Say Goodbye to Neck Pain with These 6 Natural Solutions

12 November, 2019
While stretching and localized exercises can be very effective at relieving neck pain, the best thing to do is to make an appointment with your physical therapist.

Neck pain is a common problem that is produced when the muscles in this area contract, making it hard to move your head.

Most cases are a result of sleeping in a bad position or having bad posture, although they can also come from trauma or chronic illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis.

Someone with neck pain may be out of commission for several days since the muscular contraction tends to be long-lasting and the neck pain often comes along with headaches and trouble moving.

However, it’s a benign condition that can be treated easily, including with natural remedies, to get you all better in no time.

Since you may wake up with neck pain any day, we’d like to share 6 good solutions you can turn to the next time it shows up.

1. Lavender essential oil


The lavender essential oil has soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that can help with neck stiffness and pain.

Its relaxing fragrance manages the stress that comes with this condition while relaxing your muscles.

What should I do?

  • Put a bit of lavender essential oil on your palms, rub them together, and gently massage into your neck.
  • Make gentle movements for 5 to 8 minutes and repeat twice a day if necessary.

2. Exercises and stretching

Exercising and stretching your muscles is a great way to relieve pain and stiffness found in your neck.

It helps to restore full muscle function, minimizing the effects of overexertion.

What should I do?

Take a few minutes to do stretching exercises for your neck like:

  • Make circular movements with your shoulder blades.
  • Extend your neck forward and back, then rotate.
  • Stretch your pectoral muscles.
  • Strengthen your shoulder muscles.
  • Do isometric exercises.

Want to learn more? Read: 6 Exercises to Get Rid of Neck Pain

3. Orange peel tea compresses


People believe that orange peel tea is relaxing and anti-inflammatory. It helps treat tension and stress in the neck area.

Using it in hot compresses helps relieve pain and the muscle contractions this problem causes.

What should I do?

  • Boil some orange peels in water. Once nice tea results, soak a clean cloth in the liquid.
  • Make sure it’s at a safe temperature for your skin, then apply it to the affected area.

4. Rosemary oil

Rosemary oil has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving powers that relax your painful neck muscles once absorbed.

Using it with massages improves circulation in the area and will make you feel better within minutes.

What should I do?

  • Apply a small amount of rosemary oil and rub onto your neck and shoulders in gentle circular movements.
  • Avoiding using too much pressure, as that could actually make your condition worse.

Read also: 6 Tips for A Smooth, Young-looking Neck

5. Arnica

arnica for neck pain

Arnica is a muscle relaxant that can improve neck pain when used topically.

Once absorbed, it reduces inflammation and at the same time activates your circulation to help speed up oxygenation of the affected muscles.

What do I do?

  • Add several drops of arnica to a cup of warm water, then immediately apply with a cotton cloth as a compress.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes.

6. Cold Compresses

Directly applying cold compresses is an effective way to lower inflammation levels and improve blood flow in the affected area of your neck.

What should I do?

  • Crush several ice cubes and wrap in a clean cloth or put in a plastic bag to make a compress.
  • Apply to the areas where you feel pain and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, until the inflammation goes down.
  • After this time, apply a heated cloth to enhance the treatment’s calming effect.


Before trying any of these remedies, you can practice some gentle stretches, like those taught in yoga. We also recommend going to a physical therapist, who can teach you exercises that will help you avoid issues in the future.

You should never self-medicate. Taking a pain reliever will help temporarily, but unless you fix your posture and other habits, the problem could get worse.

If you want to take some kind of medication, always consult your doctor first.

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