Joint Pain & Inflammation
Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which makes movement difficult and causes redness, swelling and sometimes warmth. There are more than a hundred different types of arthritis although two types are the most common; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There is no known cure for arthritis just ways to treat the pain and inflammation associated with it. For more information refer to The Herbal Drugstore.
- Keep within the normal weight limits for your height.
- Eliminating inflammation causing foods such as coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and dairy can help.
- Water exercise can also help keep you active while keeping pressure off your inflammed and painful joints.
- 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil a day.
- Bone and Muscle Salve
- Aloe Comfrey Arthritis Gel: 1/4 cup strong comfrey infusion, 1/4 cup aloe vera gel, 5-10 drops essential oil from the list below (Paine is a good one). mix together and keep refrigerated. Apply topically to joints of concern, massaging it in gently. This will last for up to a week. (Recipe from Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar)
- Herbal Paste - Make a paste with turmeric (feel free to add additional herbs listed below) by using 1 part turmeric or herbs and 2 parts water, simmer over low heat until a paste is formed. Keep in the fridge until ready to use. You can add this to any meal or take a teaspoon a day or make some Golden Milk (also from Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar) Combine 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of herbal paste, 1 teaspoon of almond oil and 1 cup almond or coconut milk in a blender. Add honey to taste, maybe a teaspoon or two.
All alterative herbs (blood cleansing) are helpful for arthritis, they should be used consistently over a long period of time for best results. This could turn into quite the list of herbs so a few good ones would be alfalfa, bilberry, cayenne, dandelion, red clover, sarsaparilla, wild yam, yarrow, and yellow dock. They can be taken internally by tea (herbal infusion), tincture, or capsules.
- Aloe Vera
- Birch - has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties
- Cayenne and other peppers from the capsicum family, pain relieving properties - this is the main ingredient in my Pain Salve.
- Evening Primrose - internally.
- Nettles - internally as a tea, capsules or tincture
- St. Johns Wort (anti-inflammatory)
- Willow - pain relief
Apply on location, diffuse, particularly effective when used in bath.
Disclaimer: The Information contained on this blog is for educational purposes only and as a guideline for your personal use. It is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed healthcare professional. Those who follow these suggestions do so at their own risk.