1. Turmeric to Reduce Joint Pains
Turmeric is a common spice that is used everyday in South Asian cooking, especially in India. Ayurveda as well as Chinese medicine use turmeric for various medical conditions including pains and inflammation. If your joint pain is due to arthritis, turmeric is the herb for you as it contains curcumin which eases pain miraculously. A study conducted by the University of Michigan Health System found out that turmeric works better than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve inflammation after surgery. So, if you are suffering from rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, use turmeric to reduce inflammation and stiffness of your joints. When you take turmeric with ginger, you have even more chances to relieve your joint pains because ginger too, like turmeric, contains anti-inflammatory properties. Here is a recipe for a tea made with turmeric and ginger for your joint pain relief.
Warning: If you are taking medicines meant for thinning the blood, you should avoid having turmeric as well as ginger or take them under medical supervision. Both these herbs are capable of thinning your blood. Do not take Turmeric if you have gallstones or gallbladder pain, this can inflame the issue.
How to Make Turmeric Ginger Tea for Joint Pains
2. Olive Oil to Reduce Joint Pains
If you try to swallow extra virgin olive oil, you will feel a peppery sensation at the back of your throat. This is due to a component in olive oil called oleocanthal. Researches have shown that oleocanthal is capable of preventing the production of two enzymes that cause inflammation. These two enzymes are COX-1 and COX-2. The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do the same thing- prevent the production of pro-inflammation enzymes. So, now you know why olive oil can get you rid of joint pains. They do it by inhibiting the pro-inflammatory enzymes and thus dampening the sensation of pain. However, olive oil should have oleocanthal in them. Strong flavored olive oils like extra virgin olive oil and to some extent, virgin olive oil have more amounts of oleocanthal in them
How to Use Olive Oil for Joint Pains
Use extra virgin olive oil for salads, pastas, marinades, sauces or as a dip for your breads.
Massage your aching joints with olive oil to let the magic compound directly seep into the joint tissues.
Use virgin olive oil for grilling or broiling.
Precaution: While 50 ml or 3- ½ tbsp of olive oil may work like a 200 mg ibuprofen tablet, it may also transfer more than 400 calories to your body. So, it’s advisable to replace other fats with olive oil rather than to add it to your daily consumption of other oils and butter.
3. Flaxseed Oil to Reduce Joint Pain
Flaxseed has been considered one of the super-foods of today by many due to its high contents of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as lignans. Lignans are the beneficial plant compounds just like fiber. Flaxseed oil can ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, lubricate joints and reduce stiffness as well as joint pain. Flaxseed oil is high on alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that can be converted to EPA and DHA, the same active ingredients that are found in fish oil. ALA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid essential for maintaining the cell structure as well as functioning of your joints. It has an important role in making anti-inflammatory substances, prostaglandins, in your blood. Not only this, flaxseed oil also has magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, protein and zinc all of which are significant in reducing pain and inflammation.
Precaution: Flaxseed may lead to stomach discomfort, rashes or breathing difficulties. If you are taking blood thinners or cholesterol lowering medicines, consult with your doctor before you start consuming flaxseed oil. Flaxseeds may act as blood thinner. Avoid having it if you have hormone-sensitive breast or uterine cancer.
4. Burdock Root for Joint Pains
Burdock Root, sometimes called ‘poor-man’s potatoes’, is eaten as a vegetable in Japan and Japanese call it ‘Gobo’. Burdock Root has been traditionally used as medicine in Europe, India and China for joint pain as also for respiratory disorders, abscesses, urinary problems and for detoxification and cleansing. Burdock has essential fatty oils with sterols and tannins that are anti-inflammatory in nature. While you can always have burdock root as a vegetable, here is a recipe for tea that you can have to relieve your joint pains.
How to Make Burdock Root Tea
· Fresh burdock root- 2 tbsp. OR Dried burdock root- 2 tsp
· Water- 2 cups
Boil the water.
Add burdock root to the boiling water.
Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Strain and drink warm burdock tea.
You may have 3-4 cups of this tea during the day.
· Cayenne powder- 2 heaped tsp
· Olive oil- ½ cup
· Beeswax- 1 tbsp.
· Double boiler
· Storage jar or container- of about 4 ounce capacity
Mix olive oil and cayenne powder.
Heat it over the double boiler till it is warm.
Put off the heat and allow the warm mixture sit for 15-20 minutes.
Again heat the mixture till warm and let it sit for another 20 minutes.
Repeat this heating and cooling down of the mixture for at least 2-3 hours. You may do it for longer too, for the whole day. This will make your infusion stronger.
Once you have got your desired strength of cayenne infused olive oil, use the cheesecloth to strain the thing and reserve the infused oil.
Now take the beeswax and melt it by heating.
Stir in the cayenne infused oil into the beeswax and mix them thoroughly while allowing them to melt together.
Pour the mixture in your choice of container.Once it cools down, it will take the form of a salve. (Don’t forget to label the container.)
Apply this cayenne salve on your joints to get relief from pains
· Cayenne pepper- 1 tbsp.
· Mustard seeds (crushed)- 2 tbsp.
· Ginger root (grated)- 2 tsp
· Sunflower or sesame or olive oil- 1 cup
· Glass Jar with lid
· Cheesecloth or sieve
· Storage bottle
Place cayenne pepper, crushed mustard seeds and grated ginger in the glass jar.
Pour oil over them. Mix well.
Cover the jar with lid and let it sit for 7 days.
With the help of cheesecloth or sieve, strain the herbs infused oil.
Store in a bottle and label it.
Apply the oil on your joints and gently massage with this warm oil to get relief from pain and swelling.
Fresh nettle leaves- 1 cup OR dried nettle leaves- 1 tsp
Water- 2 cups
Honey (optional)- 1-2 tsp, as per taste
If using fresh nettle leaves, add them with water and bring to near boiling point.
Now simmer for about 10 minutes.
Strain and add honey if using.
Drink this tea.
If using dried nettle leaves, add the dried leaves to a cup of hot water.
Cover and let it steep for 5-10 minutes.
Strain, add honey if using and enjoy your nettle herbal tea.
· Apple cider vinegar- 1-2 tablespoons
· Hot water- 1 liter
· Hand towel or a clean cloth or a gauze
Add apple cider vinegar to the hot water. Hot water should be at a temperature that your skin can tolerate yet not warm or too little hot.
Soak a cloth or a towel in this water. Wring lightly to discard excessive water. Do not make the towel dry, just drain out the excessive water.
Place this cloth on your aching joint.
Keep it warm by covering with a plastic or an oilcloth.
White willow bark powder- 2 tsp
Water- 1 cup
Honey – 1-2 tsp, as per taste
Bring the water to a boil.
Reducing the flame, add white willow bark powder to this water.
Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Put off the flame and let it steep for another 20-30 minutes.
Add honey to this so that you can reduce its bitterness.
Have this tea twice a day.
Jojoba oil- ½ cup
Eucalyptus oil- 10 drops
Pour jojoba oil into the storage bottle. You can even use a spray bottle for ease of usage.
Now add eucalyptus oil to it.
Close the bottle.
Every time when you apply this oil on your joints, shake the bottle well so that both the oils get blended each time.
Coconut oil- ½ cup
Heat the coconut oil till it gets lukewarm.
Massage your joints gently with this warm coconut oil.
Repeat this 2-3 times a day