Sciatica is unbearable, and sometimes you feel like there's absolutely nothing that can make you feel better, but have you tried any of these home remedies?
If not, its definitely worth a shot.
A few of my friends and I have been trying these remedies for a year now and we've definitely noticed a difference.
Let us know which one is your favorite!
1. Celery Juice
Celery isn't the first vegetable you'd think of to help with pain, but it actually has loads of health benefits.
Celery is packed with some powerful nutrients that helps to reduce inflammation and pain.
A friend of mine swears by this remedy. She drinks one or two glasses a day and rarely visits the doctor.
If you're not crazy about the taste of this juice, try adding some honey.
2. Garlic Milk
Okay, so this one sounds disgusting, but it works if you drink enough of it.
Garlic has been known as a therapeutic herb for centuries, helping to reduce inflammation and pain.
You'll need 10 garlic cloves, two cups of milk, one cup of water, and honey to make this concoction.
What you need to do is add the milk, water and crushed garlic cloves in a saucepan. Then bring it to a boil and let is simmer for at least five minutes.
Strain the milk, and once it's cooled, drink at least a cup or two of it every day.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has a number of surprising health benefits.
The same way aloe vera works to reduce the inflammation, redness, and pain of your sunburn, it will also relieve your sciatica.
Drink a shot of aloe vera juice every day, or apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel on the affected area, for best results.
Some people have gone as far as to say that aloe vera has cured their sciatica. I can't say it has cured mine, but it definitely has relieved the pain on many occasions.
4. Tennis Ball
A small yellow ball seems like an unlikely source to relieve your sciatica, but it actually works wonders!
Massaging your muscles with a tennis ball will relieve tension and rigidity in a matter of a few minutes. That is if you're doing it right.
When you lie down on your tennis ball, make sure you roll towards the position of your sciatic nerve, which travels up your leg.
Use moderate force, compressing the affected area for 15 to 20 seconds before moving to the next.
I cannot express how great turmeric is for the body, even if you don't suffer from sciatica.
This condiment contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
To make the perfect solution, add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a cup of hot milk.
If you can't stomach the strong taste of turmeric, make a paste of turmeric and your favorite essential oil and massage on areas you're experiencing pain.
6. Ginger Juice
Ever since I added ginger to my diet, I've been experiencing less pain.
Drinking a shot of ginger juice every day will make a huge difference in not only the long term, but the short term too.
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, so drinking the juice or rubbing it on the affected area will bring you relief.
Make sure you're using at least one inch of ginger, or else you're not getting enough nutrients to relieve your sciatica.
7. Peppermint Oil
Essential oils are great for your body! I love this hack because sometimes I don't feel like ingesting something to relieve my pain.
For example, a few drops of peppermint oil massaged in your skin will slowly reduce your sciatica pain.
You'll have to do this at least once or twice a day to see results. Coupled with any of these other hacks, you're definitely going to notice a difference.
8. Hot or Cold Compresses
I'm sure this is your go-to way of dealing with sciatica, but don't give up on it just yet.
Hot compresses help to relax tense muscles that may be pressing on your sciatic nerve, and cold compresses will reduce swelling around the nerve.
It's great for temporarily relief, but make sure you alternate from heat to cold compresses for effective results.
I suggest you start with a hot compress and end it with a cold one.
9. Chamomile Tea
You always hear that chamomile tea is great for period cramps, but it's also great for sciatica.
This ancient herb should be consumed at least a few times a day for best results.
The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties will help to bring your lower back, butt, or leg back to life.
10. Follow These Simple Movements
I know for some of you it feels impossible to even move when your sciatic nerve is acting up.
But there are some simple exercises that will relieve your pain.
Yoga poses like the figure four, knees to chest, reclined twist, and child's pose will help relieve muscle rigidity and tension.
I cannot emphasize how great the child's pose is. Stretch those back muscles at least a few times a day, I promise you'll notice a difference.
Couple these simple movements with a few more of the hacks on this list and you'll be feeling like a new person soon!
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