Whether you suffer from chronic pain or are dealing with pain from an injury, there is nothing quite like relaxing with a soothing cup of hot tea. What makes the following recipes even better is the pain relief their key ingredients offer!
Cinnamon is a warming spice that acts as an anti-inflammatory; cinnamon also lowers blood sugar and cholesterol!
Ingredients: boiling water, cinnamon stick, tea bag (black or rooibos), sweetener (if desired, to taste), and milk (or milk substitute)
Steps: Pour boiling water over the cinnamon stick and let sit, covered for five minutes. Add tea bag and let steep for another five minutes. Add sweetener and milk if using. (Note: you may substitute a teaspoon of cinnamon for the cinnamon stick).
Ginger is another anti-inflammatory spice. A sweet ginger tea can also soothe an upset stomach, boost metabolism, and fight food-borne illness.
Ingredients: fresh ginger, peeled and sliced, about three ounces, two cups of water, sweetener (if desired, to taste), and lemon or apple juice (optional, though it gives freshness and a boost of vitamin C)
Steps: Heat water to boiling. Add ginger and continue to boil for about ten to 15 minutes. Let cool for five minutes, then add sweetener, and a splash or lemon or apple juice (if using).
Valerian Root Tea
Valerian is a powerful natural pain reliever. It works on our autonomic nervous system to calm and soothe us and has been used for thousands of years as a natural sleep aid. For some people it may take a couple days to feel the pain-relieving effects of the tea, but for others it can go to work immediately! You can find ground valerian root powder in your local health food store, though do always discuss its use with your doctor beforehand as it’s a more potent herb.
Ingredients: one cup of boiling water, one level teaspoon of ground valerian root, and sweetener to taste
Steps: Pour boiling water into a cup with the valerian root and let sit, covered, for ten to 15 minutes; sweeten to taste.
These teas can be used in conjunction with each other (cinnamon-ginger tea would be a spicy mix), and you can also incorporate green tea into all of these for more anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefit! Teas can also be chilled for warmer weather.
Which tea will you try first? Do you have any other recipes you enjoy?
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