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5 Herbal Compresses to Relieve Back Pain

Did you know that 8 out of 10 people suffer from low back pain at some point during their life?  That’s crazy!  What is even crazier is that $96 million are spent on directly on health care for back pain!!

Back pain can be caused by so many different things including stress, posture, weight, dehydration, blocked arteries, strains when lifting, arthritis or osteoporosis, financial problems, and low levels of calcium.  There are, of course, other causes but these are the main ones that create back problems.

Before you run out and spend a ton of money on doctors, try one (or more) of these 5 herbal compresses to relieve your back pain.  Obviously, if you’ve had an injury that caused the back pain, don’t mess around…consult with your doctor right away to be sure it isn’t something serious.

  1. Castor Oil Pack – Castor Oil has been a well known natural remedy for generations.  Simply apply castor oil directly to area that is bothering you.  Place a clean soft cloth on top of the oil.  Cover the cloth with a piece of plastic wrap.  Apply some type of heat source (i.e. hot water bottle or heating pad) over the pack of oil, cloth, and plastic wrap.  Allow heat to penetrate for 30 minutes to an hour.  Do this for 3 days in a row. 
  2. Tiger Balm Patch – Tiger Balm is a blend of herbal ingredients that are safe and effective for reducing muscle soreness and minor aches and pains.  Apply the patch as directed on the manufacturer’s package.
  3. DMSO with Aloe Gel – DMSO is a powerful antioxidant that fights against free radicals that are found at the site of injury.  Apply as directed on the manufacturer’s package.
  4. B&T Triflora Gel – Commonly used to ease the aches and pains associated with arthritis.  This homeopathic gel is to be used topically to relieve minor aches, pains, and stiffness.  Apply as directed on the manufacturer’s package.
  5. Cayenne-Ginger Heat Pack – Make a compress by soaking a washcloth in a strong herbal tea (click here for the Cayenne-Ginger recipe) and apply it directly to the area that is bothering you.  You’ll want the application to be as hot as possible, without burning.  Allow to soak in until the heat is gone.  Then apply a washcloth (with no herbs) that has been dipped in ice water to the same affected area until it warms up to body temperature.  Repeat several times, ending with the hot compress.

According to Linda Page in her book Healthy Healing, “heat wraps are up to 50% MORE effective than over-the-counter pills at relieving back pain.”  So, give it a try…what have you got to lose?


Cayenne-Ginger Hot Compress

For external use only to relieve minor aches, pains, and stiffness in the back.

  • 1 tsp cayenne, powder
  • 1 tsp ginger, powder
  • 1 tsp lobelia (optional), powder

Add powered herbs to a bowl of very hot water and stir together until blended and dissolved.  Place a clean washcloth in the water so that the herbs soak in.  Lightly wring out excess tea.  Place on area of back that is causing discomfort.  Allow washcloth to set until the heat is gone.

Fill a separate bowl with ice and water.  Dip a clean washcloth in the water.  Wring out excess water and place on same area of back.  Allow washcloth to warm to body temp.

Repeat several times, ending with hot tea compress.