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8 Fast-Working, Natural Remedies For Aches & Pains

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Natural pain relief should constitute a first-line of defense.

Most people, regardless of how healthy, will at some point experience some sort of ache or pain from time to time. These can be facilitated by rigorous activity, accidents, or strained muscles. Of course, few people have not experienced a sunburn before, even those who are very careful and sensible about their sun exposure.

Pain, in other words, is inevitable, no matter how healthy your lifestyle is. 

While there are plenty of prescription and over-the-counter drugs available to help deal with minor aches and pains, not everyone realizes that there are more natural options available to them. Some natural remedies for pain that are not pharmaceuticals might include things like applications of heat (heating pads) or cold (with ice packs), or massage therapy. For more chronic pain, acupuncture and chiropractic might be good options. 

Ultimately, even if you have committed to a life that seeks to avoid prescription drugs and most over-the-counter, pharmaceutical remedies for minor aches and pains, it is still good to have some help in the medicine cabinet, something to turn to for relief. Fortunately, there are some remedies available that can help you find that relief. 

Fish Oil

Fish oil is a supplement that is likely beneficial for everyday use, but it’s anti-inflammatory properties make it useful against chronic pain. In one study, participants who took fish oil for more than two months were able to quit taking some of their pain medication. 


Turmeric has a legion of benefits, many of which are derived from its highly anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is also potently anti-fungal, making a winner for those on the Kaufmann Diet.


Ginger is beneficial for an upset stomach, but some of its anti-inflammatory properties might make ginger a beneficial herb for pain management. 

Willow Bark

Willow bark is a time-tested remedy for headaches, low back pain, and osteoarthritis. It is sold as a dried herb and can be brewed like tea. It is similar to aspirin, so if you have a sensitivity to aspirin, it might not be tolerated well, and it can interact with blood thinners, so always tell your doctor if you have used willow bark.



Cloves are a powerful analgesic and can be good for tooth and mouth aches. They may also be beneficial for headaches and other types of pain. 


This herb is used for headaches (including migraines), stomachaches, toothaches, and even rheumatoid arthritis. There are no known side effects, but use caution if you are pregnant. 


Capsaicin is an active ingredient from peppers. It is available in a cream form for use topically and may be beneficial for muscle aches and pains.  

Aloe Vera 

Aloe is a tried and true remedy for easing the pain and aiding in healing a sunburn. It is possible to buy pre-extracted aloe, of course, but you can also simply buy an aloe plant and break off the leaves as needed.

***If you are pregnant, nursing, have a diagnosed health condition, or on any medication, consult your doctor before using any of the above mentioned remedies. Pain without a cause can be a sign of more serious conditions, so always consult your doctor.***

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