Eucalyptus is a readily available remedy that people use for a wide range of conditions. Extracts of eucalyptus leaves feature in topical remedies to treat arthritis pain.
Eucalyptus aromatherapy may help ease the symptoms of RA. Eucalyptus leaves contain tannins, which may help reduce swelling and pain related to arthritis. You can follow up with heat pads to maximize the effect. Use 15 drops of oil with 2 tablespoons of almond or another neutral oil.
Remember to always dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil before use
Be sure to test yourself for allergies before using topical eucalyptus
Put a small amount of the product on your forearm. If there’s no reaction in 24 to 48 hours, it should be safe to use.
Many people use ginger in cooking, but it may also have medicinal benefits. The same compounds that give ginger its strong flavor also have anti-inflammatory properties, studies have found. Some researchers say ginger could one day be an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
ginger can also be used with:
Make tea by infusing tea bags or fresh ginger in boiling water for 5 minutes.
Add powdered ginger to baked goods.
Add powdered ginger or fresh ginger root to savory dishes.
Grate fresh ginger onto a salad or stir fry.
Check with a doctor before increasing your intake of ginger, as it can interfere with some medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin), a blood thinner.
Turmeric is a yellow powder made from a flowering plant. It adds flavor and color to sweet and savory dishes and teas. Its main ingredient, curcumin, has anti-inflammatory properties. It has long played a role in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It may help with OA, RA, and other arthritic conditions.
4. Thunder god vine
Thunder god vine (Tripterygium wilfordii) is an herb. It has long been used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean medicine to manage inflammation and excessive immune activity.
This could make it a suitable treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
5. Green tea
Green tea is a popular beverage. The antioxidants it contains may help fight the inflammation that occurs with RA or OA
You can take green tea as:
powder (matcha) for sprinkling on food or adding to smoothies
While scientists have found evidence that extracts or specific components of green tea may have an effect on arthritis, it’s unclear whether the concentration of active ingredients in a cup of tea will help relieve symptoms.
That said, it’s likely to be safe for most people. As a beverage, it is a healthier option than some coffees, soda, and other sweetened drinks, as long as you don’t add sugar.
Practitioners of traditional and alternative medicine use Boswellia serrata, also called frankincense, for its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s derived from the gum of Boswellia trees, which are indigenous to India. Results from human trials have suggested that frankincense capsules may help improve pain, function, and stiffness due to OA. However, these were small studies. More research is needed. Doses of up to 1 gram a day of boswellia appear to be safe, but high doses can affect the liver. It’s available in tablet form and topical creams.