Herbs forum: Herbs used for pain reliever or for inflamation?

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Frillylily
Jan 7, 2018 12:10 PM CST
I have fibromyalgia and frequent migraines, back/neck pain. I am wondering if there are any natural herbal remedies that could help me. I have never really used herbs for anything and don't know much about using them medicinally. I don't take any prescriptions so I don't have to be concerned about interactions in that way. Does anyone know of any good books on the matter?
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Mindy03
Jan 8, 2018 10:05 AM CST
Rosemary G.adstar's books are good ones to start with.
Lavender and peppermint are said to help with headaches
Turmeric, rosemary, white willow, crampbark and coriander are good for pain and cramps
Be sure to research each herb before trying them
Mount Orab, Ohio, zone 6a
cnichols38
Jan 9, 2018 12:10 PM CST
depending on if you can get it to grow, devil's club bark is used for pain and inflammation you simmer it down and add it to some kind of stabilizer like beeswax and it is used for arthritis by natives in Alaska. I just bought some seeds to see if I can get it to start in the wooded area in our yard this spring
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Frillylily
Jan 9, 2018 12:25 PM CST
you mean you make it into an ointment?
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cnichols38
Jan 9, 2018 12:41 PM CST
yes, a friend brought some back from Alaska and it works very well on sprains, arthritis and sore muscles, of course it would not help for migraines
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Mindy03
Jan 9, 2018 6:43 PM CST
Lavender is said to be good for migraines. I've not tested it on anyone who has them so can't say if it works well or not.
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Frillylily
Jan 10, 2018 10:57 AM CST
I am allergic to most flowers, not sure about lavender because I have not grown that specifically, but the lotions/perfumes I have tried w it, I really could not stand the odor! I think it smells soapy or actually, I know this makes me a weirdo but I think it smells like cigarettes. Rolling my eyes.
The only thing I have found that actually works for local pain is Icy Hot. I did find a recipe online to make a homemade version-that stuff is pricey. But you really have to take care not to get it in your eyes, it burns like fire!

Some days I just feel like I hurt all over though, I guess from the inside out so to speak, so looking for something more I can drink or maybe an herbal supplement. I did try the Turmeric in a capsule form, but had no results.
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Mindy03
Jan 10, 2018 4:18 PM CST
I just made a herbal version of icy hot. The hot you are talking about comes from cayenne pepper and the cooling part is menthol
Best I've found for arthritis is coriander. It specifically blocks the compound that causes arthritis pain. I make a lotion for a friend that contains coriander, willow and cramp bark that he loves. He tried 3 other combos before getting the relief effort he wanted.
Peppermint is also said to help headaches.
I prefer turmeric made as a tea with honey added.
I'm like you on the lavender not being a favorite. Not quite cigarette smelling though.
You may also need to take more than what is stated on the turmeric capsule bottle. Those are standard sized for someone who weighs 150 pounds.
I'm still working on something for fibromyalgia because a cousin has it.
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Frillylily
Jan 10, 2018 6:02 PM CST
I may try the turmeric again, I do weigh 150 actually, that is good to know though.
Is there a particular brand for the capsules? Or do you buy it in a bulk like powder and then stir it in?
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tx_flower_child
Jan 10, 2018 6:27 PM CST
Very interesting. A good friend was telling me on Sunday that she had just been diagnosed with arthritis in one of her hands. How would I go about finding a lotion (or the ingredients & recipe) that contains coriander, willow and cramp bark? Coriander is easy. Don't know about willow and I've never heard of cramp bark.

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Mindy03
Jan 10, 2018 7:20 PM CST
I use fresh turmeric roots for the tea when I make it. But you can buy it from Moutain Rose Herbs in powder form in packages as small as 1 ounce to try it. I make my own capsules when doing those. The empty capsules are cheap enough on Amazon.
The recipe for the arthritis salve is my own.
I use 1 packet of coriander seeds crushed
1 12 inch stem of white willow
1 12 inch stem of crampbark
Infused in sunflower oil which is a good oil for pain
Crampbark is also called Highbush Cranberry
Mountain Rose herbs should have the willow bark haven't looked to see if they have the crampbark.
No affiliate with them just the company I trust to order herbs I an't grow or want to try before I grow
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greene
Jan 10, 2018 7:24 PM CST
Just wanted to chime in. If a person takes Turmeric for any reason and also takes any kind of antacid...the two would counteract and may cause a skin rash. I only learned this recently. So one must decide which is more important, the Turmeric for inflammation and pain or the antacid.
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greene
Jan 10, 2018 7:31 PM CST
Helichrysum italicum.
Or Helichrysum stoechas, which grows in my area.
Look for the oil.
I have learned about this plant from some very old-timey people in Georgia. They call it 'Life Everlasting' and claim it can cure or at least help with just about anything. I buy the dried flowers/plant parts at my local health food store and make tea. Check it out and see if it will help. Thumbs up Crossing Fingers!
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tx_flower_child
Jan 11, 2018 1:37 AM CST
Thanks, Margaret.

I'm also a fan of Mountain Rose Herbs. Coincidentally, I have 2 of their old catalogs on the floor on top of a mess of stuff. Let's see. In the 2013-14 issue, they do list Cramp bark and Cramp bark powder. Plus they also list White Willow bark and White Willow bark powder. Cool. Wonder if they still sell either or both. Will have to look online.

Gotta go. Gotta put these catalogs out of my line of sight. Lots of interesting stuff to dwell on.
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LizDTM
Jan 12, 2018 3:12 PM CST
Ginger is also good for inflammation.
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JuandelBosque
Jan 14, 2018 10:38 PM CST
Brand new here. I have all kinds of herb books, mostly american, but also from Spain and England. I've learned that the only way to learn how to use them is experiment on yourself. For headaches I use tincture of willow. For painful inflammation I use tincture of black cohosh. I have gout, so I have painful inflammation. I recommend caution with black cohosh, for my body anyway it's a strong sedative. I agree with prior posts: Mountain Rose Herbs is a good source of herbs.
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kousa
Jan 18, 2018 8:42 AM CST
I have just read something from Dr. OZ about using rosewater for joint pain and inflammation. Here is link to article:

https://www.newsmax.com/Health...

Hope you can make some rose water from your roses' petals.

Couponqueen1
Mar 5, 2018 4:11 PM CST
Hello ...I'm going to be growing Feverfew and Wild
Lettuce in My medicinal garden for my pain relievers..I learned about the Feverfew from Rain Country on YouTube..the Wild Lettuce I just happened to stumble upon. HTH..
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botanicalgoodness
Mar 18, 2018 12:38 PM CST
To relieve headaches you can use a mix of Jojoba or Sweet Almond carrier oil, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary & Eucalyptus essential oils. Organic oils work best. It's a wonderful blend and works quickly.

www.botanicalgoodness.com
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Starfishmomma
May 17, 2018 11:28 AM CST
Regarding companion planing, does feverfew benefit other plants around it? I've got some growing by chance very near some strawberries and gooseberry.

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