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Here you will find blog posts by Alicia Archuleta discussing natural herbal and plant remedies. Enjoy!

Using Natural Herbs and Plants To Heal Your Pain

by Alicia Archuleta

What is pain? If you are one of the millions of Americans who are desperate to get rid of daily pain I want you to know there is another way. The increasing number of people taking pain medication, many of whom are dying from it, is a big indicator that the way we handle pain in modern society in wrong. One of the body’s primary tools to tell us something is wrong is with our pain receptors. In these moments, we need to help our bodies to heal themselves yet we are told to mask the pain and are not given any real solutions. What can we do to solve these problems in a more realistic way?

There are lots of solutions such as those requiring surgery, change of diet, massage, and the one to which I am most inclined consists of the use of natural herbal remedies. In my youth, I grew up next to my great grandpa Juan (aka Sapito ,meaning little frog), who was known for his healing capabilities through natural means. I still remember seeing people in wheel chairs or with a walker going into his adobe house, which had chile ristras hanging around his front porch, for a massage. It was always a miracle at his house for people who were suffering from pain, as they would always be better afterward. Seeing this all the time I thought it was typical but now that I have left that “bubble” I view it in a very different way. My grandpa started teaching his whole family to heal naturally from the day they were born. The best way to help healing yourself is to help your body in its healing process by giving it a boost.

The best remedy for pain depends on the location where that pain originates. Over the years, I have embraced what I have learned in that “bubble” while living next to my grandfather Sapito, and what other family members have taught me about natural healing. The most common “incurable” pain that most people have usually come from ailments from which the pain can be managed. The type I see the most comes from autoimmune disorders and from injuries to the body. Most people look at an autoimmune disorder and think the only thing they can do is take steroids to have any quality of life. The first thing I tell people to have an allergy test to determine to what foods they are sensitive. Second, I explain that there are sterols that come from herbs like Osha (Osha de la Sierra), Angelica (Osha del Compo), and Cow Parsnip (Yerba del Oso).

These plants are part of the parsnip family and are all strong plants (both in taste and healing power). My mom and brother are not big fans of the smell or the taste. Osha is the most popular and tends to be good for every ailment from Cancer to Diabetes, from open wounds to autoimmune disorders. The only circumstances it might not be a good idea to use Osha is in the case of a pregnant woman or in someone on…

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