aspirin alternatives

Aspirin alternatives
Natural and herbal alternatives for aspirin

Your prescription for healing comes from nature, not a bottle!
Our ancestors looked to herbs for natural healing, but something
happened along the way. About 25% of modern drugs have roots
in plants. Today they are the synthetic equivalent of plants.

Back in the day, it was a common attitude to "take two aspirin
and call the doctor in the morning." Today, that isn't necessarily
the case. Not everyone can tolerate such man-made drugs.

Take aspirin for example.
Aspirin has many prepping uses, but it
isn't for everybody. While aspirin is a very worthwhile medication
to stock -- most notably for headache relief, and for pain --
aspirin also may cause unfortunate side effects in some people,
including stomach bleeding (ulcers), liver and kidney damage.

As well, the day may come when the sales shelves no longer
stock aspirin. For these reasons and more, preppers and
homesteaders in particular are looking for more natural ways to
deal with pain and headache...

Natural Alternatives to Aspirin
Preppers can turn to these natural alternatives to aspirin,
depending on their original reason for taking aspirin:

Aspirin alternative #1: Chili peppers (Capsiaicin).
If you have a headache, you may want to head to your favorite
Mexican spice: the chili pepper. It's the capsiacin in chili peppers
or cayenne, which will help stop pain. Use it also for a toothache!

  • How to use Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum frutescens)
    Cayenne can dull the pain of an tooth abscess, according to
    Dr. John R. Christopher in his book, School of Natural Healing
    pictured right. An abscess is a collection of pus within a
    body cavity and cayenne can also reduce this mucus.
    Remedy the problem by applying cayenne pepper fluid
    extract to the abscess or boil. Interested to learn more
    about cayenne? Celebrate the healing powers of cayenne.

Aspirin alternative #2: Ginger.
At the root of this herbal powerhouse, ginger (Zingiber officinale),
is that it not only helps with digestive support and cardiovascular
function, but it also helps with nausea. Ginger has many
benefits. It's a natural aspirin alternative for many reasons:

  • How to use ginger as a blood thinner. Your doctor may
    prescribe a low-dose aspirin, but ask your physician about
    taking ginger! Like aspirin, ginger works as a blood thinner,
    which helps prevent clots from forming. Can you take ginger
    instead of aspirin? That's a discussion that only you and
    your doctor can make,

  • How to use ginger for nausea. Ginger has long been known
    to aid digestion, which is why many use it to relieve nausea
    associated with motion sickness and pregnancy. For motion
    sickness, chew ginger gum. Take ginger as tea, add fresh
    ginger to your food, or take a dietary supplement.

  • How to use ginger for arthritis. If you take aspirin for your
    arthritis, consider a ginger supplement to your diet. Take
    ginger as tea, add fresh ginger to your food, or take a
    dietary supplement.

Aspirin alternative: #3: Licorice.
Both neem and licorice more effective than Ibuprofin!
In an abstract published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health, a comparative of anti-inflammatory
effects of herbal medicines [Sept. 9, 2014- found
neem and
licorice are more effective than ibuprofen in suppressing
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) can be an alternative to aspirin in
many ways. It's an expectorant, antibactierial, antiviral, and anti-
inflammatory. Most notably it is an effective treatment for a sore
throat or for pain with canker sores.

We're not talking about the licorice in the candy form, but the
root known as Glycyrrhiza glabra

Sometimes an overuse of aspirin causes gastric ulcers. In such a
case, licorice root can help. In a study published by the African
Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Licorice root was deemed
effective treatment of aspirin-induced gastric ulcers.

  • How to use licorice: Use licorice root for arthritis, asthma,
    also for canker sores, and cough.

    IMPORTANT: Use only with doctor's monitoring if you have
    elevated blood pressure. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is
    a natural aspirin alternative that's been effectively used for
    thousands of years, but it's not without some precautions.
    It's also not for people who suffer from diabetes, heart
    disease and liver disease or low potassium (hypokalemia) for

Aspirin alternative #4: Horse chestnut.
The bark of horse chestnut provides anti-inflammatory activity.

