Certain spices have long been used as home remedies and for good reason – they worked. But as medical science advanced and created lotions, potions and pills that promised relief from arthritis pain and stiffness, kitchen spices fell out of favor and were viewed as only having the ability to flavor food, not be a potent home remedy. Spices contain powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and phytochemicals that work together to reduce pain, swelling and other discomfort associated with arthritis. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the spices also make food taste better, so spice up your food and loosen up those stiff joints.
Cayenne naturally heats up muscles and joints from the inside out when added to food. The spice also pain signals the brain sends out to joints. Topical arthritis cream containing cayenne can be purchased and applied to painful joints if you don’t like the flavor.
Ginger is a well-known nausea aid, but it also warms up painful joints from the inside out to help ease arthritis pain and is especially beneficial for those whose arthritis pains worsens during cold weather. Ginger also inhibits inflammation that attacks joints and helps stop pain before it starts.
Drink ginger tea made from freshly grated ginger, try a daily ginger supplement or apply ginger essential oil topically to painful joints.
A few sprigs of rosemary added to a favorite recipe can help loosen joints and ease pain, Rosemary contains antioxidants and phytochemicals that reduce inflammation and act as a natural pain reliever. If you don’t like the flavor of rosemary, add few drops of rosemary essential oil to warm bathwater and soak aching joints or massage the essential oil into sore joints.
Saffron is a powerful antioxidant that relieves arthritis pain and inflammation. Make a cup of saffron tea and drink or massage saffron essential oil directly into sore joints.
This spice fights inflammation, reduces swelling and helps stops further cartilage damage caused by arthritis. Use turmeric to make curry dishes a few times each week or add a turmeric supplement to daily diet for arthritis pain relief.