Today we will discuss some home remedies for backaches. Anyone who has ever suffered from knows how much it hurts and can immobilize us for long periods of time and we suffer from day to day activities. Back pains tend to occur from wrong posture or when something is possibly amiss in the body structure, the bones, muscles and joints holding us up. Sometimes conditions like arthritis, back sprains, kidney infections, hairline spine fractures and even pregnancy and sex can cause backpains.
In case you are getting a tingling feeling in the legs, a touch of numbness, weakness and some sort of injury which hit you in the back, it is imperative you consult a doctor. In case of mild low back pains, sometimes due to heavy lifting, over work or pregnancy, the following home remedies are helpful in alleviating the pain. The backaches can also occur due to improper diet, lack of physical activity and muscle tension. The symptoms of mild to medium back pain include difficulty sleeping due to the pain and reduced flexibility of the spine. The pain commonly occurs around the hips or in the lower back.
In past few articles I have repeated again and again the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger which makes it a highly effective pain killer. Since it also cures vomiting and nausea, it can help pregnant women with backaches too.
- Have some ginger herbal tea with a slight twist. In a cup of water, boil half a teaspoon each of cloves and black peppercorn and a teaspoon of ginger powder.
- Let it steep for a while before straining and drinking.
- Make a ginger paste and apply it to the affected area. Apply eucalyptus oil over it.
- The other herbal tea recipe is the usual. Boil a few slices of freshly sliced ginger in a pan of water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Allow the mixture to cool before straining it.
- Drink 2-3 times a day for a few days or till the ache is better. Honey can also be added for taste.
2. Basil Leaves
Basil leaves are also good for alleviating the backache.
- In a cup of water, add 8-10 fresh basil leaves and bring to boil till the water is down to half a cup.
- Let it cool down. Add a pinch of salt to the drink.
- Drink this mixture daily; once a day for mild pain and twice for severe pain.
3. Poppy Seeds
Poppy seeds, also known as khus khus, is very effective for relieving backache.
- Grind together in fine powder about a 100grams of poppy seeds and rock candy (also known as misri).
- Have 2 teaspoons of this twice daily.
- Drink a glass of milk over it.
4. Herbal Oil
Massaging herbal oil on the back to relieve pain is an ancient remedy. It helps in relaxing the strained muscles and alleviating the pain from deep within.
- Any herbal oil can used for massaging but particularly effective ones are olive oil, eucalyptus oil, almond oil and coconut oil.
- Heat the oil to bearable warm temperature and massage it gently on the affected and surrounding areas of the back pain till it gets absorbed in the skin.
Again as I mentioned in previous articles, garlic and ginger tend to go hand in hand as remedies for many problems. In this case garlic also helps with alleviating the backache.
- Best remedy would be to consume 2-3 fresh raw garlic cloves first thing every morning.
- Garlic oil is also an effective remedy. To make garlic oil, hear either some coconut, sesame or mustard oil on low heat for a few minutes.
- Add around 8-10 cloves to the oil and fry till the garlic is brown.
- Strain the oil and bring to room temperature.
- Massage this oil on the back and leave it for some time before taking a warm bath.
Wheat is another remedy which has natural analgesic properties that help in reducing the ache.
- Take a handful of wheat and soak them overnight.
- First thing in the morning, add some cuscus grass and coriander to the wheat. Mix all these in a cup of milk and bring to boil till the mixture thickens.
- Drink the concoction twice daily.
7. Ice Packs
Ice packs are one of the oldest and best remedy for providing quick relief from backache. The ice in the ice packs makes it great for reducing the swelling too, providing relief to the muscles. Ice packs are basically cold compresses.
- Take a bag full of crushed ice and wrap it in a towel or clean cloth.
- Apply the compress to the affected area for around 10-15 minutes.
- Wait half an hour between each interval and repeat it a few more times.
- Alternately a bag of frozen vegetables or frozen meat loaf can also be used.
- Hot compresses can also be used for backache but not both together.
8. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is famous for its stress, inflammation and pain relieving properties and highly used in baths for relaxation after a hard day.
- Add 2 cups of Epsom salt in warm bathwater and soak your body in it for half an hour.
- Alternately you can mix Epsom salt in hot water to make a thick a paste.
- Soak the towel in the mixture and squeeze it out before putting it on the aching area.
- The heat and the salt from the towel will help in reducing swelling.
9. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is another remedy famous for soothing properties and relaxing tense muscles. Chamomile tea can be made at home or you can also buy the teabags.
- Add a tablespoon of fresh chamomile flowers or a teabag to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes.
- Drink 3 cups of this tea daily.
The most highly effective remedy is relieving and preventing backaches is milk. The rich calcium and nutrients present in the milk helps in building stronger muscles and bones.
- Try to drink milk regularly, even when you have no backaches.
- Honey can be added for flavour and help in building immunity too.