Herbal Tea for Arthritis Pain – Top 10 Recipes to Try!
Arthritis is commonly thought of as one condition. However, collectively, arthritis encompasses over one hundred different ailments that all relate to joint stiffness and pain. Symptoms can vary depending on which type of arthritis is present. For instance, in the case of osteoarthritis, gradually worsening pain and stiffness are the most common symptoms. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, however, swelling and inflammation accompany the typical joint related symptoms.
Typical treatment for most types of arthritis includes medications and lifestyle changes designed to prevent the aggravation and worsening of the condition. However, there are some natural remedies that are thought to help combat the symptoms of arthritis as well. Natural anti-inflammatory herbs and natural diuretic herbs are both thought to be useful in this application. These herbs can be brewed into a tea for arthritis, which can provide a soothing and relaxing means to relief. The majority of the herbs can also be combined with one another to provide diversity both in terms of flavor and benefits.
We have compiled a list of the top ten herbs best equipped to make an excellent tea for arthritis. Before experimenting with herbal tea recipes, you should speak to your health care provider, especially if you are taking any medications. Some medications can be negatively impacted by herbal remedies, and some health conditions can be affected by herbs as well. With safety and responsible use in mind, consider one or more of these top ten herbs for arthritis tea use to see if their natural compounds can help alleviate your discomfort.
1. Parsley: The role of diuretics in the treatment of arthritis is still speculatory at best, natural diuretics can help flush out toxins that can contribute to joint irritation and the malformation of healthy cartilage. Parsley is not only a potent natural diuretic and a flavorful addition to a tea for arthritis, it is a safe herb with little to no risk of adverse side effects in most users.
2. Boswellia: The gum produced from these short trees has been used medicinally in ancient medicine primarily for their role in reducing inflammation. The substance is perhaps better known as Frankincense. In the case of autoimmune causes of arthritis, the bosweilla gum may block leukotrienes that can damage healthy joints.
3. Dandelion: Dandelion is a diuretic herb and one that is used both medicinally and in many culinary applications. This plant is considered one of the mildest natural diuretics and is ideal particularly in people where the loss of potassium that can be associated with reducing water is a concern. Like parsley, the diuretic action of dandelion can reduce the irritation of joints and keep healthy cartilage from being at risk. Dandelion is also a perfect herb to use in a tea for arthritis and its popularity in brewed form is well known.
4. Mint: The role of mint (both peppermint and spearmint) in the treatment of arthritis comes in the form of pain relief. In nature there exist many natural pain relievers, which are called analgesics. Mint is not only one of the most delicious of these, but it lends itself very well in beverage form. Not only does it make a tasty tea for arthritis, but it serves as a great option in combination with other growables in herbal tea recipes. Consider pairing it with an anti-inflammatory herb or one with diuretic properties.
5. Cat’s Claw: Derived from a tropical vine, cat’s claw is an herb that is known for boasting immunity and has had a place in Incan medicine for many, many years. While its immune boosting properties are where the vine got its proverbial roots, the anti-inflammatory properties of cat’s claw are what make it a potentially perfect addition to a tea for arthritis, particularly in conditions where swelling is present. Please be warned that cat’s claw may have the potential to over amplify the immune system and in some people in certain cases, pain may be exacerbated.
6. Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus, the favorite food of the cute and cuddly koala bear, has been widely used for a great range of medicinal purposes. Eucalyptus contains tannins, which are thought to be useful in both pain relief and swelling reduction. When combined with gentle heat (as is perfect when tea is brought in to the mix!) joint relief can be furthered.
7. Willow Bark: Long ago, people suffering from inflammatory conditions turned to chewing willow bark to help ease their symptoms. Early studies point to willow bark’s ability to reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis in the back, knees, neck and hips. Further and more prolific studies may show even more exciting benefits to using willow bark medicinally, and it makes n excellent tea for arthritis, although tablet form is also available. While willow bark is ideally used in tea form, it is important to do some research or consult with a health care provider before using it in herbal tea recipes as proper dosage is important to safe use.
8. Cayenne Pepper: Although perhaps best known for culinary use, cayenne pepper has long been used both orally and topically for pain relief. Powerful compounds found inside cayenne can bring about fast pain relief. The powdered form can be used in tea form, although it may impart a notably unique flavor.
9. Marshmallow Root: Marshmallow root bears little resemblance to the poofy, sweet confections that adorn grocery store aisles. And, while the sweet treats can provide joy and satisfaction, they lack the medicinal benefits of the similarly named herbal remedy. Marshmallow root is a natural inflammatory and it has been used for this purpose throughout ancient times. This plant is a great inclusion in a tea for arthritis for its anti-inflammatory benefits, along with its delicious flavor.