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13+ Natural Anti Inflammatory Herbs and Homeopathic Remedies
The best natural anti inflammatory herbs
Homeopathy for joint inflammation and arthritis
Inti-inflammatory herbal teas
Topical remedies for joint inflammation and arthritis
Joint inflammation is one of the most common causes of rheumatoid arthritis. It is painful and extremely discomforting. But the most worrying thing about his ailment is that if not treated in time, it continues to deform the joints leading to severe stiffness and immobility.
Unfortunately, traditional medicine treats arthritis with varying results, and many cases of rheumatism lead to a chronic joint inflammation.
So, here are my suggestions for an alternative healing of this serious health problem. The optimum natural treatment of arthritis should include a balanced anti-inflammatory diet, (see part 1 and part 2), homeopathy, herbal remedies, poultices, and salves.
We have already discussed the recommended diet plan for joint inflammation, and now it is time to delve deep into the natural remedies.
The best natural anti inflammatory herbs
The turmeric root is probably the most popular and accessible anti-inflammatory spice we can use for alleviating joint pain. The key component in this rhizome is a substance called curcumin which gives turmeric its unique color and healing properties! Due to its popularity as a medicinal food since ancient times, turmeric has been thoroughly studied and here’s what traditional medicine has confirmed! Regular usage of curcumin extract (not just regular turmeric powder) can significantly lower the chronic inflammation and the subsequent swelling, and sooth the joint pain. The key thing to remember here is that this precious spice is hard to be absorbed by our digestive system. So, it is best to be combined with piperine (found in black pepper – take a look at #6) to take advantage of the healing properties of both herbs! Also, do not forget that turmeric is an excellent metabolism booster – you can check all the top herbs and spices suitable for natural weight-loss HERE!
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As you can see turmeric and ginger usually go hand in hand when it comes to naturopathy and healing properties! Both rhizomes are visually very similar and can be used in combination for the same purposes – fighting inflammation in the body, soothing general back and arthritic pain, blood thinning, lowering the bad cholesterol levels, speeding the metabolism, etc. But there is one advantage to preferring ginger over turmeric – the pale yellowish root powder is an excellent spice for improving your digestive system and alleviating all kinds of gastro-intestinal issues – nausea, diarrhea, flatulence, increased appetite, etc. Use ginger extract only after a consultation with your doctor!
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This is probably one of the most popular spices for desserts for its aromatic properties! This precious powder derived from the dried bark of the cinnamon tree does so much more for our bodies than just adding a delicious flavor. The spice offers us plenty of health benefits as well! It contains large amounts of substances with anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties which protect our cells from damage and prevent from the development of various chronic ailments! Regular consumption of this precious spice also supports the cardio-vascular system with a chemical called cinnamaldehyde – it is known to regulate the NF-kappaB proteins (improper regulation of these proteins is linked to the development of some serious ailments like cancer).
Cinnamon is also a wonderful addition to any healthy weight-loss diet plan due to its magnificent blood sugar level regulating abilities. You can read more about this in the article dedicated to all the wonderful metabolism-boosting herbs and spices => 19+ Best Herbs for a Slow Metabolism (Metabolism Boosting Herbs and Spices)
Remember that there are several types of cinnamon extracts. Each of them can offer these benefits to our bodies to various degrees, but the most potent one is considered to be the Ceylon cinnamon variety (Cinnamomum verum or True cinnamon tree). The wide-spread commercial type we usually buy form the grocery store is the less-potent Cassia!
Here’s another very simple and wide-spread kitchen product which can serve double duty as a healthy superfood! This aromatic food is extremely important when dealing with cardio-vascular and infectious diseases (for example in cases of arthritis pain as a result of a viral infection). To take full advantage of this precious food’s benefits, the containing compound alliin has to have a direct contact with air – this is how the medicinal chemical allicin is produced. In other words, garlic has to be consumed mashed or cut in an uncooked state (raw).
Unfortunately, there are some side effects and counter-inductions for people with an allergy to garlic, those with gastro-intestinal issues, and people taking blood-thinning medications. So, always consult with your doctor before adding more of this wonderful food or in the form of extracts and additives!
Now here’s another tasty spice we often use to upgrade the flavor of our meals. Some people love it; others cannot stand its burning sensation! Nevertheless, the substance called capsaicin which is present in all types of chili peppers (including the cayenne variety) is a powerful compound with proven health benefits. Regular consumption of hot peppers (or Cayenne extracts) can have a positive effect on the whole gastro-intestinal, cardio-vascular, and the musculoskeletal systems with its strong anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-microbial properties! The possible applications of the Cayenne pepper range from strengthening the whole organism and improving our natural immune system, to boosting the digestion, improving the blood circulation, and alleviating joint and muscle pain!
