Have you ever wondered what people did to deal with muscle pain or a headache before the wonders of Tylenol, Advil, ibuprofen, or any of the pharmaceutical drugs popular today were invented? Well, the reality is that nature has given us some pretty powerful (and safe) remedies to treat pain naturally.
Next time you have an ailment that needs some attention, opt for one of these natural treatments before reaching for that pill bottle.
1. Devil’s Claw
This herb has long been used to treat inflammation throughout the body, but especially pain and inflammation related to the lower back and joints. Users have found it to effectively help with headaches, arthritis, and osteoarthritis. This herb may also help treat heartburn.
Hailing from Europe, this herbal flower is also well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica is often made into a rub that is applied topically to sore muscles.
3. Birch Leaf
Birch leaves are used for their diuretic, analgesic, detoxifying, and astringent properties. Not only may it help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but birch leaf also works as an effective pain reliever due to the ingredient methyl salicylate, which is similar to that found in aspirin.
4. Blue Lotus
Although it is considered a fairly minor pain killer, blue lotus seems to be especially effective for those suffering from migraines, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, or tinnitus. To use it, simply boil the flowers and then strain to make a tea.
Hailing from the frankincense tree, boswellia is very effective in treating painful inflammation related to arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.
6. Kava Kava
This herb works as a natural analgesic and anesthetic. Kava kava is excellent for those suffering from back pain, and may also help you fall asleep and reduce feelings of anxiety.
Kratom powder can be mixed into water and drank, or it can made into a paste with and applied topically. Kratom may help treat pain related to surgery and other trauma; it is believed to be as effective as hydrocodone or oxycodone.
Another herb with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is very effective in reducing pain associated with inflammation.
9. Wild Opium Lettuce
Although classified as a weed, this “lettuce” works not only as a pain reliever, but also as a natural but mild sedative.
10. White Willow Bark
This bark’s powerful ingredient is salicin, which is then transformed into salicylic acid when digested. Salicylic acid can reduce inflammation and pain and is often found in many over the counter aspirins. By using white willow bark, you will get the pain relief you need without any potentially harmful side effects.
Many pharmaceuticals, even simple aspiring, can pose potential health risks. Next time you’re suffering from pain, refer to this list to try a natural pain killer that will alleviate your pain effectively, quickly, and safely.