If you have ever been in intense pain, then you know that you would do anything, in that moment, to make it stop.
Often, we want the pain to stop so badly that we don’t even consider what we are taking to help stop the pain. And, while not all over the counter or prescription pain killers are bad, natural pain killers are always much better and much less harmful to the body.
Natural pain killers also do not come with the risk of addiction, the way that so many prescription drugs do. For this reason, whenever possible, you should opt for natural pain killers. Your body will thank you.
And, to help you out, we’ve got a handy list of the top ten most helpful natural pain killers you can try.
How We Chose Our Ratings
Before we dive in and tell you our selections for the best natural pain killers, you are probably curious about how we arrived at these ratings.
Well, to start with, we did a lot of research. We spent countless hours scouring through information about natural and homeopathic pain relief options. We also read reviews and testimonials from real people just like you.
Plus, we paid attention to who manufactures different natural pain killers, what the reputation of each company was, and any warnings or risks associated with use of the products.
After researching all of this information, we were able to arrive at our recommendations for the best natural pain killers. You can rest assured that our goal is not to sell you a specific product or item or to convince you to think a certain way.
Instead, our only goal is to empower you with all of the information you need to make a safe, informed decision about the best natural pain killer options to meet your needs.
So, with that in mind, we present to you our top ten picks.
10. Willow Bark
To begin with, one of the very best options for relieving pain, especially pain caused by inflammation, is willow bark, which you can easily buy in supplement form at most health food stores. You can also buy it in a form that can be brewed into a delicious, soothing tea.
Willow bark has actually been used for this purpose for centuries. It works in large part due to the fact that it contains salicin, the same chemical you will find in many over the counter pain killers.
Willow bark can work for a wide range of different kinds of pain. However, it is considered highly effective for migraine related pain, menstrual related pain, back pain, and pain related to osteoarthritis.
While willow bark is safe for most adults to take, it should not be combined with anticoagulant medications. Taking willow bark along with these medications can increase the risk of dangerous bleeding.
9. Cayenne Pepper
This suggestion on our list probably comes as a huge surprise to you. After all, most people think of cayenne pepper as merely a spicy seasoning, not as a pain relief option.
Believe it or not, however, this pepper can actually be super helpful for relieving pain. This is particularly true for post-operative pain and is often suggested by doctors due to the fact that it is incredibly safe to take, no matter what a patient’s situation.
In addition to soothing the aches and pains associated with recovery from surgery, cayenne pepper is also effective at killing candida, a lead cause of fungal infections, joint pain, and other issues. It’s the naturally occurring capsaicin in this spicy pepper that will do the trick.
Take it in a dose you can stand- the more, the better. If you like spicy food, that shouldn’t pose a problem!
8. Devil’s Claw
Please, don’t let the scary name of this herb frighten you away from its amazing pain relief properties.
Devil’s claw is great at doing all the things typical over the counter products, like Aspirin or Tylenol, can do, but it does so naturally. It is particularly effective at muscle aches and pains, back pain, and pain associated with arthritis.
You can easily find this “miracle medicine” In supplement form for easy ingestion.
After seeing cayenne pepper on our list, it probably shouldn’t surprise you too much to find yet another common cooking spice on our list.
Turmeric is most well-known for its inclusion in curry and other Indian dishes. However, it has a wide range of uses, including as a wonderful natural pain killer.
The reason it works so well against pain is because it contains curcumin, which is an antioxidant. This powerful antioxidant works hard to eliminate free radicals in the body, as well as the pain and discomfort often associated with them.
Other types of pain that Turmeric can ease include stomach upset and indigestion, ulcers, skin conditions, and pain associated with cancer. Keep in mind that turmeric cannot heal any of these conditions, so don’t forego medical help. However, it can definitely help to ease any pain associated with these conditions.
You can take it in capsule form if you don’t like the taste or use it liberally in food to get the same effects.
If you don’t like all the other spicy items on our list, you probably won’t like this one. However, we had to include wasabi because it does work very well against pain.
Known most commonly as a sushi add-on, wasabi is great at stopping inflammation in the body, as well as the pain associated with it.
The reason wasabi works so well is because of the pain-relieving isothiocyanates it contains. The only downside is that it’s hard to find in supplement form, so you may have to just suck it up and take a big bite.
