If you or a loved one has ever experienced painful joints or arthritis pain, you know the value of gaining relief. There are many herbs to ease joint and arthritis pain.
Using Herbs As Natural Remedies
One amazing thing about herbs is they’ve been used as natural cures since the beginning of time. They have thyme on their side (shameless pun) as tried and true remedies you can trust.
Not only are herbs a natural alternative for over-the-counter medicine, but many of them grow wild and free, even in your own backyard!
Did you know, according to the Arthritis Foundation, it’s estimated over one-third of the American population is affected by some joint or arthritis pain? That’s more than 100 million people!
Joint and arthritis pain have known and unknown causes.
One of the major causes in American society is a sedentary lifestyle and general lack of regular, light exercise.
Even people who work outside a great deal of the time, like homesteaders or farmsteaders, need regular exercise. We get ours with walks and stretching.
In addition to making these herbal recipes that I have shared below, you can also take herbal supplements.
Although herbs will help ease joint pain and arthritis symptoms, they will not cure it. However, herbs are known for helping to support your immune system which will also aid in fighting pain.
Causes of Joint Pain
Some people develop joint pain or arthritis after an injury. Sometimes, there is a hereditary factor involved.
It doesn’t matter if the pain is a result of stress, lack of exercise, emotional disturbances, over exercise (yes, there is such a thing), injury, or heredity, the reason for the pain is inflammation in the body.
Inflammation in the body is a silent, deadly culprit.
Inflammation damages the body by causing blood vessels to be constricted, fluids to be out of balance, lymph vessels become congested resulting in the buildup of toxins in the joints and muscles, all this resulting in pain. The pain can range from annoying to debilitating.
A study showed that damage caused by inflammation causes the body to produce scar tissue which makes the affected joints stiff and painful.
Scar tissue can be ripped or torn during exercise or work which causes the cycle to start over again. You can see the dilemma this process can create.
Learning how to use natural remedies for joint and arthritis pain can relieve and even alleviate the pain. We can’t expect a natural remedy to provide the same result for everyone.
Arthritis is a complicated issue. Yet, for those who are helped by natural remedies to ease joint and arthritis pain relief, it is worth a try.
Herbs To Ease Joint and Arthritis Pain
Many years ago, we adopted a horse who was rescued after Hurricane Katrina. She was a 2-year-old Percheron we named Buffy.
She was traumatized because she was pinned in a barn as she stood in belly deep water until she was rescued. Because of this, she had a weakness of being touched on the hind quarter.
When anything brushed up against it, she would rear and buck.
To make a long story short, my pelvis was cracked, my hips were dislocated more than once, and I now sport what we lovingly call my “Buffy finger” which is crooked after it was broken, twice.
I have had some pain in my hips and hands since then.
Arthritis is also prominent in my family history, so I or someone in my family uses natural remedies for joint and arthritis pain every day.
#1 Turmeric To Relieve Joint Pain – My Personal Preference
Turmeric helps support cartilage which protects the ends of bones and the joints.
It is known to help lubricate the joints and to support the natural production of collagen and elastin in muscles and joints.
This is important because these are often taken over by fibrous tissue which is part of the pain we feel. Turmeric has a natural anti-inflammatory effect.
There are many ways to add turmeric to your diet.
My personal favorite is to add a teaspoon of powdered turmeric to my coffee with a little raw milk or to add a teaspoon to my morning smoothie.
Turmeric tea can be made in so many ways to help relieve pain. It’s easily customizable to your tastes and preferences. Here are my favorite recipes for turmeric tea.
*adding a little black pepper to turmeric in any recipe will potentiate the potency of turmeric.
Basic Turmeric Tea Recipe
- 2 cups of water
- tea bag or loose tea of your choosing
- 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
- Dash black pepper
- ¼ – ½ teaspoon ginger
- Sweetener of choice (I use raw, organic honey if I use any)
- Heat water to boiling
- Add turmeric, black pepper, and ginger
- Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for around 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and pour over tea bag or infuser (I use loose Earl Grey)
- Let steep 5 minutes, sweeten and enjoy
Turmeric Milk Recipe
- 1 cup milk of your choice (coconut, almond, cow, goat…)
- 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
- Dash black pepper
- ¼ – ½ teaspoon of ginger powder
- 1 – 1 ½ teaspoon of honey or sweetener of your choice
- In a pan, gently warm the milk but do not boil.
- Add the turmeric, black pepper, and ginger stirring until mixed in well.
- Pour into your cup and add sweetener (I personally don’t use one for this recipe).
#2 Using Ginger To Help With Joint Pain
Ginger is known for its inflammation and pain relieving properties. There are many ginger tea benefits and it’s easy to make.
