What are the best arthritis natural remedies and the top arthritis treatment for those wishing to use holistic and natural health solutions? In this post you will discover 7 Top Arthritis Treatments in our Natural Remedies Guide.
What Are The Best Herbs In Our Top arthritis Treatment?
- Aloe Vera;
- Boswellia (or Frankincense);
- Eucalyptus Oil;
- Green Tea;
- Ginger Root;
- Turmeric (or Curcumin);
- Willow Bark.
These wonderful natural remedies are effective in the treatment of both rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.
Learn about these 7 incredibly effective herbs, the ways to use them and get a 3 stage, easy to implement, treatment plan. Commonly known as Sip, Soak, Scrub!
Step 1 – Sip,
Step 2 – Soak,
Step 3 – Scrub.
Natural remedies for arthritis have become the preferred option for many. This is mainly due to them being gentle, safe and effective. There has also been a great deal of research on the effectiveness of natural remedies when treating arthritis.
The vast majority of studies show that used in combination with prescription medicine, or as an alternative therapy, sufferers responded positively to natural therapies. The Arthritis Foundation has several articles about this research and promotes natural supplements and treatments.
I always recommend if you take prescription medicines you check with your doctor before beginning any alternative treatments.
7 Incredibly Effective Natural Remedies For Arthritis.
We have assembled the following list of top arthritis treatments because each has been proven to be effective, safe to use and can aid both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
1. Aloe Vera – Top Arthritis Treatment.
Aloe Vera is already widely known for its natural healing properties.
This amazing plant is a miracle worker.
It is incredible for all minor ailments such as cuts, scrapes and for softening the skin.
However we love Aloe Vera because it is a natural and powerful anti inflammatory. It is due to the anti inflammatory properties Aloe Vera contains that makes us wild about this plant.
And because it is so incredibly effective for osteoarthritis and as a rheumatoid arthritis treatment.1Oral administration of Aloe vera gel, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory herbal remedy, stimulates cell-mediated immunity and antibody production in a mouse model It is also super easy to use!
There are many ways that Aloe Vera can aid arthritis sufferers in reducing arthritis pain. The easiest way is to utilise the raw plant.
What we are looking for is the juice, or the sap, that is produced when you break the tips. This can be rubbed directly into the affected area and brings instant cooling.
Research has shown that continued use helps towards longer term pain relief and reduction of inflammation and other symptoms. The gel of the Aloe vera plant can be also applied directly on swollen and painful joints.
The gel will provide relief of joint immobility and pain, due to its anti inflammatory properties.
If you cant find the actual plant then a good bottle of organic Aloe Vera juice is effective for all types of arthritis. All that is needed is to rub it into the joints causing distress and pain. This simplicity is why the Aloe Vera is a top arthritis treatment.
Top Tip: For general health also try to add Aloe Vera juice to your diet – it is widely available as a supplement or as a drink in most good health shops!
2. Boswellia – Arthritis Natural Remedies.
You can’t beat the brilliance of Boswellia.
It is truly worth the time spent trying to track it down!
You probably know it as the more commonly used name, Frankincense.
Boswellia has fantastic anti inflammatory properties. While in some areas it may be difficult to find, a good natural food or supplement store should be able to locate it for you.
If you wish to source yours online then I recommend the following: Click for Boswellia Supplement.
It is the sap from the Boswellia tree that is used to treat both Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Boswellia supplements help by acting as a natural alternative to anti inflammatory medications.
It has massive benefit for people with arthritis due to its ability to block leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are produced by the body.
The issue is when there is overproduction because this leads to them attacking healthy joints. This is an autoimmune reaction and commonly associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Boswellia is considered equivalent too many nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs which is why it is excellent for inflammatory arthritis and has an autoimmune disease classification.
There are also research studies that indicate the anti inflammatory actions of the Boswellia are also incredibly helpful and beneficial for symptoms of Osteoarthritis.
You will usually find Boswellia as a supplement but topical creams are also excellent and why this is one of our top arthritis treatments.
