If you search for a home remedy for sciatica in Google, you’ll get hundreds of results suggesting weird and wacky recipes based on all sorts of claims, from scientific evidence through to witchcraft voodoo. However, some of these home remedies do have potential. Read on for my recipe for the ultimate home remedy for sciatica!
Aims of this post:
- To suggest the an anti-inflammatory home remedy for sciatica
- To give you the ingredients and instructions for this home remedy for sciatica
- To show you some great natural supplements you can add to your diet to help sciatica
The Ultimate Home Remedy for Sciatica
First, what is sciatica?
Sciatica is the term used to describe a set of symptoms involving nerve pain which shoots from the back or buttock into the leg, sometimes down to the toes.
You can read all about the causes and symptoms of sciatica in my Ultimate Guide to Sciatica HERE.
What is a home remedy for sciatica?
A home remedy for sciatica is anything you can create from natural ingredients to supplement the diet. Home remedies for sciatica can be mixed and made into a convenient drink.
The aim of these home remedies is primarily pain relief; attained either by relaxing the muscles, reducing inflammation in the body or reducing irritation on the nerve that is causing the problem.
Click HERE to read about why inflammation is something that you need to reduce when you have sciatica
Do home remedies for sciatica actually work?
Some home remedies for sciatica are based purely on false beliefs and superstitious old-wives-tales.
However, I’ve found one home remedy that may actually have some potential.
The ingredients include naturally occurring herbs and spices that have been proven to reduce inflammation within the human body.
Why do we need to reduce inflammation?
Although inflammation is a normal process that the body goes through every day without us realising it, excess inflammation around an irritated nerve root will substantially increase our pain when suffering from sciatica.
The best way to reduce the inflammation around the offending nerve root is to reduce the inflammation throughout our entire body.
You can attempt to do this the traditional way, by using anti-inflammatory pain killers; however, a lot of my clients hate taking these pills.
They can have harmful effects on the gut, make us feel “not right”, and have risks when taken for long periods of time.
That is why I felt compelled to search for another way.
What ingredients can reduce inflammation?
One of the ingredients that has been shown to reduce inflammation in the human body is turmeric.
Turmeric is a popular Indian spice, and is the yellow colouring used in curries. The reason turmeric is touted as an anti-inflammatory supplement is that it contains a substance called “curcumin”, which is its active ingredient.
Curcumin acts as a strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant within the body (Jurenka, 2009). It is such a powerful anti-inflammatory that this researcher reported its effects to be as strong as those of prescription medication.
Turmeric is quite popular as a supplement for arthritis and is reported by many to have a noticeable effect on pain relief even when used for a short period. Compared to other supplements and medications, turmeric has been described as less expensive and much safer to use (Aggarwal et al., 2009).
Turmeric on it’s own won’t work for sciatica – read about the extra ingredient you need to make this spice effective in reducing inflammation in this article HERE.
Another ingredient that is popular in home remedies for sciatica is ginger.
Ginger is beneficial against nausea but it also is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories, modulating multiple pathways to reduce pain and inflammation, thus reducing the need for potentially harmful anti-inflammatory chemical painkillers (Abascal et al., 2006).
Dark cherries have been shown to block the pain signals present from inflammation in the human body.
This makes them an ideal addition to your home remedy for sciatica. A handful of dark cherries will be enough to feel the benefit of natural pain relief.
Peppermint has been shown to aid the natural relaxation of tense muscles.
In sciatica, muscles can become tense and rigid due to sustained pain, which exacerbates the problem. Adding peppermint to your home remedy for sciatica is a fantastic, tasty solution.
Recipe – The Ultimate Home Remedy for Sciatica
You will need:
- A blender
- Chopping board
- 2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt
- 300ml Milk
- 1 small sprig of ginger
- 1 teaspoon of Turmeric
- 1 lime
- 10 Dark Cherries, pitted
- 1 handful of peppermint leaves
- 1 teaspoon of Honey
- 2g of cracked black pepper
- 4 large Ice cubes
- Dice the ginger into fine pieces.
- Slice the lime into quarters and set aside.
- Add the yoghurt, milk, ginger, turmeric, pitted cherries, pepper and peppermint leaves to the blender and switch it on!
- When the mixture is smooth, place the ice cubes in a large glass and add the blended smoothie.
- Squeeze the juice of all 4 of the quarters of lime into the glass.
- Drizzle 1 teaspoon of honey over the smoothie.
- Voila! You have just created the ultimate home remedy for sciatica.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for my ultimate home remedy for sciatica! It is unlike the traditional “home brew” teas that are online as I wanted to bring something different to people with sciatica. You will also get a range of digestive benefits from the yoghurt in addition to the pain relieving benefit of the key ingredients of this remedy.
If you tried the home remedy for sciatica and enjoyed it, why not let me know in the comments below?
As always, thanks for reading!
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