Pain can strike at any time for a wide range of reasons. While prevention is the best measure, it is possible to treat pain naturally using common ingredients from around the home. Many of these natural pain killers don’t just mask pain for a few hours like shop-bought drugs, they also treat the cause of it and can help prevent the pain returning.
Ginger chew ginger root or steep in water to make a tea. Suppresses nausea and fights inflammation, easing headaches and aching muscles.
Salt dissolved in warm water makes an effective antibacterial rinse. Gargle for the relief of a sore throat or rinse around the mouth to soothe toothache.
Baking soda is a great weapon against the pain of urinary tract infections. Dissolve 1 teaspoon in a mug of hot water and drink. The baking soda works to neutralise the acidity of urine, relieving the painful, burning sensation.
Yoghurt helps to relieve bloating and stomach pain. It can also be used topically as a natural treatment for thrush.
Cloves make natural disinfectants for the mouth and can help to treat gum and tooth pain. Chew or crush and rub on the affected area to calm any inflammation of the mouth.
Cherries contain anti inflammatories. Eating a handful helps to ease the pain of headaches and sore joints.
Turmeric can be used as an all-round pain reliever- use in cooking or eat half a teaspoon twice daily.
Oily fish is a natural anti inflammatory. Eat regularly or take capsules daily for relief from joint pain, headaches or inflamed skin conditions.
Water is an effective pain killer since so many incidents of pain are caused by dehydration. Drinking water regularly throughout the day helps to flush toxins out of the body more quickly, and keeps vital organs like the brain working to their full potential.
Raw honey is a natural antiseptic and can be used topically or ingested to fight pain. Mix into hot water and drink to soothe a sore throat and kill bacteria, and dab onto cuts and scrapes to encourage faster healing.
Rosemary is well known as a healing herb and works in a similar way to anti inflammatory drugs such as asprin. The benefits of rosemary are best harnessed by taking oil capsules daily.
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