Migraine sufferers often struggle with some of the worst pain of anyone. And, to make matters even worse, it can be incredibly difficult for them to find relief. Fortunately, a great natural solution for migraine sufferers is an herb known as Feverfew.
Not only is this herb excellent at reducing migraine pain, but it is also good for joint pain and nerve pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Like turmeric, cloves are commonly used in cooking, so they are not hard to find. However, if you want to use them for pain relief, you can easily find them in capsule form.
Cloves are particularly amazing and rank high on our list because they can treat so many different kinds of pain and discomfort. They have been proven to be effective at fighting nausea, colds, tooth pain, arthritis pain, headaches, and even fungal infections.
Keep in mind that cloves may not be suitable for people who are taking blood thinners since cloves can increase the risk of bleeding. As long as you don’t suffer from any blood related issues, however, taking clove supplements should be perfectly safe for you.
3. Primrose Oil
While a lot of the pain that people experience is related to diseases, disorders, and to surgery or other medical procedures, some of the worst pain is menstrual pain. Just ask any woman!
Fortunately, primrose oil is one of the most effective natural treatments for menstrual pain. Its high fatty acid content not only helps it to relieve pain but can also reduce cravings that some women experience before or during their periods.It can also help to balance the hormones that often get out of whack during menstruation and is effective for body aches and pains, headaches, and tiredness, all common menstrual complaints
Arnica is a very widely used natural pain killer and for good reason: it really works.
You can buy it in a topical gel form or in supplement form depending on your needs. The topical form is great for sprained muscles, muscle strain, bruises, or arthritis pain. However, headaches and general aches and pains can often be treated by taking it in capsule form.
1. Peppermint Oil
For our number one pick, we had to go with peppermint oil. It is a wonderful natural pain reliever all around. Plus, it is very affordable and smells great too.
It can help with even the most intense, deep pain, such as fibromyalgia pain and myofascial pain. However, it is also great for muscle pain and strain due to its cooling, numbing properties.
You can find peppermint oil just about anywhere. Whether you ingest it in a capsule form, take a tablespoon of oil directly, or rub it on the affected area, it should work great and is also safe for just about anyone.
A Word of Caution for Those Seeking Natural Pain Relief
In most cases, natural supplements or other natural products are safe for just about everyone. Anytime there may be a concern with a particular product that we have recommended, we have tried to detail it in full above.
However, keep in mind that, for best results and for the most safety possible, you should always consult with a doctor before you begin using any supplement or other natural product.
While natural products are generally considered a lot safer than their over-the-counter or prescription counterparts, every person reacts differently to every product.
Thus, ensure you are not allergic to any ingredient in a product. Also, make sure a product will not interfere with any medications or treatments you are currently using.
And, also remember that natural products, as great as they are, are not a substitute for professional medical care. In many cases, they can enhance professional care, but a doctor’s advice is always worthwhile.
Thus, proceed with caution to ensure safety while using natural products.
One thing to understand is that all-natural products are not created equally. Some people grab the first product they see on the shelf, not realizing that it may not be as high quality as another option or brand.
To ensure you get the best, most fully natural products, always read the ingredient labels. Ideally, a product will contain only what it is supposed to. For example, if you picked up a bottle of peppermint oil, the only ingredient, ideally, would be “peppermint oil.”
If other ingredients are listed on a product, make sure you know what they are. Truly natural products are not going to contain anything extra and certainly not anything harmful. Also remember that, when in doubt, you can always bring a product to your doctor’s office to get his or her advice.
You also want to make sure that any supplement or other natural product you choose works for your particular type of pain. As you can hopefully tell from our above list, every supplement doesn’t work for everything. So, know what type of pain you have and its cause and then do your research to find supplements or other natural products that are known to target that specific type of pain.
Keep in mind, too, that if your pain does not go away with supplement or natural product use, you may need to see your doctor. Sometimes, a misdiagnosis could occur, thereby leading to ineffective pain management.
If you can keep these tips in mind, shop with care, and use natural products according to the included instructions, you should have a lot of luck when it comes to managing your pain. Experiment and try different options, but always do so safely and in an informed way for best results.