Many people deal with pain – but many pain sufferers don’t enjoy the idea of taking potentially dangerous drugs to help them deal with it. The good news is, a natural pain reliever could be as close as your kitchen pantry.
There are many safe, natural pain killers out there that most people don’t even know about – but which studies have shown possess powerful pain relieving abilities. Here are just a handful of the items which you should keep at home…some of which you may already have!
- Cranberry juice – If you have problems with urinary tract infections, you know how painful they can be. If you would rather avoid using antibiotics to clear up the infection and the pain, cranberry juice will do the trick.
- Peppermint – Did you know that peppermint is good for more than just freshening your breath? It’s long been known as a natural pain reliever for common maladies such as toothache, digestive trouble, headaches and muscle pain.
- Cherries – Yes, cherries! They have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food and are great for inhibiting pain enzymes in much the way aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories do.
- Turmeric – This spice contains curcumin, which is proven to help decrease inflammation. So arthritis and psoriasis sufferers should certainly include this in their regimen – you may find this in capsule form simply labeled “curcumin”. Turmeric is a main ingredient in curries – so this is a rather delicious alternative to taking drugs for pain relief.
- White Willow Bark – The salicin contained in white willow bark is converted by the body into salicylic acid, which promotes blood flow and reduces inflammation. This makes it perfect for treating joint pain, cramps, and aching muscles.
- Topical pain relievers – Another option for pain relief, especially when it comes to relieving joint pain and muscle aches, is a topical pain treatment such as Absorbine Jr. which contains a natural pain reliever much like the ones listed above. Rather than ingesting these pain relievers, topical treatments are applied directly to the affected area and are absorbed through the skin. You’ll find that many topical treatments will usually contain a cooling agent such as menthol or camphor, or capsaicin, a warming agent.
Remember: There are options out there which don’t require you to take potentially dangerous or habit-forming drugs in order to relieve your pain! Try one or more of these natural pain relievers and see which one works best for you.