List of 40 Natural Herbs And Spices That Are Used For Pain

Herbs For Pain, List Of Herbs And Spices

You are a preparing to live off the land. People are storing medicine from the pharmacy and yet, at one point or another, I’m pretty sure you’ve been sceptical about storing them. Or, at the very least you may have heard of or know(n) people who are/have been. It’s no secret that these processed medicines pose a variety of health risks. Including an increased possibility of addiction. Quite contradictory to surviving longer isn't it? 

Instead of harmful narcotics from the pharmacy, which, by the way, are responsible for an alarmingly high number of deaths every year, why not find comfort from the natural remedies that can be found in your spice rack, or your local food market?

Here is a list of herbs and spices specifically useful for pain relief:

1. Ginger


As I’m sure you may be aware, this is a flowering plant which grows stems that bear narrow green leaves and yellow flowers. It no longer grows wild but is widely used for its medicinal capabilities. Ginger is useful for effective treatment of nausea, arthritis pain, and stomach pain, among others. The next time you’ve got a tummy ache, try sipping on some warm ginger tea for an instantaneous relief!

2. Garlic


Although it may lead to bad breath or an unpleasant body odour when ingested in large quantities, garlic is actually packed with nutritional values. Included in these values, are those that are really good for battling discomfort caused by inflammation. It enhances the immune system by providing antibacterial properties. Be sure to use fresh, chopped/crush garlic.

3. Hawthorn


These are small trees that bear small pome fruits and have thorny branches. Get this; the berries, flowers, and even the bark of this tree can all be used to relieve pain. Hawthorn tree elements are mainly noted for easing pain caused by menstrual cycles. It is surely a helpful suggestion for women going through a dreadful period.

4. Chamomile


Personally, this is a wonderful herb with remarkably soothing effects. Although, according to research, Chamomile has been known to serve as an exciter for some people as opposed to a relaxant to others. Regardless, it has been recognized as an aid with pain relief as well as better sleep. Definitely a choice you won’t regret!

5. Cinnamon


A popular spice that is obtained from the inner bark of Cinnamomum tree species. Cinnamon is used on a daily basis by a variety of cultures due to its extensive health benefits, as well as unmistakable sweet and warming taste. Included in its health benefits are compounds which provide anti-flammatory abilities amongst others.

6. Parsley


The roots of this herb can be used to help ease stiff joints and alleviate pain they may cause. Sit back and sip some freshly brewed tea made with this herb to effectively reap its benefits. Bear in mind that it grows best in moist, well-drained soil, with full sun.

7. Balm of Gilead

Included on the list of herbs for painis the biblically-referenced “Balm of Gilead”. A wonderful herb that is considered a remarkable pain treatment. It can be effectual at treating pain from bruises, burns, sunburns and sprains. Balm of Gilead is made by harvesting its buds and allowing them to soak in olive oil for at least six weeks.

8. Cloves


An ideal spice to remember the next you’ve got a toothache! Not only are cloves effective toothache relievers, but they are also a traditional medicine used for any other mouth pain. Cloves have been proven to be just as useful, and even healthier than benzocaine. I wonder if my dentist knows.

9. Fennel


Another herb particularly useful for easing pain caused by menstrual cycles. Fennel is noted as an antispasmodic and results in muscular relaxation. It is also effective for combating pain derived from bloating and gas. The use of this herb is predominant in India, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeking its soothing benefits.

10. Mustard


Turns out that it’s not just great on a hot-dog, but for treating pain as well! Mustard seeds actually contain many medicinal properties, including those required for almost instantly relieving muscle pains among others. The mustard plant is also useful for treating certain inflammations as well. If it’s not already included in your garden, you’d be wise to consider it as an addition!

11. Devil’s Claw

Devil Claw

Disregarding its unfriendly name, this herb which is native to Africa, is a great treatment for a number of discomforting conditions. Devil’s Claw has anti-inflammatory effects that can treat heart burn, and reduce pain from headaches and arthritis. Although there isn’t much research to prove so, the herb may also be useful for alleviating pain caused by lower-back discomfort.

12. Nutmeg


Nutmeg as a spice has been used for medicinal purposes as far back as the seventh century. It can be used to treat inflammation as well as abdominal pains. Reportedly, Nutmeg may also serve as useful for relieving aching joints, arthritis pain and treating sores. Possibly harmful if ingested in large quantities!

13. Oregano


The oil derived from this herb has been used in folk medicine as far back as you can possibly imagine. This potent little herb contains way more nutritional value than some fruits! According to a study, Oregano is helpful against inflammation and may even possess a few healing properties as well.

