Joint and knee pain are incredibly normal and the cause can be many different factors.
Illness, arthritis, bursitis, measles, mumps, and hepatitis are some of the possible causes.
But because our joints absorb the impact of almost every activity, they can also get tired out of overuse.
Whatever the cause, joint and knee pain typically occurs when the region is inflamed by the body’s immune system.
The good news is that a diet rich in certain herbs will reduce chronic inflammation and make the joint pain worse.
They recommend experimenting with each one – unlike many over – the-counter medications, there are almost no side effects from their use unless you happen to be allergic.
You’ll also love the fact that using these herbs has many benefits, particularly, beyond joint care!
Aloe vera is perfect for so many illnesses, sunburn most of all. But we’re here to tell you that is good for the joint and knee pain too.
Aloe has an astounding 75 active components, two of which are in fact natural pain relievers (aloin and emodine).
It also provides plenty of anti-inflammatory compounds to re-flow the blood through those sore joints.
A lot of people like to rub aloe gel into sore joints, but you can also take an aloe supplement orally.
Aloe Vera Capsules are simple to choose from and easy to take and aloe vera juice is mild in taste and perfectly mixes with smoothies.
Just make sure to choose an aloe product which the International Aloe Science Council has accredited as safe.
Note that people who take diabetes medicine, diuretics, or laxative stimulants should talk to a doctor before beginning an aloe vera routine.
Eucalyptus is used for pain in many topical treatments, as it is a natural analgesic. Eucalyptus leaves contain tannin that decreases swelling, and relieves inflammation-related pain.
This is one plant that we don’t recommend you eat as the fresh leaves are poisonous when eaten by humans.
Nevertheless, the eucalyptus oil is great for rubbing on sore joints.
Eucalyptus could actually help even if you just smell it.
The strong smell of menthol is unmistakable and studies have shown that merely sniffing the stuff will bring relief. If you have never used eucalyptus before, do a skin test on your forearm before using it all over.
Any hives or rash suggests an allergic reaction.
The only safe way if you want to try eating eucalyptus is to get specially dried leaves and make them into tea.
Ginger is a healing spice which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.
Through increasing blood circulation and reducing pain it helps with joint and knee pain thanks to its active ingredient, gingerol.
The ginger benefits to rheumatoid arthritis patients are quite exciting.
But that is just the start.
Scientific studies have found that ginger can also reduce bad cholesterol, increase blood sugar levels, protect the heart from disease, minimize the cancer risk and enhance brain function.
And, because it tastes great, it is super easy to take. In cooking, you can use it dried, powdered, fresh or in oil form, or just swallow a capsule if you prefer.
Green tea is a super healthy beverage that does great things in the body, such as speeding up fat burning and enhancing brain function.
But for our purposes, you will be pleased to learn that green tea has been extensively studied in relation to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and is a strong anti-inflammatory.
Green tea is super easy to make from tea bags or loose leaves and as a bonus you can also improve the benefits by adding other herbs to your drink to relieve pain.
All ginger and aloe are good additions to green tea.
You may also want to play with adding green tea concentrates to other meals, or take it in tablet or tincture form for the ultimate convenience.
If you like curry you’re familiar with turmeric’s distinctive taste.
Not only is this yellow spice very tasty but it has been used for hundreds of years in folk medicine as well.
Research is only starting to catch up, but tests have established that a compound called curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric.
Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory, capable of relieving joint and knee pain.
Work in rats has shown that curcumin can in fact delay rheumatoid arthritis progression. Even if that isn’t the source of your discomfort, simply reducing inflammation will help you alleviate them.
When eaten, turmeric is most powerful, but that’s cool, because it tastes so good. If you don’t care about the taste, or just don’t want to eat it everyday, choose a capsule.
Cinnamon is another potent spice capable of improving the overall health.
It contains many compounds that are associated with reducing existing inflammation and can also neutralize free radicals that have a propensity to intensify it.
As a result, this reduces your chances of cellular damage and chronic illness.
Certain reported benefits of cinnamon include reduced diabetic blood sugar, and heart disease and cancer safety.
Seeing benefits doesn’t take much–just a sprinkle on toast each day or your latte can bring relief.
You can also buy cinnamon capsules but if you take blood thinners or have liver disease, talk to your doctor first.
Rosemary (along with its pal sage) contains similar anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds.
Both are great for relieving joint and knee pain. However, rosemary also has something called rosmarinic acid, which reduces inflammation as well as soothes skin afflictions, reduces stress, stimulates hair growth, and improves blood sugar.
It may even suppress Alzheimer’s disease! Rosemary has a sweet and slightly piney taste that goes wonderfully with roasted meats and veggies.
If you want to cook with it, try dropping a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to your cooking oil for a couple of minutes before adding the rest of the food.
Of course, dried rosemary is also delicious to sprinkle on food during the cooking process, and you can get a tincture, essential oil, or capsules for days when you don’t plan to cook with it.
Herbs are an excellent way to get the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds you need to relieve joint and knee pain.
It doesn’t take very much to see results and they taste great, too.