NSAIDS (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatories) function by inhibiting prostaglandins which increase inflammation in the body. The following foods and spices do the same thing, (article) but don’t disturb digestion the way that NSAIDS do. They may not immediately work for a headache, but might be more appropriate for more chronic systemic inflammation associated with (well, EVERYTHING, but…) arthritis, IBS, heart disease, chronic pain, fever etc. Plus they are all YUMMYDELICIOUS and should be part of our diet anyway.
Omega-3 fatty acids (flax, fish, nuts green leafys)… Green Tea… Spices (including ginger, turmeric and black pepper, curry powder, dried dill, oregano, paprika, rosemary, mustard, thyme, and also almonds, apricots, dates, raisins, green peppers, olives and mushrooms…Red Wine (yay!)… Basil which contains ursolic acid, also found in cranberries, elder flower, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, prunes and the skin of apples (so buy organic apples and wash, don’t peel.)