This past week I have suffered, off and on, from lower-back pain — some of the worst I have ever had.
Luckily I have had my fiance to rub my back.
But this week I needed more than just a massage. I needed to resort to some other treatments. So here’s what I did, hack style, that helped a lot:
Melt (a few seconds in the microwave) ½ cup of coconut oil and mix in 15 drops of peppermint oil. Let sit to become solid again, maybe half an hour. Rub into the achy area as needed. (Have to thank my nurse practitioner friend for this one).
Once my back was rubbed, heated (from a heating pad), and felt slightly better, I did some stretching. You have to become your own physical therapist and try to stretch it out because, as we age, all of those muscles start to shrink and tighten. That is a major reason for the pain.
I also started to drink more ginger tea than normal. I know I’ve talked about ginger for stomach problems but it’s also great to treat inflammation.
I usually take 800mgs of magnesium oxide to help with my bowel problems. But I added an additional 400mgs of magnesium glycinate for anti-inflammatory benefits. Studies show that this form of magnesium helps to reduce inflammation and restores flexibility.
Last, but not least, I started on a natural pain and joint relief supplement. It takes a few days to work but, with my current problem, I don’t want it to stop me in my tracks again so I plan on staying on it. The product is called Mobilify and has many natural anti-inflammatories such as Indian frankincense, bromelain, Chinese skullcap, arnica and hibiscus flower.
So here’s to a pain-free week!
To a healthy more beautiful you!
P.S. For a topical magnesium pain reliever try EASE .
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Lamontagne C., Et. al. Rapid Resolution of Chronic Back Pain with Magnesium Glycinate in a Pediatric Patient. J Pain Relief. January 2012.