Not every pain or discomfort warrants a visit to the doctor or pharmacy. Sometimes all you need is to go into your kitchen and find a remedy. Other times we just need to eat healthier or perform one or two stretches and the pain is minimized or gone. Once in a while, we often experience those awful nagging pains in different parts of our bodies. It could be lower back pain or a knot in the shoulder or the knee.
The sensation or feeling could be frustrating and distracting, to say the least. And sometimes medications don’t just cut it. It is recommended that natural remedies are used instead. Because unlike other pain-relieving drugs, natural herbs and practices have a more instant and long-lasting effect. With little or no side effects whatsoever.
Have you ever stopped to wonder why they work and the rapid speed at which they do?
Below are 10 herbal remedies and practices that you could use to naturally relieve pain.
1. Lavender oil;
lavender oil is one of those essential oils that have more than one use. It is one of the go-to oil for several things, in this case, pain relief. Research has it that lavender oil can be used to relieve migraines, pain, and anxiety. Lavender oil is often used for aromatherapy to calm nerves and relaxation. It is recommended that Lavender oil like every other essential oil should be mixed with carrier oils before being used on the skin. Lavender oil should by no means be ingested.
Cloves have more than one method of usage. It contains a natural anaesthetic or chemical called eugenol. This compound helps relieve pain and combat infections. Hence it could be used in its natural form or turned into an oil. Clove in its natural form or oil can be chewed and applied to relieve gum aches. It can relieve an acidity problem if sucked upon after a meal. Cloves can also be used to relieve soft tissue and muscle pain when clove oil is applied.
Capsaicin is the main property of chilli peppers. It has been named one of the best painkillers by experts and researchers. Capsaicin is a natural remedy that numbs nerve responders. It causes skin sensitivity to pain to be almost nonexistent.
Capsaicin plays a big role in pain management. It is found in most pain-relieving ointments, lotions and creams. When applied it can reduce back pain and relief headaches and migraines.
Ginger is one of those ingredients that can be found in every kitchen. It has many uses other than giving additional flavours to a meal. Ginger contains properties that can relieve symptoms of gastrointestinal upset, i.e. the antiemetic function of ginger explains why it increases gastric emptying. Eating ginger after exercise has been proven to reduce inflammation and speed up recovery.
According to a 2015 review, eating at least 2 grams of ginger daily can reduce muscle pain gotten from running and resistance exercise. Therefore it is advised to include ginger in your diet by adding it to smoothies, teas and meals.
Turmeric contains a pain-relieving active ingredient called Curcuma. It has antioxidant qualities which makes it a natural pain reliever. Turmeric can be used for treating joint pain, especially arthritis. It is often used as used to treat inflammation and other pains, because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric can be added to meals, especially Curries. It can also be added to smoothies, juices and teas. They can also be ingested orally in capsule, tablet or extract form.
Experts suggest that peppermint contains antimicrobial, pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Peppermint either in oil form or natural form has a pain-relieving effect.
Traditionally people chewed on peppermint leaves in other to aid digestion, and relieve headaches, toothache and muscular pain. Peppermint oil on the other hand is used for aromatherapy. It can be inhaled to calm the nerves and mind. It can also be applied on the forehead and temples to relieve tension. It is advisable to dilute with a carrier oil and avoid using it on broken skin.
7. Anti-inflammatory diets;
Pain relief can be achieved by simply changing diets. This method might take longer but it is effective all the same. Eating healthier foods will not only make you healthier but stronger. Changing to an anti-inflammatory diet can aid in alleviating stiffness from arthritis, pain, inflammation and other conditions.
Eating the following foods such as vegetables, whole foods, whole grains, fruits, olive oil, nuts, fish and beans and legumes are high in inflammatory qualities. The above foods help to fight inflammation and are a good fit for an anti-inflammatory diet.
Yoga is a physical exercise and meditation that calms the mind and naturally reduces pain. It releases the tensed muscles and in turn reduces pain. Yoga is used for pain management. It incorporates stretching, breathing exercises, self-care, meditation and physical therapy.
A few minutes of yoga can relieve neck pain and low back ache. Yoga relieves stress and anxiety-related pains. Although yoga reduces pain, there is currently no evidence that supports it relieving headaches, arthritis and fibromyalgia.
9. Cold or hot compresses;
Either hot or cold compresses it advisable to use in the early hours of the injury preferably the first 48 hours. Ice packs are an example of cold compress. It decreases pain by reducing inflammation and swelling. Cold compress works best for swelling and inflammation.
Hot compress works best for joint stiffness, relieving muscle tension and increasing blood circulation to aid the healing process. Compresses either hot or cold work better when applied directly on the affected area.
Garlic is said to contain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities. These properties make it an effective pain-relieving agent for arthritis, and the oral cavity amongst many others. Garlic can be taken raw in its natural form or as an oil.
The most effective use of garlic is in its raw state, it can either be chewed or swallowed. Garlic oil can also be applied to aching joints to relieve pain. It can be crushed and mixed with a pinch of salt and applied to relieve toothache.