(Modern Survival.org) – If the world were ever to fall to ruin after a major disaster, many of the conveniences people take for granted today would be gone. Among them would be medicine, including pills for pain relief.
Should a time come when a quick trip to the store for a bottle of ibuprofen is no longer an option, natural pain relievers will be incredibly valuable. Thankfully, there are certain foods that can reduce inflammation in the body—which may, in some cases, help to prevent or lessen physical discomfort. In a TEOTWAWKI situation, preventing pain in the first place is an invaluable skill.
Natural Pain Relievers
According to research, there are some natural anti-inflammatory foods that could reduce inflammation in the body in a survival situation.
- Ginger. This root is well known for its power to fight stomach aches and nausea. According to healthline.com, ginger has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some anecdotal evidence suggests this root could be beneficial to individuals with arthritis.
- Blueberries and Strawberries. These berries contain phytonutrients, which have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. According to WebMD.com, oranges also contain phytonutrients.
- Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel and Sardines. These fish are high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory powerhouses. According to arthritis.org, eating servings of these fish two to four times a week has the potential to lower inflammation in the body and protect the heart.
- Olive Oil. WebMD.com reports that extra virgin olive oil has been found to contain a natural anti-inflammatory called oleocanthal. This acts in a similar way to over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
- Hot Chili Peppers. The very substance that makes chili peppers so hot, capsaicin, is also a natural pain reliever. Traditionally used in ointments and topical creams, recent studies show that eating these peppers can also have an impact on reducing pain.
Other foods that are capable of reducing inflammation include fresh pineapple, pumpkin seeds, turmeric, mint, and even red wine (though the last one may be difficult to obtain in a post-collapse environment).
In the event of a major disaster, having a survival garden containing a few of these plants could be beneficial once standard pain relievers start to run dry. In the meantime, these are natural options to consider if you want to begin distancing yourself from over-the-counter medicines.
To see some other time-tested remedies, check out our article on the Great Depression.
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