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Welcome to Day 35 of the 40 Day Herbalist Challenge! We’ve been focused on herbal first aid all week, and you can’t really talk about herbs and first aid without at least mentioning an herbalist’s approach to pain! I’ve covered this topic in a series of blog posts for the Herbal Academy, so I’ve linked to them here – it’s far more comprehensive than if I tried to summarize it all as a new post. You can bookmark them for later or pick and choose which ones seem the most interesting. Next week, we will begin exploring the ins and outs of growing herbs!

An Herbal Perspective on Pain

It’s easy to think about pain as a simple, isolated experience and forget that pain is a signal of something else and tied closely to many processes in the body. In a way, over-the-counter medications have conditioned us to think this way—if it hurts, there’s a pill for it, and the details don’t matter. However, you can’t really take that track with herbs and expect to get the best results! You need to observe the whole body, learning to focus on what the body is trying to communicate and assessing the person experiencing the pain instead of just covering up the body’s own processes and hoping for the best.

So, if we are thinking about the body and about the person instead of just about the pain, then where do our analytical skills lead us? What is the body trying to express?Find out in An Herbal Perspective on Managing Pain!

Herbalism and Acute Pain

Acute pain usually fades away on it’s own- eventually- but we still find ourselves seeking ways to make ourselves more comfortable in the meantime! Herbalism and Acute Pain looks at the different categories of botanicals that can be useful and some of the most common causes for acute pain and how to support the body with herbs.

Twelve Traditional Pain Relieving Herbs

There are quite a few herbs that have been relied on historically for pain management. This article discusses 12 of them, including corydalis, Jamaica dogwood, and kava kava.

Three Balancing Herbal Recipes for Bodies in Pain

In this article, I share three balancing herbal recipes that I like to keep on hand when my body needs a little extra TLC: a tea, a liniment, and an elixir.

Herbs and the Chronic Pain Puzzle

There are so many small pieces that fit together and make the big picture of what’s happening when our bodies are in pain, especially when we are experiencing chronic pain. It can be hard to unravel what’s going on, but figuring it out is important to be able to apply herbs to your best advantage! Read more on this topic here.

Approaching Chronic Pain with Diet and Herbs

Inflammation and chronic pain often go hand in hand. Explore the ways that diet and herbs can help restore balance in cases like this with Approaching Chronic Pain with Diet and Herbs.

All the best,






3 thoughts on “Developing an Herbal Perspective on Pain”

  1. Hi! I am a Pinterest addict & a “wannabe” herbalist. I have found the “40 Day Herbalist Challenge” in a few pins. I have days 1,2,3,7 and the pin to the email forms for links 21-40. I have thoroughly searched Pinterest & a lot of the pins lead to dead links. I have have even searched on the “Way Back Machine” archives ( to no avail. I thoroughly enjoy what I have found and would like to read the missing days (4-6 and 8-20). Can you help me with this problem? Thank you so much for the articles and your time. Sincerely, Sharon

  2. Hi Sharon! I will see if I can find the list for you over the next week or so. In the meantime, you can always start with day one and use the “next post” link at the bottom of each post to go to the next one. I didn’t post anything but the lessons when we were doing the challenge, so everything is in order. I’ve done some work on the website since then and moved the blog onto a subdomain, which explains the dead links. Thanks for your patience! I hope you enjoy the Challenge!

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