Achy joints are caused by inflammation or a form of arthritis. I am sure you don’t want to read this but here are hundreds of forms of arthritis.
The most common is osteoarthritis, typically caused by trauma or infection to the joint, or continuous use over a long period (age). Other forms are rheumatoid, psoriatic and septic arthritis. Many times joint pain is caused by secondary diseases.
No matter what has caused your stiff and/or achy joints you can experience relief with one or more of these remedies you can make in your own home.
1. Turmeric & Ginger Tea
Turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatorys, and will help with oseto and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric in particular has gotten a lot of attention lately. Its active ingredient is something called curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. In addition, it lowers the levels of 2 enzymes responsible for causing inflammation (which is what we’re often fighting with arthritis.) You can take these in a capsule form or make a nice spicy tea to enjoy daily.
Turmeric & Ginger Tea
- 2 cups of water
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- Honey to taste
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and had ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and let it be for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily.
2. Epsom salt soak
Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate which sounds kind of scary, but it’s really quite a wonderful substance. A naturally occurring mineral, magnesium sulfate has been used to get relief from pain for years, namely because of its high levels of magnesium…
Epsom salt soak
- ½ cup of Epsom salt
- A large bowl
- Warm water
- Fill a large bowl with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt.
- Stir it around, and then submerge your sore joints in the liquid. If you are experiencing pain in a less convenient place to soak, such as your knees, try taking a bath with Epsom salts.
- Run a tub full of warm water and add 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak for 15 minutes (at least.)
3. Dandelion Leaves
Incredibly high in vitamins A and C, dandelion leaves can help repair damaged tissue and help the liver clear toxins out of the blood. Studies, although limited, have also shown anti-inflammatory properties due to the linoleic and linoleic acid in them. Linoleic is an essential fatty acid required by the body to produce prostaglandin-which basically regulates immune responses and suppresses inflammation. Because of its involvement with immune responses, dandelion shows great potential when it comes to treating rheumatoid arthritis in particular. You can enjoy dandelion leaves in nice salad, or brew tea with them.
- 3 teaspoons of fresh dandelion leaves, or 1 teaspoon of dried
- 1 cup of boiling water
- A handful of fresh leaves (if making a salad)
- A dash of extra virgin olive oil (if making a salad)
- For fresh dandelion tea, step 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves or 1 teaspoon dried in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and drink twice daily. Dandelion tea is very bitter…you have been warned! You can add honey to sweeten it up if you’d like.
- To make a salad, simply toss the greens in with another recipe, or eat them plain with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Older leaves can be gently sautéed to soften them up a bit.
4. Blackstrap Molasses Drink
High in valuable minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, blackstrap molasses has been a cherished home remedy for arthritis for a number of years. Blackstrap molasses is what remains after the 3rd boiling of sugar syrup, and is nothing like the nutrient lacking refined sugars used today. As a dietary supplement (easily consumed as a drink) blackstrap can help relieve symptoms of arthritis and joint pain, thanks to its vital constituents that regulate nerve and muscle function, and strengthen bones.
Blackstrap Molasses Drink
- 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses
- 1 cup of warm water
- Heat 1 cup of fresh water until warm, but not hot.
- Stir in a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses and drink once daily.
- Do note that it can sometimes have a laxative effect.
5. Peppermint Eucalyptus Oil Blend
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.
Peppermint Eucalyptus Oil Blend
- 5-10 drops of Peppermint oil
- 5-10 drops of Eucalyptus oil
- 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (olive, almond, grape seed, etc.)
- A small dark glass bottle
- Blend 5-10 drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oil together.
- 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.
6. Juniper Berry Tea
A 2009 research trial published in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” found that juniper berries do indeed help with arthritis pain thanks to a component called terpinen-4-ol. Terpene suppresses a type of white blood cells called monocytes which, as a part of our immune system, respond to signals of inflammation. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks normal joint tissue for no reason, leading to inflammation, pain, and loss of function. If taken daily, juniper may be able to reduce the uncomfortable inflammation thanks to its terpene content. Only prickly juniper and common juniper varieties were effective.
Juniper Berry Tea
- 1 tablespoon of dried juniper berries
- 1 cup of fresh water
- Honey (optional)
- Bring 1 cup of fresh water to a boil, and place 1 tablespoon of dried juniper berries in a mug.
- Pour the boiling water over the berries and let them steep for 20 minutes before straining.
- Drink 1 cup twice daily, and add honey to taste if you like.
Do NOT drink juniper berry tea while pregnant.
7. Cayenne ‘Capsaicin’ Ointment
A common OTC pain reliever for joint pain contains capsaicin, a component in hot peppers that inhibits something called Substance P. Substance P is involved in transmitting pain signals to our brain, and when the capsaicin interferes with it, it minimizes the alert to the discomfort, and therefore the discomfort itself. It has been one of the more effective topical treatments for arthritis, and you can make your own at home with humble cayenne. Keep in mind, however, that it is only a temporary fix and should be used sparingly if possible.
Cayenne ‘Capsaicin’ Ointment
- 3 tablespoons of cayenne powder
- 1 cup of grapeseed oil (or any other oil like almond, olive, jojoba)
- 1/2 cup of grated beeswax
- A double boiler
- A glass jar with a tightly fitting lid
Mix together 3 tablespoons of cayenne powder with 1 cup of your oil of choice and heat in a double boiler for 5-10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in a 1/2 cup of grated beeswax and continue to stir until it has melted completely and everything is blended together. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, and then whisk together. Chill for another 10-15 and then whip again before putting it in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid and storing in the refrigerator. It will keep for 1 ½ weeks-apply daily as needed for pain.
Source recipe: Everyday Roots