Top 8 Arthritis Natural Home Remedies
19 Jan 2018
Top 8 Arthritis Natural Home Remedies
How can Arthritis be Managed?
Are you suffering from arthritis aches and pains? Then there are some effective natural home remedies to help manage the condition and relieve arthritis symptoms.
- 1. Ginger
- 2. Diet Related
- 3. Chamomile Tea
- 4. Cold and Hot Treatment
- 5. Swimming
- 6. Spices
- 7. Regular Massage
- 8. Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil
Research suggests that ginger can mimic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (drug class that groups together drugs that reduce pain, fever and in higher doses decrease inflammation) which are the front line drugs for arthritis pain relief. Ginger seems to work by curbing pain-causing chemicals that are part of the body’s inflammatory response.
•Use powdered, raw or lightly cooked fresh ginger on food.
•Make your own ginger tea by simmering slices of ginger for 15 minutes in a few cups of boiling water, or purchase ginger tea.
Applying crushed ginger to a painful join can deplete the body’s stores of substance P, a brain chemical that carries pain messages to your central nervous system.
•To make, peel and finely mince a 3-inch piece of fresh ginger.
•Mix with just enough olive oil to form a paste, and then apply to the painful joint.
•Depending on where the pain is, you may need to wrap the ginger in place with a gauze or ace bandage.
•Leave in place for 10-15 minutes.
2. Diet Related
Eat inflammation fighting foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, garlic, onions and herbs. This will help to decrease inflammation and you could regain some physical abilities as a result.
Vitamin C- Make sure you get enough vitamin C; Vitamin C not only helps produce collagen, a major component of the joints, but also sweeps the body’s free radicals which are harmful to the joints. If you have enough Vitamin C within your diet; this reduces the risk of your arthritis progressing. This includes citrus drinks such as orange juice, citrus fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, melon, broccoli, sweep peppers, mangoes and many others.
Omega 3 fatty acids- Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent at relieving inflammation and soothing joints. Coldwater fish such as salmon and tuna are among the best dietary sources.
3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is an anti-inflammatory that may help to ease arthritis pain.
Use four chamomile tea bags in a cup of hot water.
Cover it for 20 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
Soak a clean cloth in the liquid and apply it to the achy joint.
4. Cold and Hot Treatment
You will need two containers.
Fill one container with cold water and a tray of ice cubes; fill the other container with hot water at a temperature you can tolerate to touch.
Starting with cold, immerse the hurting joint for a minute, then switch to the hot water and immerse the hurting joint for 30 seconds.
Then switch from cold to hot for about 15 minutes, immersing the affected joint in each for 30 seconds each time.
Finish with cold water for a minute. This will help reduce and relieve symptoms of arthritis joint pain experienced.
Swimming has been recommended as a good exercise for people with arthritis. The weightlessness from the water reduces impact on your joints. Research suggests that working out in water significantly improves knee and hip flexibility, strength and aerobic fitness; it can also result in less pain and better overall function.
Ask your local health care provider, hospital, swimming leisure centre, educational provider and many others about swimming classes designed for people specifically with arthritis.
Spices are very effective in relieving symptoms of arthritis.
Add a little cayenne, rosemary, or thyme to ½ cup olive or vegetable oil and use it as a soothing rub. All these herbs have pain-soothing properties.
Capsaicin- Capsaicin is the substance that gives chili peppers their spicy heat. It works by depleting a neurotransmitter called Substance P. This protein transmits pain signals from nerve endings to the brain and helps to activate inflammation in the joints. Less Substance P results in less pain and inflammation.
• Gently heat ½ cup of olive oil in a sauce pan and add two tablespoons of cayenne powder.
• Whisk until the powder is dissolved, allow to cool, and transfer to a glass jar.
• Rub the oil onto affected joints whenever arthritis pain flares up.
7. Regular Massage
If you can afford it or know someone who is willing to do it for you, receiving a good massage every week to two weeks can lead to a noticeable improvement in how your body feels. Release of tension around arthritic joints will ease the stress being put on your bones and help you to relax.
8. Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil
Peppermint and eucalyptus don’t change the course of the arthritis itself, but they do have analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties. The cooling sensation that they produce can temporarily override your discomfort, and create a soothing sensation that can ease the pain of arthritis. You will need 5-10 drops of Peppermint oil, 5-10 drops of Eucalyptus oil, 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (olive, almond, grape, seed etc.)
• Blend 5-10 drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oil together, and then mix into 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil.
• Carrier oil is needed to dilute the essential oil so that it does not irritate the skin, and can be olive oil, grapeseed oil, or something of the like (not oil.)
• Store the oil blend in dark glass bottle away from direct sunlight, and rub into your joints when they ache.