While pain killing medications may seem like a harmless short term option for settling your problem, it is estimated that in the United States that 52 people die everyday from opioid medications. Opiods are severely over-prescribed when less invasive options such as natural pain killers are available.
5 Natural Pain Killers
When people experience a minor headache, muscle tension or other musculoskeletal related pain, they readily reach for over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. These are perhaps or close to the most commonly used drugs in Australia. Unfortunately, regular use of such medication can have nasty side effects for our body including intestinal damage, liver failure and chronic illness. Before you reach for the medicine cabinet at home we recommend considering alternative natural pain killers. Please see our list below for readily available options:
Not many of us enjoy a hot and spicy dish but interestingly hot foods like wasabi and cayenne pepper can actually act as natural pain killers. As well as this, Cayenne pepper has been shown to assist with candida infections. The natural pain killing properties arise from Capsaicin which promotes muscle relaxation.
Pain Relieving Oils
Evening primrose oil is potent in essential fatty acids and has recently become a popular option for women suffering PMS symptoms. Arnica oil is another essential oil that is popular for helping skin inflammatory problems, insect bites, bruises, swelling and arthritic pain. For individuals suffering complaints such as headaches and general muscle pain try lavender or peppermint oil.
One of the most potent natural pain killers is Epsom salt. You will notice a common thread of our health and wellbeing blogs are the amazing benefits of Magnesium and you guessed it, Epsom salt is rich with Magnesium.
Dry Needling & Acupuncture
The thought of a needle can turn many people off dry needling or acupuncture, but I can assure you these little guys are brilliant for relieving pain. Dry needling works by working on areas of muscle spasm while acupuncture targets the meridian system of the body.
There are many household items that you can try to assist with pain relief. Some of these include:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil