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Herbs for Pain Relief

Using herbal medicine has been a practice that has been dated all the way back to 1500 BC and possibly earlier. An Egyptian papyrus called The Ebers Papyrus was a very long scroll about 20 meters long which contained around 700 different formulas and remedies that the Egyptians used.

Herbal medicine has always been around and practiced by many individuals but recently in the past decade or so it has definitely made quite a comeback. Everything from individuals looking for healthier alternatives, to people looking to turn their passion into a career.

One of the many ailments that people are turning to herbal medicine for that is rather common is for pain. There are a wide variety of medicinal plants that are available that contain pain relieving therapeutic properties to them. These properties are due to certain chemical constituents that the plant contains. For relieving pain, some of the properties one may look for would be anti-inflammatory and analgesic. You could also look for medicinal plants that have sedative and nervine properties to them also to help alleviate the stress response that is commonly experienced when someone is in pain. So let’s take a look at some of the herbs that could be used for pain relief…


Scientific Name: Arnica montana

Family: Asteraceae

Parts Used: Flowers

Uses: Sore muscles, bruising, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic.


Scientific Name: Withania somnifera

Family: Solanaceae

Parts Used: Roots, leaves, seeds

Uses: Relieves stress, adaptogen, leaves are anti-inflammatory/analgesic/sedative, antimicrobial, immune booster


Scientific Name: Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae

Parts Used: Fruit

Uses: Pain relief, warming/hot, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, arthritis, toothache


Scientific Name: Matricaria recutita

Family: Asteraceae

Parts Used: Flower heads

Uses: Fevers, indigestion, heartburn, stress, pain relief, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, sedative, insomnia.


Scientific Name: Cymbopogon citratus

Family: Poaceae

Parts Used: Grass

Uses: gastrointestinal issues, fever, arthritis, flatulence, pain, insomnia, anxiety, anti-inflammatory, sedative


Scientific Name: Scutellaria lateriflora

Family: Lamiaceae

Parts Used: Whole plant

Uses: Insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, stress, muscle spasms, anti-inflammatory, arthritis, joint pain


Before you decide to use any herbal treatments for an ailment, I advise you to do your own research and be sure to correctly identify any contraindications for your own safety and well-being. Using herbs is never to replace medical attention and I advise that you speak with a medical professional before using them. There are many herbs that cannot be used by pregnant women, breastfeeding women, children, persons on certain medications, and persons with certain medical diagnoses. Any and all statements made on this web-site have not been evaluated by the FDA. Te herbs listed are not to be used to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease.

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