When you experience random aches and pains, you might not want to reach for pills. Instead, you may prefer to keep things a little less intense. Maybe some rest, relaxation, or a natural remedy.
Natural remedies may not necessarily work or be that much healthier than over-the-counter pain (OTC) medications. But they can be comforting, more cost-effective, and work to relieve pain.
They are also great alternatives for people who don’t react well to OTC pharmaceuticals.
1. Willow BarkWillow bark is one natural pain reliever that may be useful. It has been used for centuries to help ease inflammation, a common cause of most aches and pains.
It can be brewed in a tea or comes in liquid and capsule form and may relieve pain because it is a good source of salicin, a very similar ingredient to what is found in aspirin. Some suggest it can help with headaches, low back pain, and minor arthritic flare-ups.