And in addition, this precious food can be a wonderful detoxing agent and a powerful metabolism booster! In my book Complete Body Cleansing I have described the cleansing procedure using chili peppers, maple syrup, and more!
But, as usual, when it comes to taking capsaicin regularly, you need to consult with your doctor beforehand. They will guide you through the process of choosing the best natural remedy for your condition while taking into account any possible allergies, existing health conditions, and interactions with any medications!
As you may have noticed, pretty much every spicy food has some kind of anti-inflammatory effect, and the black pepper seeds are no exception! The key component here is the piperine which has shown some amazing benefits in alleviating pain, fighting the free radicals, and soothing the inflammation in the body. To fully take advantage of these medicinal properties, it is best to combine with turmeric (see suggestion #1), and to avoid any thermal treatment (it lowers the effectiveness of the piperine). For this purpose you can use the magical golden milk recipe which is part of my FREE book bundle you can grab instantly!
But the pepper spice can do so much more! It stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid which improves our digestion and increases our bodies’ absorption of proteins and Iron. It is also a wonderful metabolism booster (as mentioned in the previous article), and pepper extracts can be your best ally for effective weight management in addition to a healthy diet plant, and an exercise routine! You can check my book on this topic regarding the HFLC diet plan specially designed for weight loss for women!
This is another very popular spice with intoxicating aroma which is often used in the culinary world. But the clove buds also serve double duty – their medicinal properties have been known to mankind for ages!
The key component in this precious spice is called eugenol and it has shown impressive analgesic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. The clove extract is probably popular in the medical fields for its amazing abilities to improve our oral health, fighting bacterial infections and toothache (some types of local anesthetics in dentistry use eugenol as the main component).
But as far as treating arthritis and rheumatism goes, clove is very useful when applied topically as an oily extract (see the suggestions below). It is one of the most powerful natural anti-oxidants. The clove extract is at the top of the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) with a value of above 290,000 (compared to turmeric, for example, of about 100,000).
Consider adding more of the clove spice in your diet plan (after a consultation with a doctor, of course!) in cases of nausea, flatulence, poor digestion, candida, and more!
They have the same healing and refreshing properties like the Matcha type (mentioned in my previous article on metabolism herbs), but in this case we don’t ingest the leaves themselves.
Actually, there are only 6 types of tea – white, green, yellow, black, oolong, and pu-erh. They are all the same plant (Camellia sinensis), but the processing (fermentation) of the leaves is different. No matter which one you choose, they all have similar beneficial effects for us. Camellia tea is packed with antioxidants – one cup of green tea has more antioxidants than 10 cups of fresh apple juice. The plant is rich in flavonoids and can be a powerful cancer prevention assistant. It also lowers the “bad” cholesterol level, and fights hypertension. This makes it perfect for protecting the heart from various ailments.
Green tea (or any other type of tea made of the Camellia leaves) has been proven to strengthen the bones, teeth, gums, and boost the immune system. (For more powerful immune-boosting herbs and remedies, you can check my ultimate guide Build Your Immune System Fast)
It has antibacterial, antiviral properties, and balances the blood sugar level as well. The skin also benefits from this beverage – green tea protects it from the free radicals, keeping it strong and youthful.
As an anti-inflammatory agent it is best to be combined with other potent remedies like turmeric, black pepper, and ginger for maximum effectiveness!
The little known plant is actually used for its amazing healing properties even since the times of the ancient Roman physician Galen. Nowadays modern medicine confirms the beneficial effects of this plant, especially the extract prepared from its bark.
The special component in white willow is salicin (along with salicortin and other glycosides) – it is a multifunctional substance which is known to treat rheumatic fever and joint immobility, cystitis (for its anti-inflammatory effect), liver and kidney issues, lowers the body’s temperature, etc.
Moreover, this herb is essential for the prevention of cardio-vascular diseases since its effects are similar to these of the aspirin, except the white willow extract does not cause damages to the stomach mucosa.
But again, this may be a natural herbal remedy, but that does not mean it is 100% safe to be taken by everyone! It is not advisable to be applied to kids and teenagers, pregnant and breastfeeding women. Consult with your doctor beforehand and avoid self-medication!
The extract made of the French pine bark (with the registered trademark brand name Pycnogenol®) is showing promising beneficial effects on a wide spectrum of health issues! Clinical studies point to Pycnogenol’s anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidizing, and immune-boosting properties which makes it a versatile natural remedy for all sorts of ailments.
