Body pain is probably the most annoying thing in the world. It won’t let you eat, sleep, or get on with your life. Yet, the pain itself is actually a helper. If you feel pain in a particular part of the body, it simply means that your brain is working to fix it. On the other hand, if you felt no pain, your brain wouldn’t try to fix it and whatever part is injured would never heal. In this article, we’ll learn about some pain relievers- both natural and medical, and see how they work so that if you are ever in pain, you can choose right. Whether you have back pain, neck pain, toothache, menstrual cramps, or severe surgical pain, there is always something you can do to relieve them.
Before you choose a pain reliever, it is a good idea to learn about the source of the pain. Pain can be caused by many things: Cuts and bruises, sports or accident injuries, surgical, bone joint (Osteo Arthritis), etc.
5 Best Natural Pain Relievers:
From a very ancient time, people have always turned to mother nature for healing. Plants and herbs have always been the source of all medications. Therefore, if you can, always look to nature for solutions. Most of them are safe with zero side effects unless you are really allergic to them. Following are a few natural pain relievers that can come in handy.
Heat and Ice
Hot and cold works very well for low to moderate pains. A sprained ankle, superficial cuts, and common sports injuries can easily be handled by heat and ice. These common pains always come with some inflammation (Swelling). Cold press the swollen area for a while, and when the swelling goes down, use something warm to get the blood flowing. Ice and heat can give you almost instant relief.
The bark of white Willow contains the chemical Salicin, which is actually the inspiration for aspirin. Salicin is an amazing blood thinner. It is generally understood that a painful area swells because of blockages. It doesn’t allow the blood to flow properly. Aspirin or Salicin restores the blood flow. The swelling goes down and the pain as well. Willow bark is also the best natural pain reliever for menstrual cramps.
In ancient times, people would directly chew willow barks. Nowadays, you can buy dried willow barks, which can be brewed like tea. There is also a kind of massage oil commonly known as Efficascent Oil (Methyl-Salicylate) that contains salicin extracts. The oil also comes in combination with Menthol. You can directly apply it on the muscle or the joint where it hurts. It gives instant relief.
The medicinal value of turmeric can not be understated. It has so many usages that you might as well have this spice always at home. It is a strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic.
You can apply it directly on a cut to heal fast. You can also drink it like tea (mix turmeric powder in some warm water) for internal abdominal pains. You can find turmeric in many forms. It’s possible to buy it raw, dried, or in tea bags at any grocery and wet markets. It tastes delicious too, especially with meat.
A powerful germicide, anti-inflammatory, and pain reliever. Aside from using it for food, you can buy clove oil at a grocery. Apply directly on the painful area and watch pain disappear.
It even heals toothache in an instant. Soak a piece of cotton with clove oil, put it under the tooth that is hurting and bite down for 20-30 minutes. It would feel a little uncomfortable for a while as cloves have a strong taste, but it’ll heal your toothache.
Slow movements of the body parts while breathing can have an amazing pain-relieving effect on the body. Yoga is an excellent way to heal muscle pains, joint pains, and back pains. However, if you don’t know well, get advice from a certified yoga instructor. You can read our article ‘Yoga for Anxiety Relief‘ for a much better understanding. You will learn a bit about the history of Yoga. We also explain how Yoga works to relieve pain, anxiety, and stress.
Finally, no matter how good natural pain relievers are, there are times when you need some medical help especially if your pain is moderate to severe. If so, please wait for our article where we explain the medical pain relievers. Stay tuned.