Natural Ways to Relieve and Prevent Pain

Pain is an essential aspect of our health. Pain is the body’s way of letting us know something is not right. Someone didn’t drink enough water. Someone stayed up too late. Someone spent too much time looking at a computer screen. Someone didn’t exercise for a year. Someone exercised too much. Someone shouldn’t have lifted that heavy box alone and now something needs to be done to fix the problem. Or worse yet, someone has something deeper going on and that pain is our body’s way of saying:  Get help, please. But popping pills doesn’t fix the problem.
I feel the need to reiterate the fact that I am not against modern medicine or pain medication (necessarily). But I am totally angered by the countless commercials that tell us that pain is just a part of life and we should take whatever drug is available so we don’t feel it anymore. Feeling is a part of our human intelligence. If we don’t address whatever issue our body is dealing with, this issue may take on a very ugly face down the road. Or, perhaps worse, our body’s alarm system (pain) will shut down completely leaving us numb to the problem. Numb to it, but not void of it. Years later we can find ourselves dealing with some pretty big problems and then we usually get angry at our body as if it let us down. In reality, it’s just saying, “I told you so.”
About a year ago I had often headaches and really heavy migraines (few times ended up in the emergency room). I have had different X-rays and blood test etc. and of course the doctors could find out what was causing these migraines. Now I know better and always do my best to eat as healthy as possible. Since I changed my eating habits I have we no longer experienced any migraines or head aches at all, so diet is the best way to prevent head aches.
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Instead of instantly medicating yourself, carry around a little tin of this soothing headache balm and rub some on your temples, the back of your neck, or anywhere you feel tense or sore to help relieve the pain. Making your pain relieving balm is easy, and takes around 20 minutes from start to finish. Below you find essential oils to relive different kind of pains. You can easily turn this in muscle relief balm by using peppermint, rosemary and lavendel. Or use any other essential oils shown below according to your pain location.
Essential oils should never be used undiluated on the skin. Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy and breast feeding. Read more about essential oils here.
  • Peppermint contains menthol, and menthol produces a cooling sensation on the skin which, couples with the refreshing scent, helps relieve tension and resulting tension headaches.
  • Eucalyptus oil is fresh and invigorating, eucalyptus soothes without making you sleepy. Studies have shown the scent increases brainwaves activity, reducing fatigue. Rubbed on muscles, it helps relieve tension and soreness.
  • Lavender is also a wonderfully soothing scent, being used in a number of studies testing the benefits of aromatherapy. Changes in brain wave patterns for people exposed to the scent suggested increased relaxation and a resulting loss of tension in muscles.
  • Beeswax/coconut oil/grapeseed oil: All of these ingredients are what give the balm its body, and dilute the essential oils.
Ingredients:
  • 15-20 drops of peppermint oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated beeswax
 Directions:
  1. In a double boiler over medium heat melt last three ingredients together.
  2. Turn off the heat when thoroughly blended.
  3. Add 20 drops of peppermint oil, 10 drops of lavender oil, and 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil.
  4. Pour into a small container with a tightly fitting lid, and let cool and solidify.

Massage a bit onto your temples, back of neck, the pressure point between the thumb and forefinger, or anywhere that needs some soothing when you feel tense or a headache coming on. Breathe deeply.

Adding more wax yields a more solid balm, whereas adding more oil yields a softer one. You can also infuse your oil to give your balm an extra boost.

