A lot of people suffer from a whole range of body aches in their day-to-day lives.. The spectrum of causes of these aches can be just as wide as the variety of aches themselves, and they may or may not be serious. If you or someone close to you suffers from frequent body aches, they should consult a General Practitioner.
Below we have listed four 100% natural methods for pain relief to help alleviate the body aches that plague so many of us on a daily basis.
#1 Essential oils
Essential oils are being widely used and loved by many people who prefer natural treatments. Lavender oil not only smells amazing but can also bring relief for migraines and headaches. The recommendation is to inhale the oils vapors, using two to four drops in three cups of boiling water. Oral ingestion of this oil is not recommended and can be dangerous.
Peppermint oil also might be used along with lavender oil or by itself. Its vasodilating properties help to decrease blood pressure and increase blood flow, which can help alleviate the conditions associated with reduced blood flow. Basil oil, on the other hand, is used to treat headaches that are caused by tight muscles and tension, because it works as a muscle relaxant.
The Feverfew is a plant that has been used as a herbal remedy in many countries for centuries. The flower, which belongs to the daisy family, can be employed as a preventive and prophylactic treatment for those who suffer from migraines. Feverfew is found in freeze-dried capsules, tablets, tinctures, teas or even fresh or dried leaves.
Another herb to consider would be the Osha root, which is known for medicinal properties that decrease inflammation in the body, as well as anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties. It has been used by Native Americans for centuries and is now widely available in capsules, tinctures, syrups etc., though it is possible to make your own decoction from the pure root.
#3 Meditation and relaxation
Day to day life is busy and fast paced, and stress may be a part of some people’s routine. The tension acts on one’s body, knotting up the muscles and creating tension-type killer aches in the head, limbs, and internal organs. When facing a stressful or painful situation, we have a tendency to breathe too shallow. If you consciously make an effort to take full and deep breaths, your mind and body will relax due to a fresh oxygen flow.
Apart from a positive effect on the body, meditation can also have a relaxing effect on the mind, acting as relief and preventing pain episodes triggered by stress. Find a quiet and calm place, close your eyes and pay attention to your breathing and the sensations surrounding you. If you practice this mind exercise daily, you might experience a decrease in body aches, if your pain is triggered by stress.
#4 Stay hydrated
Did you know that ingesting enough water may relieve headaches and related symptoms? Drinking too much coffee, alcohol, and sugary drinks could be some of the main reasons why one might get dehydrated, with a killer headache as a result.
Before running to your medicine cabinet at the first sign of a headache, you should try drinking a couple of glasses of water. Filling your daily food intake with fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers, cabbage, eggplant, watermelon, grapefruit, and oranges can also help to decrease headaches. In addition to that, banana, guava, kiwi, and passion fruit are excellent sources of potassium, which increases muscle recovery, stimulates a healthy heart rate, and lowers blood pressure.
What are your experiences with these methods? Do you have any other natural methods for pain relief that helped you and may deserve attention in a future article? Let us know in the comments!