Homemade Painkillers and DIY Pain Relief (Herbal Options)

For me personally, one of my biggest fears is being wounded in a real SHTF situation and not having any way to deal with the pain.

Even worse, seeing my children in pain and unable to do anything. Thus, I’ve started getting interested in natural and homemade painkillers.

Wild Lettuce (Lactuca Virosa)

Wild lettuce is known as “opium lettuce” because it is such a potent painkiller. Unlike opiates, wild lettuce is NOT addictive and does not cause significant side effects.


As a natural painkiller, turmeric seems best suited for pain from GI disorders and inflammatory conditions. Note that you should always consume turmeric with black pepper and some oil.

White Willow Bark (Salix Alba)

Known as “nature’s aspirin,” willow bark contains salicylin – the same compound as aspirin. It is great at treating pain related to inflammation, particularly muscle pain.


Studies have found that lavender oil has reduced joint pain, migraine pain, toothaches, muscle pain, and more. One study found that topical lavender oil was comparable to the drug tramadol.

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)

Clove is probably best known for its ability to treat toothaches. It can also reduce pain from other conditions, such as joint and muscle pain.

Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)

In large amounts, it will produce a euphoria comparable to drunkenness. This can be useful if you are battling severe pain and don’t have access to medical help!

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