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Different Home Remedies for Joint Pain
Learning new ways to treat joint pain can bring great relief if you’re in a major disaster that lasts years, rather than days. Some of the treatments are also a good alternative to more potent prescription drugs, particularly if you have side effects. These suggestions are not meant as a recommendation, nor do I have any medical training. They’re just suggestions for preppers who want the added advantage of being able to grow and prepare their own medical solutions when the supply of over-the-counter and prescription medications deplete.
1 Consider growing turmeric, a spice root from India.
Turmeric has so many medicinal applications since it’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant, anti-depressant and antioxidant. It has been recently studied as an aid to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, can reverse insulin resistance for type II diabetics, provides relief for Crohn’s disease, helps regulate cholesterol and is a powerful pain killer. As an anti-inflammatory, it’s a great addition to your herbal medicine cabinet. The root is ground and used for spices and medicinal purposes. It’s the curcumin it it helps relieve inflammation that causes joint pain. If you live in a warm climate, you can grow your own outside, but for those who experience cold winters, growing it in a container and moving it in during the winter is best. If you’re taking any blood thinner, turmeric should not be used unless you consult your health care professional first.
2 Ginger is another warm climate plant used for the root.
Ginger is another miracle herb that comes form India. It contains gingerols and shoagaols that have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It’s great for arthritis, heart conditions and treating digestive properties. (Your mother or grandmother may have provided ginger ale when you had a stomach ache when you were young. It works quite well!) The root is the part you use for the benefits and you can grow it outside with a root starter or inside if you live in a cold climate.
3 Get moving and do exercises to relieve the pain.
Whether you have stiff joints or are recovering from an injury, getting back to tip-top shape can be a long process. Certain exercises help improve range of motion, while others can build strength. Studies show that exercise can help arthritis pain and is a necessary component of healing after an injury.
4 Soak in Epsom salt or spray it on to get relief.
Soaking in Epsom salt has long been a solution to aching muscles and joints. You can also spray it on to the area, but half the relief comes from the warm soak. It’s not really salt but magnesium sulfate that first was discovered in the healing waters in Epsom, England. The magnesium helps relax the muscles and relieve the stiffness and pain. Stock up on this. Not only is it good for sore muscles and joints, it’s a great addition to the soil for tomato plants and an excellent laxative.
5 Drink dandelion tea and black strap molasses tea.
Both of these help with painful areas, but for different reasons. Dandelion tea or dandelion leaf salad (made from the young leaves of the dandelion) increase your vitamin C and A intake, while also providing anti-inflammatory properties. Black strap molasses is calcium, magnesium and potassium rich that help improve muscle tissue and bone strength, while decreasing joint pain.
6 Many of the remedies for sore backs and headaches work for joint pain.
Capsaicin from chili peppers, peppermint, holy basil and white willow bark are all powerful pain killers and anti-inflammatory herbs.
While all the ideas on this page may be ones someone might use for long term emergency situations, they’re just for information and not medical advice. Always do your research and talk to your health care professional before taking any herbal remedies. They potentially could react to present medication or cause an allergic reaction.