For example, the pine bark extract can be useful when treating gonarthrosis (a degenerative disease of the knee joint), juvenile asthma, and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). The compound is also beneficial for the effective prevention of cardio-vascular diseases, lowering moderate hypertension, improving the blood circulation, regulates the levels of the LDL cholesterol, and maintains a stable blood sugar level (essential for people with a diabetes predisposition)!
But, there are still some precautions you need to take into account! Since Pycnogenol® has an immune-modulating effect on our bodies; it needs to be prescribed by a physician, especially in cases of auto-immune or immune-deficient ailments!
Frankincense is a type of resin derived from several types of plants from the Boswellia family (mainly Boswellia carterii and Boswellia Serrata). Due to the containing terpenes and Boswellic acids (BAs), the frankincense extracts show numerous health benefits and positive effects.
One of the main of these applications is related to the powerful immune-boosting properties of the resin. It has shown promising results in increasing the levels of the immunoglobulins (IgG and IgM), as well as improving the interactions between the T-cells (“killer” cells) in our bodies. These indicators may prove that frankincense can be a powerful ally in preventing cancer development and the treatment of immune-deficient ailments!
But as far as rheumatoid arthritis goes (RA), this natural resin may also be a wonderful addition to the traditional medical remedies! Inflammation is actually a byproduct of our immune system. It can be a result of weak defense mechanisms or a hyper-productive immunity which leads to chronic auto-immune ailments (and arthritis is usually considered an auto-immune disease). That is why natural remedies (such as frankincense) which show strong immune-modulating properties can be extremely useful in such cases! Frankincense oil can be used topically on the affected area diluted in some carrier oil of choice, but (as usual) always consult with your doctor beforehand!
Although this sounds like some kind of an artificial elaborate chemical, resveratrol is actually an extract derived from completely natural sources – the skin of the grapes, a plant called Japanese knotweed, blueberries, pomegranates, dark chocolate, peanuts, etc.
This compound is believed to be at the heart of the so called “French paradox” – the bizarre low amounts of cardio-vascular patients among the French people in spite of their diet which is rich in saturated fats.
This special ingredient which is transferred from the grapes into red wine has been observed to be an excellent antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory agent, an anti-cancer element, and a strong phytoestrogen (this should be taken into account for those with all kinds of hormonal imbalances).
Unfortunately, the amounts of resveratrol in these fruits are relatively low, so if you wish to take advantage of its wonderful benefits, you need to consider adding it as a supplement (after you consult with your physician, of course!). It may not only help you deal with arthritis and chronic inflammation, but also with your weight management, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s prevention, and in protecting the whole cardio-vascular system as well as the brain!
The wonderful benefits of the cat’s claw plant are nothing new – they have been used as far back as the times of the Incas. This powerful medicinal plant is mainly popular even to this day for its immune-modulating properties – it is no wonder that the Uncaria tomentosa extract is a common ingredient in all kinds of flu and cold prevention supplements.
But cat’s claw can do so much more for us! It tones the brain and significantly improves our cognitive functions and our overall health and wellbeing.
And surprisingly, this plant can be a key ally in the treatment of chronic inflammation and arthritic pain. The alkaloids in this precious herb help patients alleviate the pain with little to no negative side effects! Moreover, cat’s claw extracts can also be successfully used in cases of lupus and multiple sclerosis (if the clinical researches confirm its effectiveness!)
Rosemary is a popular spice in the Mediterranean region as well as in French cuisine as part of the commonly-used Herbes de Provence mix. But this beautiful and aromatic spice can serve double duty as a powerful medicinal plant as well!
The rosemary extract is rich in all kinds of bioactive substances like anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory agents! It is a well-known natural analgesic, but it can also be applied for alleviating arthritic pain as well!
A study shows that a simple 15-minute massage with rosemary oil administered regularly during a 3-week span decreased the RA discomfort with approximately 50%. This is huge as compared to the 12% drop in the controlled placebo group! This gives us the opportunity to continue examining the wonderful positive effects of rosemary in treating chronic inflammation and other similar ailments!
Homeopathy for joint inflammation and arthritis
- Rhus toxicodendron 9 СН – this homeopathic remedy is suitable for arthritic cases where the pain amplifies during rest – after long hours of sitting or lying down; in the morning when you wake up, etc. Simply take 5 pellets before bedtime and 5 pellets in the morning as you get up.
- Dulcamara 5 (9) СН – this remedy is valuable for people with arthritic and rheumatic pain which are amplified by humidity and low temperatures. Take 5 pellets every 3-4 hours until the symptoms subside.
- Radium bromatum 9 (15) СН – this substance is recommended for advanced stages of the degenerative processes in the joints, especially in the lower back area (Spondyloarthrosis). Take 5 pellets daily.
