[toc]Inflammation in simple terms is the body’s instinctive and protective reaction against infections or injuries. Inflammation is a healthy response of body’s immune system to help fight against the irritants of the body. Inflammation of a part of body is usually accompanied by pain, redness, swelling, sensation of heat and difficulty in moving that particular body part. Inflammation is the first step towards healing of the body wounds and cuts.
Inflammation of the skin tissues is a good sign, however, if the inflammation is caused inside the cells then it may be indicative of serious health problems like heart attack, stroke etc. Inflammation inside the cells is aggravated due to health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, drinking etc. The best way to prevent inflammation is to lead a healthy life style, include proper nutrition in diet and exercise regularly. Below mentioned are some useful herbs for controlling inflammation.
10 Herbal Remedies For Inflammation
Ashwagandha also known as Indian Ginseng, is one of the most effective and naturally found herbal remedy for controlling inflammation. This herb has been used popularly to increase sexual libido and fertility. Ashwagandha is rich in naturally found steroids, which help in reducing inflammation of the membranes of the body, thus helping with autoimmune diseases like lupus and arthritis.
Ashwagandha root is very rich in medicinal properties and can be brewed into herbal tea and consumed for providing relief from pain associated with inflammation. This herb is also available in form of capsules, dried root powder, tincture, tonics etc.
Aloe Vera is a very famous herbal remedy for providing instant relief from Inflammation of the skin membranes both on the externally and internally. Aloe Vera juice when consumed internally, helps in fighting against the infections of the body which cause inflammation of the tissues. The gel or fresh extract of Aloe Vera is used for external application on the skin, wounds, sunburns, cuts etc., to reduce inflammation and provide soothing effect.
Aloe Vera is also very helpful in reducing the burning and throbbing pain associated with inflammation of the skin tissues due to infections and other skin irritants. Due to these properties of Aloe Vera, it has been used actively to make many anti-inflammatory skin creams, gels, lotions, ointments etc.
Calendula or Marigold, as it is popularly called is very popular for its anti-inflammatory properties. Since ancient times, the flowers of Calendula have been crushed and applied on the wounds, cuts or inflamed skin to reduce inflammation and pain. This herb is also very useful in providing relief from pain commonly associated with inflammation condition.
Calendula essential oil is also used effectively for preventing and getting rid of various inflammatory conditions of the skin. Calendula creams, lotions, ointments etc., are easily available in the market for external application.
Bupleurum is a very famous Chinese herbal remedy used for fighting against Inflammation of the body cells and tissues. This herb helps in enhancing the function of the liver and the circulatory system to remove toxins from the body which cause inflammation. Bupleurum is also very effective in fighting against the inflammation of the mucous membrane caused due to cold, influenza, asthma, bronchitis etc.
The root of this herb is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and used to make various Chinese herbal remedies. This herb works best when used in combination with other herbs like Ginseng, Dong Quai, ginger etc.
Chamomile is another time-tested herb used for reducing pain and discomfort associated with inflammation of the membranes, both internally and externally. Chamomile contains salicylate, which acts like natural aspirin and immediately controls inflammation and pain. This herb is also used for its soothing and sedative qualities for providing relief, in case of inflammatory diseases.
Chamomile herbal tea very powerful and effective in reducing inflammation and providing relief. It can also be used in sitz baths, creams, gels, poultice etc., to provide relief from inflammation and pain.
Feverfew as the name suggests, is very effective in breaking fever and body aches associated with inflammation of the internal membranes of the body. This herb contains tannins and sesquiterpene lactones, which helps in protecting the membranes of the body from toxins responsible for inflammation.
Feverfew is also very effective in eliminating pain caused due to arthritis and menstrual cycle by reducing inflammation. This herb can be used for both internal and external inflammation of the cell tissues. It is available in form of skin wash, herbal tea, capsules, tincture etc.
Echinacea is a very effective herbal remedy for reducing inflammation caused by bacterial and viral infections in the body. Echinacea is rich in natural chemicals which stimulate the immune system to fight against toxins and infections responsible for inflammation. This herb provides numbing relief from pain, associated with inflammatory condition in the body.
Echinacea is especially effective in reducing inflammation of the gums, mucous membrane due to cold and sinus, inflammation caused due to herpes virus and yeast infection etc. This herb is best effective when used in combination with other antiseptic herbs like Goldenseal. Echinacea is most useful in reducing inflammation when taken in form of tinctures.
Jamaican Dogwood is one of the most effective herbal remedy for reducing inflammation and pain associated with it. This herb contains tannins, which form a protective covering over the internal membranes of the body, thus preventing their inflammation.
Jamaican Dogwood is very useful in reducing pain caused due to inflammatory diseases like arthritis, neuralgia, painful menstruation, migraines etc. The bark of this herb contains anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in form of capsules, tincture, herbal tea, tonics etc.
Yarrow is another very effective herb renowned for its ability to reduce inflammation. Yarrow contains tannins and azulene, which helps in fighting against the bacterial infections of the body responsible for inflammation of tissues.
This herb is also useful in reducing inflammation of the skin caused by cuts, wounds, infection, scrapes, burns etc. Yarrow is used for controlling inflammation of both internal and external body tissues. It can be used in form of skin wash, poultice, tincture, capsules, herbal tea etc.
Witch Hazel lotions and oil are an important part of the first aid kit, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Witch Hazel instantly helps in providing relief against inflammatory skin conditions like burns, wounds, cuts, rashes, insect bites etc.
It is also very effective in reducing the redness and painful skin condition caused to inflammation by acne. Witch Hazel is available in form of lotions, creams, sprays, facial toner etc. This herb is to be used strictly for external skin inflammations only.