  • How to use horse chestnut. Take a dietary supplement or a
    as tea for arthritis, leg pains, sprains and bruising,
    hemorrhoids and menstrual cramps. It's also helpful for
    dealing with eczema.

  • IMPORTANT: Use extreme caution as horse chestnut is
    potentially toxic. Take only as directed.

Aspirin alternative #5: Kava kava.
An herb traditionally used to help ease stress and create a calm
environment Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) is a herbal
compound with many medicinal uses. Go ahead and dismiss
distress with kava kava.

Kava Kava also support healthy lungs and the nervous system. It
can relieve leg cramps, help you sleep better and just take the
edge off of life.

  • How to use Kava Kava: You can calm your body and your
    mind with Kava Kava as a tea or dietary supplement. As a
    dietary supplement Kava kava has an analgesic effect, much
    like aspirin, so it's great for headaches, neck pain, back pain
    and even toothaches. Taking kava kava as tea will offer you
    quick stress relief to ease tension and promote relaxation.

Aspirin alternative #6: Neem.
Neem Leaf (Azadirachta indica) is a traditional Ayurvedic
medicine used for a variety of ailments. It has been used to treat
parasitic worms and as an antibacterial and antiviral supplement.
Neem has benefits similar to those of echinacea or golden seal. .
Neem is most commonly used for skin issues, suc as dryness,
itchiness, wrinkles, warts, skin ulcers. Try neem for help with skin
condtions such acne, psoriasis, eczema, but also for arthritis,
diabetes, and chronic fatigue, and more

Neem leaf is also known to be an effective mild sedative, a
treatment for upset stomach and loss of appetite, and a
preventative supplement for cardiovascular disease.

  • How to use Neem: As an alternative to aspirin, use neem
    for arthritis. As with all dietary supplements, some users
    may experience nausea and upset stomach. If you
    experience these symptoms, reduce dosage or take with a

Aspirin alternative #7: Turmeric.
Turmeric (Curcuma domestica) is an anti-inflammatory and was
more valuable than gold in biblical times and has a long history
in Ayurvedic medicine as a home remedy.

Instead of reaching for a prescription, the ibuprofen or Alieve,
grab some turmeric. One of the many benefits of turmeric its

effects. Turmeric lowers histamine levels to reduce
inflammation, and this stimulates the adrenal glands to produce
more cortisone, which is the body's natural painkiller.

  • How to use turmeric: Try adding turmeric to eggs to help
    reduce inflammation and get your digestion started properly
    in the morning. As a dietary supplement, you can add black
    pepper to increase the active ingredient of turmeric,
    curcumin, by twenty times! Take a dietary supplement in
    capsule turmeric for headaches, fever, upper and abdominal
    pains. Turmeric may  can also help with bruising. For
    bruising, use externally.

Aspirin alternative #8: Peony.
The plant itself (Paeonia officinalis) is poisonous and should be
used only with extreme caution. In therapeutic doses, peony is
an effective natural alternative to aspirin. It also can strengthens
the body's natural defenses during times of stress, giving your
immune system a natural boost. When stress puts your defenses
to the test, give your immune system a natural boost with white
peony root, but think of it also for migraines!

  • How to use Peony: In addition to dealing with migraines,
    peony can help deal with the pain of fissures, gout, and
    rheumatoid arthritis. Peony is also useful for asthma,
    eclampsia and even whooping cough.

Aspirin alternative #9: Valerian root.
Valerian root has a relaxing effect on the nervous system. It's a
natural herb that helps support a restful sleep. It calms your
nerves. Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) is natural aspirin
alternative which not only has sedative effects, but also is an
anti-spasmodic, meaning it relaxes muscles.

  • How to use Valerian root: Valerian is generally safe, but
    use caution if also using depressants. Valerian can be useful
    as a dietary supplement for headaches; mental strain or lack
    of concentration; nervousness, and stress as well as for
    dealing with a variety of other ailments and conditions,
  • colic
  • epilepsy
  • fainting
  • insomnia
  • premenstural tension
  • menopause
  • muscle cramps

Aspirin alternative #10: White Willow Bark (the
original aspirin).
Last but not least is white willow bark. Before there was aspirin,
there was willow bark. People of ancient cultures would chew on
willow bark to reduce fever or joint pain. The original source of
salicin comes from the leaves and bark of Salix species of willows
and poplars. It's the salicin that acts as an anti-inflammatory
agent in the human body.

