\Many people when suffering from aches and pains or skin complaints turn to topical pain relief products, off the shelf pain killers and even prescribed medications. Many people rely on medications, but with them comes the risk of side effects.

Not all pain relief needs to come from medical treatment. There are many natural treatments that will help manage and relieve aches and pains. While many of these natural alternatives ways will not work for everyone they may help

Below we have listed our 5 favourite natural pain relief options. Not only they are easy to try, but they are also inexpensive and have potential in reducing the pain. You may find one or even a few which are perfect for you.

Essential Oils

For thousands of years, essential oils have been valued for their analgesic effects, being used the oils can be inhaled, added into massage oils and combined together to create natural pain relief. Essential oils are not only effective at treating sickness and injury, but also provide peace of mind that they can only come from a natural source.

5 of the most popular Essential oils use for their healing abilities are;
  • Lavender – One of the most widely known essential oils, its properties help to ease cuts and burns, improve sleep, restore skin complexion, reduce acne, ease eczema and psoriasis and also alleviate headaches.
  • Tea Tree – A natural antiseptic. Used within a carrier oil for treating scrapes, cut, bruises, bites, infections, warts, dry and flaky scalp and dry skin. It can also be used within an effective carrier oil to treat acne.
  • Chamomile – A powerful natural anti-inflammatory, helps to reduce redness and ease inflamed skin. A kind essential oil which can be used on babies through to adulthood for its sensitive and gentle healing properties ( Can be found in Lorem’s Skin Relief range)
  • Rosemary – Improves blood circulations and can help with stabilising blood pressure. Its properties help relax and ease tightened muscles and cramping of the body. It is also believed to help stimulate hair growth.
  • Peppermint – A cooling essential oil used mainly to help fight nausea and sickness. Peppermint is also used to help treat respiratory problems, relieve aching feet and ease asthma, bowel spasms, headaches and migraines.

Exercise – Loosen Up

Everyone can benefit from exercise. By stretching muscles, ligaments and tendons especially around the back area of the body we can prevent a lot of injuries. Everyday light exercise including walking and stretching can help eliminate pain within the body. The NHS recommend we take 10 minutes a day to exercise and stretch our bodies. A small amount of regular exercise can help conditions such as a backache, knee pain and joint pain and can also help other aches and pains within the body stay at bay. Exercise doesn’t have to be indoors, you can enjoy 10-15 minutes a day outside in the fresh air. Not only this is good for our well-being it also helps the body produce Vitamin D which is believed to help people experience less pain.

In a 2013 study, the 200 participants with chronic lower back pain that had no identifiable cause were had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than the 200 people in the control groups without lower back pain,. This suggested that insufficient vitamin D levels may contribute to or worsen chronic pain.

Eat well and stay hydrated

It is common knowledge that eating a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated throughout the day is good for you and your body. Did you know it can also help reduce pain? Staying hydrated helps the body’s intervertebral discs to stay healthy and reduces stiffness within the body. Drinking between 6-8 glasses of water a day will also help your blood carry healing nutrients and oxygen throughout the body and flush out toxins and impurities.

Eating a well-balanced diet provides the body with all the nutrients it needs to function correctly. Overeating can result in weight gain and cause an impact on the body’s internal processes and also have an effect on the body’s structure. The body can also be affected if not enough food is eaten either. It can cause muscles wastage and promote poor circulation and body condition. Not only staying hydrated and eating well helps with the structure and designs of our bodies it also has a massive impact on our skin and complexion.

It is recommended men should have around 2,500 calories a day and women 2,000 calories a day – more on this here and here.

Heat and Massage Therapy

The benefits of heat and massage on your body when it is not feeling at its best are amazing. Heat increases the flow of healing oxygen and nutrients to the area of the body that it is needed. This, in turn, eases pain signals. Some people find wearing a heat pad on the affected area relieves the joints and muscles and allows more freedom of movement. Before exercise, it is important to first warm the muscles up (which is almost like heating them up) so as not to allow the muscle or joint damage when exercising. Heat Therapy is also particularly good for conditions such as Arthritis, allowing the muscles to loosen and be used more actively.

Studies have shown that massage therapy not only helps for relaxation, it also helps to diminish the body’s perception of pain. Massage will help increase the blood flow around the body and release the body endorphins which are natural analgesics. There are many different types of massage and it’s finding the correct one to help with your symptoms or conditions.

Sleep Well

Believe it or not, sleep is a massive contributor when it comes to helping to ease pain and promote healing. It is important that your body is getting enough sleep in order for it to replenish and rebuild when not feeling 100%. A healthy amount of daily sleep is around 8 hours and this will allow the body to function properly. Not all people need the same amount of sleep. What matters is you find out how much sleep is needed to achieve maximum benefits for your body. We need sleep to rest our mind, boost our bodies and de-stress. Sleep allows us to unwind and helps our body to recover from daily strains. We can’t live without it.

The public health of England page has excellent information on how sleep can help us.

So as we can see that staying healthy and helping our bodies doesn’t have to be expensive. If we allow ourselves to take on a few of the above self-helps tips we can help our bodies reduce pain and feel better. We may at times need some additional help to those options above and Lorem is here to help provide that extra natural pain relief.