For many people when suffering from aches and pains, whether it be a toothache, backache, knee pain, migraine, the irritation of skin complaints such as eczema or the affects things such as irritable bowel has on people we more often than not 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, 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 have been valued for their analgesic effects, being used the oils can be inhaled, added into massage oils and combined together to create a 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 New Skin Relief Oil)
- 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 it can also be used to help treat respiratory problems, relieve aching feet and ease asthma, bowel spasms and relieve headaches and migraines.
Exercise – Loosen Up
Everyone can benefit from exercise, stretching of the muscles, ligaments and tendons especially around the back area of the body where aches and pains are most common. 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 one recent study, the 200 study 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, indicating 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 which could potentially harm.
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.
Heat and Massage Therapy
The benefits of heat and massage on your body when it is not feeling at its best are amazing. Applying heat on the body in forms of hot water bottles, heat pads, a warm bath or even warming the body up if it is cold can help to ease aches and pains. Heat will increase the flow of healing oxygen and nutrients to the area of the body that it is needed and help ease and suppress pain signals. Some people find wearing a heat pad or hot water bottle 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 not to allow 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.
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. Some people may need more or less sleep but 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, it allows us to unwind and helps our body to recover from daily strains.
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 don’t have to be expensive with multiple gyms memberships, fad diets and expensive healing treatments. If we allow ourselves to take on a few of the above self-helps tips which are almost all free or low in cost we can help our bodies reduce pain and feel better. We may at times need some additional help to those options above and Lorem are here to help provide that extra natural pain relief.
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