Willow bark is considered  a safer and natural aspirin alternative
for those who can’t stomach the side effects of aspirin.

Aspirin is actually the synthetic version of Willow Bark, which has
analgesic properties, as well the herb has disinfectant and
antiseptic properties.

Did you know that about 25% of modern medicines originated in
plants? One of them was aspirin, which comes from willow bark.

Today we take the synthetic version of the drug contained in
willow bark -- aspirin! Modern medicine claims the synthetic
versions of plant based drugs are modified to make them more
safe and effective. says that White willow, "
Reduces fever, relieves
pain and inflammation, wards off heart attack and stroke,
combats certain cancers, prevents migraine headaches."

  • Reduces fever.

  • Eases tension headaches and migraines. Reduce the
    tension from headache-related pain with willow bark. It may
    take longer to feel the effects of willow bark than with
    aspirin, but then again the effects also can last much longer
    when compared to aspirin.

  • Relieves pain and inflammation. Willow bark calms neck
    and back pain. Not only is willow bark a natural remedy for
    lower back pain, stiff neck, and muscle aches, but it
    mitigates arthritis and osteoarthritis pain as well. Willow
    bark can reduce arthritis and osteoarthritis-related pain by
    decreasing the inflammation and swelling.

  • Soothes menstrual cramps. Typically, menstrual cramps are
    usually the result of inflammation of the uterine lining and
    the contractions triggered by prostaglandins. Willow bark is
    believed to regulate the production of prostaglandins and
    reduce inflammation, which helps soothes not only cramps
    but PMS symptoms.

  • Helps prevent heart attack and stroke. Willow bark extract
    may reap similar benefits to aspirin in terms, but you should
    talk to your doctor before using. There is a tad bit of
    uncertainty regarding the salicin content. Willow bark tea
    could be a good source of protection should you have a
    family history of heart attack and stroke and want to prevent
    it. A sideline benefit is that it will help you have a more
    restful sleep, with no side effects.

  • How to use white willow bark: Use white willow bark in
    place of aspirin for fever, headaches and pain. It's especially
    useful for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However,
    like aspirin, white willow bark isn't for everyone and you may
    experience stomach upset in large doses. As well, take
    caution in using white willow bark if you have an ulcer.

White Willow Bark Standardized Extract, pictured right, is
standardized to 15 salicin, the key active compound in the inner
bark. This dietary supplement is not intended for children, and
you should not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not use if
you have an ulcer or if you have similar allergies.

Make your own aspirin from Willow Bark
Here's how to make your own aspirin from Willow Bark, if you are
lost in the woods:

The inner bark of White Willow contains salicin, which is what
people used before the synthetic introduction of aspirin and
ibuprofin as analgesics.

Suffer from Migraines?
If you suffer from migraines, then foods rich in magnesium should
be a focal source for you. Magnesium can curb migraines.

Foods rich in magnesium include:
  • avocados
  • bananas
  • beans and lentils
  • brown rice
  • dark chocolate
  • figs
  • fish, such as mackerel
  • leafy greens: chard, collard greens, kale, turnip greens
  • pumpkin seeds

Happy endings...
Now you know that 25% of modern medicines originated in
plants, and that one of them is aspirin. Now you know the many
aspirin alternatives to consider for those in your group who can't
stomach the side effects of aspirin. It's also a handy list for
preppers to consider for the day the pharmacy shelves are closed
for good.

There are many other aspirin alternatives to consider (and you
can read about them in the book, Aspirin Alternatives pictured at
the botttom right of the page):
  • arnica
  • black cohosh
  • blue vervain
  • bosweillia (frankincense)
  • burdock root
  • chamomile
  • devil's claw
  • English horsemint
  • feverfew
  • skullcap
  • wood betany

Have fun exploring herbal medicines, but take care in knowing
that even herbal medicines may not be right for everyone.

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