Before trying to manage any pain condition please make sure that you are working with a trained professional. Pain can have such a variety of etiologies and its key to understand what needs to be addressed and how to do it well. So often we look for just symptomatic relief and while that can be key at times, its more important long term to address how to heal the underlying pain at a core level. And please read this section before working with recipes as well.
Pain Relieving Teas/Syrups and water extractions
Tea and water extractions of herbs are some of the most time honored ways of helping to relieve pain (well that and just chewing on a root or some leaves.)
Relax the Muscles
1 tsp catnip
1 tsp lemon balm
1/2 tsp mugwort
1/4 tsp licorice
With this tea take the ingredients and then addd a cup (8 ounces) of hot water and let steep for 10 minutes with a lid over the top of the tea. Then strain out the herbs and drink.
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This tea is bitter, hard to drink- so add honey to manage taste. This tea you need to decoct by adding ingredients to 12 ounces of water and then bringing tea to a boil and then simmer for 40 minutes. Then strain and drink. This is a strong beverage and would be contraindicated for someone taking tranquilizers or opioid drugs.
1 tbsp cramp bark
2 tsp jamaican dogwood
1 tsp licorice
Kava for restlessness, anxiety and analgesic effect.
There are a a variety of ways of making a good kava drink. Generally the key here is that you generally need to add a source of fatty milk such as coconut, goat or cow milk to extract the kavalactonoes. Those constituents are only extracted either by alcohol or something fatty. Traditionally kava is also prepared by adding it to a cool liquid as hot liquids can destroy those kavalactones. Avoid steeping kava in any liquid above 140 degrees as this will degrade those constituents.
So generally one works with the powdered form of kava. You can purchase it that way or you can buy whole kava and grind it up yourself in a coffee grinder when you need it. That option will insure that you get more potency from your kava beverage as powdered kava will degrade in time. Please make sure you are purchasing kava from a good ethical source. There are a variety of types and strains of kava but in general the Noble varieties are effective and safe for sustained use. Please beware of the Tudei varietals that potentially could lead to nausea and lethargy and potentially cause hepatic toxicity.
1 tablespoon (about 6 grams) powdered Kava (depending on desired potency)
8 ounces of milk (or half water/half milk)
Add your mix together in a blender. Blend for 5 minutes. Strain through some cheese cloth or a muslin bag and squeeze out all the liquid you can. (I know an herbalist who uses an old sock- clean that is.) Boom you have a nice drink.
Now if you don’t have a blender you can also just steep it in a muslin tea bag but I would do it for a longer period of time- upwards of 30 minutes. Generally the kava is massaged during this time as well to really get the most out of it.
Now drink up and relax…
Long Term Healing
Nutritional Support Infusion
This is a tea that is deeply helpful for folks who have experienced physical trauma that has depleted the system and there is need for greater mineral and vitamin nutritional support to heal.
4 tablespoons oatstraw
4 tablespoons nettle
4 tablespoons red clover
2 tablespoons linden
Add herbs to a quart jar. Fill with boiling water and allow to steep for 2-12 hours (The longer the more nutritional value of the infusion). Then strain and drink.
These are recipes to help reduce inflammatory conditions such as an irritated gut,
Turmeric Golden Syrup
Ginger and turmeric both come from the Ginger family and are wonderful herbs for helping with pain, especially that cold, stuck, damp in the joints, hate to get up arthritic type of pain. Both are anti-inflammatory circulatory stimulants that help move the blood, get the juices flowing and help reduce inflammation in the body that is causing pain. To make this fantastic syrup you will need
1 ounce ginger (about 10 slim slices)
1 ounce fresh turmeric (grated into about 1/2 cup)
A pinch of black pepper (1/8th teaspoon)
Honey (about 6 ounces)
First slice and grate your ginger and turmeric and throw it in a pot with the black pepper. Add a full 16 ounces of water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 20 minutes. Then strain out and really squeeze out the remaining herb to get all of the decoction out. You should get about 8-10 ounces of extraction at that point. Then let cool for a short while and add 6 ounces of honey. Add to a jar and cap it and keep in the refrigerator. Take two tablespoons (1 ounce) daily until done. Should last about two weeks.