When I saw that my heart leapt into my throat and I thought “RIGHT! Time I write a post about the easy to find, easy to use herbs that help to relieve pain!”
So, here it is people! A list of my favourite herbs for pain relief.
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Top Topical Treatments for Pain (applied to skin)
1. St John’s Wort oil – St John’s Wort has a potent calming effect to the nervous system thereby reducing and easing pain. This herb, when infused in oil, works well for arthritis pain, muscle soreness and joint pain.
2. Clove Essential Oil - Marvelous for toothaches, sore gums, mouth abscess and post dental surgery. Also a very good teething relief for babies when diluted in vegetable glycerine. 5 drops to 2 tbsps will aid teething relief for babies of all ages.
3. Peppermint Essential Oil – Helpful against menstrual cramps and pain. Apply with a carrier oil every hour to aid in relief of cramping and menstrual pain.
4. Lavender oil – Very helpful for sore, aching and overworked muscles, tension headache and migraine. Apply direct to skin in a smooth, firm, circular motion every hour for relief.
5. Rosemary, Ginger, Juniper, Bay & Birth Essential Oils – These are well known analgesics and have been used for pain relief for centuries. Put 10 – 12 drops of any of these oils into 30mls of carrier oil (like coconut or almond) and apply to areas of soreness, swelling or inflammation for pain relief.
1. Willow Bark – Willow Bark was one of the secondary constituents that used to make up Aspirin. The Aspirin that is now commercially available is created in a lab but the Willow Bark pain relieving properties have never been beaten! Keep some in your cupboard and make a strong tea as often as you need relief. Great for headaches, neuralgia, back pain, muscle pain, rheumatism and arthritis pain.
2. Black Cohosh – This herb is brilliant for spasming pain like menstrual cramping and back ache. Again, make a tea and take as often as needed.
3. Meadowsweet - Meadowsweet was the first main headache-busting constituent from which aspirin was originally made. Later the formula was changed to use Willow Bark and nowadays it is made in a lab from chemical synthesis. Meadowsweet is an anti-inflammatory, used to reduce the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism. The herb is also gentle on the stomach and is used to treat stomach upsets, feverish colds, diarrhoea and heartburn. Take via tincture or tea form when headaches strike and you’ll soon feel relief.
4. Angelica – This herb is anti-rheumatic (aids with rheumatism pain), anti-inflammatory and is also helpful with gallbladder pain, peptic ulcer pain, arthritis and joint pain. It is best taken via tincture form (medicinal qualities extracted through alcohol maceration over 6 weeks).
5. Feverfew – This herb has been commonly used for the prevention and treatment of migraines & headaches, arthritis, fevers, muscle tension and pain. Feverfew is also used to lower blood pressure, lessen stomach irritation, stimulate appetite and to improve digestion and kidney function. Best taken via tea or tincture.
Things like RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), muscle cramp, spasm and menstrual cramp will benefit more from things like Black Cohosh, Willow Bark and topical treatments using oils.
There are more ways to skin a cat and now you won’t need to rush to the medicine cabinet to pop 2 Nurofen when your next headache strikes!
If I can help one family see that Nature does indeed hold the answers to all our needs, then I am very happy and feel I have fulfilled my purpose.
Herbal love and hugs,
The Eco Mum xo