6 Best Anti-Inflammatory Herbs to Choose From


Do you find yourself suffering from different variations of inflammation? If so, then one of the best ways to reduce inflammation in your body is through the use of these anti-inflammatory herbs. Here are the 6 best herbal remedies to choose from.

Herbal anti-inflammatories are the nature’s wonder drugs used to combat inflammation, the mother of a number of chronic diseases. Herbs are plants, which have therapeutic, cooking and religious uses. They have exquisite aroma, taste or healing properties.

Inflammation lies at the heart of a number of acute or chronic conditions causing pain and other troublesome symptoms, which might render the suffering patient helpless and dependent on drugs for an indefinite period.

This is particularly bothersome in chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, peptic ulcer, autoimmune disorders, hypertension, chronic urticaria, chronic sinusitis, chronic diarrhea and list goes on and on. Even with acute conditions like cough, cold, allergy, trauma, etc, drugs/medicines are unavoidable.

Six Best Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

1. Boswellia

anti inflammatory herbs | herbs for inflammationIt is a type of tree, parts of which have a lot many therapeutic uses. It is postulated to possess anti-inflammatory chemicals known as boswellic acids, which are effective against digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, Joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory conditions like bronchial asthma and in fibromyalgia.

2. Holy Basil

Used commonly in the treatment of  common cold, flu, sore throat. It has powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, used effectively against peptic ulcer, high cholesterol, diabetes and radiation sickness. To be avoided in pregnancy.

3. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is one of the most powerful herbal anti-inflammatory, circulation-boosting remedies. The active ingredient in this herbal remedy is capsaicin. Cayenne is a great source of vitamin B complex, vitamin B and C. It is loaded with organic potassium and calcium, which is why it is good for the heart.

In addition, effective in hemorrhagic emergencies, dyspepsia, pain (as in peripheral neuropathy, post-herpetic neuropathy, and arthritis), headaches, skin conditions like psoriasis, and have anti-cancer properties.

4. Garlic

It is an awesome health tonic. It contains a chemical known as Allicin whose anti bacterial properties equal to a weak penicillin. It also contains sulphur compounds, which help decrease blood pressure, detoxification of harmful chemicals, improve circulation and boost immunity.

Hence, it is very useful against diabetes, cancer, common cold, hypertension, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and the resultant stroke or Myocardial Infarction, and worm infestation.

5. Licorice

It is one of the most widely used herbal remedies since it is thought to complement the actions of other herbs too. It’s incredible medicinal uses include as a laxative, expectorant, anti depressant, anti ulcer, anti spasmodic, anti fungal, anti bacterial, estrogenic and immune stimulant (by enhancing interferon levels).

It is used in Athlete’s foot, asthma, emphysema, bursitis, chronic fatigue, cold flu cough, liver problems, menopause, gout, fungal and viral infections, tooth decay and gingivitis, tuberculosis, arthritis, shingles, prostate enlargement and many more.

Licorice root is sweet and used for flavoring of bad tasting medicine. Licorice is rich in flavonoids and phyto estrogens. Its active ingredient is glycyrrhizin.

6. Ginger

In case of cough, cold and congestion, ginger tea may prove to be a very effective home remedy. In case of arthritis, it helps reduce the prostaglandin levels to lessen the symptoms.  It is proven be more effective than the typical NSAIDS such as aspirin. It also has anti-aging benefits.

It is effective against a number of ailments like irritable bowel, colic, nausea, dyspepsia, motion sickness, toothache, dysmenorrhea, indigestion, headache, fever, hypertension, high cholesterol and clotting disorders.

Warnings - Things to Avoid

It’s very important that you also know the possible drugs and herbal remedies conflicts. It’s a fact that unpleasant, serious or even dangerous effects can occur if they’re consumed together. For example, ginger root, which is known as one of the great anti -inflammatory herbal remedies also has a blood thinner effect, will enhance your bleeding if it’s taken together with anticoagulant drugs.

That’s why, if you want to use both herbal substances and prescribed medications, you may want to take them separately. We suggest you wait at least an hour or longer after or before your medication. It’s also recommended to always consult your condition with your doctor/herbalist/pharmacist.


Allopathic medicines might be the gold standard in today’s modern medical set ups, but the use of herbs in their crude form goes back in history as pharmacognosy, which has ancient roots and is an important branch of pharmacology.

In addition, most modern anti-inflammatory drugs are not stomach friendly and definitely not friendly on the consumer’s pocket, especially when they have to be used for a longer period. So giving a Mother Nature, the anti-inflammatory herbs, a chance at healing is probably the best thing to do.

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6 Comments so far

  1. Judy Nuvak on November 22nd, 2011

    Every winter during the cold and flu season I buy Ginger tea to help prevent my family from getting sick and help them get better faster. It works for us and taste great on chilly mornings. Cheaper than flu shots and over the counter medicines too!

  2. Jaimy Chaney on November 24th, 2011

    A few years ago a friend turned me on to drinking Cayenne pepper tea after I was suffering from chest pains. As they explained it, Cayenne pepper tea promotes blood flow and reduces blood pressure. It also may act like a “Liquid Plumber” for the arteries and help clear away blockages. Since drinking it regularly, my pains are less frequent and intense and I have not suffered a heart attack. I think it’s a good preventive measure for people at risk of heart attack.

  3. Lisa Young on November 27th, 2011

    That’s aweseome to read that licorice is good for you. It’s one of my favorite candies. I got addicted to eating Red (Cherry) Vines after working a a movie theatre back when I was going to college. Sadly, after some research, I learned on the Red Vines FAQ that “only Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists contain licorice extract.” It’s the extract that provides the magical health benefits.

  4. Andrew Cheshire on December 29th, 2011

    Interestingly hemp seed oil seems so little known about. If one is recommending fish as the best source of omega fatty acids and anti inflammatory properties, then they haven’t heard about hemp seed oil (and protein powder). It is better in so many ways (sustainability for one, zero mercury two…).

  5. Toni on March 17th, 2012

    I love licorice too but, If you are taking high blood pressure meds it is dangerous. So be careful and always check with the pharmacist if you are on any medications before taking supplements or herbs.

  6. Dr hossny azizalrahmanhma on November 11th, 2012

    Wonderful piece of info that might be needed
    by a lot of people worldwide .

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