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Natural Pain Remedies

Of course, sometimes the pain is real and the problem is “too late” to solve. Maybe you drank too little water and you’ll do better next time but need some relief now. Maybe you are in the process of healing through nutrition, physical therapy, or other means but still need some relief from the pain you feel right now. Are there safer methods than popping a pill? YES! Of course every body is different, but I have found that the following are some great ways to naturally relieve pain:

  • Stretch, Move, Yoga: Our bodies were designed to move! If we stay locked up in any position for too long we will start to feel it
  • Heat: A hot bath, a heating pad, or just laying out in the sun for a few minutes can do wonders for tired muscles and joints. Don’t just target the point of pain. Listen to your body and get the whole muscle pathway warmed up. We often feel pain as a result of issues in different parts of the body.
  • Cold: This one doesn’t usually feel as good as heat, but it’s a must for immediate injuries. Cold presses help reduce inflammation which is important for healing and for feeling less pain. Plus it doesn’t have the nasty side effects of anti-inflammation pills.
  • Essential Oils: I am not an expert at essential oils, but the more I learn the more I am intrigued by their ability to calm and soothe us. Be sure to do your research or talk to a trained professional before diving in. Essential oils are potent things that need care and respect.
  • Herbs: Pretty much the same case as above. Beyond some real healing benefits, I find that certain herbal teas can be very comforting. Stress is another signal from the body that is often a favorite companion to pain.
  • Massage: Who doesn’t like a good massage? But you don’t have to pay big bucks to benefit from healing touch. Ask a friend or family member for a back massage or do a little self massage. Reminding the muscle tissues to “let go” can be a major pain relief.
  • Chiropractic, Physical, or Movement Therapy: Sometimes chronic pain is a result of habitual patterns or traumatic injuries that take time to surface. If you find yourself constantly struggling with pain it would probably be wise to seek out a professional who can address the root of the problem. The best practitioners are those who look at the whole body rather than simply trying to address your symptoms.
  • Nutrition: Often our chronic pain and disease are a result of malnutrition or imbalances. You may find tremendous help by improving your diet and adding more nutrient dense plant-based whole foods to your daily intake.
  • Water: before all above drink several glasses of water. dehydration is often a cause for headache.

Essential oils to relieve pain

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Essential oils for pain are effective and do not come with negative side effects. I personally believe that essential oils for pain are even better than the “over the counter” pain relievers such as aspirin. You can dilute essential oils with pure water, liquid natural oils (grapeseed, jojoba etc.) to make massage oil or solid natural oils (like coconut, shea etc.) to make massage balm.

Every essential oil contains multiple medicinal properties that assist the systems of the body. There are over 60 different essential oils for pain that have analgesic properties. Analgesic means that a substance has shown to relieve or reduce pain. For instance, Wintergreen Essential Oil contains these properties: Analgesic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-rheumatic. It also contains methyl salicylate the main ingredient in aspirin.

Essential oils for bone pain:

  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Wintergreen Essential Oil
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil
  • Idaho Balsam Fir Essential Oil
  • Spruce Essential Oil

Massage several drops diluted 50:50 on location as needed. Massage oils do not require dilution.

The best oils for chronic pain:

  • Basil Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Valerian Essential Oil
  • Wintergreen Essential Oil
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil
  • Douglas Fir Essential Oil
  • Clove Essential Oil

The best oils for joint pain:

  • Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Wintergreen Essential Oil
  • Douglas Fir Essential Oil
  • Balsam Fir Essential Oil
  • Spruce Essential Oil
  • Nutmeg Essential Oil

Massage several drops diluted 50:50 onto location as needed.

The best oils for toothache:

  • Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil
  • Wintergreen Essential Oil
  • Black Pepper Essential Oil
  • Clove Essential Oil
  • Idaho Tansy Essential Oil

Dilute 50:50 and apply on affected tooth and gum as needed.

Best oils for muscle pain:

  • Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Marjoram Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Thyme Essential Oil
  • Vetiver Essential Oil
  • Wintergreen Essential Oil
  • Ginger Essential Oil
  • Lemongrass Essential Oils (ligaments)

Massage several drops diluted 50:50 onto sore muscle at least 3 times per day.

