It can happen to anyone: a sudden onset of prickling, pulsing, or burning pain, and you don’t seem to have the right pill to cope with it. It may sound terrifying, but there’s nothing to worry about. From eating a piece of chocolate to soothing your sore throat to using peppermint tea bags to ease a toothache, there are natural ways to stop that pesky pain without reaching for your pain killers.
1. Eat a piece of dark chocolate to soothe a sore throat.
What to do: If you’ve got cough and you feel your throat is sore, have a piece of dark chocolate. Choose a chocolate bar with a large amount of cocoa in it.
Why it works: According to scientists, chocolate can suppress a cough and heal a sore throat even better than conventional remedies. Studies have shown that thanks to cocoa, chocolate greatly reduces cough frequency, working better than codeine and sugary syrups.
2. Drink more water to ease the symptoms of a migraine.
What to do: Drink a lot of water. Experts recommend having no less than a glass of water every 2 hours.
Why it works: Mild headaches and severe migraines can often be triggered by dehydration. A poor balance of fluid and electrolytes in the body won’t allow its systems to function in the proper way. Drinking enough water will help youfight dehydration and relieve the symptoms of your migraine.
3. Take some curcumin to stop the pain caused by inflammation.
What to do: Add some turmeric or its extract, curcumin, as a supplement to your food, if you suffer from inflammation.
Why it works: Turmeric, a spice that is especially popular in Asia, is widely used in alternative medicine thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of its component, curcumin. Some studies have compared curcumin to conventional medications, and found that it was just as good in pain relief as ibuprofen. Doctors usually recommend taking turmeric or curcumin in capsules to patients with sore and aching joints.
4. Stretch to relieve back pain.
What to do: Wear comfortable clothes and prepare a yoga mat. There are a variety of stretching exercises you can do: a knee to chest stretch, a lying knee twist, a seated stretch, cobra and cat yoga asanas, and others. If your back pain is caused by some other medical issues, aside from muscle tension, you should be particularly careful when doing exercises.
Why it works: Stretching releases tension in the muscles supporting your spine, and improves your range of movement and overall physical mobility.
5. Inhale essential oils to get rid of headaches.
What to do: Add a few drops of essential oil to a tissue and inhale the aroma, add a few drops to your bath, or apply some oil to your temples or forehead. Be careful! Essential oils can cause burns so they need to be diluted with some other oil (like coconut oil, for example) before they can be applied to the skin. There’s a variety of essential oils you can use: lavender, peppermint, rosemary, chamomile, and many others.
Why it works: Essential oils are believed to have a soothing and relaxing effect. That’s why they can be helpful for treating headaches caused by anxiety and stress.
6. Use peppermint tea to soothe a toothache.
What to do: Put one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves into a cup of boiling water and let it sit for 20 minutes. Once it’s cool, swish your mouth out with the tea. You can also put warm, wet peppermint tea bags onto a sore tooth and hold it for a few minutes until the pain lessens.
Why it works: Peppermint has numbing properties that explain its soothing and pain-relieving effects. What’s more, is the menthol found in peppermint is known to have antibacterial properties.
7. Take a bath with Epsom salt to heal bone and joint pain.
What to do: Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath and soak in the water for 15 minutes. You can also soak the painful joint in a bowl of warm water with a cup of Epsom salt in it.
Why it works: Epsom salt is rich in magnesium which regulates over 300 enzymes in the body and makes its systems work properly. It also eliminates toxins and reduces stress and inflammation.
8. Go for a walk to release endorphins and fight pain.
What to do: Getting exercise is the best thing for you, but if pain keeps you from doing this, try going for a walk outside.
Why it works: Physical activity, like exercising or walking, releases endorphins, orbrain chemicals, that reduce the feeling of pain. Additionally, endorphins enhance the immune response and bring about a feeling of euphoria.
9. Eat a banana to ease menstrual pain.
What to do: If you feel menstrual cramps, skip the cookies and chocolate you’re craving and chose a banana instead. Make a smoothie with a banana and other fruit or eat it as is if you’re on the go.
Why it works: Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin B6 which will reduce muscle cramps and keep you from retaining water and feeling bloated.
10. Apply heat to get rid of cramps.
What to do: Use a hot water bag to relieve spasms or muscle cramps. If you don’t have one, make an improvised hot water bag out of a plastic bottle. Fill the bottle with hot water, wrap it in a towel, and apply it onto the painful area. Be careful! Never apply heat to injuries or infected areas, and don’t make the water too hot.
Why it works: Heat helps muscles to relax, eases pain, and relieves discomfort.
The tricks we’ve just told you about have been proven to be effective in healing different kinds of pain in many people. However, if you have severe pain or if your symptoms aren’t getting any better, you should make an appointment with your doctor and have a proper medical examination.
Do you prefer pills or natural remedies to treat pain? Would you like to try any of the tricks we’ve just shared?