13 Secrets to Pill-Free Pain Relief
These home remedy heroes are here to relieve your aches and pains.
From headaches to sore feet and everything in between, these all-natural pain relievers will have you feeling your best without ever spending a dime.
1. Hit the Spot
That pain in your head might actually start in your neck. Use your thumbs, index, and middle fingers to squeeze just below the large muscle that runs from the high point of both shoulders and joins your neck. Or even better, have a partner do it for you. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds.
2. Migraine? Give Yourself a Brain Freeze
Okay, so it sounds crazy! But tons of migraine sufferers and even medical experts highly recommend this strategy. Here’s how to bring on a brain freeze to stop a migraine in its tracks: Simply drink ice-cold water or slurp a slushy drink through a straw held against your upper palate. Eating ice cream or a Popsicle can work, too—aim for the roof of your mouth.
3. Prevent a Brain Freeze
If your headaches aren’t migraines but are actually brought on by that infamous ice-cream effect, turn the science around. You can prevent brain freeze by pressing your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much surface area as possible. Brain freeze (also known as ice-cream headache) happens because the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, so your brain thinks your whole body is cold. It compensates by overheating, which causes your head to hurt. By warming up the roof of your mouth, you’ll chill your brain and feel better.
4. Spice Up Your Cure
Dab a cream containing capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers, inside the nostril on the side of your head where pain is concentrated. Studies show it can help block the pain of cluster and migraine headaches!
Muscle and Joint Pain
5. Ease with Arnica
Old-time remedies for muscle soreness often included arnica. Now it’s easy to find this herbal healer in lotions available at health food stores. Rub on for relief!
6. Natural Recovery Drink
Tart cherry juice serves up anthocyanins, natural anti-inflammatory compounds that can reduce muscle pain and swelling. Just make sure you choose unsweetened juice to get the most benefit. Don’t like cherries? Raspberries also contain anthocyanins to bring you relief from soreness.
7. Arthritis Relief Rub
Massage can feel great and help both your pain and your mood. Researchers in Korea found that bringing in aromatherapy has amazing benefits for people suffering with arthritis. Here’s the blend they used:
- 1 ounce almond oil
- 1 ounce apricot oil
- 2 teaspoons jojoba oil
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops marjoram essential oil
- 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
Simply combine and rub on any joints affected by arthritis.