Inflammation is the body’s response when the immune system is compromised following exposure to dangerous stimuli such as tissue damage, pathogens, allergens as well as infections. There are two categories of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation begins suddenly and escalates rather quickly with symptoms lasting about 10 to 14 days. Chronic inflammation on the other hand has a slow and steady onset, and can easily last months long.

pineapple

Some of the symptoms that characterize inflammation include pain in the joints, fever, loss of appetite, redness and overall muscle stiffness. Usually, only a handful of the symptoms manifest when one is suffering from inflammation. Inflammation is often an indication of an underlying condition. Since there is a wide array of health conditions linked to inflammation, it becomes important to control inflammation as early as possible. Some of the these conditions include arthritis, sinusitis, cancer and ulcers among others.

There are different anti-inflammatory medications available in the market, but these are sometimes accompanied by side effects which make the medicating experience more difficult on some people. The good news is that there are several natural remedies whose anti-inflammatory properties make them an excellent option in the prevention and treatment of inflammation. These natural remedies include herbs, nutrients and super-foods. Below are the top five home remedies which you can use to treat inflammation and reduce pain.


1. Pineapple:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Fresh pineapple, juicer. This can be replaced with bromelain supplements if you cannot access the fruit.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Pineapple has excellent anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the presence of bromelain. Bromelain is a potent enzyme whose action in the body has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation. The most outstanding trait about this enzyme is that unlike other enzymes that get degraded in the digestive system, bromelain is absorbed whole. In dealing with inflammation, this has the advantage of reducing inflammation in the whole body, a phenomenon referred to as system-wide effects. The best way to benefit from pineapple’s anti-inflammatory properties is to juice the fruit.
NB: You could also opt to ingest the pineapple pieces fresh in case you are unable to juice the fruit.

Directions:

  1. Peel the pineapple as you normally would and proceed to chop it into small pieces.
  2. Transfer the pineapple pieces to the juicer and juice using the provided settings.
  3. Take the fresh juice, preferably on an empty stomach to enhance the absorption of bromelain and improve its potency.

 


2. Turmeric:

Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: Fresh turmeric herb , turmeric powder can also be used in place of the fresh herb .For  the turmeric tea, you will need the following: the herb, a pestle and mortar, a cup of boiling water and a strainer.For the turmeric paste, the following are required: the herb, sesame oil, a warm water bath, cotton wool and warm water.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Turmeric is a popular root across the world, and has long been used for its great culinary properties. The fresh herb closely resembles ginger, but the difference arises from the remarkably deep yellow color that turmeric is known for. In addition to its use as a condiment, turmeric has also been used to treat a host of conditions, and among them inflammation. Research shows that turmeric contains curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound present in the herb.

Curcumin is believed to inhibit the production of specific molecules that mediate the inflammatory response. This makes turmeric a handy natural remedy for the reduction of inflammation, and is particularly helpful for patients with arthritis. There are several different ways to use turmeric as a natural remedy as described below.
NOTE: Due to the herb’s intense yellow color, you are advised to wear gloves or protective clothing to prevent staining.

Directions:

Turmeric Tea:

  1.  Peel the turmeric and chop it into small pieces.
  2.  Using a pestle and mortar, grind the turmeric to get a consistent paste.
  3.  Bring a cup of water to boil as you grind the turmeric paste.
  4. Transfer the paste to the boiling water and allow to steep for a few minutes.
  5. Pass the mixture through a strainer to get the turmeric tea.
  6. Discard the used paste while at it.

Turmeric Paste for topical application:

  1.  Peel the turmeric and chop it into small pieces.
  2.  Using a pestle and mortar, grind the turmeric to get a consistent paste.
  3.  Warm some sesame oil in a water bath to make the mixing process easier.
  4. Pour in some of the warm sesame oil on the paste and mix evenly.
  5.  Apply the paste on the inflamed part of the skin using cotton wool.
  6. Let the paste stay on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.

NOTE: This paste must never be used on broken skin as it only aggravates the condition.

Turmeric in cooking :

  1. Simply incorporate the spice in your dishes for a flavorful experience that allows you to enjoy the herb’s healing powers.

 


3. Garlic:

Time Required: N/A
What You Need: Fresh garlic cloves, pestle and mortar, mint leaves, garlic oil (optional)
Difficulty: Easy

 

Garlic is best known for its use in the culinary field, but did you know that these little cloves are actually potent anti-inflammatory remedies? Researchers have found out that the sulfur-containing compounds present in garlic help inhibit the biological pathways that lead up to inflammation. These compounds belong to the allicin family, and make for a simple yet effective way to reduce inflammation. The best way to use this natural remedy is to eat the garlic cloves on a raw stomach for the greatest benefits. Alternatively, apply the oil topically for relief from inflamed joints as described below.

Directions:

Preparing the Raw Garlic Cloves:

  1. Peel the garlic cloves and clean well.
  2. Chop into sizable pieces and eat the garlic, preferably on an empty stomach.

