If you watch the news on any given day, it doesn’t take long to realize there is an opioid addiction epidemic around the world. The use of it is on the rise, as well as the abuse from those using, prescribing, or those stealing and selling them.
However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t real pain among the people using prescription drugs, in turn creating a real need for something to help relieve that pain. But, does that need mean that a person must succumb to the addictive characteristics of prescription narcotics?
No. There many other natural alternatives to relieving pain. And, you can even make your own pain pills.
Turmeric is gaining in popularity. Yes, it is more known as a natural seasoning for cooking many dishes. But, it also has healthy benefits such as reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
A Little Background on Turmeric
As a member of the ginger family, turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. It is often used in Asian and Indian cuisine for flavor and color, such as curry dishes. The flavoring has a bitter, yet earthy warm, peppery, and mustard-like edge to it.
However, turmeric also has the power to heal through curcumin, which is its active ingredient. As an antioxidant, curcumin can lower levels of 2 enzymes known to produce inflammation in the body. It also can help to protect our bodies from free radical molecules which could actively damage our cells and tissue.
Turmeric can be taken in pill form or added to a beverage or food. Many people are taking it and digesting it in some form to help alleviate pain and treat various conditions such as arthritis.
But, cooking with turmeric every day can be a bit monotonous after a while. And, how do you know which turmeric supplement to buy? Well, you don’t have to worry about either, if you make your own.
And, it’s easy!
Making All-Natural Pain Pills with Turmeric
Before we start with the “how to”, a word of caution: Turmeric leaves a mark, a hue of orange on most anything it encounters. So, when working with substantial amounts of it, it would be in your best interest to use gloves, unless you like orange fingers! Also, work with an old towel or paper towels under your work area. You will be thankful in the end!
Now, what do you need to make turmeric pain pills? Not much, to be honest. But, each of the ingredients are important. Some of the ingredients, which will be addressed below, can be omitted in the actual pill, but will still have to be consumed for the pills to be the most effective. So, it only makes sense to add it to the pill, rather than your meals each time you eat.
You will need the following:
- Turmeric powder
- Coconut oil powder
- Black peppercorn
- Capsule maker
- Empty capsules size 00
In addition to the above, you will need a mixing bowl and spoon.The ingredients are simple and few, but important. As mentioned, some people choose to just use straight turmeric in their capsules, which is fine. But, the coconut oil powder (a healthy fat) and black peppercorn serve their purpose in aiding with absorption, allowing the turmeric to be more effective in relieving pain. If you don’t add it to the pill, you should find a way to digest it each time you take a pill, which could be tedious, and not taste all that great on its own.
So, on to the directions:
Step 1 – Mix the following ingredients in a bowl (will make approximately 100 capsules):
- 3 tablespoons turmeric
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil powder
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground peppercorn
Step 2 – Next, prepare the capsule maker by removing the short end of the empty capsule and placing the longer end into the capsule maker.Step 3 – Once all the ingredients are blended well and the capsules are placed in the holes, pour the turmeric mix on top of the capsule maker.
Step 4 – Slowly scrape the mix over the holes to start filling the empty capsules, careful not to spill over the edge.Step 5 – Using the tamper included with the capsule maker, slowly press down the mix in the capsules. Each capsule maker might have varying directions and appearance. But, the technique should be the same. This step will assure each capsule will hold the maximum amount of the turmeric mix.Step 6 – After the first tampering, pour more mix over the holes it made, and repeat steps 4 and 5 as many times as it takes for the capsules to fill.Step 7 – Once the capsules are full, place the caps on each capsule, making sure they are on securely to avoid coming loose and the content spilling out. This step is probably the most tedious and messy of them all. But, still well worth it to have your own homemade turmeric pain pills on hand.
And, for the best news…that’s all there is to it! A simple, quick, and healthy alternative to what is found on pharmacy and health store shelves. And, no additives or chemicals getting the way of easing your pain.
Tips and Tricks to Remember
When making your own pain pills with turmeric, there are a few things to remember in obtaining optimum results.
- For best results, use size 00 capsules. That will allow you to get a decent dose in one pill. If they are smaller, you will have to take more than one, and larger would be more difficult to swallow.
- Black peppercorn and coconut oil powder is essential in aiding in absorption. So, if you opt to not add it to your capsules, make sure you fit it in your diet with each dose.
- Use a decent quality turmeric.
- A daily dose of turmeric for pain is 1 teaspoon. So, considering it’s mixed with 2 other ingredients, taking up to 3 capsules a day (one at each meal) should be equivalent.
- The shelf life of turmeric is high, but not necessarily the capsules. So, don’t make too many ahead of time. About a month’s worth is ideal.
Also, as mentioned earlier, this recipe above makes about 100 capsules.