Arthritis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the joints in our body, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness. This disease is common among elders and is usually treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. But there’s also a more natural way to help alleviate symptoms. Ginger is not only known for its use in cooking, but it also has been used for centuries to treat various conditions in the body. The following are ways you can use ginger to relieve aching joints caused by arthritis:
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Add fresh ginger to your everyday meals. Use it in a finely minced form and sauté it in hot oil with the rest of the ingredients. Ginger also makes a great addition to meals such as stews and soups for its smell and taste.
Drink one cup of ginger tea a day. Add one teaspoon of fresh grated ginger to hot water or put 3 slices of ginger in a cup of boiling water. This tea is not only soothing to the stomach, it also has potent anti-inflammatory agents that are beneficial to patients suffering from arthritis.
Drink ginger ale made from fresh ginger. Mix 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup freshly grated ginger, and bring to a boil. Allow to cool, then strain the ginger. Add 1 cup lemon juice and 1 liter chilled club soda. Pour over ice and enjoy!
Massage the aching spine or joint with ginger massage oil. Mix 6 drops of ginger, 4 drops of jasmine, and 2 drops of orange essential oils into a bowl and mix thoroughly before applying to the affected areas. Alternatively, you can also use fresh ginger root and place it in a warm compress before applying directly to the painful joints to reduce the pain and inflammation.