Arthritis pain relief doesn’t always have to come from medication. You can easily accomplish arthritis pain relief with items found in your home. Take charge of your condition by trying these natural remedies to alleviate pain.
Ginger is known as an anti-inflammatory agent and can mimic NSAIDs (ibuprofen and aspirin) which is one of the main medications for arthritis. Add ginger to your food or make ginger tea by adding 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger into 1 cup of boiling water then cover and let sit until cool enough to drink. You will want to strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. Sweeten with honey or sugar to taste. You can also use ginger root by adding a couple of slice into boiling water. Allow ginger to steep at a simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Remove ginger slices and sweeten.
Our bodies do not make magnesium on its own, so you have to eat foods rich in magnesium and take supplements to prevent a magnesium deficiency. According to research, magnesium reduces inflammation. Magnesium is also great for promoting bone density. The recommended daily dosage for adults is 300-400mg. You can find magnesium in foods such as leafy greens, nuts, fish, whole grain, avocados, beans, and lentils.
Rice Sock Heating Pad
You can create your own heat pad by placing rice in a cotton sock (make sure it is 100% cotton), seal it and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Once warm enough to the touch, place the warm rice sock on your sore joints. Toss a fragrant herb or a few drops of essential oils like lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus in the sock for an aromatherapy effect.
Turmeric reduces pain and swelling in arthritis patients. Studies have shown 2 grams a day reduced pain and increased mobility in patients with osteoarthritis compared to those who took 800 milligrams of ibuprofen. This is due to an active ingredient called curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant and it lowers the levels of inflammation-causing enzymes. You can incorporate 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric into ginger tea (above) for a nice spicey tea. Turmeric also works as a blood thinner, so consult your doctor if you’re already taking blood thinning medication. High doses of turmeric can cause stomach pain. Avoid turmeric you’re about to have surgery, are pregnant or have gallbladder disease.
Vitamin C is known to increase collagen and helps slow the progression of arthritis. Try to incorporate foods and drinks rich in vitamin C into your diet. It is best to consume vitamin C throughout the day as your body will only absorb what it needs and will flush the rest.
Soak in Epsom Salt
Epsom salt contains magnesium (mentioned the benefits of magnesium above). To soothe pain, add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath water and soak as normal. You can also add 1/2 cup to a bowl of warm water and soak your hands or wrists.
Homemade Capsaicin Ointment
Over-the-counter pain treatments for arthritis pain relief have an ingredient called capsaicin which blocks Substance P. Substance P transmits pain signals to your brain. Capsaicin helps block the signals to minimize pain. Whip up your own capsaicin ointment by mixing cayenne pepper and 2-3 tbsp of olive oil until you get a paste. Apply it to the painful joint a couple times a day. Be sure to avoid placing it on broken skin and avoid contact with your eyes. A mild burning sensation may occur but will dissipate over time.
We had to put physical activity in here somewhere. Simply getting up and moving can be effective for joint pain and stiffness. Take a brisk 15-20 minute walk, mild aerobics or chores.