Joint pain is a rather common condition across the world. There are many causes of pain in the joints, but the two most common are injuries in the joint area and arthritis. The latter is a degenerative condition that causes the joints to ache and become weak over a period of time. While this pain can occur in virtually any part of the body where there are joints, the most common areas are the shoulders, the knees and the hip joints.
The pain at the joints is varied, and may range from mild to extremely severe. Some of the symptoms that accompany joint pain include stiffness of the affected joints, swelling, tenderness and fluid accumulation. It is important to note that while there are natural remedies available for the treatment of joint pain.
Severe pain over a prolonged period of time warrants medical attention in order to diagnose and treat the condition with accuracy. Additionally, if any of the symptoms that accompany joint pain persist for more than three days, it is advisable to get checked by a medical doctor. Mild joint pain however, can be managed with any of the natural remedies listed below.
1. Hot and Cold Compresses Used Alternately:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Hot compress, cold compress, and two clean towels.
At the core of using this remedy alternately is the need to make the best of both the heat and the low temperatures in the management of joint pain. Heat is an excellent natural remedy as it improves the circulation of blood as well as helps relax tensed muscles and sore joints. Cold compress on the other hand, goes a long way in decreasing inflammation associated with joint pain. It also has the advantage of numbing the area around the painful joint, effectively eliminating the sensation of pain.
NOTE: The use of the heat compress is not intended if the joint area is inflamed or irritated. The cold compress on the other hand, is not recommended if you suffer from blood circulation conditions.
- Place each compress in its own towel and wrap carefully. This is critical for you because it prevents skin damage that would occur from allowing the compress to come in direct contact with the skin.
- Place the hot compress on the aching joint and leave it on for between three and five minutes.
- Take the cold compress off the joint and immediately replace it with the wrapped cold compress for two minutes.
- Repeat this alternation for 20 minutes until the pain in the joint subsides. you can repeat this procedure as often as is required, keeping in mind the restrictions provided for both the hot and cold compresses.
2. Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 5 Drops of peppermint oil, 5 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 tablespoons of your choice carrier oil (almond or olive oil), dropper, and a dark brown glass bottle.
Mixing peppermint and eucalyptus oil affords users the medicinal benefits of both oils. Peppermint oil has a cooling effect that numbs the pain in transient, effectively soothing the joints. Eucalyptus oil on the other hand has long been used for its anti-inflammatory properties. When combined, this oil mixture is applied topically to ease the joint pain.
NOTE: This natural remedy is not intended for internal or oral use as it is toxic. Do not apply on broken skin either.
- Mix the peppermint and eucalyptus oils and blend well to get a homogeneous mixture.
- You will then add the carrier oil whose main purpose is to dilute the mixture and reduce the chances of skin irritation.
- Transfer the mixture to the dark brown glass bottle to avoid the degradation of the oil structure which would only impede the efficiency of the natural remedy.
- Using a dropper, collect some of the remedy and apply to your aching joints.
- Massage for a few minutes to allow the effects to set in.
3. Turmeric and Ginger Tea:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Half teaspoon of turmeric powder, half a teaspoon of ginger powder, 2 cups of water, a strainer, and honey to taste (optional).
Turmeric and ginger tea make for a top natural remedy in the management of joint pain as both ingredients are anti-inflammatory in nature. Turmeric contains an active compound known as curcumin which is not only a great antioxidant, it also has the capacity to reduce pain by inhibiting the action of enzymes in the pain signalling pathway. Ginger on the other hand contains gingerols. These are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that help get rid of the inflammation that is characteristic of joint pain. The two ingredients work in synergy to give you relief from the pain.
- Transfer the two cups of water to a pan and bring to boil.
- Add the ground ginger followed by the turmeric and stir for a minute.
- Let the tea simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture and collect it in a cup.
- Add the honey and stir. Drink this at least twice daily until the pain in the joint is eliminated.
4. Epsom Salt Soak:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Half a cup of Epsom salt, a big bowl, and some warm water.
Epsom salt constitutes Magnesium sulfate which is the active compound in this home remedy. The most wonderful thing about this remedy is that it is a natural compound collected from specific deposits across the world. The presence of Magnesium continues to endear the salt to many users in the natural management of pain, making it a wonderful option for the home treatment of joint aches.
- Place the Epsom salt in the large bowl and proceed to add the water.
- Stir the salt to allow it to dissolve.
- Soak the affected joints in the Epsom bath if possible.
- If it is a little uncomfortable to do this, say for the hip joint, you can take an Epsom salt bath. Simply place two cups of the salt in the bath and run warm water. Soak in this bath for at least 20 minutes to get relief from the pain.
