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Pain: Analgesic Herbs For Natural Relief
St. Johns Wort Oil
Ongoing, chronic pain conditions need to be addressed differently than pain that is occasional or temporary pain (broken leg, surgery). Strong pain medications, including narcotics can be taken with caution on a temporary basis, but when taken over the long term, the risks of liver damage and dependency increase dramatically. Chronic pain is a symptom of an underlying imbalance, and it is important to address that imbalance as well as try to find ways to lessen the pain. Inflammation is present in most chronic pain conditions. Anti-inflamatory herbs and dietary changes can help to calm inflammation and encourage true healing. Turmeric, rosemary and ginger are three herbs that should be on everyone's short list in the fight against chronic inflammation. These herbs offer many health benefits along with good safety profile for long term use. The anti-inflammatory effect of turmeric has been shown to be an effective pain reliever in cases of rheumatoid arthritis. 1,2 Rosemary oil and rosemary essential oil are used to alleviate the pain of sprains, arthritis, sciatica and neuralgia.
Salicin is a precursor chemical to salicylate, the compound found in aspirin that inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins, lipid compounds that are linked to inflammation and pain. Long before Bayer synthesizes aspirin in the late 1890s, Hippocrates(400 BC) was prescribing treatments using the bark of the white willow tree to relieve pain and reduce fever. Other plant sources of salicin include:
Topical pain relief may be even more important for the relief of long term chronic pain because you bypass your stomach, liver and digestive system, and target the painful area directly. The fresh flowers of St. Johns infused in oil produce a beautiful and powerful red oil that is anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Some of the skin care uses for this oil include healing burns and damaged skin. Use St. Johns wort oil to calm the pain of sciatica, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. (Mabey,Richard ,41)
Sore muscle pain Therapeutic massage with herbal oils, liniments, and essential oils can be used with great results. Herbal poultices can also be applied directly to sore and painful joints and muscles. Some of the best topical pain relievers are:Herbal baths and foot baths work magic on sore muscles and stiff joints while calming nervous tensions that compound the pain.