- Causticum 9 (15) СН – this homeopathic remedy is for people with decreased joint mobility. Take 5 pellets daily for several months – it may take 2 months for the first evidence of recovery to appear.
- Calcarea fluorica 9 (15) СН – this remedy is extremely valuable for all types of osteophyte (bone spurs) development in the body. The condition is very serious – degeneration of the cartilages causes our bodies to produce bone tissue which over time severely decreases the mobility of the joints (known as ankylosis).
These homeopathic remedies are merely a suggestion! Remember to consult with a certified homeopathic doctor for a full and personalized prescription!
Inti-inflammatory herbal teas
Remember to consult with a doctor or a certified naturopath before applying these herbal remedies!
- Burdock and Restharrow
Boil 1 Tbsp. burdock root with 1/2 Tbsp. restharrow in 2 1/2 cups water for 5-10 minutes. Next, take the infusion off the heat and add 1 Tbsp. willow bark. Cover the pot with a lid and let the herbs steep for 15-20 minutes. Next, strain the infusion and divide into 3-4 portions for the day. This tea will help you recover the tissues and sooth the pain.
- Lovage for coxarthrosis (damaged cartilages and joint tissues)
Soak 1 Tbsp. dry lovage (Levisticum officinale) in 2 cups hot water for 10 minutes. Take this tea for at least 2 weeks until you see improvements.
- Potent rheumatic tea
You need the following ingredients: 1/2 Tbsp. cornflower blossom (Centaurea cyanus), 1/2 Tbsp. calendula blossom, 1/2 Tbsp. juniper fruits, 1/2 Tbsp. buckthorn bark, 1 Tbsp. elder blossom, 1 Tbsp. stinging nettle leaves, 2 Tbsps. willow bark, 2 Tbsps. birch leaves, 2 Tbsps. field horsetail.
Mix the herbs well and store them in a glass container with a tight lid. To prepare the tea, take 3 Tbsps. of the herbal mix and soak it in 2 cups hot water for 10 minutes. Next, place the infusion on the stove and bring it to boil. Finally, strain the tea and take 1 cup of the hot infusion 2-3 times a day.
- Common lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)
The herb can be used not only for treating all kinds of female health problems, but also for all kinds of joint atrophies – arthritis, rheumatism, joint inflammation, coxarthrosis, ankyloses, etc. Take 1 tsp. of the dry herb and soak it in 1 cup hot water until it cools off to body temperature. Drink 2-3 cups of this tea and combine it with shepherd’s purse tincture. This brings us to the next set of remedies – the topical ones.
Topical remedies for joint inflammation and arthritis
- Shepherd’s purse tincture (Capsella bursa-pastoris) –
this is a very common herb. It is considered a weed, but it holds enormous power for restoring the health of our joints. It has helped numerous “incurable” cases of arthritis and joint inflammation. If you cannot find this remedy in the pharmacies, fear not – you can easily prepare it at home. Take some of the herb with all of its parts (leaves, blossoms, stems) and place it in a glass jar. Do not jam-pack the jar! Cover the plant with 38-40° grain alcohol (whiskey, vodka) to fully submerge it. Put the lid on and place the tincture in a sunny room for 14 days. Rub the affected areas with this solution several times a day and drink the lady mantle’s tea.
- Mustard poultice – this remedy is excellent for counteracting the joint inflammation and increasing the blood flow to the ligaments. Take 1 part mustard flour (or crushed mustard seeds) and mix it with 1 part regular flour. Add 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar and some lukewarm water to form a thick paste. Place the mixture in a piece of cloth or cheesecloth and apply on the joints. Leave it to work for 10-20 minutes until the skin starts to flush. Do not leave the poultice for too long or it will irritate and burn the skin!
- Comfrey ointment – take 3 1/2 Tbsps. Common comfrey roots (Symphytum officinale) and grind them in a kitchen chopper or a coffee grinder. Next, mix them with 1/2 cup lard (or shea butter) and blend them well. Apply the ointment in the evening on the affected areas and cover them with a woolen cloth. Leave it to work all night and remove in the morning.
- Clove oil – clove oil has powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Take 5 1/2 Tbsps. ground clove buds and mix them with 1 cup olive oil. Heat the mixture in a double boiler on very low temperature for at least 2 hours. Next, strain the infusion and massage the painful zones for several minutes. Leave the oil to be absorbed completely. Again, this remedy is best applied in the evening. If you wish to amplify this remedy, add several drops lavender and juniper essential oils to the mix and blend well.
