Pain is an unpleasant sensation, resulting from the derangement of functions, disease, or injury. You can witness the pain in any part of your body viz. head, abdomen, neckline, back, hand, leg or even in your private parts. By and large, people resort to ‘over the counter’ pain killers to get relieved from that unbearable ache. But, the question here arises that whether these painkillers are effective in curing the ache of its root or it’s just a mirage? Pain in any body part makes it difficult for you to do your daily chores. Preventive measures are the best to prevent the pain to crop up in the first place. But, even after all efforts, if you are not able to save yourself from its trap, then use the following natural pain killers.
Anthocyanins found in cherries cast a twofold impact on our body. Firstly, they put an end to the inflammation and secondly, they restrain the pain-causing enzymes. Having delicious cherries in the breakfast will not only please your taste buds, but also reduce the discomfort caused due to pain. Athletes should prefer cherry juice before their tournaments to reduce the muscle pain.
Apart from culinary purpose, adding ginger to the food is a healthy practice for stomach problems as well as other problems. Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. You can even try ginger tea to get relief from pain or add grated ginger root in lemonade. Add honey to enhance the taste.
Fish contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids that help relieve back pain. It improves blood flow in the nerves and reduces the inflammation. Try salmon, herring and sardines. Using fish oil and gobbling on fish will cure back, neck and joint pain.
Turmeric powder has been used since past times to heal injuries and pain. It also keeps the digestion system in the pink. A component found in turmeric, named curcumin, makes it anti-inflammatory. It defends the body from tissue damage and swelling in joints. Take 1 tbsp turmeric daily in your diet to ease the joint pain and colitis. You can also take turmeric milk.
The friendly bacterium found in yogurt is good for tummy problems. It is also used as a reliever in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS results in stomach pain. So, eat one to two bowls of yogurt on a regular basis to ease IBS.
Eugenol is the ingredient found in clove that works against pain. It helps treat headache, arthritis, and toothache. Clove is found in many forms viz. whole clove, ground version and clove oil. Use whole clove or powdered form to spice up your food along with relieving the pain. Clove oil can be rubbed on the aching gums too.
Note- Using undiluted clove oil excessively will hurt the gums. Therefore, be cautious.
Red grapes contain resveratrol that restricts the destruction of cartilage, thereby keeping a check on the back pain. Being rich in potassium content, grapes help in arthritis pain. Grapes can be added to your daily diet as salad or side servings.
8. Hot Pepper
Many people don’t know that pepper, apart from being used for cooking purpose, also aids you in getting rid of bodily pain, especially arthritis. Capsaicin found in hot pepper acts as a pain fighter. Add half tsp powdered chili in your food. Its daily consumption will stimulate the nerve endings and decrease the effect of pain.
Out of many qualities that lemon possesses, one is- ‘It is a natural pain killer’. Lemon extract is beneficial for frequent travelers, or for those whose job involves a lot of sitting. Dip a towel in a bowl of lemon juice and apply it on the aching area. You’ll get relief.
Just a cup can ease the headache. Brew some coffee and sip it. Caffeine present in coffee helps contract the enlarged blood vessels. However, it works only if you are not a usual coffee drinker.
11. White Willow
The bark of white willow is used as a natural painkiller. The properties found in it are more like that of aspirin. It is used to cure headache, muscle contraction, lower back pain, and arthritis. Chewing the bark and swallowing its juice will also help. You can also brew this herb as tea.
Note – Taking white willow in large quantities can be poisonous. Do not give it to the children.
Chamomile is quite famous for its medicinal value. It helps treat anxiety and stomach disorders. It is also effective in curing headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. You can try chamomile tea to ease the pain. Chamomile oil can also be rubbed on the affected area.
Sage is another herb that is used as a spice, as well as a natural painkiller. It cures stomach-related diseases and soothes the pain. The compounds in this herb are active in curing throat pain too. Make a tea by adding sage leaves to the boiling water or simply chew some leaves to suck its nectar.
Echinacea is the best natural pain killer for the esophagus ache. This herb contains polysaccharides and antioxidants that help fight a bacterial infection in the throat, thereby eases the aching gullet. Drink Echinacea tea for quick relief.
15. Green Soybeans
Green soybean is very effective in osteoarthritis. All you need to do is make your diet soy rich. The secret of this plant lies in isoflavones that have anti-inflammatory effects. Consume 40 gm or approx ¼ cup soy protein on a daily basis to fix your joint pain.
16. Devil’s Claw
Devil’s claw is used to cure arthritis and gout pain. Its roots contain a compound, called harpagoside, which works against inflammation and swelling. Prepare tea by boiling 4 to 5 grams of its root in water. Drink it regularly.
17. Wintergreen Leaves
Methyl salicylate blocks the inflammation and aches causing enzymes. It cures the pain in the same way as aspirin does. In painful conditions, like headache, ovarian pain, arthritis, nerve pain, or menstrual cramps, you can directly apply the paste of its leaves onto the skin or apply its oil on the affected area.
The compound menthol in peppermint leaves helps avoid narrowing of muscles. It is the reason peppermint oil is used in curing IBS. The minty odor of peppermint oil can cure a headache too. Rub the oil on wrists and inhale the aroma. You can also add mint leaves to your tea to get relief from any pain.
19. Juniper Oil
Juniper essential oil is widely used in ointments to cure the muscle contraction and joint pain. The antispasmodic and antirheumatic properties of this oil help soothe the pain. For the best results, apply it before going to bed.
20. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is used for treating many health disorders due to its relaxing, pain relieving, and stress busting properties. It is excellent in treating muscle pain. The sweet aroma of lavender helps get good sleep, which, in turn, eases the pain.
Fennel is known for its antispasmodic and analgesic properties. It cures many bodily pains including menstrual cramps. It is recommended in aches associated with gout, gas, spasm, and cramps. You can also use a fennel compress for eyelids and fennel oil for muscle pain.
Licorice contains a compound, called glycyrrhizin, which helps control inflammation. It also prevents uneasiness and tiredness. It cures stomach pain, arthritis, sore throat, and heartburn. Make a tea with the help of licorice root for the effective outcome.
Valerian is an herb that is very effective in providing relief from pain. Give it time to do its work and you’ll be able to get a respite from the pain without resorting to pain killing tablets. It relaxes the nervous system and reduces the nerve sensitivity. Prefer drinking valerian tea.
Add oregano in your food for the treatment of stomach pain and other health conditions. It contains anti-inflammatory compounds and is also known for its antispasmodic and analgesic properties. It is helpful in joint pain, back pain, muscle spasm and other chronic pains too.
25. Burdock Root
Burdock root contains omega-3 fatty acids in a large amount that act as a strong natural pain killer. You can brew tea by adding 2 tbsp fresh burdock root or 2 tsp dried version in a cup of warm water. Dosage may be 2 to 4 cups a day.
Flaxseed helps boost up the immune system, as it is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are one of the best natural painkillers for the severe pain. This oil, if added to your daily diet, will help you fight inflammation, apart from fortifying the resistance power. Consume 2 tbsp raw flaxseeds or its oil on a daily basis.
Note- The patients of Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS) should intake oil rather than seeds.
Nettle is an ‘all-in-one’ herb, which treats any pain. This incredible herb contains calcium, minerals, protein and vitamins. Take a cup of tea made up of nettle leaves to relieve arthritis and gout pain.