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I have a bad back. I know I have mentioned this before but it is acting up something awful since N was born a little over two months ago. I have used up all my chiropractic visits on the insurance this year and can not afford to pay for a visit every week in cash. I go to my holistic MD tomorrow to get a referral for PT and Massage which have helped me recover three times previously when my back has gotten bad.

That being said my back HURTS! I can’t take NSAID’s because they kill my stomach, which I am trying to heal, and Tylenol does nothing SO what do you do for pain?

I do what I always do, opened up my herb cabinet and concocted a tea to help with the pain.

I am limited to a few things. The herbs have to be breast-feeding safe and they have to be what I have in the house.

This is what I came up with:

Equal parts:

Chamomile: Anti inflammatory, Analgesic, Muscle Relaxer 
Yarrow: Promotes healing, strengthens muscles, Anti-inflammatory, Calming
Nettle: Analgesic, good for reducing arthritic pain/inflammation. High in key nutrients the body needs to heal
Rosemary: Anti-Inflammatory, analgesic  
Peppermint: Contains menthol, cooling, soothing, prevents spasms. It also helps with flavor. 
 
1 slice of 
Ginger: Analgesic, warming, increases blood flow
 

This tea tastes terrible but it really helps kill the back pain. I drink a cup about every two hours. It works just about as well as NSAID’s do pain wise, without the terrible stomach pain. It does not make my back feel 100% but I am able to function enough to take care of the kids and survive until I can get into the doctor and physical therapy.

I am also drinking a lot of water to keep my disks hydrated and using essential oils that reduce pain and promote healing. I’ll post my essential oil protocol soon!

I either wild craft my herbs or buy them here.

 

How do you deal with chronic bad pain?

 

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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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8 Responses to Herbal Pain Relief Tea

  1. Ooh! This is great! I have back pain too, but I hate taking meds.
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  2. Your concoction sounds right on. Did you try a little sweetener? If you can’t use honey because of the baby, I have found that a little maple syrup is great as a sweetener. Have you tried white willow bark? I also used to grow feverfew to use for my migraines. I don’t know if that helps back pain. Boy, talk about nasty tasting! Good luck with the PT. Core strengthening is the way to go.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks! I have never tried willow bark. Ill check and see if its ok for breastfeeding. I did add a little bit of coconut flower sugar to the tea, it was still pretty gross lol. Ill check out feverfew too. Thanks so much for the tips!

  3. Yvette says:

    I get muscle spasms in one side of my neck that cause nasty oral/facial neuralgia and sometimes headaches too. When things start getting a bit tense in my neck and it hasn’t become so bad that I have to use ‘drugs’ I cut an aloe Vera leaf in half and lay the gel side over the painful area. I usually have to keep it there for a day and perhaps a night. I cant bandage it into place so have to lay down but would have to lay down anyway. It is surprisingly effective at helping to reduce swelling as well as pain. Have to agree that core strengthening is the way to go. All the best!

  4. abigail says:

    Picking up my needy 2 year old combined with working on my feet has left me with some nasty lower back pain. I use tiger balm, a topical analgesic, with some good success. I dont know if it is safe during nursing though 🙁

  5. Shelley says:

    Have you talked with your dr and/or insurance company to see if you can get some hydrotherapy? Alternatively, if you live in an area where there is a public heated pool, that can work as well. I damaged my lower spine 13 years ago from a fall on the ice…I now require crutches for short distances and a wheelchair for anything further than about 30feet. My pain is quite severe and I do take opiates regularly to take the worst of the pain away, but I hate being fuzzy brained, so take it only when I can’t take anymore pain. Otherwise, I try to keep it as natural as possible. I’ll give your tea a go, thanks for sharing. One of the best things I’ve done for pain relief is hydrotherapy…a pool filled with very warm water…it allows you to stretch your spine without the normal pressure from gravity, it allows you to do some resistance exercises…one of my favs is having what appears to be a child’s water wings wrapped around my ankles, and gently but firmly trying to put the foot beneath the water…you can feel it working the lower back without straining it. It’s a wonderful treatment if you can get it. Although I’m American, I live in Scotland, with its social medical care…because everything has a waiting list, I’m only allowed 3 weekly treatments a year in my area as there is such demand for the hydro pool. I watch the calendar closely so I can get my next treatment as soon as possible 🙂 I get really tired after each session…although it doesn’t feel like you are working hard, your body really is! But after only 3 days, of being in the pool for 45 mins to an hour, I not only have less pain, considerably less, I stand taller, can walk further with my crutches, AND, I am able to walk a short distance without crutches and am able to bend and stretch further than I am able to at any other time. So with your lower back pain, you may find a huge benefit also! For me, it works so well that whenever we are going to the city (I live in the middle of nowhere), I actually go to the public pools to do some of my hydrotherapy exercises, when I’m waiting for my next hydro appointment at the hospital. I hope this is useful info and that it helps you considerably if you are able to try it!

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