Home Remedies for Alleviating Arthritis

Useful Arthritis Folk Remedies

1. Apply Ginger Compress.ginger

Ginger is a fantastic anti-inflammatory. Begin by making a ginger tea. You can either use fresh ginger or dried tea bags. Then dip a clean cloth into the tea and apply to affected area. Cover with dry cloth to hold the heat in. Replace as needed.

2. Use Cayenne Pepper Salve.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Two heaping teaspoons of cayenne powder (or 15 grams)
  • 1/2 ounce of beeswax

Instructions:

1) Begin by infusing the cayenne into the olive oil over a double burner. Heat the oil and cayenne until it is warm, turn off the heat and let it sit (warmly) for about 20 minutes, then turn the heat on again. Do this for at least one hour to a couple of hours, you could do it for 24 hours if desired.
2) Once the cayenne and olive oil have been infused, strain off the powder through cheesecloth. Reserve the infused oil.

3) Heat the beeswax until it is melted.

4) Stir in the infused oil until the beeswax and oil have been thoroughly melted together and combined.

5) Immediately pour this mixture into jars or tins. (Makes roughly 4 ounces).

6) Let it cool and then label it.

3. Use Cayenne Pepper Liniment.

Instructions: Steep 1 Tablespoon of cayenne pepper in 2 cups of apple cider vinegar for 2 weeks, shaking daily. Strain. Apply gently to skin.

4. Cabbage leaf poultice.

This old time remedy is said to draw out the pain and has anti-inflammatory properties. Cabbage contains many healing elements including sulfur.

Instructions: Take an outer leaf of cabbage, lightly crush it to release the juices and apply to affected area.

5. Honey & Vinegar Elixir

Try drinking 2 teaspoons of raw honey and 2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of warm water. Repeat 3 times per day. Potassium in the vinegar dissolves the calcium.

 

Foods Good for ArthritisCayenne Pepper

  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Raw string beans
  • Celery seed
  • Cherries
  • Hawthorn berries
  • Blueberries
  • Turmeric
  • Shot glass of Aloe juice (Aloe Herbal Force is my favorite) 10 minutes before a meal
  • Minimize foods high in oxalic acid (beet greens, Swiss chard, spinach). Eliminate nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, green pepper)

 

Herbals for Arthritis

The herbs listed below are available in the tincture form. Work with your herbal practitioner to help you find the best choice for your particular condition.

  • Agrimony
  • Black Cohosh
  • Cayenne
  • Prickly Ash
  • Sassafras (warms joints, increases circulation)
  • Solomon’s Seal (adds lubrication)
  • Gravel Root (helps dissolve deposits in joints)
  • St. John’s Wort (particularly useful arthritis in the hands)
  • Stinging Nettle
  • White Willow Bark
  • Turmeric Root

5 Essential Oils for Fatigue

Need an Energy Boost, Try an Essential Oil

The Natural Way to Healthier Living

If you are just looking for a quick boost of energy during the day or you suffer from chronic fatigue, essential oils can help.

To get beneficial effects apply the oils topically to the temples, back of the neck and feet. Also, diffuse into the air to get the benefits of aroma therapy.

Here are some of the top 5 oils that can give you that extra energy you need to get you through the day.

1. Peppermint.

This oil is great for relieving mental fatigue.basil

2. Rosemary.

For a highly stimulating oil that helps clear the head, aids memory, and a great brain stimulant try Rosemary.

3. White Fir.

White Fir is known to stimulate the mind while allowing the body to relax.

4. Basil.

Basil is a mental stimulant that is uplifting and helps sharpen the senses.

5. Lemon.

This refreshing scent can perk you right up because it promotes physical energy.

