Calm Your Aching Back with These Three Home Remedies

According to statistics and data collected by the American National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 8 out of 10 people have experienced some kind of back pain at least once in their life. Back pain can be chronic, acute, or a middle ground called sub-acute.

Acute back pain, or acute sciatica pain, develops suddenly and can last for few weeks. This is the most common type of sciatica pain. Sub-acute is a form of acute back pain, but instead of few weeks, it lasts for about 3 months. Chronic back pain lasts longer than three months.

Sciatica and back pain can occur in any area of the back. However, in most cases, sciatica pain develops in the lower back that supports the weight of our body.

Symptoms and causes

Symptoms for sciatica pain include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle tightness
  • Burning or tingling down the leg

All forms of sciatica pain occur with activity, and when you rest, the pain usually goes away. Pain starts slowly and may get worse in certain situations. Those situations include after standing or sitting for long periods, when sneezing, when laughing, after bending backwards, and at night. As mentioned previously, acute sciatica pain usually goes away within 6 weeks. If the pain lasts for more than 30 days, you should consult a doctor.

Here are some causes of sciatica pain:

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease (herniated disc, breakdown of discs)
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle spasm
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Excessive weight
  • Complete lack of exercise
  • Wearing high heels
  • Sleeping on a mattress that’s too soft

That being said, let’s take a look at three simple recipes that can help you battle sciatica pain.

Calm Your Aching Back with These Three Home Remedies

Herbal compress

This is one of the best compresses you can make for your sciatica pain. Most of the ingredients have calming and anti-inflammatory properties, thereby relieving and soothing your pain.

Ingredients

  • 5 teaspoons of lilac flowers
  • 5 teaspoons of St. John’s Wort flowers
  • 5 teaspoons of rosemary leaves
  • 3 teaspoons of walnut leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 quart of vinegar

How to do it

  1. Pour all ingredients into the vinegar.
  2. Leave the vinegar to soak up all the ingredients and their juices for few days.
  3. Strain the solution.
  4. Soak a cloth with one quarter of the solution, and apply the compress on the painful area.
  5. Repeat the process a few times each day for maximum results.

Herbal massage oil

For this recipe, you need to prepare an oil that you can use for massaging the painful area.

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon of parsley leaves
  • ½ tablespoon of marjoram leaves
  • 400 ml (13½ oz) apple cider vinegar

How to do it

  1. Chop the marjoram and parsley.
  2. Add the chopped leaves to the vinegar.
  3. Heat the solution to 60oC (140oF).
  4. Leave the solution to soak up the juices for one hour.
  5. Apply the oil on your affected area, massaging gently.
  6. Repeat a few times per day.

Herbal massage oil with alcohol

This massage oil is a bit more potent due to the fact there are far more ingredients.

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon of parsley leaves
  • ½ tablespoon of marjoram leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of mint powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon melted selenium
  • ½ teaspoon of alcoholic aloe extract
  • 1 quart of apple cider vinegar

How to do it

  1. Chop and cut all the leaves.
  2. Warm the apple cider vinegar.
  3. Pour all ingredients into the vinegar.
  4. Wait few hours for the vinegar to soak up the ingredients.
  5. Apply one-fifth of the solution to the affected area. Massage with gentle, circular movements.
  6. Repeat as many times as you needed.

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