For many of us, pain relief comes in the form of medication such as Motrin, Advil, and Tylenol. We often take these medications when experience headaches, joint pain, muscle aches, and more. While these medications are effective, they are not a long-term solution. They only relieve the pain temporarily.
Taking ibuprofen-based medication consistently can have long-term side effects. This includes, but is not limited to, symptoms such as hypertension (high blood pressure), gastrointestinal bleeding, increased risk of heart attack, and potential kidney cancer.
Fortunately, there are all natural alternatives to ibuprofen. One such alternative is turmeric.
Turmeric is a spice typically used in Asian food. It’s used in curry as well as mustard, butter, and cheeses. It’s derived from the turmeric root plant, which is well-known for its healing properties. Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin which is proven to decrease inflammation.
In Asian and Indian cultures, turmeric tea was often used as a remedy for aching joints and relaxation. Similarly, many of us can benefit from drinking turmeric tea today.
- 4 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of grated fresh turmeric root, or 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
- Lemon or honey to taste
- Boil water on a stove.
- Once the water starts bubbling, add the turmeric. If you are using ground turmeric, let it boil for 15 – 20 minutes
- Strain the tea, then add lemon or honey to taste.
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