Published on February 9th, 2015 | by Andrea Bertoli0
Natural Pain Relief: 5 Tips to Heal with Plants & Herbs
Our five best tips for natural pain relief! Learn to heal with plants and herbs!
Rather than thinking of chocolates, candy and other stuff for Valentine’s Day, I am in fact thinking of how last year on Valentine’s Day I fell hard while running on the beach! It was not the sexiest, happiest Valentine’s Day to be had, that’s for sure. I spent days thinking that it was just sprained or twisted (turns out it was actually broken!) so I tried all the natural pain relief tips based on the recommendations of a good friend who is a Naturopathic physician.
Here are our top five tips for natural pain relief:
Arnica is a great natural pain reliever for swelling, bruises and any general trauma inflicted upon your body. You can buy arnica in oral homeopathic pill form or topical gel form. Arnica is a small little flower in the sunflower family with potent healing properties, and has been used for centuries as a safe, natural pain reliever. It works best for muscle pain and tightness, whether from stress or injury. Studies show that arnica worked just as well as daily ibuprofen, which has been linked to a variety of risks.
In addition to arnica, the blended balm of Topricin pain rub includes a host of other traditional medicinals like Echinacea and belladonna. In addition to the relief offered by arnica for tightness and bruises, the other herbs work in combination to reduce swelling, pain, numbness and stiffness and can be used on many different types of injuries including sprains, strains, dislocations, bruises, carpal tunnel and more. Topricin has a place in our nightstand and it is used often for sports injuries and the I’ve-been-typing-too-long muscle pain.
3. Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes are helpful for healthy digestion, but when taken apart from meals they can actually help ‘digest’ inflammation related to trauma. Take regular digestive enzymes on an empty stomach between meals to help speed the healing process and reduce swelling associated with slight injuries.
I am really excited about the health benefits of turmeric– good for digestion, healing, reducing inflammation and pain relief. The healing power of turmeric comes from its active ingredient – curcumin, which lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. Though fresh and dried turmeric will color your curry, it won’t do much for pain management. To really benefit from the power of turmeric, it’s best to choose a supplemental form of the herb.
5. Essential oils
Essential oils are potent distillations or extractions from flowers, leaves and bark and most have wondrous healing properties. When I fell last year my doctor friend rubbed down my knee with a mix of frankincense, wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue chamomile, and helichrysum. And we’ve recently been gifted another essential oil based rub. Dr. Schultze’s muscle rub made with wintergreen, cayenne, botanical menthol, habanero pepper, arnica flower (there it is again!) and calendula is the most minty, fresh, natural icy-hot, and it an amazing healing balm.
What are your tips for natural pain relief?
Please note: we’re bloggers, not doctors! This advice is based on research and personal experience only, and is not intended to treat cure or prevent any condition or disease!
Image Credits: Plants, arnica, digestive enzymes, turmeric images via Shutterstock, Topricin image via Amazon, essential oils photo by Andrea Bertoli