Osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis or some injury of the ligaments, or tendons surrounding the joint can be a cause of joint pain. Shoulders, knees or hips can be affected causing stiffness and swelling and mild to severe pain.
Arthritis or some other degenerative condition can cause severe pain that needs proper professional treatment and care, especially if the pain lasts for more than 3 days and the joint is red and swollen.
For mild pain, we present you 10 natural remedies you can make at home:
- Hot/ Cold compresses
The hot compress will decrease the pain by relaxing the joints and muscles and stimulating blood flow. Cold compress will numb the affected joints by reducing the inflammation. What you should do is:
- Wrap the hot and cold compresses in separate towels, to avoid direct contact with the skin
- Apply the hot compress for 3 minutes
- Remove it and put the cold one immediately, leaving it for only a minute
- Repeat this procedure few times a day, for 15-20 minutes, until the pain is gone.
If you have problems with circulation, don`t use the cold compress. Also, if the affected area is red or irritated, stop with the procedure.
- Massage therapy
Regular massage will improve circulation and sooth the inflammation, relieving the joint pain.
Apply only gentle pressure and use warm oils like olive, coconut, castor, garlic or mustard oil.
- Apple cider vinegar
This vinegar will eliminate toxins from the joints and surrounding tissue, which results in reduced joint pain. It is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, and its alkalizing properties are beneficial for arthritis. How to use it:
- Make a solution from 3 tsp. of apple cider vinegar (preferably organic), some honey and a glass of warm water; drink it before every meal, every day, in order to improve your overall health.
- Make a mixture of 1 tbsp. of vinegar and some olive oil and massage the affected area with it every day, until the pain is gone.
- Cayenne pepper
Capsaicin from cayenne pepper has strong analgesic properties- study has shown that applying a gel that contains only 0.0125 % capsaicin can relive mild to moderate joint pain in women that suffer from osteoarthritis.
- Heat ½ cup of coconut oil, mix it with 2 tbsp. of cayenne pepper and apply the cream on the affected area; rinse after 20 minutes; repeat couple of times a day until the pain is gone.
Don`t use cayenne on skin with wounds because it causes burning sensation.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it perfect for joint and muscle pain.
- Add ginger tea, dried powder or fresh ginger to your diet. For the tea, boil a small piece of the root in a cup of water for ten minutes, then strain the liquid. Add some honey for better taste.
- Make a mixture of equal amounts of ginger, fenugreek and turmeric powder and take 1 tsp. every morning and evening, until the pain is gone.
This popular home remedy has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are beneficial for individuals suffering from arthritis.
- Each morning, take a teaspoon of ground fenugreek seeds and drink a glass of warm water afterwards, until the pain is gone
- Or you can soak the seeds in water, leave them overnight and then eat them in the morning.
Garlic cloves are rich in selenium and sulfur, elements that can be very helpful with arthritis and joint pain- selenium has anti-rheumatic effects and sulfur reduces inflammation and pain.
- Add more garlic to your diet, either raw or cooked, 2-3 cloves a day.
- Replace it with garlic supplements if you cannot stand the smell
- Fry 2 cloves with 2 tbsp. of sesame or mustard oil. Turn of the heat when the cloves turn black, strain the oil, cool it and massage the affected area with. Don`t wash it immediately after the massage, leave it for 2-3 hours. Repeat this twice a day until you get the wanted results.
- Stinging Nettle
Using stinging nettle can be very helpful in threating joint pain, as indicated by some researches and studies. The exact reasons are still unexplained, probably some active elements from the nettle have anti-inflammatory properties. Also, this herb is rich in minerals like boron, very important for the health of joints and bones.
- Cover 2 tsp. of dried leaves with a cap of water, and strain after 15 minutes. Drink the tea three times a day.
- Apply some fresh nettle leaves on the affected area for less than a minute, once a day for at least a week. It will most certainly cause discomfort, but it will also help with the pain.
Don`t use stinging nettle if you are taking medications for diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems.
- Epsom Salt
Low levels of magnesium are associated with joint pain. Taking a bath with some Epson salt in it will help with the absorption of magnesium through the skin. This mineral will also detoxify your cells and decrease inflammation.
- Dissolve two cups of Epsom salt in your bath water.
- Soak in it for 20 minutes or more, three times a week or until the pain is gone.
According to Ayurveda, this spice makes wonders for joint pain, because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the curcumin compound. A research from 2009 has shown that this compound has the same effect as ibuprofen in pain relief, in patients with osteoarthritis.
- In a glass of warm milk, put some honey and 1 tsp. of turmeric powder. Drink this once a day, for a couple of days, or until you get the wanted results.
- You can also take turmeric capsules (200-250 mg), three times a day until the pain is gone.
The turmeric spice can interfere with some medications like blood thinners, so consult your physician before including it in your diet.