From mild, dull and annoying to severe, persistent and even disabling – pain can bring not only discomfort and stress to your daily life but also actual sufferings. And while painkillers might provide you with some quick relief, nowadays many people are looking for natural ways to manage various types of pain and aches and improve the quality of their day-to-day lives without horrific side effects.
Whether it is painful periods, toothache, there are plenty of options when it comes to natural pain relief. In fact CFAH.org has a list here of 30 of the ultimate ways to naturally relieve pain. Here are some ideas on how to deal with pain naturally.
Soak In A Warm Bathtub
Soaking in warm water is not only a relaxing ritual, but it also can help to relieve many forms of muscle spasm and muscle pain, as well as different types of arthritis.
If case soaking your body in warm water is not your thing, or you want to apply heat on a specific body part more often, you can try dry heat therapy. You can apply a heating pad, hot compress or sticky back wrap to bring continuous low-level heat. However, make sure to read all directions carefully prior to using any heat therapy options for your pain to avoid burns or other injuries.
Your body is intended for movement, and if you don’t move much due to pain, your inactivity can make the pain even worse. Luckily, practising gentle stretching can help to maintain mobility and range of motion, and relieve pain.
Meditation is a free, easy and quick method to relax, reduce anxiety, improve symptoms of pain and depression, and, therefore, quality of life. The benefits of meditation come to the fact that when you are in a relaxed state, it may be easier for you to cope with pain.
You can start your meditation session by practising deep breathing for a few minutes daily and gradually lengthen to longer sessions for up to 20 or even 30 minutes. Make sure you are comfortable, and nothing distracts your attention. You can also try guided meditation with apps like Headspace or Calm, which offer you suggestions on how to guide your meditative thoughts and reach meditative state faster.
Try Out CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a promising natural supplement that is commonly used for various mental and physical disorders. CBD can affect your endocannabinoid system, which is involved in regulating various bodily functions including sleep, mood, appetite, stress, pain and immune system response.
Through interaction with different receptors, CBD can help to bring all processes in balance, which results in reduced anxiety and pain, improved sleep and immunity, better mood, concentration, sleep, etc. CBD is also available in plenty of products formats, such as CBD capsules, oils, edibles, vapes and topicals.
Benefit From Using Essential Oils
Essential oils are renowned for their various properties, including calming, mood-boosting and pain-relieving. And there are many ways to enjoy the potential benefits of essential oils. Some people prefer to inhale them (aromatherapy) while others add a few drops of diluted oil to their massage oil as part of therapeutic massage, which is also effective for reducing pain.
When it comes to essential oils for pain relief, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary are some of the best examples believed to have analgesic effects when combined with traditional healing treatments. You can simply take deep breaths of the scent after opening the bottle or applying a couple of drops on a cotton ball. If you have an oil diffuser, you can add a few drops in water and smell the aroma to relieve pain.