People have been using natural remedies for as long as mankind exists. With the development of medicine, many people have forgotten the power of natural remedies such as herbs alone or in combination, and trust the big pharmacy products, while they can actually even grow their own pain relief medicine! Herbs can help with many problems in the body – they can calm muscles, tendons, and ligaments, they can soothe pain, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, or even cure some diseases.
Sometimes the right combination of herbs or the right usage of a specific herb can not only work better than medicine but also faster! And it is entirely natural! So, let’s take a look at some of the best herbs for natural pain management and pain relief (some of them you can even grow in your own backyard!).
Calendula is a popular garden plant with orange or yellow flowers, also known as marigold. Its usage is widespread in homeopathy, aromatherapy, natural cosmetics, and herbalism. Calendula has antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as skin-soothing effects and most importantly its wound-healing ones.
Calendula flower is also very commonly used for rashes, wounds, inflammation, and infections. The chemicals in calendula might also help grow new tissue in wounds and decrease swelling in the throat.
The best thing is, you can grow it in your garden if you are a homestead enthusiast. It blooms all season long and loves the sun, so if you can keep it at a place where there is sun all day long, it will be great.
Another amazing herb that helps with pain relief is the dill (resembling fennel). As you know, it can be used in cooking, not only to add a great flavor but also as a remedy. It produces a great quantity of seed during the summer and grows around two and a half feet tall. The amazing and healthy features it has can be used to treat fever, cough, colds, stomach ailments, or even bronchitis. And if that is not a reason enough! Make sure to add dill to your daily dishes in cooking and you’ll be surprised by the benefits it brings naturally!
One of the most versatile and popular herbs is lavender, the therapeutic herb widely used around the world. This purple magic is not just a stunning addition to your garden but has so many healing and soothing properties, that you won’t believe it! Lavender oil can heal wounds and is anti-inflammatory healing minor burns (even sunburns), acne, or bug bites. It’s no secret that it is also known for its calming effect and helps with anxiety and troubles in sleeping, in general with the nervous system.
The lavender is used in a variety of forms, including for teas, food, or as an oil. The many properties are all beneficial and include mild antidepressant features, antiseptic, analgesic, and antibacterial ones. It’s a medical wonder! It’s also known to be used as a homeopathic remedy.
The plant prefers hot, dry, and sunny environments. It’s even pretty tasty and people add it daily to salads, honey, butter, lemonades, and some cookies! All amazing ways to enjoy the power of the super herb!
The prime ingredient in Indian curries is the well-known coriander. People either love it or hate it as a taste. Either way, it is a healthy herb that helps pain relief as well as other benefits it caries! The annual herb is used as a remedy when it is dry. In two weeks you can place the plants in a paper bag, shake it, and it will release the seeds. Later, those seeds can help with digestive problems, upset stomach, or constipation. Used as tea with or without other herbs, it’s a magical drink that eases the body’s condition.
This powerful digestive aid is able to remove heavy metals and toxic agents from the body in no time! There are many uses of the herb, most of them are in the culinary. Both the leaves and seeds can be used for that but only the seeds are used medically.
5. Lemon balm
Originating from south-central Europe, lemon balm is now found all around the world and anyone can grow it to use its medical benefits. The herb contains chemicals that ease inflammation and can significantly reduce the risk of infection. Not only that, but the oils, tannins, and bitters of the leaves and flowers have a relaxing antispasmodic effect on the nervous system and on the stomach. Lemon balm also makes a pretty patch of bright green in the garden but be sure to know that the dried herb loses some potency after a few months (around six).
Another fascinating fact is that the lemon balm is gentle enough for children and can be prepared in teas to help them with some stomachaches for example. Some people also rub the herb on the skin for soothing effects. What is known for sure is that the herb helps fight off viruses and is a 100% must-have herb in your kitchen, or in your garden!
If you are still wondering about what herb to choose that will help you with pain relief, we’ve got some good news! Boneset is a great way to improve your health! It has many powers but is best known for helping relax muscles and releasing a fever when you have flu or a cold.
The herb can be taken internally with tea or via tincture of the leaves and flowers. Depending on what you are treating, the dosage can vary but be careful to not take large doses as it might cause vomiting or diarrhea. However, in small portions, the boneset stimulates the natural healing process and draws the bones back together to their proper and natural place. That’s why many herbalists use the herb to not only calm muscle spasms but to alleviate the aches and pains of rheumatism.
