Accidents happen. Typically, there is little we can do to prevent them, and when we are injured, the immediate response is visiting a hospital. While this is a necessary step, sometimes after consulting a doctor we learn that the injury is minor and there is little we can do, other than managing the pain, while it heals. Some injuries are more serious and require professional help, sometimes even legal help; in these cases, it is important to contact the right lawyer, such as a motorcycle accident lawyer.

If you need to manage the pain, but do not feel comfortable taking multiple strong pills, here are a few home remedies that can help you through the healing process:

1. Ice

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This one might come across as somewhat obvious, but it is always useful to remember that putting ice on an injury will help lower the inflammation and swelling. Keep in mind that you should not put ice in direct contact with the skin because it can be too harsh. Wrap it in a cloth and avoid keeping it on the affected area for too long. 

2. Honey

If you are looking for something to help you heal an open wound more quickly, honey can work wonderfully. This substance is known for its remarkable antibiotic properties, which will help prevent infections. Infected wounds are much harder to treat, so preventing an infection ensures a quick healing process and lessens the pain.

3. Chamomile

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This flower is also widely known for its healing properties. It can be found in multiple forms that you can use according to your needs: dried flowers, tea, and even ointments, which you can purchase wherever you can find natural remedies. Chamomile has relaxing properties that help, among other benefits, lower the pain.

4. Aloe vera

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Popularly known for its aid in healing burns, the sap from this plant can help treat all sorts of minor injuries. Applying it to the injury can help speed up the healing process. WebMD even recommends having aloe vera gel in your at-home first aid kit.

5. Ginger

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This root has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Simple habits like cooking your daily meals with a bit of ginger in them will not only add some delicious spice to your meals but also help your injury heal from within. You can also add some ginger juice to your bath, which can help treat soreness.

6. Turmeric

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This is another spice known all over the world thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. It is sometimes used topically to help heal open wounds, but it can be used similarly to ginger: ingested to get its benefits from within.

7. Castor oil

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This oil is well known within the beauty community thanks to its miraculous properties when it comes to helping eyelashes grow. However, this vegetable oil also has health benefits that include aiding in relieving pain. Rubbing warm castor oil over the affected area will help soothe it. Keep in mind that all natural remedies that you are planning on applying topically could cause a bad reaction, particularly if you have sensitive skin. In cases like these, it is best to patch-test first, to ensure what you are choosing to use will not cause a rash or a bad skin reaction.

8. Witch hazel

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This plant has multiple properties that help reduce inflammation and pain. It is recommended to soak a cloth in witch hazel water and applying it to the affected area. This will speed up your recovery. Witch hazel is also used to control bleeding, by applying it to a fresh wound and then wrapping it with gauze.

(Last Updated On: October 28, 2020)

A senior academic researcher, reviewer, and editor, Dr. Declan Pouros is also an internationally accredited psychotherapist. He earned his PhD in Psychological Counseling and Guidance, and in the years since, he has taught in the Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance himself.He has also authored papers that have gone on to appear in such world-renowned journals as the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Psychological Reports, the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. Asia Pacific Psychiatry, and Computers in Human Behaviour.

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