I like to combine it with turmeric for an extra dose of anti-inflammatory properties.
Those who suffer from chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis RA or osteoarthritis OA will find this is well worth trying.
It has considerable results in reducing inflammation throughout the whole body.
You can grow ginger from the root right in your home and have a fresh supply whenever you need it.
Ginger-Turmeric Tea Recipe
- 4 cups of water
- 4 – 1” slices of fresh or dehydrated ginger or 1 Tbsp powdered ginger
- 1 Tbsp powdered turmeric
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Sweetener of choice
- Add fresh or dehydrated ginger to water
- Bring to a gentle boil and let boil gently for 8-10 minutes
- Strain into a cup and add turmeric and pepper mixing well
- Sweeten to taste
#3 Cayenne Pepper
I once knew a preacher who was almost 80, we think. He wasn’t sure! He was energetic and would challenge the young men of the church to a contest to do “the wheel”. This is an exercise device used to work the abs. I never saw a younger man beat him!
When you asked him what kept him so fit you would tell you, “Cayenne pepper, yep, yep, that’s what it is, cayenne pepper.”
He took cayenne pepper in capsule form before every meal, he had it in a glass of water every morning, and I have seen him take a teaspoonful when he “wasn’t feeling quite right.”
Now, I’m not recommending this to anyone, I’m just sharing the story of Bro. Hughes, a Tennessee mountain preacher who has now gone on to heaven. No one knew exactly how old he was.
Of course, capsicum is responsible for the side effects felt by those who use cayenne pepper. It’s known to be effective in reducing the pain of osteoarthritis. I
t’s pretty accepted the hotter the pepper, the higher the capsicum content, but I wouldn’t recommend your setting about taste testing that idea!
Besides capsules, teas, and powders, you can also get or make your own capsicum salves. BE SURE to wear protective gloves whenever you work with hot peppers, trust me I learned the hard way.
You may want to test this on a small area first to be sure it isn’t too much for sensitive skin. I certainly wouldn’t use it on children.
Cayenne Pepper Rub Recipe To Ease Joint Pain
- Mix ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder with one cup of coconut oil or aloe vera gel.
- Apply the rub to the affected area (remember to use gloves for mixing and applying).
- If you have leftovers, store in a container with a lid.
- Do not use this salve on your face – especially around the eyes, nose or mouth.
#4 Magnesium – Epsom salts To Ease Joint Pain
Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant. It’s also a necessary nutrient for maintaining healthy muscles, including the heart.
Magnesium rich foods should be an essential part of everyone’s diet, but especially those who suffer from joint and arthritis pain.
Some foods rich in magnesium are blackstrap molasses (I use this for iron too), dark leafy greens like spinach, nuts, and beans.
Epsom salt, magnesium sulfate, benefits are tried and true from days of old. One way it helps with pain is by helping to pull excess fluids away from tissues which reduce swelling.
My favorite Epsom Salt Soak
Add one cup Epsom salt to your tub. Start water and stir the salt until dissolved.
- Get the water as warm as you can stand it.
- Add 15-20 drops of eucalyptus oil.
- 15 – 20 drops of tea tree oil.
- 10- 15 drops of rosemary oil.
- and 10-15 drops of lavender oil.
- Soak for at least 15 minutes or until the water is too cool for you.
- Do this at least three times a week for chronic pain.
If you are diabetic, have serious heart conditions or unmanaged high blood pressure, don’t try this without first seeking your doctor’s advice.
#5 Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Relieve Joint Pain
Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is something I am never without. There are so many uses and benefits to this jewel, I wrote a book about how we use it from house to stable!
For those suffering from joint and muscle pain, drinking our ACV Morning Drink 3 times a day is helpful. I’ve read of some people who take it straight by the tablespoonful, but I’m not one of them.
You can also place ACV on a cotton ball and rub it directly on the affected area. I’ve tried this and it works for us.
When my husband had shingles, they immediately dried up and stopped hurting when we added raw, organic ACV with lavender oil to a cotton ball and applied it.
Old-timers swear by mixing ACV with honey. They say when a tablespoon of ACV is mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey in a glass of water “you’re instantly revived to go back to the field or barn and get the job done.”
I must admit, it does energize and restore those afternoon droops.
ACV Morning Drink
Every morning, the first thing we drink is a 10-ounce glass of cool water with 2 teaspoonfuls of ACV mixed in.
It’s the perfect way to break the fast of the night.
ACV drink jump starts the metabolism and restores electrolyte balance.
To learn more about herbs and the clinical trials for arthritis, visit the Arthritis Foundation.
Do you or a loved use these or other natural remedies for joint and arthritis pain? Please share your experience in the comments below.