When we’re in pain, many of us immediately will reach for a bottle of over the counter pain medicine. It’s something we’ve all done hundreds of times, but those medicines while fairly effective can be hard on the body, particularly the kidneys and liver. Also long term use of these medicines can harm your stomach and after a time, they lose their effectiveness on your body. Did you know there are some natural ways you can relieve pain? I bet you have most of all of these in your pantry, cabinet, or refrigerator. Relief could be in the next room – no rushed trip to the store needed! Here are a few natural solutions for pain relief to try next time you have some aches and pains.
Take a Long Hot Soak
While not an oral medication, this is a tried and true method for reliving a tired, achy body. There is nothing like a long hot bath when you’re stressed or hurting. The calming water can relax your muscles and relieve tension. You can add Epsom salt and essential oils like lavender and sweet orange to help relieve stress and pain in the body. It’s also the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.
This kitchen staple is also a natural pain reliever. Got insect bites? You can make a baking soda paste to apply to the itchy places. You can also add some baking soda to a glass of water to relieve heartburn or indigestion.
Add a splash vinegar to a bath to help relax and soothe the body. While it doesn’t smell too great, it will do wonders for sore muscles. You can get relief from mouth pain or a toothache by using some vinegar as a mouthwash.
This is one your grandmother probably used, but it has mostly been abandoned. If you suffer from chronic stomach problems, try drinking cabbage juice! It can help with ulcers and calm an upset stomach.
Cabbage leaves can also be used inside the bra to relieve breast pain to do engorgement after childbirth, mastitis, or pain from weaning. Ground parsley can be applied to treat these conditions as well. These are home remedies that should be in every new mother’s arsenal!
“Thyme” for Clear Sinuses?
Suffer from sinus pain and pressure? Do you feel nasal congestion? Ground thyme can be sprinkled into steaming water and used as a sinus pressure relieving vapor bath. You’ll soon be breathing easier!
Tea for Pain Relief
Black tea is rich in tannins, which are known for being able to relieve swelling. Puffy eyes? Placing tea bags over the eyelids can reduce the puffiness. You can also use a tea bag that’s been in some cold water to relieve an insect bite or burn.
Sage for Sore Throats
Got a sore, scratchy throat? You can make a pain-relieving gargle with ground sage, salt, and warm water. It will ease the pain, and reduce congestion and swelling in the throat.
Corn Silk Tea
If you find yourself battling pain from a urinary tract infection, you can use corn silks to treat it! Steep the silks in boiling water and make a tea. You should notice relief the next time you go to the bathroom.
Clove for Teething Pain
For generations, people have used clove to help relieve teething pain in their infants. You can dilute a drop of clove oil in some coconut oil and rub it on baby’s gums to help bring them some relief. Clove is also antibacterial, so it can help to treat a dental infection or swelling. Clove works great for adults too! You can rub it right on the affected tooth. Definitely keep some of this in your medicine cabinet!
There are many natural pain relievers out there and these are just a handful of the options. While there are times when you will need a prescription for certain conditions, many times you can treat things using natural remedies. If you are still experiencing symptoms after trying natural treatments, you probably need to see a doctor.
Do you have any natural pain relievers that work for you?