NOTE: If you find the aroma of the garlic a little overbearing, you can always top up this remedy use by chewing on a couple of mint leaves to get rid of the characteristic garlicky smell. Additionally, mint leaves have been shown to be an effective way to reduce swelling in instances where the inflammation is accompanied by swelling.

Topical use of Raw Garlic:

This method is ideal for cases where inflammation has occurred at joint areas. Garlic oil may be used in place of the paste.

  1. Peel the garlic cloves and clean well.
  2. Chop into sizable pieces and transfer to a pestle and mortar.
  3. Pound the garlic until you get a consistent paste.
  4. Apply the paste to the inflamed part of the body and allow to sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

 


4. Ginger:

Time Required: 25 Min
What You Need: For the ginger tea: fresh ginger root, 2 cups of drinking water, quarter cup of lemon juice, a tablespoon of raw honey. For topical application: ginger oil and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Ginger is an effective home remedy for the natural treatment of inflammation. This is due to the presence of gingerol, a compound with potent anti-inflammatory properties. The mode of action of this compound involves the inhibition of the inflammation response pathway at the cellular level, making ginger ideal for both acute and chronic inflammation, In fact, a number of studies have shown that arthritis patients who consume ginger regularly had reduced inflammation over a considerable period of time. As with turmeric, there are several different ways of using ginger as described below.

NOTE: Consult your doctor before using ginger if you suffer from any blood disorders.

Directions:

Preparation of Ginger Tea:

  1. Peel the ginger root and wash it under running water.
  2. Cut the ginger into small pieces. As you do this, bring the two cups of water to boil.
  3. Add the ginger slices to the boiling water and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Pass the mixture through a strainer to get rid of the used ginger.
  5. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice to the ginger tea. The amount thereof will vary depending on your preferences.
  6. Add a tablespoon of honey to sweeten the tea naturally.
  7. Stir the tea and enjoy while hot.
  8. If you would like cold ginger tea, simply allow to cool and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
  9. Add ice cubes and serve for a refreshing drink that offers relief from inflammation.
  10. Use this remedy once daily.
  11. Avoid excessive intake of ginger as it easily

Topical Application of Ginger Oil:

  1. Soak some cotton wool in the ginger oil and place on the inflamed area.
  2. Repeat this remedy once daily.

 


5. Salmon:

Time Required: Varies depending on the choice recipe.
What You Need: Salmon fish, either a grill or an oven, choice recipe. Cod-liver oil supplements may be used instead, but this must be done following a doctor’s consultation.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Salmon fish is rich in different types of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are known to interrupt the biological pathway that leads to inflammation, thus reducing the pain and severity of the condition alongside the symptoms of the same. Research into the benefits of these fatty acids has also revealed that they help decrease the concentration of cytokines in the body.

Cytokines are compounds that are known to enhance the process of inflammation, so an increased intake of fatty acids reduces cytokines which in turn reduces inflammation. The American Heart Association, one of the organizations that seeks to promote good health, recommends eating salmon at least twice weekly. In the absence of fish, supplements work just as excellently. To use this, however, you are advised to seek medical professional.

Directions:

  1. Clean the fish as you normally would.
  2. Choose a recipe that appeals to you, preferably one that uses grilling or baking as the choice form of cooking. These methods are preferred because they allow the fish to cook just perfectly while preventing overcooking which ultimately destroys the integrity of the fatty acids, thus making them ineffective.
  3. Take the cod liver oil as directed by your doctor.

 


6. Spinach:

Time Required:  Varies depending on how you take the spinach.
What You Need:  Fresh spinach.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Spinach is considered a super food because it is packed with nutrients that help deal with a wide range of health conditions. This dark leafy vegetable has a high concentration of carotenoids that stall the process of inflammation. Additionally, these carotenoids inhibit the action of cytokines. As mentioned above, cytokines are pro-inflammatory compounds, so their reduction consequently reduces inflammation.

It is also important to mention that spinach is rich in linoleic acid, a compound whose potency helps decrease pain and inflammation through out the body.Depending on your preferences, you get to choose from different cooking methods. These include adding spinach to omelets, soups and even using the spinach as a side dish. Alternatively, prepare a spinach smoothie or incorporate the spinach into your vegetable juice. The options are limitless.

Directions:

  1. Prepare the spinach accordingly. Make sure you do not overcook as this easily destroys the compounds that help deal with inflammation.

 


Other home remedies that may be used for the natural treatment of inflammation include The Devil’s Claw, White Willow Bark as well as Egg Membrane. Devil’s Claw, despite its unique name (which actually refers to its shape) is an effective home remedy for inflammation. This herb contains glycosides which have been shown to enhance pain relief during inflammation. White Willow Bark on the other hand, is found on the White Willow tree. The bark of this tree contains salicin. The molecular structure of salicin resembles that of aspirin, one of the most popular pharmaceutical products used to deal with inflammation. Simply peel the bark of the tree (just be sure you know which tree you are looking for) and prepare a good cup of tea. Egg membrane is, quite simply, the membrane of an egg, best seen when you boil eggs. The presence of glucosamine in the membrane helps reduce inflammation, while reducing joint stiffness. Your choice of natural remedy must be used consistently over a period of time to show results.