Natural analgesics are medicinal plants and herbs that help calm and relieve pain, thanks to their analgesic action and, in many cases, sedatives. We discover the ones that cannot be missing in your apothecary or pantry.
An analgesic is a medicine whose main function is to calm, relieve or eliminate pain. Among other things, it helps reduce or relieve headaches, muscle pain, arthritic pain and other pain or related attacks. Among the different analgesics that exist, we can find non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (the most popular within this group is aspirin), major opiates (such as tramadol) and adjuvant drugs (which are not analgesics in themselves when administered in isolation, as is the case with morphine).
In the case of analgesics, their use in case of headaches is usually very popular and common, especially noteworthy is the use of aspirin for this purpose, since it is a medicine that helps to calm, reduce and eliminate pain. However, as with most drugs, self-medication is not at all appropriate, since taking painkillers too frequently not only makes the headache worse, but can cause chronic headache.
Nature provides us with a whole set of certain plants and herbs with analgesic action, which means that they are natural options when it comes to relieving pain, but with an added virtue: in most cases they do not have the side effects that they can cause. To produce analgesic drugs. In short, we can opt for natural pain relievers when we suffer from muscle or joint pain, headaches, migraines and other related discomforts.
The best natural pain relievers
Interestingly also known by the name of devil’s claw, it is a plant rich in harpagoside, a glycoside that is apparently effective in the treatment of some cases of arthritis, by reducing joint inflammation. It helps, therefore, in relieving inflammation and joint pain.
- Harpagofito decoction: to make the decoction you only need to boil the equivalent of 1 liter of water in a saucepan, and add 5 teaspoons of crushed harpagophytus roots. Let it boil for 3 minutes, then turn off the heat, cover and let it rest for 10 minutes. Finally strain and drink. You can drink 3 cups of this decoction daily.
- Devil’s claw poultice: it is an ideal option to relieve muscle pain and pain caused by sprains. To make it you must mix the liquid from the decoction of harpagofito with clay until you get a creamy paste. Apply it locally in the necessary place, and leave it to act for 20 minutes. Then remove with warm water.
The consumption of decoction of devil’s claw is not recommended in case of gastritis, pregnancy, irritable colon and obstruction of the bile ducts.
It is a plant that exerts both a sedative and analgesic effect, so that it is a suitable natural option in the treatment of headaches and migraines, nervous tension, anxiety and stress, and neuralgia (such as sciatica, rheumatic pain and fibrosis’s).
Its consumption is also recommended in case of nervous tension and irritability associated with menstruation and menopause.
- Hypercominfusion: it is one of the most recommended options when it comes to enjoying the soothing and analgesic benefits of Hypercom. To make the infusion you must boil the equivalent of a cup of water in a saucepan. When the water reaches the boiling point, add a teaspoon of Hypercom, and let it boil for 3 minutes. After this time, turn off the heat, cover and leave to rest for another 3 minutes. Finally strain and drink. You can drink 3 cups of this infusion a day.
- Hypercompoultice: it is an ideal option when it comes to enjoying the soothing qualities of Hypercom, but externally. In this case, it is suitable for soothing and healing minor burns, wounds, bruises and varicose veins. To make the poultice, mix white clay with water and add a few drops of essential oil of Hypercom.
Although mint is actually known for its digestive qualities, especially when it comes to relieving gas and upset stomach, did you know that it is one of the most powerful plants when it comes to analgesic effect? It acts, in fact, in a very interesting way in case of digestive and gastric pain.
- Mint infusion: to make the infusion you must boil the equivalent of a cup of water in a saucepan, and when it starts to boil add 1 teaspoon of mint. Let it boil for 3 minutes, after this time turn off the heat, cover and let it rest for another 3 minutes. Strain and drink. You can take this infusion 3 times a day.
It is not advisable to take this infusion in case of anxiety, stress, nervous tension, insomnia and tachycardia.
It is quite likely that you already know valerian for its renowned tranquilizing action, being one of the best known and most effective popular sedatives that exist when it comes to calming the nervous system. However, did you know that it also has a very interesting analgesic action, very useful for relieving pain, spasms and intestinal colic, as well as muscle cramps and menstruation pain?
You can enjoy its qualities in two ways:
- Valerian infusion: to make the infusion you must boil the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of valerian roots in a saucepan. When the water starts to boil, add the valerian, and let it boil for 3 minutes. After this time, turn off the heat, cover and leave to rest for another 3 minutes. Strain and drink. You can take this infusion 3 times a day.
- Valerian poultice: it is a recommended option in case of muscle pain, or to relieve migraines and headaches. To make it you must mix a little of the valerian infusion with clay until you get a creamy paste. Apply externally to the painful area and leave for 20 minutes.
It is not recommended to use valerian in children under 3 years of age, during pregnancy or lactation.