5. Increase Your Daily Magnesium Intake:
Time Required: Varies and is dependent on the choice method of magnesium intake.
What You Need: Magnesium oil/supplements or foods rich in Magnesium.
The human body requires Magnesium in order to function normally. Incidentally, magnesium is not synthesized by the body and must therefore be obtained from external sources. The importance of magnesium cannot be overlooked; it not only offers relief from pain, it also plays a critical role in muscle relaxation. The two functions are important in the natural treatment of joint pain. In cases where the affected joints are painful as a result of arthritis, the magnesium enhances the process of bone mineralization. There are several ways to increase one’s Magnesium intake. You can choose to use magnesium oil topically, increase your dietary intake of Magnesium or make use of supplements.
- Place three drops of the Magnesium oil on the affected joints and massage for proper absorption. Do this twice daily.
- Take the Magnesium capsules using the prescribed dosage on the packaging. This works best when used alongside increased dietary intake.
Foods rich in Magnesium:
- Take foods that have a high concentration of Magnesium. They include legumes such as beans, different nuts and dark leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach.
Time Required: 5 Min overnight soaking requires at least 10 hours before the seeds can be ingested.
What You Need: Fenugreek seeds, a glass of warm drinking water OR the seeds and water in a bowl.
Fenugreek seeds are a popular natural remedy used in the natural treatment of joint pain. This is largely because the seeds have great antioxidant properties and are anti-inflammatory in nature. As a matter of fact, the seeds have been used since ancient times when they were hailed for their ‘warmth’ and healing powers. The seeds are especially ideal for individuals whose joint pain results from arthritis.
(For this method, it is advisable to get finely ground fenugreek seeds)
- Place a handful of the finely ground fenugreek seeds and swallow whole.
- Follow this up with a glass of water. Repeat this procedure once daily until you get relief from the joint pain.
- Take a teaspoon of the fenugreek seeds and place in a bowl of water.
- Soak the seeds overnight and drain them the following day.
- Eat the soaked seeds, making sure you do this consistently until you notice a reduction in the joint pain.
7. Cayenne Pepper:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Two tablespoons of cayenne pepper, half a cup of coconut oil, warm water, and a warm bath. Alternatively, use capsaicin cream topically.
Cayenne pepper is one of the most effective natural remedies used in the treatment of joint pain. This is because it contains capsaicin, a natural pain reliever with excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that the topical application of a paste containing cayenne pepper relieves pain in arthritis patients. Make use of this kitchen spice to treat joint pain naturally with minimal side effects.
- Place the coconut oil in the warm bath to warm it.
- Once it is tepid, add the cayenne pepper and mix in well.
- Apply the oily cayenne mixture on the affected joint and massage gently.
- Let the oily mixture remain on the joint area for 15 minutes after which you will massage once more.
- Rinse the mixture off with warm water. Repeat this procedure daily until you get relief.
- Alternatively, use capsaicin cream daily by applying topically on the affected joint.
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Two garlic cloves, mustard oil, strainer, and warm water to rinse.
Garlic is one of the most versatile natural remedies. This is because its active compound, allicin, is rich in Sulfur and a special compound known as selenium. The sulfur works by reducing the joint pain and inflammation. Selenium on the other hand, compliments the function of the sulfur. The mustard oil is used as a carrier oil for the garlic.
- Peel the garlic and eliminate the papery layers.
- Mince the garlic so that it is easy to mix with the oil.
- Heat the mustard oil and add the minced garlic to fry well.
- Once the garlic has blackened, remove the mixture from the oil and strain.
- Let the oil mixture cool so that it is warm enough to apply on the skin.
- Massage the oily garlic mixture on the joints and leave on for about 25 minutes. If you have some time to spare, you can let the mixture remain on the skin for a couple of hours.
- Rinse the mixture using warm water. Repeat the procedure twice daily for best results.
Other natural remedies that you can use to manage joint pain with ease include onions for their anti-inflammatory properties, extra virgin olive oil which reduces the inflammation in the affected joints as well as dandelion leaves which have been shown to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. When suffering from joint pain, it helps to massage the affected joints regularly as this soothes the affected area, suppresses inflammation as well as improves stiffness. Use olive/coconut/mustard oils to aid the massage therapy.
It will also help if you engage in moderate exercises.This is because stiffness in the muscles can easily trigger joint pain. Cardio exercises go a long way in managing joint pain. Taking a brisk walk, stretching for a few minutes and doing sit-ups are simple exercises you can do. Note however, that if the pain is a result of arthritis, you need to contact your doctor on the best exercise regimen. Nature is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to heal the body so make the best of the aforementioned remedies.