In yesterday’s post, we discussed rheumatoid arthritis. Not everyone is at risk for arthritis, but joint pain is common in most people at some point or another. Whether you’re struggling with the long-term effects of arthritis or simply experiencing soreness in your joints for a few days, it’s always best to know your natural options. 

Whenever long-term pain or illness is involved, it’s a good idea to be hesitant with commercial pain relievers. Ask yourself: do I want to risk a long-term dependency? Do I know what ingredients are in this medication, and how they may effect my body in the long term?

If the answer to those questions is no, you may want to try out some natural remedies. There may not be a complete cure for those diagnosed with arthritis, but regular and safe care can make a world of difference in how you feel each day. For a few all-natural tips, here’s Everyday Roots:

14 Home Remedies for Arthritis and Joint Pain

1. Dandelion Leaves

Incredibly high in vitamins A and C, dandelion leaves can help repair damaged tissue and help the liver clear toxins out of the blood. Studies, although limited, have also shown anti-inflammatory properties due to the linoleic and linoleic acid in them. Linoleic is an essential fatty acid required by the body to produce prostaglandin-which basically regulates immune responses and suppresses inflammation. Because of its involvement with immune responses, dandelion shows great potential when it comes to treating rheumatoid arthritis in particular. You can enjoy dandelion leaves in a nice salad, or brew tea with them.

You will need…

-3 teaspoons of fresh dandelion leaves, or 1 teaspoon of dried
-1 cup of boiling water
-A handful of fresh leaves (if making a salad)
-A dash of extra virgin olive oil (if making a salad)

Directions

For fresh dandelion tea, step 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves or 1 teaspoon dried in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and drink twice daily. Dandelion tea is very bitter…you have been warned! You can add honey to sweeten it up if you’d like. To make a salad, simply toss the greens in with another recipe, or eat them plain with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Older leaves can be gently sautéed to soften them up a bit.

 2. Blackstrap Molasses Drink

High in valuable minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, blackstrap molasses has been a cherished home remedy for arthritis for a number of years. Blackstrap molasses is what remains after the 3rd boiling of sugar syrup, and is nothing like the nutrient lacking refined sugars used today. As a dietary supplement (easily consumed as a drink) blackstrap can help relieve symptoms of arthritis and joint pain, thanks to its vital constituents that regulate nerve and muscle function, and strengthen bones.

You will need…

-1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses
-1 cup of warm water

Directions

Heat 1 cup of fresh water until warm, but not hot. Stir in a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses and drink once daily. Do note that it can sometimes have a laxative effect.\

Don’t forget, there are an additional twelve natural remedies in the original article! Be sure to read up on them, so that over time you can find the perfect natural remedy for your own body. Do you have your own family remedy for arthritis pain? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.