Watch your Back

Watch your Back

It might come as a surprise but there is an 84 percent chance that you might develop lower back pain in your lifetime. But, back pain isn’t something that you can ignore or wait for it to resolve on its own. So, to avoid back pain from catching up on you or stop you from living life to the fullest, you can include some listed treatments at home.

1. Herbal massages

There are many benefits of using essential oils for lower back pain, and some of the benefits go beyond pain relief. Some people with chronic lower back pain might feel a sense of anxiety or depression brought on by constant pain. Essential oils can bring about a sense of peace and tranquillity. Those who have difficulty sleeping due to the pain will find relief from insomnia by using essential oils. 

Massaging your back with herbal oil can help your muscles relax and relieve pain. You can use any herbal oils such as eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, chamomile oil, and coconut oil. Heat the oil until warm and massage it gently over the aching area. 

2. Medicinal herbs

Basil is revered for its strong medicinal and healing properties. Add eight to 10 basil leaves to one cup of water and boil it until the water evaporates to half. Let it cool down to room temperature and add a pinch of salt. For mild pain, drink this concoction once daily. For severe pain, drink it twice daily.

3. Ayurvedic herbs

Poppy seeds (khus khus) have a strong anti-inflammatory ability and are actively used in Ayurvedic preparations for treating inflammation. Poppy seeds work wonders as a remedy of backache. Grind together one cup each of poppy seeds and rock candy (misri). Consume two teaspoons of this mixture twice daily, followed by a glass of milk.

4. Garlic

This comman condiment has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help with arthritis and other body pain. To make garlic oil, heat some coconut oil, mustard oil or sesame oil on low heat and then add 8 to 10 cloves of garlic to it. Fry the garlic until it is brown. Strain the oil and let it cool to room temperature. Massage your back gently with the oil. Leave it on for some time and then take a bath in warm water.

5. Homemade analgesics

Wheat has compounds that produce an analgesic effect that can help minimise pain. Soak a handful of wheat in water overnight. In the morning, mix in cuscus grass powder and coriander. Then add one cup of milk and boil it for a few minutes until it thickens. Drink the mixture twice daily.

6. Fruit enzymes

Pineapples are a rich source of an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain exhibits anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can be helpful in the treatment of back pain. One must try to consume 500 milligrams of bromelain in a day. Wait for at least an hour after each meal before taking the bromelain, or it will work mainly in your gut instead of your muscles.

7. Herbal tea

The anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger can give you relief from backache.

Apply the ginger paste on the affected area, followed by eucalyptus oil. Cut four to six thin slices of fresh ginger root and put them in one and one-half cups of water. Simmer and boil it on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and strain it. Add honey and then drink it. 

Courtesy: This article is given by Janvi Chittalia, Founder and Wellness Director of Body Cocoon, Mumbai.