Throughout our lives, we all come into contact with a lot of pain. Not all pain is debilitating, but it all hurts — that’s the nature of pain after all. When it comes to physical pain, the first reaction doesn’t always have to be to reach into the medicine cabinet.
In fact, there are a plethora of natural remedies available for reducing inflammation and soothing pain. Many of these natural pain killers are herbs and foods, and some of these substances can have side effects.
However, being natural, the side effects these pain killers have is usually quite minimal if taken on their own. The cause for concern comes from the ways these herbs and foods may interact with other medications you may be taking. If you’re currently taking medication, be sure to consult a doctor or do some research on your own to ensure these natural pain killers are safe to consume. As always, avoid eating or coming into contact with anything you may be allergic to.
Teas & Cooking Ingredients
There are a variety of teas that relieve pain. Many of the herbs below can also be utilized when cooking if you prefer that method of pain relief to drinking tea.
- Ginger – Ginger tea is useful for reducing inflammation and soothing arthritis. It can also be consumed in soups, smoothies, and other dishes
- Turmeric – Turmeric can be consumed in tea form or in a variety of foods (including spicy Indian food and hot dogs). Turmeric reduces inflammation and can help prevent ulcers, indigestion, and even Alzheimer’s.
- White Willow Bark – Drinken as a tea, or taken in capsule form, white willow bark has benefits similar to over-the-counter ibuprofen (or Advil). This makes it ideal for getting rid of headaches or migraines or soothing any pain you may be experiencing.
- Feverfew – One of the most popular herbal remedies for pain, feverfew tea is often used to prevent and treat migraines, as well as reduce pain. Feverfew can also be found in capsules.
- Capsaicin – Capsaicin is found naturally in chili peppers and can treat joint pain, arthritis, migraines, and other ailments. You can consume capsaicin by eating chili peppers or cayenne pepper, or you can find capsaicin cream to apply directly to affected areas of your body.
- Comfrey Root – Comfrey root ointment can reduce pain, including pain originating from a sprain or arthritis. While comfrey also can be safely consumed as a tea, you should refrain from eating comfrey, as it can be detrimental to your health.
Vitamins & Supplements
Having too little of Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, or Vitamin C can cause your body to experience chronic pain. While supplementing your diet with these vitamins will not quickly eliminate your pain like other natural painkillers we’ve mentioned, over time you should experience a decrease in chronic pain.
Vitamins D, B12, and C can all be found in certain foods or purchased in supplement capsules. Vitamin D can also be obtained simply by being exposed to the sun’s light.
Omega-3 is a natural supplement that you can use to relieve pain. This substance is found naturally in many kinds of fish, as well as in leafy vegetables and vegetable oils, and walnuts. Omega-3 supplement pills are also available.
Other Ways to Kill Pain
In addition to the above natural remedies, there are a few other ways you can attempt to stop your pain in its tracks.
Heat and Ice Treatment
Heat and cold can reduce pain that exists near the surface of your body, including achy knees and joints. Heat or cold therapy can be undergone by applying a hot or cold pack to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
Wrap the hot or cold pack in a towel to prevent damage to your skin. You’ll want the pack to be hot or cold, but not too hot or cold.
If you don’t have a cold pack, you can substitute a back of ice or frozen vegetables. An electric heating pad can be used in place of a hot pack, but you’ll want to set an alarm or avoid lying down while using the pad. Falling asleep with a heating pad can be dangerous to your health. You can also take a hot/cold shower or bath to relieve bodily pains.
Research suggests that acupuncture is effective at relieving pain, especially lower-back pain. Acupuncture is the medical process of using small needles to stimulate various areas of the body. Acupuncture was developed in China long ago and is currently a popular form of pain relief practiced in the West as well.
Acupuncture will not relieve your pain immediately, so you should keep this in mind. To experience to true benefits of acupuncture, you’ll need to continue receiving acupuncture therapy regularly for a while.
While not as popular as other forms of pain relief, aromatherapy has been the focus of a few modern studies on relieving pain. Aromatherapy can be useful in treating chronic pain, reducing pain felt during labor, and relieving arthritis. Aromatherapy is probably not effective alone, so you should use aromatherapy in conjunction with other natural pain relievers in order to achieve maximum pain relief.
Results May Vary
When perusing the above list of herbal teas, natural creams, and other natural pain killers, keep in mind that there isn’t a single painkiller that works 100% effectively for every individual. You may need to try a few different options before you discover one that works well for you. And, as mentioned earlier, you’ll want to consult a doctor before trying some of the above pain relief options.