In an earlier post, I discussed the fact that there is somewhat of a controversy about just what pain relief aids are good, effective, or have possible harmful side effects.


So, drilling down into this, we can say that there is more than one level in the realm of pain relief topical ointments.


The first level,
a purely chemical approach.


The purely chemical approach would be using something like Ibuprofen, but applied topically, that is, directly on the affected area. Possibly the most well known Ipuprofen type cream is called Voltaren.
I actually used this on a burn I received, but I used it for only a short time.
Experts differ on whether it is useful for knee pain, though at least according to this article.


At the total opposite end of the spectrum, is the use of solid, as opposed to liquid, Di hydrogen monoxide. Di hydrogen monoxide is fairly common in liquid form, and it appears in solid form if cooled.  What is Di hydrogen monoxide?


Water!! I just wanted to make sure I have your attention. And of course, Di Hydrogen Monoxide in its solid form is ice. So if you have pain, which is often a form of inflammation, putting ice on the affected area helps, and is obviously in the opposite end of the treatment and medicinal spectrum.


But seriously, there are a number of completely natural herbs and foods that can stop inflammation and pain. Better yet, they are consumed as food or spices or at least related to food. So let’s dive in, and look at 4 examples, though there are numerous others.



First, there is Turmeric

a bright orange spice related to Ginger. Turmeric, like ginger is a root, and it can be ground up and dried, then stored and used as a powder.





Next is ginger

Ginger is very common in Oriental foods, for example in dishes served along with garlic. In the West, we often also use it in powdered form, such as in gingerbread.
Both Turmeric and Ginger are basic commodity items. By that, I mean that they are essentially unprocessed, and can be relatively inexpensive if bought generically. Here is an example of Turmeric and Ginger sold on


and here is powdered ginger. I personally try to avoid buying the name brands like McCormick since you are paying brand name prices for a very basic commodity. Besides, McCormick is said to irradiate its spices. It preserves them but food irradiation is not natural and can produce chemicals which we humans are not meant to ingest.


Here is an example of an organic spice product that I would recommend, and use myself.

Cloves and nutmeg, both common spices also have anti inflammatory properties



The 4 great things I like about all these spices that I have mentioned here, is that


  • They are not chemicals, which, as I have discussed in other articles, are often not carefully tested for safety
  • They are not ‘drugs’ that have been ‘monetized’ to make some drug company enormous profits
  • They have been in use for thousands of years, and stood the biggest test of all—the test of time
  • Unlike your mom’s admonition to “Take the bitter pill” or take your medicine, these things actually make food test good!


No, they are gifts of Mother Nature, where we as humans, if we act in harmony, find that we can be healthy simply by living well and consciously, using what comes naturally. Isn’t that a blessing?