Although over-the-counter medicines do a decent job of relieving pain, they might have adverse side effects in the long run. Similarly, prescription drugs might have side effects, including addiction. However, natural products can help ease your chronic pain without the threat of any adverse side effects. Here are some of them.

Turmeric

Most people know turmeric for the color and flavor it gives curry. However, there is more than meets the eye. Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that has pain-relieving qualities. To tap the benefits out of turmeric, you can add it to curries or smoothies. Besides, you can also purchase turmeric supplements.

CBD Oil

CBD is a type of cannabinoid that is found naturally in hemp plants. You might consider CBD products such as hemp CBD lotion if you are looking for a natural pain reliever. Unlike the THC, another cannabinoid, CBD is not psychoactive. Therefore, using these products does not give you a “high” effect. According to research, CBD is effective for chronic pain and has no side effects.

Willow Bark

Willow bark has been a go-to pain reliever for centuries. The bark is rich in salicin, which is similar to aspirin’s primary ingredient, Bayer. In the past, people would chew the bark when in pain. However, things are more comfortable now. You can buy the bark as a dried herb and brew it. Alternatively, you can buy a liquid supplement of capsules.

However, it can have some side effects similar to those caused by aspirin. Therefore, if you are sensitive to aspirin, you might consider refraining from willow bark.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil could come in handy to ease your chronic pain. Since there are no regulations around necessary oil dosages, it would be best to talk to your doctor before using lavender essential oils. Besides, ingesting essential oils might be toxic.

Ginger

Ginger is a natural pain reliever that can come in handy for chronic pain. You can incorporate ginger into your diet by blending it into your smoothie. You can also add it to your tea. Better still, you can buy supplements in a health store. However, if you can access it in its natural form, it might be more effective.

Keep in mind that these natural products might work for some conditions and not others. However, they give you an alternative to over the counter medications. In case the pain persists, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional. They can discuss other natural options after pinpointing the root cause of the pain.

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