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17 Nov

When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own backyard – or your local farmer’s market. These four foods fresh from the garden – or pot – pack super pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory power.

Mint

Infusing mint into your tea or ice water can refresh and rejuvenate – and relieve your headaches and general aches and pains. Gardening expert Melinda Myers suggests growing this vigorous perennial herb in a container so it won’t overtake your other plants. It’s also easy to grow indoors near a sunny window.

Hot Peppers

Capsaicin, the spicy element in chili, jalapeno, habanero and cayenne peppers, is a great pain-fighting tool and is often used in topical creams to help treat backaches, arthritis and muscle pain. “Plant hot peppers after the soil and air warm, usually around Memorial Day,” advises Myers. They will be ready to harvest in late July and early August. Try drying some to enjoy year round.

Cherries

Muscle pain and inflammation beware! Cherries contain a heavy punch of antioxidants, and can block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes in much the same way as aspirin and other NSAIDs. Although it takes several years for cherry plants to start producing fruit, according to Myers, sour cherries grow well in Wisconsin. Just make sure to cover the plants with netting so the birds don’t eat your harvest.

Ginger

Ginger can help reduce inflammation and combat migraines, muscle pain, arthritis and post workout (or post-gardening) soreness – all on top of its nausea-fighting power. Although it’s a tropical plant, says Myers, “enthusiastic gardeners have had success rooting the rhizomes (the part you eat) and starting new plants.” Try growing it indoors like a houseplant in winter and then move it outdoors for the summer.

Learn More

For more tips, including pain-fighting recipe ideas, download your free Gardening Toolkit at www.apmhealth.com/Melinda.

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