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What Your Parents Never Told You About 22 Home Remedies for Arthritis

Have you ever felt like you’re waging a silent battle against your body? That’s exactly how I felt when arthritis crept into my life, uninvited and unwelcome. As I navigated through the challenges of chronic pain, I realized there were some things I had to learn on my own. 

Armed with determination and a thirst for relief, I embarked on a journey to uncover the secrets of natural remedies for arthritis beyond conventional treatments. If you’re tired of the daily struggle with chronic pain, you’re in the right place.

22 Home Remedies for Arthritis

Let’s explore some home remedies and kitchen staples that can offer relief and improve your quality of life.

1. Gentle Exercise

Incorporating gentle exercises like yoga or swimming can help improve flexibility and reduce joint stiffness. Even a short daily walk can work wonders for easing arthritis pain.

2. Turmeric

This golden spice is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to curcumin. Adding turmeric to your meals or taking it as a supplement can help alleviate joint pain and swelling.

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3. Omega-3 Oil

Found in fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, omega-3 oils have been shown to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis. Consider adding fish oil supplements to your daily routine for added benefits.

Ready for some more home remedies for arthritis pain? Keep reading!

4. Garlic

Not just a flavor enhancer, garlic contains compounds that can help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. Incorporate fresh garlic into your cooking or consider garlic supplements for added relief.

5. Fermented Foods

Foods like miso, pickles, and sauerkraut are rich in probiotics, which can help support gut health and reduce inflammation in the body.

6. Probiotic Supplements

Not a fan of fermented foods? Consider taking probiotic supplements to support a healthy gut microbiome and reduce inflammation.

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7. Ginger

Known for its spicy flavor and medicinal properties, ginger contains gingerol, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Add fresh ginger to your tea or meals for a natural pain-relieving boost.

8. Cinnamon

This sweet spice not only adds warmth to your dishes, it contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. Sprinkle cinnamon on your morning oatmeal or smoothies for added flavor and benefits.

9. Green Tea

Packed with antioxidants called polyphenols, green tea can help reduce inflammation and protect cartilage. Swap out your morning coffee for a soothing cup of green tea to reap its benefits.

I’m positive that you have ginger, cinnamon, and green tea in your kitchen pantry. After reading the post, use at least ONE of these staples from your pantry today. Are you surprised that these home remedies for arthritis could be so simple?

10. Thyme

This aromatic herb contains compounds like carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Use fresh or dried thyme to flavor your meals and support joint health.

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11. Self-Massage

Gentle self-massage can help improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and alleviate arthritis pain. I use a gentle touch and soothing oils like coconut mixed with 10 drops of lavender essential oil for added benefits.

12. Magnesium 

Adding magnesium-rich foods like spinach, almonds, and avocados can help relax muscles and alleviate arthritis pain.

13. Capsaicin Cream

Derived from chili peppers, capsaicin cream can help relieve arthritis pain by blocking pain signals. Apply a small amount to affected joints for temporary relief.

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14. Cherries

Packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins, cherries can help reduce inflammation and alleviate arthritis pain. Enjoy a handful of fresh cherries or opt for unsweetened cherry juice for added benefits. Incorporating a bowl of cherries into your daily routine as one of the home remedies for arthritis pain can be quite enjoyable, wouldn’t you agree? 

15. Olive Oil

Rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, olive oil can help reduce inflammation and protect against oxidative stress. Use it in cooking or drizzle it over salads for a healthy dose of relief.

16. Apple Cider Vinegar

Although research is limited, some people find arthritis pain relief by incorporating apple cider vinegar into their daily routine. Mix a tablespoon with water and honey and drink it daily with a straw (to protect your teeth enamel) for potential benefits.

17. Epsom Salt Soaks

Soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salt can help relax muscles, reduce inflammation, and relieve arthritis pain. Add a cup of Epsom salt to your bathwater and your favorite essential oil. Toss in your rubber duckie and soak for 20-30 minutes for maximum benefits. I believe this is one of the best home remedies for arthritis so if mom and dad didn’t share, now you know!

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18. Pineapple

Bursting with bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties, pineapple can help reduce swelling and alleviate arthritis pain. Enjoy fresh pineapple as a snack or add it to smoothies for a tropical twist.

19. Heat Therapy

Applying heat to arthritic joints can help improve blood flow, reduce stiffness, and alleviate pain. Use a heating pad, warm towel, or soak in a warm bath for soothing relief.

20. Acupuncture

This ancient Chinese practice involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. Many people find relief from arthritis pain with regular acupuncture sessions. I’ve had many acupuncture sessions and found myself sleeping like a baby on the table.

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21. Meditation

Stress can exacerbate arthritis symptoms, so finding ways to relax and unwind is essential. Meditation, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness practices can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

22. Massage Therapy

Professional massage therapy can help relax muscles, improve circulation, and reduce arthritis pain. Look for a licensed massage therapist experienced in working with arthritis patients for the best results.

How to Reduce Joint Inflammation

Foods to EatFoods To Avoid
Fatty Fish (Salmon, Mackerel)Sugary Drinks  
Leafy Greens (Spinach, Kale)Processed Foods
Berries (Blueberries, Strawberries)Refined Carbohydrates
Nuts and Seeds (Almonds, Chia Seeds)Red Meat 
Olive Oil  Fried Foods 
Whole Grains (Quinoa, Brown Rice)Alcohol  
Beans and LegumesExcessive Salt   
Turmeric  Saturated Fats
Ginger  Dairy Products 
GarlicNightshade Vegetables
Green Tea Gluten 
CherriesArtificial Sweeteners

Conclusion

I hope my journey into discovering some of the best home remedies for arthritis has been helpful. By incorporating simple changes into your daily routine and embracing the healing power of food and lifestyle changes, you can take control of your health and well-being. In the words of the beautiful Maya Angelou, ‘my mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” And you can too! If you found this post helpful, please share it.

FAQ

1. What is the fastest way to treat arthritis?

The fastest way to treat arthritis varies from person to person, but incorporating a combination of lifestyle changes, such as diet modifications, exercise, and stress management, can help alleviate symptoms over time.

2. What makes arthritis pain go away?

 Arthritis pain can be relieved by reducing inflammation in the body through dietary changes, incorporating anti-inflammatory foods and supplements, practicing regular exercise, and using pain-relieving therapies like heat therapy or massage.

3. What is the best pain relief for arthritis?

The best pain relief for arthritis often involves a combination of treatments, including over-the-counter or prescription medications, natural remedies like turmeric or ginger, lifestyle changes, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage therapy.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

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