3. Ease Arthritis Pain With Eucalyptus.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is widely available from good health food stores or suppliers of natural aromatherapy essential oils.
It has a number of anti inflammatory and analgesic properties and has been seen to help improve circulation.
The active ingredient in eucalyptus are the tannins, which are proven to be effective in helping to reduce swelling in all forms of arthritis.
This includes reduction of joint inflammation and joint pain. It has been shown especially effective for the type of arthritis that impacts cartilage.
In 2013 researchers evaluated the impact of eucalyptus essential oil on pain management2Effect of Eucalyptus Oil Inhalation on Pain and Inflammatory Responses after Total Knee Replacement: A Randomized Clinical Trial following total knee replacement.
While not specifically related to arthritis, this study concluded that inhaling of eucalyptus essential oil significantly lowered inflammation, pain, and blood pressure, all of which are helpful to arthritis sufferers.
Arthritis sufferers are recommended to use Eucalyptus topical oils and creams. For maximum benefit after applying the oils or creams to the afflicted areas you should following with heat therapy.
Use this as a dual action approach by applying the Eucalyptus oil or cream to the afflicted area and then place a hot compress on top.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a top arthritis treatment and highly recommended!
Yes Ginger. We know it better as a common household spice however ginger takes its place in our top picks for arthritis natural remedies due to its inflammation treatment properties (rather than the taste).
Studies indicate Ginger is a hugely beneficial spice for the aiding of pain. This is due to its anti inflammatory effects.
Add it to a tea. Add it to your physical therapy bath and let it soak and infuse.
Take it finely sliced in salads. Add it to fruits and blend for a delicious arthritis soothing smoothie.
Note: Later when we arrive at our top arthritis treatment there is a recipe for an awesome tea which captures the best properties of ginger.
Get the full recipe and use daily as a way to treat arthritis naturally and lesson symptoms of the disease.
5. Green Tea.
Not only is Green Tea one of most popular and healthy drinks ever, it has widely recognized anti inflammatory properties.
Initially Green Tea was primarily considered a natural treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis, however further clinical studies and research has shown that the anti inflammatory properties of Green Tea3Impacts of Green Tea on Joint and Skeletal Muscle Health: Prospects of Translational Nutrition are equally useful and effective for osteoarthritis.
Green Tea is probably known mostly as a drink, but don’t be fooled by this supermarket staple, it can also be used and is equally beneficial taken in tablet or tincture form.
Easy to find and easy to use. Go get Green Tea and feel great!
If you thought this tasty treat was only used as a flavor enhancer in our favourite curries and dhalls… think again!
Turmeric is hailed as one of the best of all arthritis natural remedies due to its extremely potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Early clinical research studies show that turmeric4Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Curcumin in the Inflammatory Diseases: Status, Limitations and Countermeasures (or curcumin as it is known medically) may actually slow the progression of arthritis, both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid.
Studies indicate it is most potent when taken from the fresh natural root. Root turmeric is now commonly available.
Cut up chunks of the root and add to fruits to create your own arthritis treating smoothie. Add slices to a salad. Or, if brave, juice it separately and drink 1 tsp of the juice 2 times a day.
Beware, the juice from this little root is bright orange and if you get it on your clothes or skin, well … you’ll maintain that orange color for a very long time!
If for any reason you can’t find it in natural root form, or don’t want to go through the process of peeling, juicing or blending there is a brilliant alternative in the form of arthritis relieving turmeric supplements.
7. Willow Bark.
Note: Always ensure you take as directed.
Willow Bark is one of the most effective natural arthritis treatments.
It is most likely the longest used herbal anti inflammatory known and was chewed in the days of Hippocrates.
When using Willow Bark getting your dosage right is critical. The reason being is that if you take too much you can worsen levels of inflammation or develop an irritating rash!
If taken as instructed Willow Bark is incredibly effective. Don’t be tempted to take just a little bit more.
Clinical research studies indicate willow bark is effective as a natural treatment for both Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis5Efficacy and safety of willow bark extract in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: results of 2 randomized double-blind controlled trials. However it is excellent for the treatment of Osteoarthritis, particularly if affected in the neck, back or hips.
