Another ingredient which can be found on your kitchen shelf that can effectively relieve back pain, is chamomile tea, often referred to as the “herbal aspirin”. The tea is commonly used to soothe stiff and tense muscle tissue caused by stress. The chamomile herb also improves digestion, and will further benefit those who struggle with back pain resulting from obesity. Calcium in the chamomile will also help to decrease the muscle tension and relax them, while its antispasmodic properties reduce the severity of muscle spasms in the back.
Chamomile tea is often enjoyed as a casual beverage; however, by simply increasing the dosage, chamomile tea becomes medicinal. To get this therapeutic dose of the herb, infuse about 14 chamomile tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes. The tea bags can be reused up to three times; however, the potency will decrease with each use.
This dosage may seem extreme, but is safe, unless you have an allergy to chamomile. It is also best to avoid immediately driving after the full-strength dosage, as chamomile is also known for its calming and sedating effect on the mind. This effect will further aid in the pain relief and help you sleep more easily, since a common symptom of back pain is difficulty in sleeping.
Chamomile essential oil can also be used to alleviate pain caused by tension. It can be massaged onto the aching area or burned as an aromatherapy treatment. In a recent trial, chamomile oil was shown to reduce the need for analgesics in individuals suffering from arthritis pain, after they rubbed chamomile oil onto the affected area three times a day for 3 weeks.