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What to Look for in a Quality Back Pain Cream 

What to Look for in a Quality Back Pain Cream 

Did you know 8 out of 10 adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives?

It’s no wonder back pain creams have flooded the market in recent years. As common as back pain is, it can be caused by so many different things.

Maybe you decided it's time to get back in shape and started exercising like a 20-year old Olympian…only to wake up the next morning regretting it.

Or maybe you’ve suffered some sort of injury.

Perhaps you just retired from your heavy lifting job of 30 years.

Whatever your case may be, we want to help you find a quality back pain cream to relieve your pain as safely and effectively as possible.

Before we jump into our buying guide for pain relief creams, you first need to ask yourself one question.

Would You Rather Treat Back Pain with Opioids or Natural Remedies?

Back pain isn't the only (or even primary) reason for the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, but it is certainly a contributing factor. 

One of the many serious problems with opioids such as oxycontin is that they’re not only addictive, but they gradually become less effective at relieving pain. As a result, people have to take higher doses to find some relief. It’s a vicious cycle with potentially devastating consequences.

Natural back pain remedies, on the other hand, are effective and much safer. They aren't addictive and people seldom develop a resistance to them, making them work just as well next month as they do today.

If you’re interested in natural back pain relief, here is a quick buying guide to help you find the best back pain cream for you.

What to Look for in a Quality Back Pain Cream

Have you ever stood at a pharmacy shelf, wondering which was the best pain reliever for your back?

If you go to Amazon, they don't list just their “Top 10” for back pain relief, they list their “Top 100.” So how do you choose when there are an overwhelming number of ointments, lotions and pills for back pain?

Well today, we hope to make it as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Avoid Pain Creams with Toxic Chemicals

This is truly a case of "Buyer Beware."

Many chemicals are added to over-the-counter products during manufacturing that can irritate the skin, cause an allergic reaction or even be toxic once absorbed. These chemicals are added to make it easier, cheaper and faster to produce the product.

This cheaper production process might pad the pockets of its manufacturer, but it won't do a thing to help you.

chemicals in test tubes

There are too many chemicals to list them all, but the following varieties you’ll find in many products. It’s best to avoid these whenever possible. 

  • Parabens: Linked to cancer
  • Synthetic Colors (Food Dyes): Possible risks include skin irritation, cancer and ADHD in children. Most of them are banned in Europe!
  • Phthalates: Linked to breast cancer and birth defects
  • Triclosan: Irritates skin and disrupts thyroid and reproductive hormones
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): Irritates skin, lungs and eyes
  • Formaldehyde: Known to cause allergic skin reactions, cancer and may harm immune system
  • Toluene: Toxic to the immune system and may damage unborn babies
  • Propylene glycol: Linked to dermatitis and hives 

2. Look for a Back Pain Cream with All-Natural Ingredients

Herbs have been tried and tested far longer than any new synthetic ingredients. For thousands of years, people have been relying on herbal remedies for pain.

Unfortunately, finding the best herbal remedy for back pain can be confusing.

That’s because some herbs are good for one type of pain such as a headache, while others are most effective for relieving achy joints or back pain.

Also, certain herbs can be hard to find, and many work best when used in combination with others. Extensive research and testing is needed to determine these specialized combinations to create the most effective back pain salve.

You don’t have to worry about that though because we’ve done the research for you.

Best Herbs for Natural Back Pain Creams

When determining which herbs are useful for back pain, you first have to examine each herb's properties, benefits and synergy with another. Some work by reducing inflammation – others by reducing nerve sensitivity.

a collection of herbs used in herbal back pain creams

Having studied herbal remedies for years, here are our top picks of herbs for back pain:

  • Aloe Vera – soothing when rubbed on the skin
  • Arnica Flowers – a very effective anti-inflammatory used for centuries for back and joint pain
  • Boswellia – a powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Cat's Claw – treasured for its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Cayenne Pepper – considered one of the best for joint and back pain relief
  • Eucalyptus Oil – known for its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties as well as its effectiveness as a natural pain reliever
  • Ginger – loved as a safe, effective anti-inflammatory
  • Peppermint Oil – provides a soothing, cooling sensation
  • Valerian Root – helps reduce nerve sensitivity associated with spasms, strains and sprains.


 3. Pay Attention to the Cream's Base

Whether natural or synthetic, back pain creams need some sort of base in which to mix and hold the rest of its ingredients.

coconut oil for use in a back pain cream

The base, in particular, is one area where many manufacturers sneak in compromising ingredients. Always look carefully at the ingredients listed in the  “Other Ingredients” section.

Look for back pain creams with an all-natural base. The following is a list of the most popular and effective bases:

  • Avocado oil - enhances absorption while offering many health benefits
  • Beeswax – used and trusted for centuries
  • Coconut oil – an overall great oil for your skin
  • Shea butter – a powerful moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties
  • Various infused and essential oils – used in small quantities to add a special fragrance or healing benefit

If you’re experiencing some sort of back pain, we encourage you to do your research before purchasing a back pain cream.

An all-natural pain relieving cream for back pain is the safe, effective choice you can feel good about.

For fast, effective relief, try our 100% Organic Pain Relieving Banja Balm.

It’s formulated for maximum strength and penetrating relief with nature’s most potent ingredients for back pain.

Whatever you choose, we wish you the very best in finding natural relief for your pain!