If you also have pain in the joints, or muscles and fibrous tissue problems, the boneset is the way to go naturally! It’s one of the most important herbs when it comes to bones and their healing processes.
Mint, spearmint and peppermint are not just toothpaste flavors, but are actually, a powerful way to boost your health. Mint is a wonderful addition to so many of our favorite dishes, but did you know that this herb can help with stomach ailments, anxiety, and sleeping problems? That’s right! The leaves can be used fresh or dried and have medical powers. You can make some tea with them and easily calm your stomach or your nerves if needed. The tea of peppermint relieves digestive discomforts and can get rid of indigestion and vomiting.
Some herbalists distill mint into essential oil and it can again be used as a tincture. Applied as a liquid or lotion, it can also soothe sore muscles. In addition to that, peppermint relieves mental fatigue, spasms, nausea, toothaches, menstrual cramps, and headaches. Also, cooling peppermint is a remedy used as stimulating with analgesic, antispasmodic, and expectorant properties. A long list isn’t it!? We are also stunned by the power of mint and adding it to the daily routine might seem tempting, but we advise you to stick to a regular but not constant period of time.
8. St. John’s Wort
Hypericum Perforatum, mostly known as St. John’s Wort is a natural herb that you would love to use! It’s been used in Ayurveda, homeopathy, and herbalism. The plant has antidepressant properties and is an anti-inflammatory that is antispasmodic, antiviral, and analgesic. All of that in just a tine plant that carries hidden powers.
That is why the herb has been used as a healing plant for a long time. Usually, it is even prescribed for the treatment of mild depression, mood disorders, and insomnia. The flowers can be used for liquid extracts, pills, and teas. Other studies also show that St. John’s Wort is effective in treating wounds, bruises, burns, and sores. Additionally, the wild plant can also be used for the reduction in menopausal symptoms. All of that is just a great reason to trust the power of the herb!
Arnica is another useful herb you need to know helps with many problems. It’s been used for its soothing properties for a long time, but as of a few years, is also known for its strong power over aches and bruises. You might have heard it as a homeopathy remedy because many homeopaths are using it for dealing with a variety of problems, but the herb can also be used in its natural condition and still has amazing powers. The anti-inflammatory ingredient in arnica is called helenalin.
Its pain-relieving effects are stunning! It can be used for sprains, strains, soreness, and bruising! If you have a wound that you need to heal fast, arnica is the way to go! The plants of arnica have long leaves and the flowers are daisy-like.
The power of the plant includes being a remedy for bruising, pain, muscle soreness, aching joints, post-shingles neuralgia, osteoarthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and a lot more! Because the plant can be toxic if used in big portions, it is mostly added to homeopathic products so we advise you to choose them over self-treatment.
Horsetail is another plant known to be helpful with many problems. It is, however, mostly used to strengthen hair and nails and many cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies use it to achieve that effect. Although this is great for women, the truth is horsetail can also bring so much more! It can help regenerate connective tissues in the body and soothe rheumatic pains!
A favorite choice by many herbalists, horsetail helps reduce fluid retention and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Furthermore, they work as diuretics and increase urination. Common usage of the horsetail is for urinary tract infections, loss of bladder control, osteoporosis, joint diseases, heavy menstrual periods, bleeding of the nose or if applied directly to the skin, it can treat wounds and burns.
You can add 31⁄2 ounces of the herb in hot water for an hour and then add it to your bathwater for muscular pain relief.
And last, but not least, comfrey is one of the most powerful herbs for bone repair and pain relief. How does it work? The allantoin content increases cell proliferation and speeds up the healing of broken bones or fractures. Comfrey is harvested mainly from cultivated plants but can also be grown in your herb garden. Just be aware of the aggressive growth habit it has because it might occupy your whole space!
Long live the herbs!
If you are an enthusiastic homestead, self-sufficient person, or just someone that wants to live a healthy way of life, focusing on the benefits that nature brings to us, then using herbs in your daily lives can save you not only money or from heavy medicine, but also cure you of many problems in a healthy way. Herbs have been known for centuries to have powerful features and that’s why many people use them for natural pain relief, and for many other advantages and benefits they bring. Do you know any secrets from the world of herbs? Share with us in the comments how do you deal with pain relief naturally!