I have nothing against OTC medications. They usually work better than anything else and are almost always safe to use in moderation. The problem is, many people tend to pop a pill every time they feel a little uncomfortable. For me, taking medication is a last resort when nothing else has worked.
Why? Well, as Chris from Joybilee Farm points out in the following article, even common medications can be dangerous. For example, nonsteroid anti-inflammatories (the most common of which is ibuprofen) can increase the chance of heart attack or stroke. It’s a small increase, but it’s an increase nonetheless, so why not look for a natural alternative first?
Fortunately, there are several common trees that have bark and/or leaves with medicinal properties. You can turn them into salves or teas and use them to ease joint pain. The trees mentioned include birch, cedar, cottonwoood, dogwood, and willow. Even if these don’t grow in your zone, you should be able to find similar trees nearby with a little research.
She writes, “I’d like to introduce you to 6 medicinal trees growing in my zone 3 forest garden that can help with pain and inflammation. Relatives of these medicinal trees grow all over the world, so you should be able to find them in forests, city parks, and stream sides near you…”