People are venturing back to the ways of the old and taking charge of their health. Our society has been too quick to turn to man-made medications and a lot of those medications have damaged us. Some people are using home remedies for arthritis and joint pain, including myself. Whether your pain is from arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, RSD (like me) or any other bone and joint pain… herbal remedies may provide relief that is inexpensive and easier to tolerate than some prescription medications.
This information is not meant to replace the advice of your medical doctor. I am not a doctor, just someone that wants to take a more natural approach to health and pain relief.
One of the biggest helpers I take is a natural medicinal plant called Kratom. It works on the same receptors as the opioid receptors and is great at lowering your pain levels. Finding the correct strain and dosage can be difficult, so you will need to start with a lower dose and following dosing guidelines to figure that out.
Excercise! Excercise sounds so hard when you are in pain and it IS hard, but it is so beneficial to you. You have to continue to move your body. That old saying, move it or lose it is very true! Walking and hiking are good choices that you can do to move some each day.
Camphor oil has been used since ancient times. It is used to soothe aches, pains, and injuries. You can mix camphor oil with oil of peppermint or coconut oil and warm it slightly before applying. Peppermint oil from Young Living is one of my favorite oils!
Apply it to the are that you are having pain using a gentle, circular motion and then cover it for about twenty minutes with a soft cloth – flannel is a good choice. The smell is comforting to many people, too. You can also mix other aromatic oils with the camphor.
After skating, I like to soak my feet and ankles in hot water with Epsom salts. I do this easily with a foot spa. Make the water as hot as you can stand it and soak your feet until the water becomes room temperature.
You can also add Epson salt to your bathwater for a full body soak that will soothe your tired and achy muscles. Soaking in the tub is also a good way to get relief for knees and elbow joint pain.
Another thing you can do at home is to make your own ointments. I’ll be sure to post some DIY recipes soon that you can try.
Increasing your intake of fresh raw juices is good for everyone, but particularly so if you have any type of arthritis. Raw juice has higher levels of alkaline than what you can get from processed or bottled juices.
The alkaline content is useful for reducing deposits inside the joints that are responsible for pain and decreased functioning levels. Juicing your own fresh fruits and vegetables is time-consuming and messy.
You have to buy a large quantity of produce to get a small pitcher of juice. And since the highest nutrient value is present immediately after squeezing, you have to do this daily. You’ll save time and frustration if you purchase a juicer.
Look carefully at the directions for use. You want to get a juicer that is easy to clean – otherwise, you’ll get tired of it and stop using it. So a cheap juicer is destined to become a dust catcher. For a little more money, you can get a juicer that works efficiently and fast…I have my eye on the Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer.
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