Arthritis joint pain is no laughing matter. The pain can be debilitating, preventing you from enjoying your everyday activities and reducing your quality of life.
There are many types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common. Both of these forms of arthritis affect the joints but in different ways. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage between the bones slowly wears down until the bones begin to grate on each other—causing pain.
For those with rheumatoid arthritis, the pain is the result of inflammation of the synovial membrane. This membrane is the soft tissue that protects your joints.
Whichever type of arthritis pain you have, you can use the following home remedies to reduce stiff joints and pains—by the way, number 10 is the best!
1. Give Your Body A Magnesium Boost
Magnesium can be one of the most beneficial nutrients for protecting against joint pains. Your body needs magnesium but is unable to produce it—which makes magnesium an essential mineral. It is responsible for relaxing muscles and nerve endings, which can alleviate stiffness and joint pain.
To receive a boost of magnesium, you may spray on magnesium oil, eat more magnesium-rich foods, or take a magnesium bath. Foods that tend to contain a lot of magnesium include dark, leafy greens, such as spinach. Or try this magnesium-rich juice recipe.
2. Lubricate Your Joint with Oil
You can use extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to relieve arthritis pain. Studies show that enzymes contained in EVOO are capable of fighting inflammation. Using 1½ tablespoons of EVOO is equal to taking about 200 milligrams of ibuprofen.
You can also apply EVOO topically to relieve joint pain. Rub the oil directly on your sore joints. Do this twice per day, massaging the oil into your skin.
3. Dandelion Leaves
Dandelion leaves are a great source of vitamins A and C. Consuming dandelion leaves can provide your body with the tools needed to repair damaged tissue and cleanse your liver. Some studies suggest that dandelion leaves also contain anti-inflammatory properties.
The easiest way to consume dandelion leaves is to make your own dandelion herbal tea. Steep 3 teaspoon of fresh dandelion leaves, or 1 teaspoon of dried leaves, in one cup of boiling water. Steep for about ten minutes and then strain. Drink this tea twice per day. If you find the tea to be too bitter—add a bit of honey.
4. Blackstrap Molasses Drink
Natural, pure blackstrap molasses can provide you with magnesium. As mentioned, magnesium is useful for relieving joint pain, but this is not the only benefit of consuming blackstrap molasses. It also provides calcium and potassium that are beneficial for reducing bone pains.
Add 1 teaspoon in a glass of water, or in your favorite herbal tea, stir and drink. Squeeze a little lime juice in it for better absorption. Or add it to your oatmeal. You will see great improvement from doing this daily, in as little as a week!
5. White Willow Tea
White willow tea is another herbal tea that you can prepare yourself. It is made from white willow bark which has been used for medicinal purposes dating back to the 5th century BC. It contains an active ingredient called salicin. This compound is converted into salicylic acid – the active ingredient in aspirin.
Make your own white willow tea by steeping two teaspoons of the bark in one cup of boiling water for ten to fifteen minutes. Remember to strain the liquid before drinking.
Exercising can seem like a challenge when you are experiencing joint pain, but getting up and moving around can actually help strengthen your muscles and protect your joints. Once the joint pain passes, you should step up your exercise to begin building more muscle and to increase your flexibility.
You do not need to perform a strenuous workout. Start with 10-15 minutes of walking or perform a yoga routine.
7. Juniper Berry Tea
Yet another tea, juniper berry tea has been proven to help with arthritis pain. It contains a compound called terpinen-4-ol. This compound suppresses the development of a white blood cell called monocytes. Suppressing this blood cell can reduce joint pain related to inflammation, which is beneficial for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
As with the other teas, you can prepare your own juniper berry tea by steeping a tablespoon of juniper berry in a cup of boiling water. Strain the liquid and drink twice per day.
8. Golden Raisins
This next remedy does not include the scientific backing that the other remedies offer, but it has been a popular home remedy for more than twenty years. Some people claim that golden raisins and gin has helped with their arthritis pain while others experience limited relief.
Golden raisins contain sulfides that are often used in arthritis remedies. To use this method, you will need one cup of golden raisins, a ½ cup of gin, and a shallow dish. Place the raisins in the dish and then pour in the gin. Cover the dish with a towel and store in a dark spot until the gin has evaporated. This should take about two weeks.
Once the gin has evaporated, you can consume the raisins to relieve joint pain. Try to consume about nine raisins each day for arthritis relief.
9. Boswellia Supplements
Boswellia is a flowering plant that has a resin which is known to help fight inflammation. It can prevent swelling and shrink tissue to relieve pain and inflammation. This should provide some level of relief from your joint pain. The easiest way to take Boswellia is in supplement form.
10. Turmeric and Ginger Tea
The last remedy on this list may be the most effective. In fact, turmeric and ginger tea is used for a wide variety of home treatments. It can be used to reduce inflammation, provide pain and headache relief, improve your digestive system, promote better blood circulation, lower your blood pressure, among dozens of other benefits.
If you want to make your own turmeric and ginger tea to deal with your joint pain, steep a ½ teaspoon of ground ginger and a ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric in two cups of boiling water. Steep for ten to fifteen minutes and then strain. Add a bit of honey to sweeten the drink.
Go here for ginger-turmeric tea recipe.
The above suggested natural remedies do not contain side effects; though, you may want to talk to your doctor first, if you are on medication, or if you are pregnant.