Himalayan Salt Lamps

Himalayan-Salt-LampsAre you looking for a natural way to create a soothing environment in your home or office? A Salt Lamp may be just the answer. Besides looking good, Himalayan Salt Lamps (or tea lights) are one of the best natural transmitters of negative ions and help provide air cleansing effects to help purify the air. Usage of salt lamps has shown to reduce pollutants such as pollen, mold spores, viruses, bacteria, smoke, carbon monoxide, chemical odors, electromagnetic pollutants, and is even said to make the air smell better. Come and check out the selection of these products at The Lamb Shoppe.

What is Electromagnetic Pollution?

It is a type of pollution we cannot see our touch. This is invisible electromagnetic frequency waves that come from electronic devices such as cell phone towers, microwaves, television, cordless telephones, computers, Wi-Fi, iPads, and cell phones. Some of us are more sensitive to it than others. Sadly, every day we are exposed to and bombarded by this “electro-smog” and it can result in harmful and toxic effects on our body.

Just What are Negative Ions Anyway?

Negative ions are simply oxygen atoms with an extra electron. Ions are charged particles formed in nature when enough energy acts upon a molecule. The negative ions are known to neutralize free radicals, revitalize cell metabolism and enhance immune function. In addition, they purify the blood and balance the autonomic nervous system, helping to promote deep sleep and healthy digestion.

A Bit of History

For centuries, people around the world have used salt caves to give relief for common respiratory ailments such as asthma, allergies pneumonia, hay fever, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Interestingly, in Europe over the last few years, people are again turning to salt caves for relief of ailments. Experts are creating new salt caves for healing therapies.

How Salt Lamps Work:

The concept is really quite simple. First, as the Salt Lamp is heated (by being plugged in or tea light burning) it attracts humidity to the surface due to its chemical composition. This warming causes slight moisture on the surface which, in turn, creates a buildup of negative ions that are released into the air. These negative ions bind with harmful positive ions that come from televisions, computers, Wi-Fi, cell phones and so on. The process then neutralizes the electromagnetic pollution and you have purified air.

Salt Lamps have been known to:

  • Help relieve symptoms of asthma.
  • Support healing of sinusitis and other common allergies.
  • Provide migraine and other types of headache relief.
  • Enhance serotonin levels in the blood.
  • Improve mood.
  • Beneficial results of a Himalayan Salt lamp are also noted in the treatment of attention-deficit disorder (ADD), anxiety and other related issues.

10 Healthful Reasons to Start Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning

lemon 2aAdd Lemon Water to Your Daily Routine

Sometimes it is the simple things that make a big difference. If you are looking for an easy way to make an impact, try starting each day with a glass of warm lemon water. It is cleansing and has wonderful healing effects on the body. Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning is a great way to start out the day. Although lemons taste sour and you may guess they would be acidic, they are one of the most alkalizing foods.

Just keep in mind that if lemon juice when comes directly in contact with the teeth, it may destroy the enamel on the teeth, just like certain other beverages including kombucha. So drink the lemon juice diluted in water and also rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking lemon juice.

How to Make Warm Lemon Water

This takes just a couple of minutes. First, heat up some water to a lukewarm temperature. You can use an electric tea pot or heat up the water on the stove. Avoid using a microwave (By now, I hope most of you do not even own a microwave oven anymore).

Cut an organic lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a glass. Pour in the warm water. Stir and drink.

Variations: Add fresh ginger root or cayenne pepper for even more kick.

Take a look at what lemon water can do for you:

1. Helps flush out toxins by stimulating the liver

2. Balances pH levels by alkalizing the body

3. Hydrates the body

4. Strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute

5. Aids digestion and encourages the production of bile

6. Helps with acid reflux

7. Benefits the skin

8. Helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

9. Reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees because it dissolves uric acid

10. Contains rich amounts of vitamin C

Headache Relief 101

Beat Headaches Without Pain Killers.

IMG_1582Many of us reach for pills to relieve the pain from tension headaches. But keep in mind that acetaminophen (aspirin) can cause liver damage over time and ibuprofen can even cause heart problems. So, the first choice should be to try natural therapy and only as a last resort, turn to the drugs. Natural remedies often help alleviate tension headaches without the potentially dangerous side effects of over-the-counter drugs.

