Natural Pain Relief
By: Sawyer Cecena
There’s an old saying which goes: “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” Sometimes we just can’t wait until tomorrow! Whether it’s a stubbed toe or a cavity, most of us rely on over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or Tylenol for our general pain relief needs. Which is fine in moderation, but there are tons of natural, non-medicated pain relief remedies that are often underrated and unrecognized! Try some of these tips next time you’ve got that annoying ache that just won’t go away.
Feel The Heat – And The Cold!
Walking around with sore muscles can be irritating, especially if you’re active. Next time you’ve got a stiff neck or an aching back, try treating the pain with temperature. You can use an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables for about 15 minutes at a time to control swelling and temporarily numb pain. Following up with some low heat, such as a heating pad or a warm bath, will help to calm down those tense muscles. For extra relief, try adding some Epsom salt to your bath water!
Spice Up Your Life
We all know how much adding some spice can improve our cooking. But many people are clueless as to the other benefits that spices and herbs can offer. Ginger, turmeric, cayenne, and rosemary, for example, all have anti-inflammatory properties. Nutmeg and coriander work wonders for stomach pain, while cloves and sage should be your go-to’s for your next tooth or head ache. For a more in-depth look at all that herbs and spices can do for pain, check out this article by Sunwarrior!
Push It Real Good
Acupressure is a technique which originated in Asia and has been used for centuries to fight aches and pains. It involves using touch on certain pressure points throughout the body to enhance positive energy. While acupressure is typically performed by a professional, there are certain techniques you can do easily and safely at home! If you suffer from migraines or other chronic headache conditions, for example, you may find relief in pressing on the Hegu, which is the spot between the base of your thumb and index finger.
Most of us can relate to the amazing feeling of putting aloe vera gel on a fresh sunburn. But, that’s not all it’s good for! Does your skin hurt from dryness? Adding a little aloe into your skincare routine is an excellent step for rehydration. A little bruised? Putting aloe vera on a sore bruise can help relieve the ouch the same way it works for a sunburn. Having some digestive trouble? It can help with that too! When taken in an oral form, aloe vera can help with constipation and stomach pains.
What are your best ways to relieve pain? Drop some suggestions in the comments!