Relieve Pain Naturally

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Over the counter pain relievers can cause medical problems ranging from liver failure to internal bleeding. Forgo pharmaceuticals in favor of natural options and say good bye to pain.

Pain killers such as ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen taken in frequent doses is hard on the liver and increases chances of stroke. Fortunately nature has provided alternatives that can reduce your pain without risky side effects.

Arthritis: More than 27 million Americans suffer some type of arthritis with osteoarthritis being the most common. This degenerative joint disease is characterized by stiffness, loss of movement, and pain caused by inflammation and a breakdown of cartilage around joints. Although arthritis cannot be cured there are remedies that can help reduce inflammation and pain.

  • Bromelain: Derived from pineapple, this enzyme fights the compounds that cause pain and inflammation. Bromelain breaks down proteins that hinder blood circulation and cause blood clots, which can help relieve pain. A common dose is 500 mg. 3x a day between meals. I personally eat a few bites of fresh pineapple after each meal.
  • Capsaicin: Capsaicin creams won’t prevent or restore lost cartilage, but they can help relieve pain. Found in cayenne peppers, this compound interferes with transmission of pain signals between brain and body.
  • Devils Claw: This herb from southern Africa is prized for its anti-inflammatory properties. The popularity of this as a medicine has put it at risk of extinction. A common recommendation for dosage is 1500 to 2500 mg. of powdered herb daily.
  • Ginger: Ginger decreases pain and inflammation. In one study, 250 mg. of ginger extract taken 4x a day diminished pain from knee osteoarthritis after 3 months of use.
  • Turmeric: The curcumin in turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory properties that reduce joint pain and swelling. Curcumin is often combined with bromelain or piperine (found in peppers) to help increase its absorption by the body. Two long term studies have shown that a curcummin-phosphatidylcholine complex improves arthritis symptoms and reduces blood levels of inflammatory chemicals.

Aching Muscles:  Aches and pains plague us all. Whether you’ve overdone a workout, experienced an injury or coming down with flu symptoms. Make sure you have taken in plenty of fluids as dehydration during illness can lead to achy muscles.

  • Epsom Salts  is actually just magnesium sulfate. A natural sedative effect on the nervous system, which can relax tight muscles. It also contains detoxifying powers, which can help soothe sore muscles and joint pain. Magnesium is poorly absorbed by the digestive tract, but easily absorbed through the skin. Add a cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes.
  • Arnica contains anti-inflammatory compounds for treating sore muscles, sprains, swelling and other related ailments. Arnica contains a compound called helenin, which assists as a natural analgesic. Available for topical use as creams, gels, salves, ointments and oils.  Apply topically.
  • Ginger has warming properties that increases circulation, helping to relax sore muscles. For a soothing ginger bath, shave a couple of tablespoons of fresh ginger into a mesh bag..toss into the tub. For muscles that need more attention, try a ginger compress.

Ginger compress works wonders for back strains, sprains, bruises and other injuries. Fresh ginger root works best, but powdered ginger works also. Can add cinnamon powder for extra warming.    Take 1/2 cup fresh ginger, grated and 2 cups water and 1 Tablespoon powdered cinnamon. Place all ingredients in saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Let steep for 15 minutes. Then soak a wash cloth witht he strong tea. Apply cloth to painful or stiff muscles until cloth has cooled; then resoak and reapply several times. For inflamed muscles or intense pain, apply ice the first day and then alternate with ginger compresses (4 minutes hot to 1 minute cold).

Risks of Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

  • Ibuprofen is a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. NSAIDs are linked to both nonfatal and fatal strokes. Long term use is associated with increased risk of renal cell cancer and is linked to a 45% higher chance of death or recurring heart attack in recent heart attack patients. Can also result in bleeding, ulcers and interfere with antidepressants.
  • Aspirin is usually given to those at risk for heart attacks and strokes. Aspirin is a blood thinner, it increases risk of bleeding.  Has been linked to hearing loss in men, especially those younger than 50.
  • Acetaminophen usually seen in Tylenol. Low frequent doses can damage the kidneys, brain and liver. It is the most common cause of drug induced liver disease and liver failure in the United States.

Premenstrual Symptoms: Hormone fluctuations before a woman’s period can wreak havoc on her physical and mental well being. Painful cramps, uncomfortable bloating and mood swings.

  • Cramps: Painful abdominal cramps are one of the most common PMS symptoms. Acupressure and applying heat or essential oils, such as lavender, to your abdomen can help alleviate.
  • Mood Swings: Intense feelings of anger and sadness not only leaves us feeling drained, but can affect our relationships. Start by eating a healthy breakfast to stabilize blood sugar, and be sure to get enough omega-3’s and B vitamins to boost brain function.
  • Lack of Energy: Be sure to get plenty of sleep and eat iron-rich foods. Ditch the coffee and try natural energy boosters such as citrus or peppermint aromatherapy, COQ10 and B vitamins also help, as do ginseng, licorice, ashwagandha, or astragalus.

Headaches are one of the most common ailments to send us reaching to the medicine cabinet. Most of us experience headaches from time to time.

  • Feverfew is used for the incapacitating pain of a migraine headache accompanied by sensitivity to light, vision problems, nausea and vomiting. This herb is useful for those in the throes of a migraine but has great value in preventing migraines when taken daily. Studies show that feverfew stops the clumping of platelets in the vlood and reduces blood vessel constriction and dilation. Usually 250-500 mcg. is all that’s needed.
  • White Willow Bark eases pain and inflammation. It is antioxidant, fever reducing, antiseptic and immune boosting properties.Take 60-120 mg. daily.

Aromatherapy for headaches:

  • Peppermint: rub a few drops of peppermint oil on your temples and neck to relieve tension headaches. Peppermint oil creates a cooling sensation when it comes in contact with skin, and it helps to relax the muscles in your head and neck. The scent of the oil also has power to clam nerves and clear nasal passages.
  • Eucalyptus: Apply eucalyptus oil to your forehead can relieve headaches in the same manner as peppermint oil.  You can also steam to help clear nasal passages.
  • Lavender: The scent of lavender has a powerful effect on the nervous system, relieving insomnia, anxiety and stress. Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow or brew a cup of lavender tea to benefit from this natural headache reliever.

Headache Tea Brew this headache tea to help ease migraine pain or drink regularly to reduce the incidence of headaches.  Lemon balm, Linden, chamomile, passionflower. Steep equal parts of the herbs in water for 20 minutes and drink a cup 2-3 times a day…..especially before bedtime.

This was taken from, “Mother Earth Living,” magazine.






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