14. Rosemary


Oh how I just love the aroma of this herb! It’s scent alone is enough to reassure you of its positive and helpful qualities. Rosemary leaves are usually used as a flavouring in foods (I would be surprised if it weren’t) and is a tough herb able to survive lengthy periods without water. This herb can be used to relieve heartburn pain, headaches, and can be topically applied to reduce the severity of eczema, toothaches and muscle pain.

15. Turmeric


Considered a very anti-inflammatory spice, Turmeric has been used to aid in the treatment of indigestion and throat infections. It may also be topically applied to treat skin sores or assist with cleansing wounds. Turmeric is recommended as a part of a healthy diet due to its high nutritional value.

16. Willow Bark

Willow Bark

Medicinal use of Willow Bark dates back to over 6,000 years ago! It contains the exact major compound found in aspirin, which explains why it is so effective in terms of alleviating pain. Those who experience difficulties ingesting aspirin should probably consult their doctor before using Willow Bark to treat pain.

17. Lavender


Aside from its captivating aroma, lavender has more qualities which prove it to be ever so pleasant. It can be made into a medicinal oil which is useful for soothing pain from insect bites/stings, and burns. I wouldn’t second-guess using this oil to ease my discomfort as its effects are almost immediate.

18. Arnica


Only to be used topically, this herb is an effective treatment for bruises and inflammation. Its potency is amplified when/if used together with Balm of Gilead or St. John’s Wort, so it is best to exercise caution if doing so. They have deep-rooted, erect stems, and large orange or yellow flowers.

19. Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm

A species of elm native to North America, Slippery Elm grows best in moist uplands. It medicinal use dates back several years, and was actually used by Native Americans to treat exterior wounds of the skin, burns, and inflammation. The bark of this tree can also be used to relieve toothaches, coughs, and/or diarrhoea. Brew some tea with it, sip and soothe your pain!

20. Thyme


Thyme is an evergreen herb that wasused by ancient Egyptians for embalming. It was also used by ancient Greeks in their bath and burned as an incense. A popular herb among ancient earth dwellers indeed. In present times, the herb can be used medicinally to relieve pain. It is effective when ingested as a tea and will sooth sore throats, among other aches.

21. Marjoram


Other than being an excellent food seasoning, Marjoram is an herb with medicinal qualities as well. It is considered an exceptional anti-inflammatory medicine with the ability to soothe arthritis pains as well as ease nauseous feelings. It has an exquisite flavour and can most definitely be enjoyed as a warm cup of tea.

22. Neem


A tropical evergreen that usually grows in regions of India, West Africa, and Southwest Asia. They are estimated to live up to 200 years! That should tell you something about its nature. Neem extract is an effective healer as its been proven to kill the herpes virus as well as treat cold sores.

23. Licorice Root

Licorice Root

Medicinally used for thousands of years, Licorice root has proved useful with the treatment of a variety of illnesses. When applied as a gel to the skin, it can relieve itching caused by eczema and even be applied orally to relieve canker sore pains among others. A popular choice in Syria and Egypt, where it is sold as a beverage.

24. Jamaican Allspice

Jamaican Allspice

This is the dried, unripe fruit of Pimenta dioica (a tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America) used as a spice. It has traditionally been used both internally and externally as a means to alleviate pain. This spice is helpful with easing stomach aches and pain caused by menstrual cramps.

25. Coriander / Cilantro


It’s the seeds of this herb that contain medicinal value. Coriander seeds can be used for the treatment of an upset stomach, nausea, and diarrhoea. It is also useful for relieving tooth aches, joint pains, and intestinal gas. I, for sure, would try to include these seeds in my cooking!

26. Cayenne


As helpful as it is hot! Cayenne peppers are surprisingly medicinal with a number of health benefits, including pain relief. They have anti-irritant properties, such as; the ability to ease upset stomachs, sore throats and irritating coughs. I wouldn’t be surprised if its because your brain is too focused on your fiery tongue to concentrate on any other discomfort!

27. Cardamom


A spice recognised by its small seed pods, which have a thin outer shell and small black seeds. Cardamom, according to some studies, has shown that it may assist with relieving pains connected to stomach cramps or other stomach issues. It is the third-most expensive spice in the world-with good reason!

28. Basil


An herb that has been cultivated in India for over 5,000 years. Basil extract has a few medicinal properties which include: reduction of swelling and anti-inflammatory properties. Other varieties of Basilmay be useful for pain reduction as well. Although, these varieties are effective on a small scale. For those looking for a potent pain killer, another choice might be more suitable.