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Foods to reduce pain:

  • Ginger: Ginger is one of the best pain killers in the world having analgesic properties like the popular ibuprofen, only better. It contains a quartet, gingerols, paradols, shogaols, and zingerone which are active ingredients to reduce pain. Ginger reduces pain-causing prostaglandin levels in the body. A study by researchers found that when people who were suffering from muscular pain were given ginger, they all experienced improvement. The recommended dosage of ginger is between 500 and 1,000 milligrams per day. Drink ginger tea or place shavings in your foods. Either way will get you relief from that recurring pain.
  • Acai Juice: A daily glass of acai juice is associated with a reduction in joint pain measures, and this is correlated with improved blood antioxidant levels. This powerhouse, antioxidant packed berry from the Amazon is helping people lose weight and increase energy levels all while detoxifying the body.
  • Sage: When your throat is scratchy and irritated, try sipping on a tea made from brewed sage leaves. It’s a remedy recommended by herbalists that has some support from clinical trials. A 2006 study found that spraying sore throats with a sage solution gave effective pain relief compared to a placebo.
  • Raw Almonds and Walnuts: Raw almonds are great source of omega 3 fatty acids and anti oxidants that help in pain control. Add these nuts to your salad or just munch on a handful as an afternoon snack. Raw walnuts and walnut oil also contain the same powerful Omega-3 fatty acids that fight pain and inflammation in the body. Walnuts are top of the tree when it comes to heart-healthy superfoods, research has shown.
  • Greens: Greens like spinach, amaranth, fenufreek leaves, argula not only have high iron content, but are horders of Vitamin K that helps maintain strong bones and healthy joints. A study shows that older adults with ample blood levels of K were less likely to develop osteoarthritis, compared to a low-in-K control group. However, Vitamin K also helps with blood clotting, so if you’re taking blood thinners, check with your doctor before boosting your K intake.
  • Grapes: Resveratrol in grapes, and grape juice can often have an analgesic effect similar to aspirin, according to a handful of studies. Experts, in any case, recommend one daily glass of grape juice for women. Men can get away with one more.
  • Flax Seeds and Flax Oil: Freshly-ground flax seeds and cold-pressed flax oil, contain plentiful amounts of fatty acids known as Omega-3s. Do not cook with flax oil otherwise it will have the opposite effect-irritating the body’s tissues and causing pain. Flax fiber suppresses appetite and helps support weight loss.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric (curcuma longa) is the yellow spice commonly used in Indian curries. In research it has been shown to be a more effective anti-inflammatory than steroid medications when dealing with acute inflammation. Its main therapeutic ingredient is curcumin. Research shows that curcumin suppresses pain through a similar mechanism as drugs, but without the harmful side effects.
  • Celery and Celery Seeds: James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds, including a substance called apigenin, which is powerful in its anti-inflammatory action. Add celery seeds to soups, stews or as a salt substitute in many recipes.
  • Sour Cherries: Sore muscles after a workout don’t have to be a given. British researchers recently found that people who drank 1 ounce of concentrated cherry juice twice daily for 10 days bounced back faster from their workout than those who skipped the juice. Researchers think it’s because the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in tart cherries, and other dark red and purple fruit juices like grape, pomegranate, acai, blueberry and cranberry, act as natural NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin), reducing exercise-induced muscle damage. Tart cherry extract is ten times more effective than aspirin at relieving inflammation. Only two tablespoons of the concentrated juice need to be taken daily for effective results. Sweet cherries have also been found to be effective.
  • Blackberries Raspberries Blueberries and Strawberries: Similar anti-pain compounds have been found in berries like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. They are excellent anti-inflammatory foods. They increase the amounts of compounds called heat-shock proteins that decrease as people age. When heat-shock proteins are in short supply inflammation, pain and tissue damage is the result. They are full of vitamin C, an antioxidant with powerful pain-reducing properties, according to research. Some studies suggest vitamin C may help people experience less pain after breaking a bone or having orthopedic surgery.
  • Cayenne Pepper : Cayenne pepper turns down the heat on inflammation due to its powerful anti-inflammatory compound capsaicin.

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