It can happen to anyone: a sudden onset of prickling, pulsing, or burning pain, and you don’t seem to have the right pill to cope with it. It may sound terrifying, but there’s nothing to worry about. From eating a piece of chocolate to soothe your sore throat to using peppermint tea bags to ease a toothache, there are natural ways to stop that pesky pain without having to reach for your pain killers.

Here at Bright Side, we’ve discovered 11 tricks that will help you get rid of pain if you don’t want to take medication or if you simply don’t have the right kind.

1. Eat a piece of dark chocolate to soothe a sore throat.

  • What to do: If you’ve got a cough and you feel your throat is sore, have a piece of dark chocolate. Choose a chocolate bar with a large amount of cocoa in it.
  • Why it works: According to scientists, chocolate can suppress a cough and heal a sore throat thanks to the cocoa it contains.

2. Drink more water to ease the symptoms of a migraine.

  • What to do: Experts recommend having no less than a glass of water every 2 hours.
  • Why it works: Mild headaches and severe migraines can often be triggered by dehydration. A poor balance of fluid and electrolytes in the body won’t allow its systems to function in the proper way. Drinking enough water will help you fight dehydration and relieve the symptoms of your migraine.

3. Take some turmeric to stop pain caused by inflammation.

  • What to do: Add some turmeric or its extract, curcumin, as a supplement to your food if you suffer from inflammation.
  • Why it works: Turmeric is widely used in alternative medicine thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of its component, curcumin. Doctors usually recommend taking turmeric or curcumin in capsules to patients with sore and aching joints.

4. Stretch to relieve back pain.

  • What to do: Wear comfortable clothes and prepare a yoga mat. There’s a variety of stretching exercises you can do like a knee to chest stretch, a lying knee twist, a seated stretch, cobra and cat yoga asanas, among others.
  • Why it works: Stretching releases tension in the muscles supporting your spine and improves your range of movement and overall physical mobility.

5. Inhale essential oils to get rid of headaches.

  • What to do: Add a few drops of essential oil to a tissue and inhale the aroma, add a few drops to your bath, or apply some oil to your temples or forehead. But be careful! Essential oils can cause burns so they need to be diluted with some other oil (like coconut oil, for example) before being applied to the skin. There’s a variety of essential oils you can use: lavender, peppermint, rosemary, chamomile, and many others.
  • Why it works: Essential oils are believed to have a soothing and relaxing effect. That’s why they can be helpful for treating headaches caused by anxiety and stress.

6. Use peppermint tea to soothe a toothache.

  • What to do: Put 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves into a cup of boiling water and let it sit for 20 minutes. Once it’s cool, swish your mouth out with the tea. You can also put warm, wet peppermint tea bags onto a sore tooth and hold it there until the pain lessens.
  • Why it works: Peppermint has numbing properties that explain its soothing and pain-relieving effects. What’s more, is the menthol found in peppermint is known to have antibacterial properties.

7. Take a bath with Epsom salt to heal bone and joint pain.

  • What to do: Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath and soak in the water for 15 minutes. You can also soak the painful joint in a bowl of warm water with a cup of Epsom salt in it.
  • Why it works: Epsom salt is rich in magnesium which regulates over 300 enzymes in the body and makes its systems work properly. It also eliminates toxins and reduces stress and inflammation.

8. Go for a walk to release endorphins and fight pain.

  • What to do: Getting exercise is the best thing for you but if the pain keeps you from doing this, try going for a walk outside.
  • Why it works: Physical activity, like exercising or walking, releases endorphins or the brain chemicals that reduce the feeling of pain. Additionally, endorphins enhance the immune response and bring about a feeling of euphoria.

9. Eat a banana to ease menstrual pain.

  • What to do: If you feel menstrual cramps, skip the cookies and chocolate you’re craving and choose a banana instead. Make a smoothie with a banana and other fruit or eat it as it is if you’re on the go.
  • Why it works: Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin B6 which help to reduce muscle cramps and keep you from retaining water and feeling bloated.

10. Apply heat to get rid of cramps.

  • What to do: Use a hot water bag to relieve spasms or muscle cramps. If you don’t have one, make an improvised hot water bag out of a plastic bottle. Fill the bottle with hot water, wrap it in a towel, and apply it onto the painful area. Be careful! Never apply heat to injuries or infected areas, and don’t make the
    water too hot.
  • Why it works: Heat helps muscles to relax, eases pain, and relieves discomfort.

11. Soak your feet in hot water to lower blood pressure.

  • What to do: Take a bucket or basin and fill it with really hot, but still tolerable, water. Put your hands and feet into the basin and soak them for about 10-15 minutes. To make it even more effective, you can also put an ice compress on the back of your neck.
  • Why it works: Hot water draws the blood down to your feet and away from your head so that your blood pressure will slowly go back to normal.

The tricks we’ve just told you about have been proven to be effective in healing different kinds of pain in many people. However, if you have severe pain or if your symptoms aren’t getting any better, you should make an appointment with your doctor and have a proper medical examination.

Do you know any other effective ways to reduce pain? Please share your experience in the comments.