Arthritis has been affecting human beings for a very long time – according to some reports since 4500 BC! Even that long ago, it seems that our ancestors used a variety of natural remedies to treat arthritis pain. Modern science has shown that some of these remedies are actually quite effective. While reading through the following six remedies, keep in mind that you should tell your doctor if you are considering using herbal supplements because they can sometimes interfere with other medications you may be taking.
Aloe is widely known to reduce inflammation. Because arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the joints, the use of aloe may help to sooth pain. When taken by mouth, aloe can also help to reduce stomach problems caused by NSAID pain relievers that are often taken by arthritis sufferers.
When used externally, mustard seed can be an excellent pain reliever for joints. By making a paste from warm mustard seed oil and applying it directly to affected areas, the heat may improve blood flow to the arthritic joint. Also, when ingested, mustard seed is a good source of beneficial nutrients like selenium, magnesium, and omega-3’s.
Olive oil, used in place of other cooking oils and butter, may also reduce the effects of arthritis. A compound in olive oil, called Oleocanthal, works similar to NSAID pain relievers to decrease inflammation.
This resin, famously known from the Bible, may help to ease pain from arthritic knees. Similar to other remedies, frankincense works to decrease inflammation and slow the breakdown of cartilage tissue.
Myrrh is found in the Middle East where it is widely known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Note: pregnant women should never use myrrh because it can cause miscarriage.
Ancient Tibetan traditions have traditionally used Cedarwood oil as an aromatherapy and massage treatment for arthritic individuals. Aromatherapy in general has also proven to be an effective treatment for arthritis perhaps because it stimulates the brain to relax and promotes healing throughout the body.