Are you in pain? No, you don’t have to reach for over-the -counter pain killers. There are literally hundreds of natural pain killers waiting for you in the abundance of nature. You can count on plants and herbs to alleviate everything from arthritis pain, to headaches, to burns. Here are 6 medicinal herbs to help you ease pain naturally.
This herb is sourced from the frankincense tree. Its resin is used to thwart chemical reactions that cause inflammation, and thus pain. Boswellia has been used for centuries to treat arthritic conditions, as well as inflammatory bowel disease.
2. Devil’s Claw
This herb is actually great for treating numerous health conditions, among them are liver problems and heart burn. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and can reduce pain from arthritis, headaches, and low back discomfort.
The berries, bark, and flowers of this tree are effective at relieving cramps caused by women`s complaints. Berries or flowers can be dried and used as a tea. The bark can also be used in tea, or turned into a tincture if you want.
4. Hot Peppers
Hot Peppers, or the capsaicin within them, are an effective pain reliever, analgesic, and general anti-inflammatory agent. Topical capsaicin ointments can also help relieve inflammation from sprains, chronic arthritis, and other inflammatory pain issues. The consumption of hot peppers can also act as a mood booster.
5. St. John’s Wort
Besides being very pretty, this plant is also a potent pain reliever. It targets nerve pain, and can actually encourage healing in damaged nerves. St. John’s Wort is also an anti-depressant, and can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder if taken daily.
6. Willow Bark
Willow is a surprisingly effective pain reliever, with the bark containing the highest concentration of the pain reliving compound. The chemical in aspirin was actually synthesized after analyzing willow, since willow contains the same compound as aspirin, it also acts as a mild blood thinner. Thus willow should not be combined with commercial pain medications, and anyone who is sensitive to aspirin should not take it.