The use of natural herbal pain relief can minimize or replace the need for pain medication. Herbal pain relief does not always work as quickly as other more mainstream pain medications but when used properly , over time can help minimize pain without all the severe side effects of the medication. You should always check with your doctor before starting any herbal regiment, especially if taking other medications. Some herbal remedies can interact badly with medication. Also, even though they are less than with meds, herbal remedies can have side effects as well. So always use the recommended dosage and be aware of potential dangers and side effects of the herbs you choose to try.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a potent anti inflammatory. It can aid in pain from inflammation such as arthritis and osteoporosis. The anti inflammatory ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin can cause stomach upset with extended use or high dosages. For more information on Curcumin check out this link
- Willow Bark: Willow bark is what asprin was originally derived from. Willow bark is great to relieve back pain or muscle pain. Willow bark can be made into a decoction , or into tincture for use. For more information on Willow bark check out this link
- Arnica: Arnica is used as a topical treatment for muscle soreness. Arnica should not be ingested. You can make a muscle salve from Arnica by infusing it into carrier oil and them mixing 1 cup of the infused carrier oil with 2 oz. of beeswax.heat the oil in a double boiler and then melt the beeswax into it. Pour into a jar with a lid and allow to cool completely. rub on muscles to relieve soreness. This can also be used to relieve arthritis pain in hands and joints.
- Devil’s claw: Devil’s claw can be used to relieve back and neck pain, as well as headaches. devils’ claw should not be taken by preganat or nursing women. It can cause stomach issues if over used so always follw a doctors recommened use and dosage. For more information on devil’s claw try this link
- Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne pepper is another great topical pain reliever. It can be made into a salve and rubbed on the skin to relieve nerve pain, muscle pain and pain from shingles. It can also reduce inflammation and itching from psoriasis.
- Rosemary: Rosemary is also a topical pain reliever, rosemary essential oil can be applied topically for muscle soreness and arthritis pain.
Topical Pain Relief Salve:
Infuse 1 cup olive oil with Arnica by soaking the herb in the oil for several days. Strain out the herb with cheese cloth and save the oil over a double boiler until warm enough to melt wax, but not boiling. Add one teaspoon cayenne pepper, 10-15 drops of rosemary oil and two tablespoons beeswax. Allow wax to melt completely and stir thoroughly. Pour into a glass jar with a lid and allow to cool completely.