9 January, 2019

11 Remedies That Can Help You Deal with Joint Pain

I don’t know whether it’s linked to the menopause, but just lately I am finding my joints are really playing up.  Right now I have a pain in the front of my thigh and my left hip and I have no clue where it came from or what I’ve done.

joint pain - woman runner holding her knee

I have been wearing Ugg-a-likes, flat soled shearling boots which, unlike my treasured originals now consigned to a Hippo skip, have a completely flat sole so I am wondering if this is a factor.  I haven’t been able to wear high heels for any distance for years.

There are lots of misconceptions surrounding joint pain but it isn’t something that only affects old people.  You can get it by over-exercising (little risk of that in my case!), playing sports or just moving funny.  I often fall off the kerb or crick my neck by looking over my shoulder to see what the kids are up to!

Mat gave up playing rugby in his twenties because he saw so many of his fellow players start to have serious problems with their knees and ankle joints.

It’s all too easy to pop a painkiller when you are suffering in this way but it is always better to try a more natural option so that you avoid the potential side effects that come with meds.  There are natural remedies for joint pain you can find in your kitchen cupboard – and which are much kinder to your kidneys.

11 natural remedies for joint pain

Turmeric and Ginger

Both turmeric and ginger contain a substance called curcumin – which is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants have a hand in easing inflammation.

For the full effect, it is a good idea to consume ginger and turmeric in tea form. A little bit of ground turmeric and ginger in hot water and a dollop of honey can ease joint pain and relax you from a tiring day.

Peppermint Oil

It is no surprise that peppermint oil is used during massages. Peppermint has a relaxing effect and it also serves as an analgesic or pain reliever. The cooling sensation from this oil takes away the possible pain you might be experiencing.

Rub a few drops of peppermint oil on the affected area for quick relief from joint pain.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing home remedy and works on various problems.  That is why you should always have ACV in your cupboard.

This cure-all can also alleviate the pain from arthritis. ACV dissolves acid buildups, thus relieving pain.  Make sure your apple cider vinegar contains what they call ‘the mother’ to get all the health benefits.

joint pain - apples and apple cider vinegar

Cayenne Pepper

Most over the counter pain relievers contain a substance called capsaicin – something that is also present in cayenne peppers. Capsaicin inhibits Substance P which transmits pain signals to and from the brain.

You can make a cayenne paste that can be applied on your joints should an episode happen.

Olive Oil

You can use olive oil in order to lubricate your tender joints. Not only is this oil great for your heart when used for cooking, but its consistency actually makes it perfect for a topical treatment.

Two to three drops rubbed on the affected area is all it takes.

Epsom Salts

Magnesium sulfate is a substance that has been used for many years to relieve pain. While it sounds like a manufactured chemical, it actually natural and can be found in Epsom salts.

Find a big bowl that can accommodate the painful area. Add a tablespoon of Epsom salt in warm water and soak, soak, soak.

CBD Oil

By now you have likely heard about all of the potential benefits of CBD (cannabidoil). While research is still in the early stages, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that CBD can help to relieve pain.  It does this by raising the number of certain neurotransmitters. And, despite some misconceptions, CBD does not cause a high like THC does.

CBD is a versatile pain reliever as it can be found in oils, gummies, baked goods and topicals and I’m reading reports of many people giving it a try in the Facebook forums I am a member of, for example, Tinnitus and TMJ.

White Willow Tea

White willow tea is known to be the first form of aspirin. Before the rise of over the counter drugs, people used white willow tea to ease the pain.

joint pain - water being poured into a glass from a glass jug

Water

Most often than not, the pains and discomfort you feel are brought on by the fact that you are dehydrated. So whatever is causing you pain might be easily treated with drinking a glass of water.

Whilst this doesn’t always work, it’s surely worth a try before hitting the ibuprofen.

Rest

When we have exerted ourselves too much, exhaustion sometimes manifests itself through pain in the joints.

The simplest solution is to take a day off before using pain relievers. Maybe you are just tired and you need time to rest and recuperate.

If you are suffering from back pain, check your mattress too.  If it’s older than 8 years, it’s time for a new one.  I recommend SIMBA.

Exercise

This advice seems counter-intuitive, especially considering the previous point. However, exercise manages weight. If you are suffering from arthritis or a similar type of ailment, being within a healthy weight range will help to take some of the stress off your joints.

It can be difficult to live with joint pain. With these natural remedies, it is possible that the pain can be managed.  However, as with any condition, make sure you consult your doctor and figure out the best plan for you should the joint pain persist.

As for me, I rely on my trusty hot water bottle, a hot bath and an early night.

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