29. Sage


This is herb is usually used in teas and can be gargled to ease the pain from sore throats, gum disease, and coughs. It is characterized by its woody stems, and blue to purplish flowers. Sage has a slightly peppery flavour so be sure to brace your taste buds! As useful as it is attractive.

30. Feverfew


An attractive herb which, in my opinion, strongly resembles daisies. It is commonly used for treatment of headaches, and is an excellent choice for those who suffer from migraines. Additionally, the herb can be used to reduce fevers, treat digestive problems, and arthritis. It should be a first pick for someone seeking quick relief.

31. Peppermint


One of my favourite teas! Peppermint oil, however, has a variety of medical properties. Among these properties include the ability to soothe muscle pains, relieve itching, and nerve pain (when applied externally). Even peppermint toothpaste can be used to cool and soothe a skin burn. Turns out its useful for more than just fresh breath!

32. Boswellia

A fragrant resin with an intriguing dual ability. Not only is this herb useful as a cooling substance, it may also serve as a heating herb as well. Its heating properties support circulation, whereas, its cooling properties are effective at reducing inflammation. It seems like an herb I’d definitely want close by.

33. Birch Leaf

Birch Leaf

Another one of nature’s anti-inflammatory greens. Birch Leaf is a natural pain reliever which also contains similar components to aspirin. It does an awesome job at relieving pain caused by arthritis, gout, and general muscle pain. Birch leaf can be taken as a tea to experience its pain relieving effects.

34. Camellia Sinensis

Camellia Sinensis

A species of evergreen shrub whose leaves are often used to make tea. Camellia Sinensis is very commonly known for its extract that is Green Tea. If you didn’t know, green tea is packed with a number of beneficial health properties. Along with reducing risks of some cancers and even the possibility of aiding with weight loss, green tea may produce effects required for soothing pain caused by inflammation.

35. St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort

Although it doesn’t have the most appealing title, this herbal remedy is actually impressive with its effects. The plant is noted for its wound-healing abilities, as well as being quite effective against back pain. Extracts of this plant, such as its oil, can also be used to help with the management of haemorrhoids.

36. Valerian Root

Valerian Root

Valerian is a flowering plant which bears aromatic heads of pink or white flowers. Its root, however, have a smell completely opposite of the flowers! Regardless, the valerian root has a number of health benefits which are inclusive of the ability to effectively treat headaches, joint pain, pain related to menstrual cramps, and stomach pains. Ignore its smell and give it a try!

37. Cat’s Claw

Only two species of this plant are considered useful for medicinal purposes. These two, namely; Uncaria tomentosa (used commonly in the U.S) and Uncaria guianensis (more commonly used in Europe), can be used to relieve pain associated with arthritis, and viral infections such as shingles. It is also helpful with treatment of inflammation of the large intestine and lower bowel.

38. Eucalyptus


This plant’s extract has been proven to contain antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. This makes Eucalyptus oil an effective treatment of burns, cuts, sores, and other topical wounds. It can also be used to produce a healing ointment beneficial for the treatment of bug bites and stings. Another win for nature!

39. Roses


Not only is it considered to the most beautiful flower in the world, a rose is also noted for its ever so useful oil extract. It has antiseptic properties and will surely be a very fragrant way to treat a wound. I’m sure you would find the thought of this a lot more appealing than using an ordinary store-bought anti-septic lotion, because I sure do!

40. Marijuana


A rather controversial herb to list to say the least! In recent years, Marijuana or medical marijuana has been proved to be an enormous aid with pain relief. Use of the herb has been noted to relieve chronic nerve pain resulting from injury or surgery. Whether it is smoked, consumed as a tea, or used for its potent extracts, Marijuana proves to be one of the most effective pain relievers there is. Before use, please be sure to verify the legal status of this herb where you live.


Not only does mother nature provide us with food, but medicine as well! We should consider ourselves quite fortunate to be given opportunities at completely natural treatment, rather than having to solely rely on the questionable efficiency of processed medicine. I mean, who really wants to take medication thinking “This might make me well again,” or “I hope I don’t get addicted to this.”

We’re all aware (or at least I should hope so) that us humans are imperfect. This imperfection includes the disability to produce “perfect” medicine. Nature, on the other hand, is a lot less likely to share this disability, as time and time again it has proved to be nothing less than completely beneficial to man’s existence.

Hopefully, after you’ve read this article, you’ll make the wise choice of relying on these herbs for pain, as well as the equally helpful spices.

About the author


Colin is a freelance writer and editor. A fan of The Walking Dead. It led him to think what if SHTF and what does it takes to survive. Colin hobbies includes gears, tech gadgets and rehearsing different "End Of The World" situations in his head.

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