We have an absolutely adorable little natural food store in town called Wheatsfield, and anybody who knows me is aware of my obsession with this establishment. They have every single natural item I have yet to look for. My favorite section, however, is their section of loose items. I am positive this section has a proper name of which Google could most likely provide, but I am simply too excited to share this with you.
So, they have everything from loose freshly ground spices to loads of loose teas. Their loose teas make up nearly half of this section so I would highly recommend this if you are a fan of the freshness of dried loose teas and/or mixing/matching different kinds. The best part is I have been in numerous whole-food stores (if you haven’t already as well) and they are set up very similarly. So, you should be able to walk into most any whole foods store and be able to find these exact items. They are sold loose so you can choose the precise amount you would like, the container for it to be stored in, and for the freshness/organicness of the product. As for the teas, there are a variety of methods for steeping and storing methods provided for your convenience.
In my desire for pain relief and the freedom from pharmaceuticals, I have done copious amounts of research in which I have found different methods to best assist with pain. My primary focus was nerve pain, though I did use these for other aches/pains as well and would suggest the use of any of these for any person for the use of any type of pain relief.
Turmeric root – you may have heard of this recommendation before or have seen it on the shelf as a supplement in capsule/pill form. This is something very beneficial to our bodies and can start to cause many different issues when lacking a certain amount. I purchase this in powder form from Wheatsfield, adding it to every tea I brew, and adding it to every recipe that it doesn’t completely ruin with its pungent taste. Tumeric can at times react with other flavors to result in some awful creations. I believe it was the lemon bread I tried to add just half a teaspoon to, and it was absolutely ruined. Looking back on this decision, it may have been fairly clear from the beginning this was not the best plan. Though adding it to smoothies, drinks, and other such recipes whenever possible helps with pain immensely.
Ginger root – this is another product I found easily at my whole foods type Wheatsfield store in the same section as the turmeric in powdered form. (Another you have also probably heard that we are lacking and helps with pain.) This is much more versatile and can be added to more recipes and smoothies than the turmeric. Another ingredient I added to my teas. Both this and the turmeric root target the relief of nerve pain.
*Quick relief: I discovered when in a pain crisis if I took really cold water along with some lemon juice, a touch of honey, a quarter teaspoon of ginger root (more if you can handle it), a quarter teaspoon of turmeric root (more if you can handle it), and just drank it as fast as possible this was the best natural solution I found in a crisis situation.
There are so many other areas of life that different hot and cold teas can be of great help. I have heard that Elderberries (a dried flower tea) does wonders for nearly every single ailment and/or illness. Which explains why my precious Wheatsfield is sold out nearly every single time I am in the store. I have been adding poppy seeds to my tea as I have heard of their pain-relieving properties with no such luck. I have considered purchasing a mortar and pestle in which to crack the seeds before use to see if that makes a difference. The research online is very lax in this area. If anyone has any tips or tricks feel free to shoot them my way!
I will finish up in here with Green Matcha Tea. If this is something you have not yet discovered or heard of I implore you to look into it further. It has entirely replaced my morning coffee in regards to focus. It is a decaffeinated tea, but it provides the exact same jumpstart to my day. You can purchase it in prepackaged tea bags of course. Though, there are also other methods; such as retail in loose powder bags or generally it can be found in most whole food stores. All of these items are also becoming more and more common in the larger chain stores; so, who knows where you may come across these items next!
I am always doing research to try to find new ways to help myself and people like myself that have thus far faced the fact that we are going to be in pain for the rest of our lives, but I simply cannot accept that. I would love to read thoughts, comments, stories, improvements in messages, just reach out folks!