Category: "Pain Relief"

Topical Pain Relief

December 15th, 2018

Topical Pain Relief with Cayanne, St. John's Wort, and Ginger

Cayenne Pepper is warming and pain relieving. It increases blood flow and periphery circulation. There is a substance in cayenne pepper that blocks the pain receptors in your brain and relieves pain temporarily. It helps with all kinds of pain from arthritis, to muscle aches, menstrual cramps, and nerve pain.

St. John’s wort is anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and helps with mild to moderate nerve pain and shooting pains of all kinds.

Ginger is anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and it increases warmth and blood flow to the area where it’s applied.

Rosemary Essential oil is anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-spasmodic.

Peppermint essential oil is cooling and pain relieving.

Yield: 2 – 2 ounce tins or 1 — 4 ounce jar

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup glass measuring cup
  • Saucepan to create a double boiler
  • Canning jar ring
  • Measuring spoons
  • Popsicle stick to stir the mixture
  • Reusable cloth tea bag
    2 – 2 ounce tins or 1 — 4 ounce jar


  • 4 tbsp. St. John’s wort infused oil
  • 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp. ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp. Shea butter
  • 2 tbsp. beeswax
  • 20 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops of peppermint essential oil


Place St. John’s wort infused oil in the glass measuring cup. Spoon the cayenne and ginger powders into the cloth tea bag. Tie the top of the tea bag using a half hitch. Place the tea bag with spices into the St. John’s wort oil, in the glass measuring cup

Create a double boiler using the saucepan and the canning jar lid. Place the glass measuring cup in the saucepan and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes. Occasionally turn the tea bag over and press with the back of a spoon while the oil is warming, to ensure that the spice powders are moistened with the oil.

After 30 minutes remove the glass cup from the saucepan and allow the oil to come to room temperature. Remove the tea bag and press in a potato ricer, held over the cup, to remove the last drops of infused oil from the bag. Reserve the oil in the glass cup. Discard the pressed herbs. Empty and clean the bag for another use.
Place the glass cup back on the double boiler. Add shea butter and beeswax. Simmer over medium heat until the beeswax and shea butter is melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in essential oils. Pour into containers. Allow to cool completely before putting the lid on the containers, to prevent condensation from getting on the lid.

To use:

This can be massaged into joints and muscles to provide warmth and pain relief, for mild to moderate pain.

Wash your hands after using this salve so that you don’t inadvertently get it in your eyes or mucus membranes. Avoid using on sensitive parts. If you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients in the salve, they can be left out.

Willow Bark Pain Reliever

November 18th, 2018
Willow Bark Pain Reliever

A Little About Willow Bark

The use of willow bark as a natural pain reliever has been recognized for centuries and is still widely used today. One of the benefits of willow bark over aspirin is that it doesn't cause the same stomach upset. Also is not as hard on the liver. All willows have some salicin in them, salicin being the active ingredient that provides the analgesic effects.

There are several hundred species of willow, all of which contained salicin in varying amounts. Hence, the family name Salicaceae. The most popular tree up for making aspirin is the white willow because of its high concentration of salicin. It is most easily recognized in the early spring by its bright yellow branches.

It is easiest to find willow in the spring as it can be identified readily by the small flowers commonly called pussy willows or katkins. When they are flowering it is easiest time to remove the bark and capture the salicin within.

Like aspirin, willow bark reduces pain and fever and works as an anti inflammatory. It is said to be as effective as ibuprofen in treating lower back pain and could be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis.

Ways to use willow bark

To use as a tea or decoction

Once the strips of bark are harvested, allow to dry at room temperature in a dry and airy spot, stirring frequently, until it is fully dry before placing it in a jar and storing in a cool dry place. To make a tea from dried bark first boil water and add about 1 tablespoon full of bark chips per cup of water. Boil the bark for 10 minutes and allow it to steep off of the heat for 30 minutes. Since some water will be lost to evaporation and absorption by the bark for 1 cup of tea start with 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of bark. Once steeping is done the tea is ready to drink. If it is too bitter feel free to sweeten with honey to suit your taste.

To make a tincture

Fill a glass jar with freshly harvested willow bark packing it slightly into the jar and cover with vodka and let stand for about 30 days shaking once or twice a day. After the 30 days strain the liquid into a dark coloured glass jar or bottle and label willow bark tincture. Store you tincture in a cool dark place.

Suggested Dosages:

For tincture take 46 ml three times daily
For tea if you can take up to 4 cups of tea made by simmering 2 teaspoons of dried bark in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes
Side effects

Children under 16 years should NEVER be given white willow bark.

People who are allergic to aspirin must avoid any willow bark remedies as they contain much the same active ingredient as aspirin.

Long-term use of willow bark might cause upset stomach, stomach ulcers, and on some occasions stomach bleeding.

We'll bark infusion could trigger tinnitus(ringing in the ears) which generally goes away after willow bark is discontinued.

Other possible side effects may include discomfort from liver toxicity, headaches and dizziness and on rare occasions renal or kidney injury.

Willow bark has anticoagulant affects and may cause extra bleeding and should be avoided by people who have liver ailments, asthma, hemophilia, stomach ulcers, diabetes, and kidney ailments. People taking anti seizure medicines, potassium, and diuretics, and women who are nursing or pregnant should not take this aspirin like medication. Just ask the


Ginger for Headaches

November 12th, 2018
Ginger for Headaches

The headache is one of the most common ailments that afflicts people and can be extremely debilitating. Ginger, an herb commonly found in the kitchen is very useful for treating headaches, in three different ways. It blocks prostaglandins that promotes muscle contraction, helps control inflammation and aids in the release of certain hormones, all of which influence the effects of a headache.

Here are three methods of using ginger for headaches:

  • Crush fresh ginger, boil for 5 to 10 minutes, filter the decoction and drink the warm liquid.
  • If drinking ginger juice doesn't appeal to you try taking some crushed ginger and adding it to boiling water then inhale the vapors.
  • Ginger can be used topically by making a paste of powdered and applying it to your forehead. Simply make a paste with powdered ginger and water and apply it to your forehead.

If using dried ginger, be sure to get it from a good source. Dried ginger should be zesty and hot. If it lacks this, it may be too old. Ginger is very aromatic with a strong taste. When using it in cooking, small amounts are used. You do not have to peel the rhizome before using it, but if you prefer to do so, use a spoon to gently scrape away the thin outer coat. Dried powdered ginger is also commonly used in cookin

Dosage Suggestions for Ginger: they are just suggestions. If the dosage is not doing as much as you want increase it to 1-2 grams a week till it is effective and if it causes any discomfort or something doesn,t feel right discontimnue use.

  • • Fresh root: 1-15 grams
    • Dried root: 3-12 grams
    • Fresh tincture: 1:2, 60% alcohol, 1-2 mL in water three times a day (Winston/Kuhn)

These are home remedies and should not be taken without the advice of a trained medical practitioner. Your Physician is best trained to diagnose the causes of your headache.