
As a further note on one of the ingredients, usnea is lichen which drapes trees in northern forests.
- 00 capsules
- 2 Tablespoons echinacea root
- 2 Tablespoons barberry root
- 1 tablespoon myrrh
- 1 tablespoon usnea
- 1 Tablespoon calendula flowers
- ½ Tablespoon black walnut hull
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Finely powder the herbs using a coffee grinder. Fill the capsules using the instructions that come with your capsule-making machine. Store in a dry, dark place.
To help relieve pain naturally, take two capsules every four hours as needed.
If you make the recipes in this series, you will have a well-rounded herbal first aid kit. Make sure that you learn about local plants in your area that you can substitute for the ingredients that I suggested. Most of the recipes can be adapted for use in other forms. For example, you can make tincture recipes into syrups, and you can tincture teas and so forth.
Other items you may want to include are summarized lists of your family’s medical records including allergies, medications, past medical history, emergency phone numbers, and so on. Keep a pen and paper with your kit in case you need to write down instructions in an emergency.
Familiarize yourself with choking and CPR rescue techniques. Additionally, keep a card that summarizes them handy. A small booklet or chart that provides basic treatment recommendations for treating common emergencies can also be reassuring.
Keep a variety of bandages on hand. Make sure to include large ones, not just 2x2s or 4x4s. Sanitary napkins and diapers also make excellent absorbent dressings. Include some non-stick and waterproof ones as well as some fluffy, rolled gauze. Keep an ace bandage in your kit along with some tape.
More Tips For Creating The Ideal Herbal First Aid Kit
Lavender and tea tree essential oils are both antibacterial and good to have on hand. Tea tree helps to relieve fungal infections. Lavender relieves burn and ear pain, plus it is relaxing. Cloves from the kitchen spice rack are antibacterial and they relieve toothache pain when you apply them locally. Soap and water are handy if the kit is not kept in your house.
Tailor your first aid kit to your family’s needs and ages. Include some of the following dried herbs if you have children.
Catnip is excellent for relieving childhood fevers; however, it does not taste good. The easiest way to administer catnip is to make a very strong tea and pour it into a tepid bath before putting a febrile child into the tub.
If you have a colicky baby who is nursing, the mom can drink some chamomile, dill, or fennel tea. The healing benefits will be provided via the breast milk.
Herbal teas can be made into popsicles to soothe children’s sore throats. Herbs can simply be powdered and mixed with yogurt, applesauce, pudding, or ice cream for easy administration as well.
Now that you know how to prepare your kit, it is time to put it together if you have not done so already. Be prepared ahead of time, and you can rest assured that you will be able to relieve pain naturally and cope with common, everyday ailments and injuries.
You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: For Emergency Preparedness – Prepare Your Medicinal Herb And Spice Cabinet
Do you have any thoughts or suggestions on relieving pain naturally with herbal capsules? Let us know in the comments below.