Body aches can affect and disrupt performing daily activities, such as schooling, household chores, office work, and managing a business. Often times, many people resort to taking pain medications, which often cause unwanted side effects, such as stomach upset, nausea, and dizziness. Also, some medications are addictive, such as opioids.
So, it’s best to try some home remedies to get rid of body aches, which’ll be discussed in detail below.
1. Hot And Cold Application
Applying an ice pack in a washcloth to the affected area for about 15 minutes at a time can help reduce inflammation. Also, taking a warm bath can help relax tensed muscles, especially if you have hip pain, as aaronaltenburgmd.com suggests.
2. Make A DIY Heat Pad
You can make a homemade heat pad at home by filling a cotton sock or small fabric case with uncooked rice grains or beans and then seal it. Microwave for two to three minutes. Once it cools down slightly, apply it on sore, stiff joints. Make sure that your DIY heat pad stays warm for about 30minutes. The rice grains or beans will shape your body, providing soothing heat.
Adequate rest is crucial if you have body aches and pains. The body needs time to heal itself through rest. A research finding shows that sleep deprivation can increase pain sensitivity, numbing the painkilling response of the nervous system. Hence, sleep can be the key to relieve chronic pain.
4. Eat inflammation-fighting Foods
Avoid processed food, fast food, and fried food. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and herbs for less inflammation. Consume low-allergenic foods. Get rid of allergy-producing foods such as grains, eggs, nuts, and milk. Also, reduce the consumption of wheat, oats, corn, rye, coffee, and beef to avoid inflammation.
5. Mind Conditioning
Can you train your mind to avoid feeling pain? Yes, with the help of mind conditioning. Check out these effective ways to condition your mind to control pain:
• Deep Breathing: Focus on a phrase or sentence while holding your breath for a few seconds before exhaling. You can use mobile apps using images or sound to keep your eyes and mind focused on maintaining breathing rhythms.
• Elicit The Relaxation Response: A relaxation response is a great antidote to stress response, turning down the body’s reactions to stress. Close your eyes and relax all your muscles, concentrating on deep breathing for 10 to 20 minutes, clearing your thoughts.
• Meditation And Guided Imagery: Deep breath while listening to calming images or music in a quiet room. You might have some trouble concentrating at first, but you can always refresh and re-focus.
• Mindfulness: Choose any activity you love to do such as gardening, baking, writing songs or poems, and others. Immerse yourself fully in these activities to bring mindfulness and help relieve and divert pain sensations, most especially phantom pain or feeling pain coming from a body part that is no longer there.
• Mind Body Exercises: Mind-body exercises, such as yoga and tai-chi, involves meditation, breath control, and stretching which can help relieve body aches.
• Positive Thinking: Having an optimistic mindset can help you reduce body pains, reducing stress, and perception of suffering as well. Try reading pain quotes and smile for positive mindset reinforcement.
6. Natural Pain Killers
Natural pain killers are found in your kitchen. They usually come as herbs, essential oils, and spices. For instance, the eucalyptus plants can help reduce swelling, pain, and inflammation.
Here are some examples of natural pain killers commonly available at home:
• Willow Bark: The bark of white willow has salicin which helps ease inflammation, chewed to relieve body pains, such as headaches, osteoarthritis, and low back pain, and also fever.
• Turmeric: This spice has a unique flavor and yellow color, containing the antioxidant curcumin. It helps reduce pain and inflammation by getting rid of free radicals damaging cells and tissues.
• Cloves: This herbal supplement comes in powder, capsule, or oil form. Cloves help ease pain associated with toothaches, headaches, and arthritic inflammation.
• Capsaicin: Chili peppers are natural pain killers, reducing the skin’s pain sensitivity on the nociceptor fibers or nerves carrying pain signals.
• Rosemary: This essential oil help relieve pain associated with muscle pain, bone pain, seizures, and headaches.
7. Oral Rinses
Toothache is a worse type of pain that can affect the entire body. So, it’s advisable to rinse with salt water solution or hydrogen peroxide to get rid of toothache fast at home.
Check the following DIY oral rinses you can try at home:
• Guava Wash: Rinsing a guava mouthwash is also effective. Make a homemade guava leaf mouthwash by crushing guava leaves and adding them into one cup of boiling water. Simmer the resulting mixture for 15 minutes and then left to cool. You can use it with other homemade mouthwashes.
• Aloe Mouthwash: Mix aloe vera juice, baking soda, peppermint, and water, and then simmer to make a homemade aloe mouthwash.
8. Aromatherapy And Massage
Aromatherapy involves using essential oils, such as bergamot, treating neuropathic pain resistant to opioids. Use a diffuser for aromatherapy. Add a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser. Inhale the steam of aromatic oils in a closed room. If you don’t have an electric diffuser, fill up a bowl with hot water. After which, add essential oil drops to the water. Use a towel to cover your head while leaning forward and inhaling the steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
For massage therapy, combine massage oils with common carrier oils, such as coconut oil, apricot kernel, sweet almond, and grapeseed oil. Massage diluted essential oil into your skin to loosen up your tired muscles and ease pains. Practice self-massage at home using essential oils by watching video tutorials online.
The above home remedies can help reduce inflammation, often associated with body pains. Body pains come in different types such as hip pain, headaches, migraines, low back pain, and toothache. Applying the principles of reducing inflammation greatly help with managing pain such as hot and cold application applied several times a day. Mind conditioning, resting, aromatherapy, massage, and using natural pain killers, like herbs and spices, also promote better pain management.
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