The trouble with arthritis is that the pain and inflammation never goes away, unless we do something about it. My last blog outlined some of what we can do nutritionally to keep it at bay, but topically there are things we can do too.
There are lots of natural home remedies out there that help with pain and inflammation. These remedies can be the most comforting and are probably what our grandparents would have used.
They are as follows:
- Massaging joints with olive oil can be effective for treating arthritis;
- Body massages and steam baths are also good treatments;
- Dilute Lavender, Juniper, Garlic, Rosemary, Sage, Sassafras oils and Thyme in one part to 10 parts of olive oil. Apply to the affected painful joints;
- A vitamin C, Zinc and Calcium supplement is beneficial;
- ‘Sea bathing’ is also a recommendation for those suffering with arthritis;
- Hot vinegar helps relieve inflammation when applied to aching joints. It should be done before retiring for the night;
- 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts in a bath are another natural remedy to help reduce inflammation and pain.
As with all remedies, it’s important for them to work alongside a good nutritional plan. Nutrition will go some way to reduce inflammation and pain further.
Natural remedies can make a difference. Conventional medicine although it has its place, suppresses the immune system and doesn’t treat the underlying cause.
But natural remedies will continue to support the immune system, whilst treating the cause or symptoms.