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hammer20 Natural Painkillers Found In Your Kitchen
By Dr. Michelle Jorgensen 
Total Care Dental Of American Fork, Utah

It’s that time of the year again in American Fork, Utah, when everyone seems to be sniffling.  It makes me want to hole up in my house for awhile…but people there are sniffling too!!  I am a big believer in both traditional and natural medicine.  There are times for both.  Our foreign exchange student, Bobby, has been sick for two weeks now.  We are loading him up with Echinacea, Vitamin C, and he is making a tea of crazy looking Chinese herbs.  Something is bound to help.  On the other hand, my husband did something to his shoulder golfing over the weekend.  He is headed to the doctor in the morning.

Have you ever wondered why natural medicine and traditional medicine can’t get along?   They can…and they need to for the sake of our health.   If we use only one type of medical care, it’s like trying to build a house with only a hammer.  If you need to cut a board, a saw would have been a much better tool.  There are natural tools and traditional tools, and there are times to use them all.

I want to share some natural “tools” that you can add to your healthcare toolbox – just in time for winter.  If you want more information, the link for the original article can be found below.

20 natural painkillers that are common kitchen ingredients!

Ginger: add to 1-2 teaspoons daily to diet for general muscle pain

Cloves: chewed gently for toothache / gum inflammation

Apple Cider Vinegar: 1tbsp mixed with water before meals for heartburn

Garlic: Put a few drops of garlic oil in the ear for earaches

Cherries: eat 1 bowl per day for joint pain and headaches

Oily fish (Salmon, tuna):  take 18oz per week for intestinal inflammation

Yogurt: 2 cups per day for PMS

Turmeric: 1/4 teaspoon per day for chronic pain

Oats: Use frequently for endometrial pain

Salt: hot, salty foot baths for ingrown toenails – 1tsp per cup of water used 20 mins twice daily

Pineapple: 1 cup of fresh pineapple for stomach bloating and gas

Peppermint: add a few drops of the essential oil to bath for sore muscles

Grapes: 1 heaping cup per day for back pain

Water: Drink 8 x 8 ounce glasses per day to wash away histamine and general injury pain

Horseradish: take 1 teaspoon twice daily for sinus pain

Blueberries: eat 1 cup daily for bladder / urinary tract infections

Raw Honey: topical application 4 times daily for cold sores / canker sores

Flax: 3 tablespoons ground flax seed daily for breast pain

Coffee: can help migraines, and caffeine stimulates the stomach to absorb pain meds better

Tomato Juice: 10oz daily to prevent leg cramps – tomato juice is rich in potassium

Source: http://antranik.org/food-is-medicine-20-natural-painkillers-in-your-kitchen/        April 8, 2013

Another book I highly recommend is Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs.  I learned about Red Raspberry tea from this book and recommended it to my niece when she was under the weather.   In passing, I told her it was great during pregnancy as well.  What I didn’t know is that she was pregnant and not telling anyone yet!  Herbs can make you look really smart too!

One of the most interesting things to watch as a healthcare provider is someone who feels like they are powerless against illness or health issues.  They just “have bad luck”.  Learning about natural remedies can help you take your health back from luck and help you and your family have a healthy winter.  Next time you’re in our American Fork, UT dental office, share your favorite natural remedies!


Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
American Fork, Utah (UT) Dentist


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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

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