Pain can be experienced almost any time and anywhere. Severity of pain tells us whether we need a pain killer or not. Consuming pain killers have become so common from paracetmol to higher dosage prescription pain killers. These medications do work instantly but have side effects no matter what. The higher the concentration and dosage, the more is the risk associated with side effects.
If the pain is not very severe, it is not mandatory to consume medicines. There are a lot of other home remedies you could try. Here are the top teas you could consume to ease pain:
Green tea is an all-rounder tea that is beneficial for a number of ailments. Green tea can actively reduce arthritis pain, inflammation and pain caused due to sore muscles after workout. This is because, green tea contains an active ingredient- EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which is a powerful catechin. It works to stop production of certain inflammatory chemicals in the body.
To make this tea, put a tablespoon on green tea leaves to 1 cup of water and boil it. Let it simmer for 10 minutes and then put off the flame. Strain and consume. You may also add honey and lemon to it if you desire.
Valerian root works as a relaxant and relieves chronic nerve pain. Also great for muscular spasms. The herb contains volatile oils that help relax your muscles and ease tension.
This Valerian tea can be prepared by steeping 1 teaspoon of dried valerian root in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and serve warm. Drink this every morning until you get relief from the pain.
Fenugreek is long known for its pain relieving properties. It is an all rounder tea just like green tea that is used to heal and treat a number of ailments. Fenugreek tea can be used to treat pain related to sprain and headaches. Fenugreek seeds can also help reduce sciatica pain, thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits. It also soothes rheumatoid arthritis and gout pains.
To make this tea, you need 1-2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds and 2 cups water. Soak fenugreek seeds in 2 cups water and keep it for 2 hours. Boil it on low flame and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and consume.
Cherry tea is one such drink anybody will consume without any second thought, unlike most of the herbal teas. Cherries contain active compounds like anthocyanins that give it the attractive and rich red colour. This compound is anti-inflammatory and inhibit pain enzymes just like most of the pain killers. Cherries have the highest pain-relieving properties and is beneficial for pain related to arthritis.
To make this tea, dice some fresh cherries and deseed them, about half a handful. Put the cherries in 1 ½ cup of water and put it on medium flame. Let it simmer for 15 minutes and turn off the flame. No need to strain the cherries, you may crush them in the water itself or if you don’t like the lumpy texture in tea, blend it to incorporate thoroughly. Consume warm.
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that has anti-inflammatory effects. Black tea is rich in this bioflavonoid and is said to relieve pain associated with bruises and arthritis. Black tea is high in caffeine, so discuss with your doctor before making it a routine.
To make this black tea, put 1 teaspoon of black tea leaves in 1 cup water. Put it on low flame and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Turn off the flame and let the tea cool. Strain and add some lemon to it. Consume warm.
Caution: There are many more herbal teas out there that you can try–these are just a few of the most popular. Don’t forget to get consult your doctor before integrating a new herbal tea into your diet.