How Can You Deal With Pain in a More Natural Way? Our Top Ten Tips
We all suffer from pain at some stage. It can be minor pain or it can be chronic.
But do we always just reach for the pain meds without a second thought?
It could be that we don’t think enough about trying something more basic and natural.
Something as simple as water!
Water reduces body temperature which is beneficial for those working in hot climates. Water will replenish the fluids your body has lost – and help cool your body down. Drinking more water is a simple preventative measure to protect against developing back pain and can even help reduce existing back pain. Being dehydrated can also be the reason for the pain of headaches with drinking more water being the obvious source of pain relief.
Renowned for all its properties including that of killing pain. If you suffer from joint pain because of arthritis, garlic will help to reduce those pain levels. As a topical treatment, peel a garlic clove and heat it in a tablespoon of oil. Apply it to the affected arthritic area, allowing it to take effect to ease the pain and discomfort.
Garlic will also help with toothache. Crush several garlic cloves with a little natural salt and apply to the painful tooth for a few minutes for almost instant relief.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This will relieve both acidity and inflammation in the upper part of the stomach. Always use a natural ACV that is unfiltered, and unpasteurized. One way to get immediate relief from inflammation is to cover the affected area with a wash cloth dipped in the apple cider vinegar. Another is to soak your feet in a foot bath filled with four warm cups of water and one cup of the ACV.
Bromelain, which is derived from the stem and juice of the pineapple, was first isolated from the pineapple plant in the late 1800s when it was approved to treat swelling and inflammation following surgery. You can take advantage of this same component to help the body digest proteins, assist in overall digestive function and even soothe the discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers.
Pineapple is the ideal fruit to eat to help ease joint and muscle soreness after a workout or a long day, as well as if you have a cold or sinus infection. The anti-inflammatory qualities together with a high vitamin C content will work together to thin mucus, relieve sinus pain, reduce swelling in the upper respiratory tract and boost the immune system to fight infection.
Blueberries are high in antioxidants, helping reduce the systemic inflammation that can lead to arthritis pain. Along with other dark berries such as blackberries, cherries and raspberries, blueberries help to ease pain because they are filled with anthocyanins – special chemical components that give the intense color to so many fruits and vegetables. It is thought that these plant compounds sweep out harmful free-radical molecules that trigger inflammation.
Researchers have found that drinking cherry juice or eating tart (pie) cherries in season can help relieve muscle pain, arthritis pain and the pain of gout as well as – or better than – aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs. Cherries contain powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins which have been found to reduce inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes.
Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It is especially helpful in soothing an aching back, sore muscles and melting away a tension headache.
The curcumin component in turmeric provides ones of the best natural pain killers, helping to block pain while fighting inflammation. Turmeric is a useful arthritis fighter by cancelling the neurotransmitters from being sent to the brain. The turmeric plant grows in India and Indonesia and is related to the ginger family. As well as reducing pain, inflammation and stiffness particular in rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, it also treats bursitis.
Cloves are well known for placing on a painful tooth for relief. You can also use clove oil for toothache pain. The active ingredient in cloves is eugenol which is a natural anesthetic and anti-bacteria. It works well at reducing inflammation in the mouth.