Certain herbs make the ultimate arthritis treatments. Their ability to relieve pain and inflammation, along with their safety aspect, make them a logical choice.
Here's why you definitely need to be using these terrific home remedies...
Herbs have an incredibly long history of helping to treat a wide variety of ailments, including arthritis. In eastern medicine they are used regularly with outstanding success. Of course, us "westerners" are a little slow to catch up, but thankfully this is beginning to change.
So here is a list of some of the most potent home remedies for arthritis (herbs), along with some of the best ones proven to help relieve the pain and inflammation…
Rosemary: Rosemary contains some of the strongest anti-inflammatory chemicals in existence and is a popular American folk home remedy for arthritis. The good thing about rosemary is it’s very easy to grow in your own garden (you literally can’t kill this stuff) and no pests bother with it either. Make up a boiling hot cup of rosemary, ginger and mint tea, with a slice of lemon for taste, (be sure to let it sit for at least half an hour) and drink morning and night. You will be surprised at the relief it gives you.
Ginger: Plenty of people regularly drink ginger tea for osteoarthritis and swear by its effectiveness. In fact, Indian researchers performed a study where they gave three to seven grams of ginger per day to 18 osteoarthritis sufferers and 28 rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. Remarkably, over 75% of participants reported relief from their pain and swelling!
Turmeric: Turmeric contains some major anti-inflammatory substances. You will find that this herb is a part of most home remedies for arthritis because it works so well. It has even been shown to be just as effective as cortisone and phenylbutazone in inflammation conducted models. Take a heaped teaspoon of turmeric three times a day and use it in your cooking as much as possible for maximum effect.
Stinging Nettle: Many people here in Australia think stinging nettle is actually a weed and consider it a nuisance. But this herb is highly prized in Germany and deemed an official natural cure for rheumatism. It contains a potent anti-inflammatory chemical which works the same as steroid drugs. Consume 1 tablespoon of the juice three times a day or take stinging nettle supplements.
Wild Cucumber Bark: Herbalists regularly recommend wild cucumber bark to treat rheumatism and arthritis. You can make it up as a tea or take 1 teaspoon three times a day. Just remember that wild cucumber bark is also a laxative so be sure to start off slow with the dosage.
Willow Bark: This herb is actually the original “aspirin”. The chemical in willow bark, known as salicin, is what drug companies use to make their synthetic versions. The beauty of drinking willow bark tea is it gives you similar pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory benefits as the drug, but doesn’t cause the stomach upsets and ulcers.
Oregano: Oregano is a very popular herb used in cooking to add taste, but most people are unaware that it is also a powerful arthritis treatment and home remedy. Oregano (along with other mints) contains strong antioxidants and a compound called rosmarinic acid, which is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral in nature. Use it in your cooking as much as possible and add to your herbal teas.
Red Pepper and Cayenne Pepper: Both these peppers contain the pain relieving chemical known as capsaicin. Capsaicin blocks pain perception in the brain - which in turn - provides significant relief for arthritis sufferers. Red Pepper also has the added benefit of containing aspirin-like substances called salicylates. If you can handle the heat of these peppers, go nuts and use them in your cooking whenever you can. (Be aware that peppers can cause problems for some osteoarthritis sufferers so make sure you test yourself out first).
Celery: Yes this is actually a vegetable and not a herb, but celery and celery seeds are truly one of the best home remedies for arthritis available. And because they're included in most herbal arthritis formulas, we've included them here. The reason the celery plant (and seeds) work so well is they contain a stunning 25 different anti-inflammatory compounds! Celery is also a rich source of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and chlorophyll. Eat the seeds, either raw or cooked, along with the plant. Always try and buy organically grown if possible or even better, take the time to grow your own.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a terrific and easy natural remedy for arthritis. It works to reduce the pain and inflammation in your joints quite significantly. In fact, it's probably one of the oldest folk home remedies for arthritis there is! You can buy cinnamon in bulk very cheaply so take a heaped teaspoon washed down with some water three time a day and use it in your cooking as much as possible.
Soursop (Gravoila): Soursop is an exceptional arthritis treatment and anti-inflammatory. Multiple studies have been able to overwhelmingly prove that gravoila reduces the symptoms and pain and inflammation of all forms of arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, very well with no side effects. Use as a topical remedy on inflamed joints as well as eating or taking it in supplement form every day.
Black Seed Oil: This oil is not only a potent cancer killer, it's also a powerful arthritis killer! Black seeds have been valued and prized since the dawn of ancient Egypt for their medicinal and healing properties. They are well known for their ability to reduce pain and inflammation from virtually any type of ailment. And arthritis is certainly included in this. Buy the oil and take three times per day.
Boswellia: Boswellia works similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) without the harmful side effects. It is yet another one of nature’s powerful home remedies for arthritis that can be used safely long term.
Rosehip: Rosehip is technically not a herb, it's a fruit. It's actually one of the more recently researched arthritis treatments and cures that works so well, we have put it at the top of our list of "must use" home remedies for arthritis! The positive feedback we've received from people using this remedy for their arthritis has been truly astounding. We put our 16 year old "arthritic" dog on Rosehip 6 weeks ago and I have to say, the difference has been amazing!
Now, there's a product on the market (and only available in Europe and Australia) called "Rose-Hip Vital". This is the only product we've received positive feedback from so far. Whether you can just take the Rosehip fruit and get the same benefits as the supplement, we don't know (apparently you do, but like we say, we don't know anyone who has done this). You can also take Rosehip oil, but once again, we don't know of anyone who has tried this for their arthritis.
The bottom line here is it would be worthwhile trying the fruit and seeds or rosehip oil for your arthritis to see if it works for you. You can also drink Rosehip tea for extra benefit as well. In combination with the above recommendations, this would be a worthy addition to your arthritis treatments.
There are other herbs on the market that are known to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Some of these include angelica (dong quai), black cohosh, feverfew, devils claw, hop tea, wild yam, wintergreen, yucca and alfalfa. When it comes to using herbs, you will need to experiment. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.