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Home Remedies for Alleviating Arthritis

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

Useful Arthritis Folk Remedies

1. Apply Ginger Compress.

Ginger Root
Ginger Root

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.

Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne Pepper


  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • Two heaping teaspoons of cayenne powder (or 15 grams)

  • 1/2 ounce of beeswax


  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 Arthritis

  • 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

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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