Treating the Effects of Arthritis Naturally
Whilst Queensland doesn’t get as cold as the southern states during winter, we can still experience a few chilly mornings and nights. Whilst the drop in temperature can be a relief, it’s no joke if you suffer from arthritis.
Contrary to what many people believe, arthritis isn’t a single disease; it actually means inflamed joints and encompasses a range of conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout and fibromyalgia. Sufferers experience pain and swelling in their joints and usually some loss of joint movement.
Around 3.85 million Australians suffer some form of arthritis – that’s about 18% of the population. What’s particularly alarming is the increase in the number of hip and knee replacements.
The likelihood of getting arthritis depends on several factors. Older people and women have a much higher probability of developing the disease, as do those carrying certain gene variations. Early onset can be caused by infections and injuries to joints, obesity and certain occupations involving repetitive movements.
The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing arthritis. There are also much healthier alternatives to convention medication. You may find your doctor prescribes anti-inflammatory analgesics to reduce pain and swelling, or even corticosteroids. However, these treatments can have serious side effects over time.
If you’re looking for a natural alternative, here are some suggestions.
Magnesium in all its forms is extremely beneficial for arthritis. You can take a supplement orally or use magnesium-based sprays and creams. Transdermal Magnesium Oil is particularly beneficial.
Simply spray directly onto the skin to ease muscular aches and pains or add 30ml to your bath or foot soak. Derived from natural condensed seawater, Transdermal Magnesium Oil is a great source of dissolved trace elements and minerals.
Another way to use this miracle mineral is to add Magnesium Flakes to your bath. Magnesium is vital to our health yet is often lacking in our diets. Simply add 1-3 cups to a warm bath and relax for 30 minutes or more. Remember to drink plenty of water afterwards to hydrate.
Magnesium Flakes can help relieve sore muscles and joints, relax the nervous system, boost energy levels, improve your immune system and give you a better night’s sleep.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to treat a huge range of conditions. To enjoy the full effect, it’s very important to always buy 100% pure oils. Here are some oils that have been found to be helpful in treating arthritis.
Before using essential oils, it’s a good idea to consult your healthcare practitioner, especially if you are on prescribed medication.
Peppermint Oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties along with an anaesthetic effect to relieve pain and swelling. Simply mix 5-10 drops of peppermint oil with 2 tablespoons of warmed coconut oil and massage it into the affected area.
The aromatic leaves of Australia’s native gum trees are used to make a very potent oil with strong anti-inflammatory effects. Dilute a few drops of the Eucalyptus Oil in a carrier oil and massage into the affected area.
Who hasn’t heard of Lavender Oil? It must be the most useful essential oil in the universe. It also offers excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and, when applied topically, can dramatically improve the symptoms of arthritis. Most people can use Lavender Oil undiluted. Try it at bedtime for not only pain relief, but also a better night’s sleep.
Ginger works wonders in treating arthritis, both as an oil and a culinary spice. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory containing zingiberene and potent phytochemicals such as geraniol, geranial, neral, borneol and camphene. Add to a carrier oil to massage the affected area and grate fresh ginger into your cooking.
Cayenne Pepper Oil
As the name suggests this is an essential oil that delivers a real punch! The heat from the chillies brings direct relief from arthritis symptoms, as well as reducing pain sensations to the brain. Mix just a few drops of Cayenne Pepper Oil with coconut oil and apply 2-3 times a day for several weeks.