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13 Secrets to Pill-Free Pain Relief

These home remedy heroes are here to relieve your aches and pains. 

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
Woman with headache


8. DIY Capsaicin Cream
Capsaicin is a timeless remedy for arthritis pain relief. It works by reducing levels of a compound called substance P, which transmits pain signals to the brain. You can buy over-the-counter capsaicin creams for arthritis and back pain at any drugstore. But it’s simple enough to make your own. All you need to do is mix a few dashes of ground cayenne with 2 or 3 teaspoons olive oil. Apply it to unbroken skin at the painful joints several times a day. You may feel a mild burning sensation at first, but that will fade with use. Watch your hands after application to avoid getting the salve in your eyes or mouth.

Common Aches and Pains

9. Get Tooth Relief from Your Hand
You can relieve a toothache by rubbing the back of your hand between your thumb and index finger (the V zone where the bones of the two fingers meet) with an ice cube. Rubbing the hand on the side of the body where the toothache is located may reduce pain intensity by as much as half, according to the results of a small study. What’s going on? Researchers believe this little trick can block pain impulses traveling to the brain. It can’t hurt—and might take away the hurt—when you give it a try.

10. Stay Comfortable with Clove
If you have an achy tooth or gum and your dentist’s first opening is in a week or two, a dab of clove oil can offer some temporary relief while you’re waiting to get it looked at by a professional. Just dab on with a cotton swab on the tooth or area that hurts; after a few minutes, it’ll be good and numb.

11. Roll Away Achy Feet
Stretch, relax, and find relief by rolling your bare feet over a tennis ball, lacrosse ball, or soup can. For cooling relief, try a frozen water bottle.

12. Treat Feet to Tea
Steep four peppermint tea bags in 2 cups boiling water. In a basin, add that tea to 1 gallon comfortably hot water. Let your feet enjoy a soothing soak.

13. The Secret to No-Tears Shots
I wish I’d know this trick when the boys were little: Simply cough as the needle is going in! The full science: Coughing brings on a short and quick rise in chest pressure, which blocks pain-signal conducting work by the spinal cord. The bottom line: pain-free injections.

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