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Natural Options for Temporary Aches & Pains

We all know that having pain is such a pain! Even if you’re simply sitting at a computer 40 long hours a week typing away, back and neck pain can become a problem.

Maybe you’re one that experiences the dreadful migraine from staring at a computer screen for too long. Or, maybe you just didn’t get enough sleep the night before?

And these are only a couple examples of the sort of pain people are experiencing on a daily basis. Unfortunately, pain is one of those categories where the list goes off the page!

Prescription drugs for pain relief do come with side effects. For example, the prescriptiondrug-info.com website explains the possible side effects of Vicodin in its overview of the drug. As with any prescription drug, keep your doctor informed of any and all side effects.

More common side effects may include dry mouth, itching, pinpoint pupils, dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, confusion, gas / heartburn, or flushed skin. If you experience irregular heartbeat or chest pain, difficulty breathing, wheezing, unusual weakness, cold / clammy skin, severe rash, fever, chills, or muscle aches and pains then notify your physician or prescriber ASAP! Also note that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of side effects.

If you’re like me, and worry about side effects of prescription drugs, there are some natural options that may help to relieve your occasional discomfort.

Natural Temporary Pain Relief Options

Limonene Complex-An Essential Oil

Here’s one for all of you exercise-aholics! Or, the average stiff neck Joe. This orange peel essential oil called Limonene, from Premier Research Labs is a double buffered, pH balanced, orange peel essential oil.

It has a pleasant citrus scent and may be used on top of the skin as a temporary pain-reliever.

  • Features naturally-occurring limonene (92%), a special active compound
  • May help loosen a stiff neck
  • May provide relief for tight, sore and painful muscles and joints
As an added benefit, Limonene oil has been linked to cancer prevention and many other health benefits. Learn more about the healing properties of orange essential oil here.

Curcumin – A Powerful Compound Found in Tumeric – the Spice

Can a spice really be the answer to help ease your discomfort? Curcumin, which comes from the root of turmeric has benefits that just might surprise you! From simple pain caused by exercise to joint pain, this spice has some interesting health properties worth learning about.

For more on Curcumin – read this article, Curamin or Curamed – Understanding the Difference.

White Willow Bark

Who knew beautiful willow trees could help with occasional pain. The bark of the white willow actually contains a chemical called Salicin.

Centuries ago, Aspirin was even developed using Salicin from white willow bark.

Even though White Willow Bark is a more natural approach, it still should be taken with caution.

Gastrointestinal side effects (upset stomach) may occur in some people.


Have you ever seen a holly shrub? Mostly grown in South America, the shrub contains an herb called Ilex paraguariensis which has a cooling effect when it’s applied to skin. This Ilex herbal extract is one of the main ingredients used to make Biofreeze! Another great way you may get some relief from some of your temporary aches and pains. Especially if you are just starting to get back into working out! But, some other pains it may provide relief from are:

  • Strained Muscle Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Neck, Hip and Leg Pain
  • Shoulder or Arm Discomfort
Biofreeze doesn’t smell bad and is a nice compliment to a massage.

If you’re in pain because you just started exercising again, make sure you’re stretching or using hot/cold packs too! But if your looking for some natural temporary pain relief, give one of these options a try. Next time you see a willow tree or smell that lovely citrus smell when you peel your orange, remember that mother nature provides!