Whenever the body sustains any type of injury or trauma, an inflammatory response often occurs and exacerbates, pain, stiffness and challenged immunity. Here are some wonderful ideas for reducing inflammation naturally that taste delicious and provide moments to relax, which also helps the body to heal.
Decaffeinated herbal teas that have spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, fennel and ginger are a wonderful natural anti-inflammatory beverage that taste wonderful and can help provide a soothing moment of warmth to relax your mind, body and spirit after you have experienced injuries. These herbs naturally also support the spleen and stomach meridians and energetic organs, which in the Chinese medicine system have a correlation with muscles. The key is to make sure that these teas do not contain caffeine, as that can often overstimulate the adrenal system which often becomes overtaxed when injuries occur, creating more cortisol or stress hormones in the body which can slow healing if levels continue to remain high after trauma.
Some brands that I enjoy suggesting are Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice Tea Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice, Dr. Streuss Hibiscus and Ginger–but these are just a few brands. Look for teas that do not contain black tea as the herbal varieties help to balance PH balance versus the black teas (even decaffeinated types) will tend to promote more acidity in the body which can aggravate inflammation.
Healing soups and raw salads are also a nice combination blending highly digestible cooked foods (which again nourish the spleen and stomach organs on an energetic and biological level), with the nutrient dense nature of raw foods.
Soups should be made from organic ingredients and emphasize deep root vegetables which can help to nourish the kidneys and adrenal system indirectly, and also include abundance of fennel, anise, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg for anti-inflammatory properties, and small amounts of protein such as tofu or organic lean meats or fish. Here is a healing soup that is quick to make and can be varied for a variety of tastes:
16 oz of low sodium organic vegetable broth or organic chicken broth
4 small fresh beets washed and sliced in thin disks about 1/8″ thick
two small purple onions diced fine
1 tsp garlic diced fine
1 yam sliced in thin disks about 1/8″ thick
2 small young carrots diced fine
1 stalk of celery
1/2 tsp crushed fennel seeds
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 bunch of red swiss chard stalks (save the green leaves for a salad).
1 tsp of curry
1/2 pound of organic tofu or 8 oz of shredded organic chicken
Parsley or cilantro garnish.
Filtered or distilled water to cover all vegetables if organic broths do not cover the vegetables.
Combine all ingredients in pot and bring to boil then simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender.
Remove from burner and process with 1/4 cup of almond milk–you may wish to add extra curry at this stage of about 1/4 tsp.
Add blended processed ingredients back to the pot and heat thoroughly for about five minutes while stirring.
Server with parsley garnish.
You can also create a detoxifying green salad to help the liver restore its balance after trauma or injuries. This simple salad takes less than 6 minutes to prepare.
1 bunch of red Swiss chard
1 small head of Romaine lettuce
2 small fresh beets cut in julienne strips
1 small carrot cut in julienne strips
1 package of fresh mushrooms
1 small purple onion
low fat, low salt, low sugar Ceasar dressing (just enough to coat the salad very lightly).
Wash the greens thoroughly and tear the greens into bite sized pieces by hand.
Mix in the remaining ingredients except for the salad dressing and toss with hands so that the warmth of hands encourages the seasonings to penetrate the greens.
Sit in a warm sunny window for 5-10 minutes (optional).
Toss about 2 tsp. of salad dressing with the vegetables and chill.
Serve with a nice warm soup.
Have a nice cup of cinnamon or other spice decaf herbal tea with this meal and you will be well on your way to reducing pain, reviving your adrenal system and creating a soulfully nourishing meal that will help to comfort the aspects of self that may have become unsettled as a result of injury or illness.