9 Top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs 

The 9 Top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

The 9 Top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs
The 9 Top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

5. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne peppers and other hot chili peppers are praised for their health benefits for centuries. All chili peppers, no matter which ones you selected, have natural compounds called capsaicinoids. Those compounds are what give cayenne peppers their anti-inflammatory properties. 

You can use cayenne pepper for wounds and infections, as well as swelling. So, you can make pastes and poultices out of it, or add a few dishes to your favorite recipes. 

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6. Black Pepper 

Is cayenne pepper too spicy for your liking? If so, black pepper is the milder choice with known nait-inflammatory properties. In fact, despite not being as spicy as other peppers, black pepper is known as the “king of spices” because of its fantastic flavor along with its multiple properties, such as antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Luckily, using black pepper is exceptionally easy. You can put it in almost any dish that you eat. You can even purchase black pepper essential oil! 

7. Clove 

You probably know that you can use clove to help treat a painful tooth, but did you know that clove can be used as an expectorant as well? Clove can be used to treat upset stomach, nausea, and inflammation in your mouth and throat. Evidence tells us that clove’s anti-inflammatory properties help to calm inflammation throughout the body. 

You can add powdered clove into baked goods as well as savory dishes, such as soups and stews. Clove can be added to your favorite desserts and even pudding! Some like to infuse clove into hot drinks, such as hot tea or cider. Clove essential oil can be used to teeth an inflamed tooth. 

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8. White Willow Bark 

White willow bark has excellent anti-inflammatory properties because of its combination of compounds. It contains salicin, a compound that is similar to aspirin, which is known to reduce pain and inflammation. Sometimes, white willow bark is referred to as nature’s aspirin because it’s properties are so similar. 

These properties are so well known that we know Hippocrates recommended white willow bark as a remedy for gout and rheumatic joint diseases. Native American healers used willow bark for its analgesic properties. 

9. Rosemary

The scent of rosemary is calming and relaxing. Over the centuries, rosemary has been used as a culinary herb as well as folk medicine. Rosemary contains rosmarinic acid, which is a compound that has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects. 

In some studies, the use of rosmarinic acid can slow or stop the progression of arthritis. It also is thought to boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. 

You can add rosemary to your dishes. Rosemary bread or rolls go lovely with dinner. Sprinkle rosemary over your chicken, add some rosemary to your herbal teas, or make a tincture. Some people prefer to use rosemary essential oil. 

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