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Wildcrafted Medicine: Edible Plants & Herbs with Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Updated: Feb 2

The body has a natural inflammatory response to pathogens, toxins, injuries, stress, and irritants.


Acute inflammation is a healthy process whereby the immune system repairs and defends the body, characterized by redness, swelling, itching, heat, and pain.


Chronic inflammation (also called low-grade or systemic inflammation) is a disturbance in the force that can lead to far more serious conditions from psoriasis to cancer. In this case, the complex inflammatory response has gone awry and actually damages the system.


Diseases linked to inflammation:

  • arthritis

  • depression

  • cardiovascular disease

  • diabetes

  • some cancers

  • psoriasis

  • eczema

  • metabolic syndrome

  • lupus

  • fibromyalgia

  • IBS

  • celiac disease


Thankfully, Mother Nature provides solutions in her infinite wisdom!



What follows are some plants with anti-inflammatory properties that can assist in returning the body to wellness. Use them liberally in cooking, teas, essential oils, tinctures, and other preparations to take advantage of their full-spectrum healing properties!




  • Bay leaf

  • Fennel

  • Oregano

  • Rosemary

  • Black Pepper

  • Onion

  • Garlic

And you can find all these wonderful plants listed above in The ALL Mighty Herbal Medley!










  • Peppers - including but not limited to cayenne and black pepper!

  • Pineapple

  • Blueberries

  • Dandelion

  • Paprika

  • Cruciferous veggies

  • Leafy green veggies

  • Ginger




  • Wasabi

  • Cat's claw

  • Ashwagandha

  • Holy basil (Tulsi)

  • Milk thistle

  • Aloe

  • Comfrey

  • Arnica (for external use)




These are just a few foods, herbs, and spices that you can add to your diet or health routine to protect your body from rampant inflammation! Prevention is often significantly easier than treating a full-blown illness.





Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16117603

https://arthritis-research.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/ar2819

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248423.php?page=3#some_herbs_have_anti-inflammatory_properties

http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/editorial/editorial.cfm/i/163/t/Buzzed%20on%20inflammation/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3834722/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22414101



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