Seven of the Best Natural Pain Relievers

| September 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some people find that traditional pain medication brings unpleasant side effects, and, in some cases, prolonged usage of some medications can cause damage to internal organs. For example, studies have found that long-term use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen can lead to an increased risk of bleeding in the digestive system, impaired kidney function, heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and stomach ulcers. In addition, several natural alternatives such as acupuncture, meditation, CBD, yoga, and herbal supplements can have mental health benefits.

Important note: Natural pain relief types can be more effective for some people than others. In some cases, severe pain may require more targeted medication and medical treatment, but natural pain relief may be able to be taken alongside it. It is always best to consult with your doctor about pain relief to be sure that the natural substance will not interfere with other prescribed treatments. If you are experiencing pain and do not know what is causing it, you should see your doctor. 

If you do want to give a natural pain reliever a try, here are seven of the most popular forms of natural pain relief. 


Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant which delivers the pain-relieving benefits without the psychoactive THC which is responsible for the ‘high’ associated with using cannabis. CBD can reduce inflammation and pain for people suffering with a number of conditions, but it is important to understand the pros and cons of various CBD products before you buy. 

Feverfew (also known as bachelor’s buttons or featherfew) is a plant which can be used to relieve migraines, arthritis, stomach aches, toothaches, fever, muscle spasms, and reducing inflammation. This plant can have unpleasant side effects such as nausea, and abdominal pain, so it is best to seek medical advice before trying it. 

2. Essential oils

There are several essential oils which are reported to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, induce sleep, and improve anxiety when inhaled or applied topically such as lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, and peppermint. Essential oils should not be ingested as they can be poisonous. Research has also found that rosemary can prevent headaches, seizures, ease muscle tension and improve memory function. Essential oils should be added to carrier oils if they are being applied directly to skin to dilute them slightly, and some oils such as peppermint should not be applied to broken skin. Eucalyptus can be a trigger for people with asthma.

3. Cloves

Cloves have been used in topical gels for many years, including in dentist surgeries when numbing mouths before needle insertion or to relieve toothache. Cloves are derived from the Eugenia caryophyllata plant and in studies has been found to be as effective as benzocaine gel as a pain relief treatment. It also has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. 

4. Ginger

When consumed, ginger root can also reduce inflammation and support recovery after injury or strenuous exercise. Just 2g of ginger per day taken for five or more days can make a noticeable difference for people struggling with muscle pain or tension. Ginger can be added to savoury or sweet dishes and drinks, or it can be taken as a dietary supplement. 

5. Chillis and spices

In chilli peppers you will find capsaicin which is responsible for a mild tingling sensation when applied to the skin topically or via a patch. This reduces the skin’s sensitivity by numbing nerve receptors. 

In turmeric the ingredient is curcumin which is reported be effective as a pain reliever. Research has found that it can be as successful as ibuprofen when used for a long period of time. Turmeric can also be used to reduce inflammation by including it in drinks and meals. Click here for some turmeric recipes.

6. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient treatment which has been used for centuries to relieve several types of pain. Many people turn to acupuncture – which involves inserting fine needles into the skin at key points – to ease headaches as well as pain in the back, neck, or knees, but it can be effective for several different conditions. What is acupuncture?

7. Yoga

Yoga is a type of low-impact physical exercise which involves meditation, mindfulness, and breathing exercises. It involves moving through a series of postures which strengthen the body and improve flexibility, while focusing on breathing exercises which reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga can be useful for people struggling with neck or back pain, as well as the physical symptoms of anxiety. And as yoga has increased in popularity over the past few years, there are bound to be classes near your location.

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