One of the most common symptoms that the majority of people go through, no matter what the injury or health condition is, – is pain.
Whether it is a pulled muscle or a bad headache, pain is our bodies way of telling you it is protecting you. In other words, when we feel pain, the brain registers this feeling as an indication that we should stop doing whatever it is that caused it in the first place.
The pain usually starts at the source of the ailment, people often go through other kinds of pain such as backaches, or pain when you hit yourself on something like stubbing your toe on the edge of a table.
It is all about the “fight or flight” instinct.
Chemicals inside our bodies, carry this message automatically through the various receptors from the brain. In the instance where you may have a backache, the area of pain, for example, the spinal cord, send a message straight to the brain through these receptors.
Much is the same with other aches such as knee pain, another common issue with athletes and those who use their legs a lot. Besides figuring out what is causing the pain, you should also try and find a natural remedy, unless it is unbearable then it is highly advisable to seek medical help.
Home Remedies For Treating Pain
When looking for something to alleviate mild to moderate symptoms of pain, over the counter medications or pain relievers may help, however, if taken for a long time, they can cause some adverse side effects. Seeking a natural remedy for this problem should be your first go to and the good news is, there are many home remedies that you may find will help.
Items such as herbs, essential oils and alternative therapies have seen positive results in some people.
Some of which include:
1. Lavender Essential Oil
This may help relieve mild symptoms of pain and also help with anxiety and sleepless nights. According to a study done in 2012, researchers found that sniffing lavender essential oil may help alleviate or minimize the feeling of pain, especially when having migraines. However, because the FDA does not regulate these types of natural remedies it is always good to use them with caution.
2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
This is an herbal extract from the Eucalyptus tree itself. Inhaling this oil has been found to help patients who have had knee replacement surgery. It can also be applied topically when mixed with another carrier oil such as coconut, olive oil, jojoba, or almond oils.
This is a compound present in chili peppers and acts as a natural pain reliever. If you are sensitive to chilies, take caution when using it as it may cause a mild tingling sensation on the tongue when ingested. Some research done on this natural compound, states that it helps to minimize the sensitivity of the skin to pain by targeting the nerves that carry the pain messages, such as the “nociceptor fibers”.
4. CBD Oils
If you are looking to soothe pain associated with certain parts of the body such as an elbow injury, shoulder or knee pain, cbd is effective in helping you with any of these. It helps reduce pain and also aids in helping you feel more relaxed and at ease. CBD is the natural extract that is derived from the hemp plant and is found in many health stores.
It is one of the hundred different types of phytocannabinoids found in the plant and has many benefits besides easing symptoms of pain.
It has been used in clinical trials for years to help establish what exactly it can help with, and some studies have shown vast improvements on health conditions such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, anxiety disorders, certain types of cancers, ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) to name a few.
Because CBD comes in various formats such as oil tinctures, balms and salves, capsules and powders, it is a very versatile product and when feeling pain such as on certain parts of the body, rubbing a balm on the affected area can bring much relief.
You can also take it internally by placing a few drops of an oil tincture under your tongue and leaving it there for at least 60 seconds, before following it up with a glass of juice or water.
Rubbing the balms or salves onto the skin help reach the various receptors under the skin. It can vastly help reduce stiffness, pain and even inflammation in some instances. It is also a good idea to keep your knee or arm elevated to help reduce the blood flow to the damaged tissue which will help reduce the inflammation or swelling.
We use our bodies a lot, whether it is for running, walking, sitting and jumping, and the healthier we keep it, the better it will work for us and the fewer injuries we may face in the long run.
Using natural remedies should ideally be your first option when treating anything, unless is it something serious or the pain has not subsided after a few days, then it is always best to see your GP who may recommend something strong enough to help you for the interim. You can always go back to using natural remedies once the dose of medication is completed, or use it hand in hand with the medication.
CBD has seen no side effects, in the long run, however, if taken too much, some patients find they could feel dizzy or nauseous, so abiding by the manufacturer’s dosage instructions is imperative at all times, as well as purchasing a pure organic product from a reputable pharmacy, health store or online source.