If you’re anything like me, you’re always trying to find the Best Natural Anti-inflammatory.
Some of us, despite good nutrition and a low-inflammatory diet, have congenital structural issues that still affect our lives. In the midst of my back’s attempt to kill me, THE BEST advice was given to me by my new Myopractor. It’s simple. It doesn’t rip apart your stomach like NSAIDS (advil, aleve). It’s amazing!
|I shredded the Ginger first, of course. – where to buy a ginger grater.|
|Here’s what it looks like. It’s a disgusting heap of shiz, but it’s about to get awesome.|
|Grabbed my capsule. – where to by capsules|
|Opened it up…are you with me still? p.s. these are not my manly hands. They are my husbands.|
|And stuffed all that nasty goodness inside. I closed it on up and swallowed it. P.S. that’s my hand.|
UPDATE September 2014: I still am using ginger occasionally, thought I’ve noticed the efficacy of it lessens when I take it everyday. If I limit it to when I’m feeling inflammation, it really helps! My main problem is that I have something called hyperlordosis, which means that my low back curve is exaggerated, similar to a full-term pregnant woman. That amount of curvature isn’t natural long-term and as a result my discs have to deal with an abnormal amount of stress.I’ve tried a lot of different things over the years – spent tens of thousands of dollars on chiropractors, physical therapists, and all sorts of contraptions to ease my pain. For me, it got to a point where I couldn’t take any more ibuprofen. I actually developed an ulcer from so much pain medication. When I found essential oils, I was REALLY skeptical at first. I mean, could an herbal liquid really help? I remember the first time I attended a class and the host gave me a bit of the Deep Blue Rub to rub on my low back and hips. HOLY COW! It was like Hot Ice. It was cold, then it got hot. I loved it because not only did it help relieve my pain, I could’ve sworn I felt less stiffness as well. Over the years, I’ve found that there are SO many essential oils to use for pain relief and relief of symptoms associated with all sorts of back issues. Some of my favorites are:
Muscle spasms & tightness: Basil or Lavender. They are both SO relaxing that I can literally feel my back loosen about 15 minutes after I rub 2-3 drops on the area.
Nerve or disc pain: The Grounding blend. The grounding blend is a blend of the essential oils spruce, Ho Wood, frankincense, and blue tansy. It has been proven to relieve pain associated with nerves.
Strengthening & circulation: Cypress & Lemongrass. Both of these essential oils are great for increasing blood circulation. For an area that suffers from chronic inflammation, this is great!
Stiffness & Inflammation: The Soothing blend. I CANNOT say enough good things about this blend! I love it SO much. So so great for those times when you are feeling swollen and inflamed.
Acute or severe injury: Frankincense. I use Frankincense for bad sciatia pain, or even just those “out of the blue” moments, when all of the sudden it feels like you’ve tweaked your back.