Its National Arthritis Awareness Week!
We often take the freedom of movement for granted, until it becomes limited. For most people, the main cause of this comes in the form of arthritis. Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. There are two main types of arthritis, Osteo is the most common types that damages the cartilage, joints and bones. This type of arthritis usually comes with age and is associated with wear and tear over the years. The second type is Rheumatoid Arthritis which is caused by the immune system attacking the joints as if they were foreign tissues.
Arthritis is often treated with medication & pain killers. However, some medications have unwanted side effects. If you want to try more of a natural approach to relieving arthritis pain, there are some really effective at-home methods you can try.
*Always consult your doctor before trying any remedies.
Take Turmeric – Turmeric consists of a very powerful and active antioxidant called curcumin which is responsible for reducing the levels of enzymes that cause inflammation. Curcumin is the KEY active ingredient that reduces inflammation.
Epson Salt Bath – Epsom salt is high in Magnesium so by adding it to a bath can raise magnesium levels in the body. This may help the body dispose of lactic acid, which may rid the body of aches and pains. Simply add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a warm full bath and Soak at least 12minutes to 1 hour.
Exercise – When it’s painful and difficult just to move, the last thing you feel like doing is getting up and exercising. However, exercise is vital for those who suffer from any form of stiffness, joint pain, or arthritis. Exercise will help control weight (an excess of which puts more strain on your joints) and strengthens the muscles that support the joints.
Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil – Peppermint and eucalyptus is a natural remedy for arthritis as it provides a soothing relief against discomfort and can ease the pain caused by arthritis. Mix 5 to 10 drops of peppermint oil & eucalyptus oil together with 1 to 2 tbs of olive oil (carrier oil). Massage this oil blend onto the joints whenever they ache to help soothe your pain.