• Sunday, 20 September 2020

Natural substitutes for analgesics

Painkillers are the basis of our first-aid kit today. We reach for them in case of any discomfort, often not realizing how harmful it is not only for the pain that we want to use them to relieve, but also for other areas of our health.

In the olden days, the famous headache powder effectively knocked off an argument from their wives' hands that they used against their husbands in the absence of willingness to play bed games. Perhaps this slightly humorous presentation of the subject shows that from the very beginning it was possible to think that the painkiller is not such a miraculous invention as it was thought at the time. At least for the ladies.

Years later, when the production of all kinds of tablets, ointments and other various products designed to relieve us of pain started at full speed, they verified that the impact of analgesics on the body may, unfortunately, bring more harm than good.

Contemporary years - years of tabletomania

Today it doesn't matter if we go to work, school, meet friends, or go on a longer trip, as a standard equipment of our purse or bag lands a leaf, and most often a few, just in case, analgesic tablets. It's a routine that we don't even think about when we take it for granted - we have to take something with us for the pain. What is even more terrifying is that we use them as soon as we feel that something is wrong, we get a headache, a toothache or other incoming painful danger. In this case, we invariably use the tried and tested method - click and a small, usually white, tablet lands in our hand.

Somehow, we do not think that our internal organs will not be too satisfied with this state of affairs, burdened with such an unexpected and difficult to digest element, which irritates the stomach wall and may even burn holes in it, burden the kidneys, and command the heart to raise the body pressure to such an extent that it may even be dangerous for our lives.

What, then, instead of a pill?

Medicines in most cases are an artificial product, manufactured under laboratory conditions. So it's worth reducing their impact on our body, preferably to zero, right? The answer is only one - of course it is!

So why not reach into the culture of our grandparents and great-grandparents? After all, they also had to deal with various ailments, and then there were no pharmacies on every corner, not to mention that any ready-made medicines were kept in one's own home.

Drugs from the meadow, orchard, forest, the ways of our grandmothers

The natural supplementation was based on the gifts of nature and experience handed down from generation to generation. The goodness of herbs was used (rinses from sage brew were used for toothache or bleeding), seeds (nut wraps were used), leaves (cabbage leaves were excellent for rheumatic pains and for various bruises, swellings, sprains, relieved inflammation), and other goods (cream or butter was put on the burns, lanceolate grandmother leaves were cut, honey or needle infusions were used on the sore throat), the most common problem - headaches were treated with a massage of the temple with a handkerchief soaked in cologne, ice was also used for this purpose.

There were many ways to deal with pain in the old days, as you can see. Our grandmothers, especially those living in the countryside, would probably be able to quote a lot more of such home-based advice.