Herbs to help the elderly with pain and inflammation

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Did you know that many herbs contain antioxidants that can help to build our immune systems and they have been used for centuries to help alleviate pain and inflammation?

The Hebrews used Mandrake Root as a painkiller. Thymes, sages, mints, rosemary, hyssop and marjaroms grew in the Biblelands and coriander and cumin are a relic of ancient Egypt.

The first documented account of herbs comes from Babylon in approximately 2000 BC. It describes the uses of bay, thyme, caraway and coriander and has instructions on preparation and herbal cures.

It was ancient Greeks who truly recognised the value of herbs to ease pain and cure diseases. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, taught his students about the medicinal properties of herbs in 400BC. In the first century AD the Greek physician Dioscorides listed over 500 plants with medical qualities in his book Materia Medica.

Today, there are numerous manmade drugs to help us with our aches, pains and more, but many still believe that herbal remedies can help. We’ve put together a list of herbs and how they may be able to help elderly ailments, however you should always seek advice from a doctor and not substitute herbal remedies for anything prescribed by a professional.

Turmeric

Part of the ginger family, this popular herb has made a comeback recently and has become part of a new health fad of turmeric shots and warm turmeric milk. It contains bioactive compounds, which have medicinal properties and are anti-inflammatory, so great for easing arthritis

Ginger

For years ginger has been used to treat nausea, particularly by ladies suffering from morning sickness, and inflammation and can be particularly good for rheumatism thanks to the Gingerol substance, which has powerful medicinal properties

Cayenne

Often used in muscle rubs, cayenne is great for osteoarthritis and can also be good for easing headaches too

Arnica

Taking Arnica tablets or using Arnica-based cream can be very effective for treating muscle strain, bruising and easing arthritis

Stinging nettle

The stinging nettle plant may cause irritation if you brush against its stinging leaves, but it has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of health conditions. Boiling its leaves extracts its powerful oils and neutralises its sting so you can enjoy the real benefits. Try a nettle soup or tea to help detoxify the body and ease arthritis or muscle pain. It can also help with reducing allergic reactions and the mineral, Boron, which can be found in stinging nettles, has been linked to maintaining calcium content in the bones.