Pain Relief…Naturally

back-ache

They say back pain is the worst! I tend to agree with them.

I have been fighting back pain for the past month, month and a half. I say fighting it but, it is more like loudly grumbling with each movement. I have been miserable, grouchy, stubborn and unfriendly. Fighting tooth and nail to not go to the doctor.

Unfortunately, the pain which started in my lower back now radiates down my leg. Mornings are okay. Afternoons suck royally. Four letter words accompany evenings. I will be visiting my friendly, neighborhood Chiropractor later today.

Why do I bring this up? Well…

We all live with pain. It can be a back ache, tooth ache, headache, any kind of ache. It is miserable! Sucks all of the energy right out of you. When you go to the doctor they quickly hand out pills, and very large bills. Neither of which improves my mood.

So… I thought I’d share a couple of my ‘Go To’ solutions for aches and pains.

Pain Relief Ointment

  • 1 cup Beeswax
  • 4 Tbsp each of powdered Cayenne, Turmeric and Ginger
  • 3 cups Olive Oil
  • 4 oz of DMSO (optional – helps with absorption)

Combine the powdered Cayenne, Turmeric and Ginger. Put the 3 cups of Olive Oil in a pot, on low. Add the spices and heat on low for 20-30 minutes. Do not boil, or over heat. After 20-30 minutes, turn off the heat. Repeat, heating the spices 2-3 more times and let steep overnight. Strain spices out.

Heat beeswax in double boiler until melted. Add spice infused Olive Oil to melted beeswax. Remove from heat and add DMSO. Quickly pour into container. I use 4 oz metal tins, or 3 oz plastic ones. You’ll want a shallow container to make it easier to apply when needed.

*I’ve had some great results with this ointment. People with fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and diabetic pain rave about how well it works for them. It is my go to for any nerve related pain.

I love using Cayenne with all of its benefits. You just have to make sure you really wash your hands after use. Getting it in your eyes, or an open wound, will make you do a little dance.

Cayenne Salve

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp Beeswax

Infuse the Olive Oil with Cayenne. Once the olive oil has been infused, straining the cayenne powder. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. Once melted, add the cayenne infused olive oil. Immediately pour the mixture into jars, or tins.

I make a large batch of the above infused oils. That way I can quickly mix up a tin when needed. Saves time, and when you’re in pain…the less time it takes, the better!

Neither of these recipes really has a scent. It is one of the things I like about them. I also use a cayenne with a higher Scoville rating. You can also use African Bird Pepper but people with sensitive skin cannot always handle the heat; tread carefully.

If you suffer from pain in your hands. Apply the ointment and put on gloves. Let the ointment soak in for an hour, or even over night. It is wonderful, and leaves your hands incredibly soft!

Next time we’ll talk headaches but…for now I’m off to the Chiropractor. Natural remedies are always my first choice, but following up with a doctor is still recommended.

Blessed Be All!

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