Treat Arthritis Naturally – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
Want to know how to treat Arthritis naturally? Find out the best suggestions in the Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide.
For Phil S!
This arthritis natural treatment guide should bring some relief! Find how to treat rheumatoid arthritis and how to treat osteoarthritis with 7 differing herbs, along with 3 easily prepared natural arthritis treatments.
Natural arthritis treatments have recently become topical and there has been a lot of research. While all of these herbs and treatments are safe I always recommend you discuss this with your GP or specialist before beginning any course of natural treatment, particularly if you are on medication already.
In this article each herb and each remedy is offered because they are excellent for both how to treat rheumatoid arthritis and how to treat osteoarthritis.
Regardless of rheumatoid or osteo there are remedies for how to treat arthritis naturally which will allow you to manage the pain and ease the symptoms.
Please do let me know if you try these and your experiences. Plus also feedback and let me know if you are aware of any other treatments which should be added to the arthritis natural treatment guide.
Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide Holistic Remedies
Aloe Vera – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
Already widely known for its natural healing properties Aloe Vera is a miracle worker as one of our natural arthritis treatments. It is amazing for cuts, scrapes, softening skin and also as a natural anti-inflammatory. There are many ways that Aloe Vera can aide arthritis sufferers. If you can get hold of the raw natural plant then the juice/sap produced when you break the tips can be rubbed into the affected area and brings instant cooling plus longer term pain reduction.
If you cant find the natural plant then a bottle/tub of good organic hand-cream or sunburn cream (truly!)which contains natural Aloe Vera is also excellent. Again rub it into the joints causing distress.
For general health also try to add Aloe Vera juice to your diet – it is widely available as a supplement or as a drink in most good health shops!
Boswellia – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
If you are seeking another awesome herbal treatment for how to treat rheumatoid arthritis or how to treat osteoarthritis then you can’t beat the Boswellia. It is truly worth the time spent trying to track it down!
Also commonly known as Frankincense it has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties. Most often you will need to go to a homeopath or good natural food supplement store to find it. What you’re looking for, like Aloe Vera, is the SAP from the Boswellia, a tree native to India.
The sap from the Boswellia tree works differently for Rheumatoid and Osteo. For Rheumatoid it helps as an anti-inflammatory but the biggest impact is by blocking leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are produced by the body and actively attack the healthy joints of sufferers with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Studies also indicate that the anti-inflammatory properties of the Boswellia are also incredibly helpful for Osteo sufferers.
You will usually find Boswellia as a supplement tablet but the topical creams are also excellent.
Eucalyptus – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
Again Eucalyptus is widely available from most good health shops or anywhere you can find natural aromatherapy oils. The active ingredient in eucalyptus are tannin’s, which are proven to be effective in helping to reduce swelling, inflammation and therefore reducing the arthritic pain.
For arthritis sufferers use Eucalyptus topical oils and creams. After applying the oils/creams to the afflicted area most sufferers find the benefits of eucalyptus is magnified by following up with heat therapy. So to gain maximum benefit of using eucalyptus as one of your natural arthritis treatments apply the oil or cream and then place a hot compress on top.
Ginger – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
A common household spice Ginger takes it’s place in the arthritis natural treatment guide because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties rather than the taste!
Studies indicate Ginger being one of the most effective herbs/spices for aiding in pain relief due to it’s anti-inflammatory effects. Later in the article there is a recipe for an awesome tea which captures the best of ginger as a way to treat arthritis naturally.
Green Tea – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
Not only is Green Tea one of most popular and healthy drinks ever, it also has widely recognized anti-inflammatory properties. Initially considered a natural treatment for those seeking how to treat rheumatoid arthritis research has found that the anti-inflammatory properties of Green Tea were equally useful for those looking at how to treat osteoarthritis.
Not only is Green Tea useful as drink, it can also be used and is equally beneficial in tablet or tincture form.
Turmeric – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
Not only used in making our favourite curries and dhalls, turmeric is being hailed as one of the best natural arthritis treatments available due to potent anti-inflammatory properties. Early research studies indicate that turmeric may actually slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
It is best when used from the natural root, now commonly available and thankfully best taken orally. The juice from this little root is bright orange and get it on your clothes or skin – well, you’ll remain that colour for a long long time!
Can’t find it in natural root form, or don’t want to go through the process of pealing, juicing or cooking – it can also be found in tablet form from most good health food retailers.
Willow Bark – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
Now this is one where I flag up again – check with your GP first.
While Willow Bark is probably one of the most effective and most commonly known natural arthritis treatments (It is most likely the longest used herbal anti-inflammatory known and was chewed in the days of Hippocrates) getting your dosage right is critical as take too much and you can worsen inflammation or develop an eye catching rash!!
While studies indicate it’s usefulness in both Osteo and Rheumatoid it is indicated that it may be more effective in how to treat osteoarthritis particularly if affected in the neck, back or hips.
Again Willow Bark is taken orally and my suggestion is definitely buy this from a good retailer as you can then be pretty confident of getting the dosage right.
Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide Recipes
A drink, A soak, A rub – 3 natural arthritis treatments
Turmeric & Ginger Tea – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
4 cups of water
1 tsp fresh (or ground…but fresh is best ) ginger
1 teaspoon fresh (or ground…but fresh is best ) turmeric
Add water to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the ginger and the turmeric. Cover and Reduce to a simmer (make sure its a simmer not a boil). Let the tea simmer for at least 15 minutes. Then strain off the turmeric and ginger.
Enjoy 2-3 times per day. Use honey if you require any sweetener.
Epsom salt soak – Arthritis natural Treatment Guide
Eucalyptus and Peppermint Rub – Arthritis Natural Treatment Guide
While these oils can’t cure arthritis they both have naturally occurring analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. Added to this is that they both have an immediate cooling effect that often brings instant relief from arthritic pain.
To prepare this rub you need good quality eucalyptus essential oil, good quality peppermint essential oil, some carrier oil (olive, grape or almond are best) and a dark glass bottle to store (dark glass prevents light destroying the essential oils)
Because essential oils are potent you need to add them to a carrier oil as on their own they can be irritating to the skin (it also makes expensive essential oils last a lot lot longer!)
In 2 tablespoons of carrier oil add 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil and 5-10 drops of peppermint oil. Store in the dark glass bottle away from any light source and rub into arthritic areas when they ache.
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You may also like to read my post on Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Arthritis.