A while ago a reader contacted me for some suggestions in terms of alleviating rheumatic pain with proper nutrition and natural remedies.
Here is a part of my reply in case it is useful for all of you suffering from this discomfort!
“I believe that there are a couple of commonly used substances that cause chronic inflammation and could trigger an arthritic flare, such as white sugar, white flour (gluten can also be a problem), and surprisingly – refined vegetable oils and virgin ones heated above body temperature (sunflower oil, pumpkin seed, grape seed, etc.). These fats easily oxidize and are packed with Omega 6 fatty acids. When the balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 is disturbed (largely in favor of the latter), this may cause a serious case of chronic inflammation.
You may want to consider adding more healthy fats to your diet plan (coconut butter, ghee, organic grass-fed cow butter, olive oil, even lard) or add some high-quality Omega 3 supplements (after consulting with your doctor first). Just recently, my mom had a serious case of chronic inflammation although she was eating mostly plant-based food and the situation was getting worse. Now after adding Omega 3, things are getting way better without changing anything else.
Also, lots of people report significant relief by doing regular cleansing. It could be this one here (if you haven’t seen it yet) or it could be as simple as water fasting for a day, or taking lemon water, herbal teas, anti-inflammatory detox drinks, etc. It is a matter of experimenting and checking how your body feels.
Another useful thing you may want to consider is Primrose oil (again, after consultation with a doctor). It contains a substance called gamma-linolenic acid and this is the only type of Omega 6 fatty acid which is considered beneficial to people with inflammation and arthritis. You can check the following study=> https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1913008/
The best thing I love about Primrose oil is that it is awesome for us women! It helps with regulating our hormones, soothes PMS, reduces hormonal acne, breast tension, etc.! I believe there was a study pointing to the direct link between Estrogen and arthritis.
As far as the classic anti-inflammatory foods, I am sure you are aware of the power of turmeric. I would like to suggest the golden milk recipe you can find in the freebies I sent you. Of course, to use curcumin as a powerful arthritis remedy, the dosages have to be much larger. So, if you consider adding a turmeric supplement to your diet plan, make sure you consult with a doctor or a qualified naturopath. This is a powerful substance which interacts with certain medications, such as blood thinners. So, stay safe!
Another thing that comes to mind is homeopathy. It is a controversial topic, but in my experience, sometimes it helps in cases where traditional medicine fails. And the reason is because homeopathy works with the subtle connection between our minds, our emotions, and our bodies. If you are interested in this stuff, you can go to a professional homeopathic therapist and get a personal prescription.
What I have learned from a renowned Bulgarian naturopathic doctor are these two main remedies:
Rhus toxicodendron 9CH – in cases where the pain and stiffness comes from lack of movement – 5 pellets first thing in the morning and 5 pellets before sleep.
Dulcamara 5 or 9 CH – in cases of arthritic flares caused by cold and humid environment – 5 pellets every 3-4 hours.
And finally, speaking of the link between health conditions and our minds and emotions, there is something I would suggest you consider. Are you under a lot of stress? Are you living in a toxic environment? Are people around you aggressive towards you or highly critical? Are you aggressive towards yourself or too self critical?
I have noticed in my life that the constant pressure, emotional pain, and the stress overload coming from the outside world often cause me to fall ill. To me, it is very unusual for a young girl to have arthritis. And from my personal experience I know that sometimes this is the physical manifestation of the emotional trauma I am experiencing.
If that’s the case for you, you may want to consider making some changes in your life, in your physical environment and the people around you.
Actually, there is a system I found 5 years ago which gave me all these answers – how to make such changes and how to make the right decisions. Who are the correct people for me? What foods are right for me, etc.? I keep experimenting with it and I am constantly amazed by my revelations and results.
It is called Human Design and it is a sort of a mixture between astrology, I Ching, Quantum Physics, Spirituality, the Law of Attraction, etc.
It is very practical and it gives you day-to-day exercises and guidelines to get in touch with your inner intuition and your best decision-making strategy. It is mind-blowing!
I personally have been using this system for a while and the results are amazing – I finally understand how my energy and my inner gut feeling work!
I truly believe that Human design will give you the necessary tools to find your place in the world, not only in terms of health and wellness, but also in personal relationships, maintaining high energy levels, physical capabilities, career and finances, etc. It also has a specific section on your best strategy in terms of food, digestion, and nutritional style.
If this resonates with you, you can check out my favorite Human Design books for beginners to get you started!”
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The Arthritis and Rheumatism Diet Plan (Part 1)
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How to Deal With a Bulged Disk (Part 2)
More Herniated Disk Natural Remedies (Part 3)
Stay tuned for more health articles!
‘Till next time!