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Mullein: This lubricating herb has an affinity to the spine. Some prominent herbalists (such as Matt Wood) have dubbed it “herbal chiropractor”. In some cases, taking mullein has seemed to promote the lubrication of the discs, allowing the body to adjust it back into proper order. It also has notable anti-pain qualities related to nerves.
A small to medium dose of 1-10 drops of tincture may be ideal. You can get Mullein Leaf Tincture here.
Solomon’s Seal - This wonderful body normalizing and strengthening herb can help to lubricate dry tissue and also rebalance tendon and ligament tension if it’s too far in one direction. Additionally, Solomon’s Seal is known by herbalists to support the repair of bone and connective tissue. It has also been used for reducing pain and supporting relaxation. These qualities may be helpful in resolving back pain.
A small to medium dose of 1-10 drops of tincture may be ideal. You can get Solomon’s Seal Tincture here.
St. John’s Wort - This herb has an affinity to nerve pain, especially sharp pains. It also has muscle relaxant qualities, which may be helpful in allowing the body to move into a correct, tense-free position. That may be helpful for encouraging healing.
A small to medium dose of 1-10 drops of tincture may be ideal. You can get St. John’s Wort Tincture here.
Cramp Bark - This herbal muscle relaxer is known to remove tension throughout the body. A good option if you suspect muscle tension and overall constriction is interfering with the back or other areas.
A small to medium dose of 1-10 drops of tincture may be ideal. You can get Cramp Bark Tincture here.
Comfrey (homeopathic) - Comfrey has been used by herbalists and homeopaths to support the repair of bone and connective tissue as well as reduce pain. It’s known to have a particular affinity to bone related pain and has been used for back pain specifically. One thing to note is that Comfrey can promote bone and connective tissue healing so quickly that there is the potential of regrowing bones before they have set properly. Because of this, many herbalists and homeopaths recommend not using Comfrey until the bones have set if you are using it to help heal an injury. Still, for back pain, used temporarily, Comfrey may be very supportive and relieving. The homeopathic version of Comfrey allows one to get the effects without the potential toxicity (debated by herbalists) of the herb itself. You can get Comfrey (homeopathic) here.
Wild Lettuce - This calming, sleep inducing plant has an affinity to cold, stiff muscles. It’s suggested to allow this stiffness or cold energy to be released, allowing greater relaxation and freedom in those areas. Herbalist Matt Wood says it has a connection to lower back stiffness. When this is the right remedy, it will likely help to release this and bring back a sense of relaxation to those areas. One thing to note is that this remedy can induce sleep and, for some, it can do this profoundly. Although this may be dose dependent, the dose that promotes sleep may be different from one person to another so getting acquainted with how it effects you and not having to go anywhere after trying it is a good idea. Small doses of 1-3 drops of tincture may be an ideal dose for many. That likely won’t lead to sleep for many but it can so it’s something to be considerate of. You can get Wild Lettuce Tincture here.
Black Cohosh: This beautiful and powerful herb happens to look like a spine when viewed in certain ways. It is known by many herbalists as a highly effective whiplash remedy. As a relaxing herb, it reduces tension and constriction enough to allow for greater healing. What separates Black Cohosh from some other good relaxing herbs is its affinity to the upper back and neck area as well as the lower back. Small to medium doses of 1-10 drops of tincture may be ideal for many. You can get Black Cohosh Tincture here.