People who are living with arthritis and never-ending pain, struggling to engage in the daily regular activities are always looking for some alternative ways to ease their pain.
What could be better than providing them a list of the 10 most effective home remedies that will help them with this autoimmune disease, lessen the symptoms and maybe cease its rapid progression.
There are two types of joint inflammation that cause arthritis and those are: osteo and rheumatoid. Both of them affect the body in a different way.
Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage between the bones wears down until bone grates on bone. On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the autoimmune disease which in fact causes an inflammation of the synovial membrane and, later on, leads to bone loss.
Epsom Salt Sink
Epsom salt has been used for thousands of years for beautifying and health. It has been used for various types of diseases and aliments as well. The two main components that Epsom Salt contains are magnesium and sulfate, to which all the healing properties are ascribed. Magnesium sulfate is, in fact, an inorganic compound which is basically used to increase circulation and also reduce swelling. The anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritis properties make it a great home remedy for pain caused by arthritis.
To prepare the Epsom Salt Sink, you will need the following ingredients:
- A large bowl
- ½ cup of Epsom salt
- Warm water
You should first fill the large bowl with ½ cup of Epsom salt. Stir it well and soak the joints in the liquid. If your pain is in an inconvenient place, such as your knees, you can take an Epsom salt bath. Run a tub full of warm water and add about 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak for about 15 minutes.
After this procedure, you will feel how your joints and muscles are relaxed, which is done by releasing lactic acid which is accumulated in the muscles.
Lubrication with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
“Nature, the International Weekly Journal of Science, published an article titled“Phytochemistry: Ibuprofen like activity in extra virgin olive oil”. The authors opined that oleocanthal, the pungent component in olive oil, shared a striking pharmacological activity with Ibuprofen. Although both are structurally dissimilar, they have similar potency and profile.”
Just by reading the above-given statistics you will be aware of the power that olive oil has in easing the arthritis pain. The main compound of olive oil is called oleocanthal, which inhibits the inflammation causing enzymes COX-1 and COX-2. Olive oil should be taken internally, about 2 to 3 spoons of olive oil used as a salad dressing or for cooking, but it can also be used topically.
You will need:
- 2-3 spoons of olive oil
You should rub a bit of olive oil to your joints twice a day and massage them gently.
Blackstrap Molasses Drink
Blackstrap molasses has been used for thousands of years as an arthritis home remedy because of the high levels of calcium, potassium, magnesium. Blackstrap molasses is in fact the content which remains after the 3rd boiling of the sugar syrup and doesn’t have anything to do with the low nutritional value of the refined sugar that is used nowadays.
The blackstrap molasses regulates muscles and nerve function, at the same time strengthening the bones, and therefore is a key ingredient which helps relieve the symptoms and pain of arthritis.
You will need:
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses
You should heat the water and make it warm, but not hot. Afterwards, just stir in a tablespoon of black molasses and drink it once a day. We should also mention that the drink has a mere laxative effect.
Turmeric & Ginger Tea
The top most anti-inflammatory ingredients which will help you the most in both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis are turmeric and ginger.
They are powerful antioxidants which have even shown some great results of curing cancer.Curcumin in turmeric is the ingredient which lowers the 2 enzymes in the body that cause inflammation and therefore arthritis.
To prepare your turmeric and ginger tea, you will need:
- ½ teaspoon of grounded turmeric
- ½ teaspoon of grounded ginger
- 2 cups of water
Bring the water to boil and add the turmeric and ginger. Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Strain, and add some honey to taste. You will get 2 servings of the tea. Drink the first cup in the morning and the second before going to bed.
- Dandelion Leaves
This cure comes right from your backyard and it has been used by European herbalists for thousands of years for reducing arthritis pain. Since dandelion leaves are rich in vitamins A and C, they are good for the overall health, helping in reduction of the damaged tissues in the body and also clearing out toxins from the blood.
Dandelion leaves are anti-inflammatory because of the essential fatty acid linoleic acid which is part of their content. You can either put some dandelion leaves to spice up your salad or prepare yourself a dandelion leaves tea.
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 3 teaspoons of fresh dandelion leaves (1 teaspoon of dried)
Pour the cup of boiling water over the leaves, strain and drink the tea twice a day.