Willow Bark is taken orally as a supplement. Always buy from a trusted and reputable retailer. You can then be totally confident of quality and getting the dosage right. Click here for a wonderful willow bark supplement.
The Top Arthritis Treatments – Sip Soak & Scrub.
Step 1 – Sip Turmeric And Ginger Tea.
1. Add 4 cups of water to a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and 1 teaspoon of freshly grated turmeric to the boiling water.
Tip – If you cannot source fresh spice root you can substitute with dried spice powder (2 teaspoons each). However fresh is always best!
3. Cover the saucepan, reduce the heat and allow to gently simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Strain the ginger and turmeric solids from your tea.
5. Enjoy a mug of this tea 2-3 times per day!
Tip – Add some honey or lemon if you require a flavor change or a sweeter taste!
Servings – 4
Preparation time – 5 Mins
Cook time – 15 Mins.
Step 2 – Soak In Salt.
The salt we refer to is Epsom.
Epsom salt contains a core ingredient needed to treat arthritis – Magnesium Sulfate. Magnesium Sulfate contains awesome anti inflammatory properties.
You can prepare this soak in a large bowl, but if your arthritic area doesn’t fit comfortably in a bowl I suggest having a luxurious and long soak in the bath!
Soak in the bowl – 125 grams of Epsom salt added to a large bowl of warm water.
Soak in the bath – fill the tub with enough warm water to be able to comfortably submerge the arthritic area/s. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt and dissolve in the water.
Soak the affected areas (bowl or bath) for a minimum of 15 minutes. Believe me this is one of the best arthritis natural remedies around!
Step 3 – Scrub With A Eucalyptus And Peppermint Rub.
Eucalyptus and Peppermint essential oils are excellent for arthritis. They both have naturally occurring analgesic (pain-relieving) properties.
As well as providing pain relief they both have an immediate cooling effect. This means that this third step of treatment provides instant relief (cooling) and long term relief (analgesic) from arthritic pain.
To prepare this scrub you need good quality eucalyptus essential oil, good quality peppermint essential oil, Rock or Sea Salt or for a rub (rather than scrub) a carrier oil (olive, grape or almond are best).
You also need to find a dark glass bottle to store (dark glass prevents light destroying the essential oils).
Eucalyptus and Peppermint Scrub
2 cups Sea or Rock Salt
1/2 cup Carrier Oil – I prefer Coconut
1/8 cup Honey
5-8 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5-8 drops Peppermint Oil
As A Scrub: Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Easy!
As A Rub: Remove salt from the recipe. Replace with an additional 1/4 cup of carrier oil and combine with the coconut oil, honey and essential oils.
Use the salt scrub or the oil rub after the salt soak. Rub and massage into areas of pain. Let the treatment soak into the skin for a minimum of 15 minutes. If you are using scrub – rinse off with warm water. If you are using rub – wipe excess oil of the body with a soft dry cloth.
Note: rub recipe is also awesome as a massage oil, so go get some some help applying it.
I hope you enjoyed this post and gain some comfort from our Top Arthritis Treatment Guide. If you try the suggested holistic remedies I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment in the thread below or contact me directly by clicking here.
You may also like to read my post on Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Arthritis.
Please do let me know if you try out top arthritis treatments and your experience with them.
Plus also I’d love your feedback or let me know if you are aware of any other arthritis natural remedies that should be added to our top arthritis treatment guide.
- 1Oral administration of Aloe vera gel, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory herbal remedy, stimulates cell-mediated immunity and antibody production in a mouse model
- 2Effect of Eucalyptus Oil Inhalation on Pain and Inflammatory Responses after Total Knee Replacement: A Randomized Clinical Trial
- 3Impacts of Green Tea on Joint and Skeletal Muscle Health: Prospects of Translational Nutrition
- 4Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Curcumin in the Inflammatory Diseases: Status, Limitations and Countermeasures
- 5Efficacy and safety of willow bark extract in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: results of 2 randomized double-blind controlled trials