- Magnesium. Before you do anything else to relieve arthritis pain, make sure you are getting enough magnesium. The body does not make this important mineral on its own. It must come from outside sources. Magnesium helps the body to absorb the nutrients it takes in. Adding magnesium-rich foods to your diet is a great way to start. Those foods include dark leafy green vegetables, all kinds of nuts, and beans. Another wonderful day to end the day and add magnesium to your body is to take an Epsom salt soak. A 15 – 20 minute soak in a warm bath laced with about a cup of Epsom salt will ease pain and stiffness. The magnesium sulfate is absorbed through your skin.
- Dandelion. If the season happens to be Spring, you can gather this remedy for free! Even your neighbors may allow you to wild harvest dandelions from their lawns. The tender leaves in the Springtime can be added to salads or you could just let dandelions be your salad. You can also make a cup of warm dandelion tea. Use 3 tablespoons chopped fresh leaves or 1 tablespoon dried leaves. Steep the leaves in 6 ounces of boiling water for 5-8 minutes. Add honey, if you want your tea sweet.
- White Willow Bark. White willow is considered nature’s aspirin! If you don’t have a white willow or care to wild harvest it, you can certainly purchase shredded or powdered willow bark from your favorite herb supplier. The powder can be taken with the liquid of your choice. If you use the chipped or shredded bark, you will need to make a decoction. Using 2 teaspoons bark to every 8 ounces of water, place both in a pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer 20 minutes. Strain. Again, you can sweeten the infusion with honey or stevia if you like. You can also drink it warm or cool. Drink 2 – 4 ounces twice daily to relieve pain. Native Americans would chew the inner bark of the White Willow to relieve pain.
- Gentle exercise. Yes, the dreaded ‘E’ word. The fact is the more you move the more your joints and muscles will want to move. Walking, of course, is a great and gentle exercise. Have you considered tai chi? Tai chi utilizes slow, graceful movements to strengthen muscles and joints and bring your body and mind back into balance. It is an ultra-gentle way to keep your body moving. If you are fortunate enough to have an instructor in your area, awesome! If not, there are many videos on You Tube, or you can purchase a DVD.
- Liniment. You could make your own liniment oil using a carrier oil such as olive, coconut, grapeseed, or almond. Mix in 20 drops of essential oils, eucalyptus or peppermint or a blend of both. Rub the mixture into your achy joints to massage the pain away. Here again, if you don’t have those items on hand you can purchase pre-made liniment from your trusted health food store.
- Cayenne. Cayenne oil will warm up those stiff, achy joints in no time. To make your own cayenne oil infuse 1 tablespoon of the crushed, dried cayenne pepper in 1/4 cup olive oil. To infuse, mix the oil and pepper in a heat proof container and set it in a slow cooker on low for at least 3 hours. After it is infused, strain the oil into a dark glass jar or bottle. Cayenne oil is especially wonderful in cold winter months. Take care not to get the cayenne in your eyes!
- TENS Unit. I don’t know that a TENS unit is a totally natural, but I do know that it is non-invasive and it works for many people. A TENS unit is a small device that sends electrical pulses through the skin into the achy joints. It can relieve pain and swelling when used on the affected joints. These can be purchased at any drug store, many units are under $35. Make sure you follow the device’s instructions carefully to insure safety.
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin. These supplements, often combined in one pill, will not deliver instant results. They will offer lasting relief when taken regularly. It normally takes 7 – 10 days for you to begin to see the effects. Once you do, you will probably never want to stop taking them.
Mother Nature has so many wonderful ways to reduce the pain and suffering from arthritis. So try any or all of them and live a natural pain-free life.
Disclaimer: Always consult with your personal medical practitioner before trying any natural treatment. This article is not meant to diagnose symptoms or take the place of your prescribed treatments.