Today I have a wonderful guest post to from Jessica Williams to share with you! In this post Jessica shares a variety of natural joint pain remedies to help you manage and relieve pain both on a daily basis and during flare ups!
Living with inflammation and joint pain can be extremely difficult to deal with, not only because of the physical pain but the effects it has on your mental health! It can be very hard to be positive when you in pain and exhausted!
It is also important to realize that many people with joint pain aren’t JUST dealing with joint pain (as if that isn’t more than enough on it’s own). Many conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis take a toll on the body in so many other ways as well!
Without further ado, let’s turn it over to Jessica!
14 Effective Natural Joint Pain Remedies to Help Relieve Pain
Natural Joint Pain Remedies
If you’re not already familiar with the wide wonderful world of essential oils, get ready to be rocked. One of their numerous applications is using them to relieve pain from arthritis, strenuous physical activities, or illness. Popular oils to use, alone or together, include lavender, marjoram, peppermint, and rosemary.
An aromatherapy diffuser in your bedroom, office, or living room, with a relaxing oil such as lavender will help you to feel relaxed and help to reduce muscle tension.
Exercising is about more than just losing weight. By exercising regularly, you are working to maintain the flexibility of your joints.
Just be careful when doing high impact or weight bearing exercises, the strain of running, for instance, may cause further damage. Look into some low impact exercises, such as swimming or water aerobics, which help you flex without adding stress.
Dandelion leaves have a high percentage of vitamin A and C which helps clear damaged tissues and assist your liver to remove toxins in the blood. Often brewed in tea, the leaf is known for reducing inflammation because of the linoleic acid found in them.
Blackstrap Molasses Drink
Blackstrap Molasses is a syrup that is made from the sugar cane plant. It contains potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which helps the growth and development of bones. It relieves arthritis and joint pain and also strengthens bones.
Acupuncture is a medical treatment that was invented in China which consists of inserting thin needles into specific parts of your body. The medication on the ends of the needles is used to restore the balance of energy and circulation in your body. It is believed to help clear blockages causing the inflammation of joints. Always remember to consult and experienced acupuncturist when trying this method.
The flowering plant has a gum resin that reduces inflammation and relieves pain. The resin is capable of disabling the white blood cells that cause swelling. It also shrinks the tissues that are enlarged which helps reduce pain.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is an antioxidant that lowers the levels of two enzymes that cause inflammation. Turmeric can be taken in the form of a capsule or a spicy tea.
Cayenne creams contain capsaicin, which is an ingredient known to inhibit the transmission of pain signals to our brain. Of course, this is only a temporary fix, so you might still need to look at other options also.
Hot & Cold Therapy
Applying heat, or warming up your joints helps keep them lose and flexible. Long warm showers in the morning will help you start your day pain-free, and an electric blanket or heating pad will ward off the cold in the evening.
When your joints do act up, switch to a cold pack to find relief. A gel ice pack is great to have on standby for emergency situations.
Include The Right Fatty Acids in your Diet
For all your foodies and non-foodies alike, here is an excuse to up your salmon intake. Sushi date anyone?
Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for individual health and have a ton of benefits, including reducing joint stiffness. You can either up your intake by eating more omega 3 rich foods, or by taking fish oil supplements.
According to The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a number of people suffering from joint pain have found mindful mediation helpful. The technique helps you reduce pain from arthritis by reducing stress.
Peppermint & Eucalyptus Essential Oil Blend
Back to essential oils, with a particular mixture for you to try. Both peppermint and eucalyptus have analgesic properties, which work to keep you healthy and relieve pain, without causing any adverse side effects.
Mix 1-2 drops of each oil with some coconut oil and apply to areas that are in pain. Alternatively you could make a roller bottle blend of these 2 oils to have ready whenever you need it. Find out the proper dilution ratio here.
Yes, yet another excuse to get a massage!
According to the Arthritis Foundation, you can increase your range of motion and reduce pain by frequently massaging the painful joints. Contact your medical insurance company to see if they will cover a portion of the cost; many do! You can also consult a physical therapist to learn more about self-massage.
You can reduce the pressure exerted on your knees, feet, and hips by avoiding extra weight. Even if it is losing 1lb, 5lbs, or 10lbs, anything you can do to reduce the strain on your joints will help now, as well as help prevent future damage to your ligaments.
Relief is Attainable
Joint pain may be acute (the one that lasts for few days or weeks) or maybe chronic (one that lasts for months). If you’ve had either, you know that even the most acute pain can take a huge toll on your life and daily activities. Don’t settle for this. The natural remedies above are easy to incorporate into your day and offer real results.
Do you use any of these natural joint pain remedies to help manage & reduce your pain?
Jessica Williams is a writer, a foodie, and an adventurer. She will go to extraordinary lengths in the search for good foods and will try any food at least once. Travelling to different parts of the world has opened her eyes to the benefits of holistic approaches to life and wellness and is always happy to chat or learn from others. You can find her at her site Essential Oil Diffuser or contact her on Twitter.