In holistic and functional medicine, we always look at the whole picture and try to determine the cause of the illness so we can approach the situation to correct the problem, rather than a band-aid approach. The sensation of pain is usually the result of blockage of flow in the body. In this case, tension typically causes the blood vessels to become constricted and this, as a result, is manifested as a headache.

 

Here are 10 suggestions to try to control headaches naturally:

1. Drink more water.

Researchers at Mayo clinic found that many headaches are caused by dehydration. Most of us didn’t need a research trial to figure this one out, but one of the first things to do when you get a headache is to rehydrate your body with good, clean water.

2. Reduce stress.

According to Brian Seaward, author of The Mindy-Body-Spirit Connection, stress is responsible for over 80% of all illnesses. By deep breathing, especially when you feel a headache coming on, can relax the body and thwart a full blown headache from happening.

3. Exercise.

Bringing oxygen and blood to the brain through excise may often prevent or take care of headaches.

4. Watch out for triggers.

Whether it is certain foods, situations, or habits, keep a watchful eye to pinpoint what sets off headaches for you. Common factors to watch for include: eye strain, poor posture, stressful circumstances, or food intolerances and allergies. Examples are florescent lighting, hypoglycemia, medications, high blood pressure, MSG, aspartame, etc.

5. Take Supplements.

Taking certain supplements my extremely helpful. Here are some to consider:

  • Magnesium, 250-500 mg up to three times per day for tension headaches and 800-1200 for migraines.
  • CoQ10, 300 mg will help to oxygenate your blood.
  • Vitamin B2, 400 mg for prevention
  • Vitamin D/Fish Oil. A deficiency in this vitamin may be a trigger for you. A remedy that has been clinically effective is taking 1 tablespoon of a high quality fish oil (with omega 3) an hour for 3 hours. High levels of  omega 3 fatty acid provides dramatic anti-inflammatory properties.
6. Try Essential Oils.

Soothe away the pain with essential oils. Peppermint oil massaged into the neck, applied at the temples and hairline often provides relief. Lavender oil can be inhaled or topically applied at the temples and the base of the nose. Other oils to try include Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Wintergreen or Basil.

7. Use Herbs.

Several herbs can provide amazing relief for headaches. When selecting an herb for the headache, always go back to the cause and identify specific symptoms/tissue states and/or the organs affected to best match the person to get the best results. All of the following herbs are used in the tincture form unless otherwise indicated.

  • Feverfew contains parthenlides, a compound that dilates blood vessels that help control the constriction of blood moving in the head.
  • Ginger, an anti-inflammatory, will often work in the same time it takes aspirin to kick in. Try making Ginger tea by chopping 1 inch of a fresh ginger root steeped in hot water for 15 minutes.
  • Lemon Balm or Linden Flower may relieve stress headaches.
  • Blue Vervain and Black Cohosh work great for headaches that involve tension in the neck and shoulder region.
  • Burdock Root is effective for frontal type headaches.
  • Yarrow may relieve headaches that are a result of constricted blood flow to the brain.
  • Cayenne is a well known remedy for cluster headaches.
  • Others possibilities include Willow Bark, Wood Betony and more. Consult an herbalist to help you decide which herbal remedy is right for you.
8. Hydrotherapy.

Alternating between hot and cold water may be very effective. A longtime remedy is stand or put your feet in the hottest water you can stand. This technique increases the blood flow to the lower extremities, relieving the constriction in the head region. Others have used very cold water for the feet and then put a hot rag on the back of the neck. Experiment and see what may work for you.

9.  Acupressure Points.

This type of therapy has been around for centuries. A good spot to try is to pinch the skin in between the thumb and forefinger. Sometimes you can just feel the headache melt away while applying this pressure. Also consider massaging the foot guided by a reflexology chart.

10. Chiropractic Adjustment.

Very often a misalignment may be the root cause of the headache. Proper adjustments may give you immediate relief.