Natural Ingredients for Pain Relief Applications

February 13, 2017

Pain Relief using natural extracts

Pain relief using natural ingredients including essential oils and natural extracts can be highly effective. With their strong anti-inflammatory properties, natural products can help to ease pain and reduce swelling associated with injury or arthritis.

Natural Ingredients for Pain Relief

A global trend has continued to rise over the last decade: a growing number of people across the world are shrugging off conventional Western medicine in favour of more natural and holistic care options, such as herbal remedies, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and osteopathic manipulation. In the United States, for example, the National Institutes of Health recently reported that more than 30 percent of Americans now regularly seek alternative medicine. Europe now boasts the largest market for alternative medicines and therapies, and experts are predicting that Japan will catch up within the next five years. There has never been a better time to capitalise on the surging interest in natural and holistic care.


As a business that develops and supplies pain relief products to your consumers, or as a natural product company looking to expand into the pain relief sector, these two ingredients can provide many different product development options that will appeal directly to consumers with an interest in natural care.

Arnica Extract (Arnica montana)

MAIN USES: Heals bruises, treats osteoarthritis, relieves carpal tunnel, minimises muscle pain

Arnica is an herbaceous plant in the sunflower family that grows mainly in western North America and northern Europe. While there are many species of Arnica, Arnica montana is the most valuable to human health because it contains helenalin, a sesquiterpene lactone with potent anti-inflammatory powers.

Like most of the ingredients utilised in natural medicine, Arnica has a rich history as a medicinal herb that dates back to the Middle Ages. This tradition of using Arnica for pain relief was passed down through generations and is still popular today. Arnica’s reputation for pain relief and inflammation reduction is well-known in the realm of natural medicine, making it a must-have for any first-aid kit or medicine cabinet.

Whether in the form of an oil, cream, ointment, salve, or liniment, utilising Arnica as a main ingredient in pain relief products will attract consumers that prefer to heal their wounds and minimise their pain with an ingredient obtained directly from nature, rather than manufactured with synthetic chemicals and processed through the pharmaceutical industry. Consumers commonly use Arnica to heal bruises, treat osteoarthritis pain in place of ibuprofen, relieve the pain caused by carpal tunnel, and reduce the inflammation that leads to muscle pain.

Arnica Extract

 Comfrey Extract (Symphytum officinale)

MAIN USES: Treats skin rashes and bruises, reduces inflammation and pain, soothes muscles

Comfrey is a perennial herb recognized by its black root and large, hairy leaves that grow small flowers. Native to Europe, this herb prefers to grow in damp and grassy places, like the riverbanks of Ireland and Britain. It can also be found in North America and western Asia. Comfrey’s rich content of allantoin, a chemical component that supports the growth of new skin cells and inflammation reduction, makes it valuable to natural medicine.

Though Comfrey is no longer used orally due to research demonstrating the potential for liver damage, it is still safe and effective when used in creams, ointments and oils. Many studies have recently reported the positive impacts of natural pain relief products containing Comfrey, and the demand from consumers has grown accordingly. These clinical trials have proven that Comfrey significantly reduces pain caused by contusions, bruises, osteoarthritis, back pain, and sprains. Based on these results, the demand for Comfrey in pain relief products will continue to rise in the years to come.

Comfrey Extract

At Aromatic Ingredients, we understand that the ingredients you utilise in your products must be of the highest quality to ensure customer satisfaction and deliver promised results. This is exactly why we offer such a large range of pure and unadulterated ingredients for your needs. We are happy to supply samples for all your development work, so please feel free to contact us!

Aromatic Ingredients can offer you these natural ingredients as stand alone items or work with your formulation team in the development of finished product and essential oil / extract blends.