Do you know of someone with arthritis? I’m sure the vast majority of you have a loved one with arthritis or you may yourself be suffering from it and seeking arthritis pain relief. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 46 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis.
The term arthritis literally means “joint inflammation” but refers to a many rheumatic diseases of the joints. These rheumatic diseases cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. This could include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, lupus and many more.
My 85 year old mother has arthritis, and my older sister has it as well. My sister has it so bad that she is thinking she may need knee replacement surgery.
So the other day she came over for weekly Girls Only Coffee Klatz and I said, “Sis, let’s try this easy compress for your knee.”
Listen, she was taking cortisone shots every 3 months and found it helpful but the relief didn’t last for long. She was on glucosamine and chondroitin and taking salmon oil. All good stuff and recommended for arthritis pain relief.
This easy compress I’m about to show you helped immensely for her pain relief – AND it didn’t have all the side effects and inconvenience of cortisone shots!
Here’s what we did:
1. Poured 1/4 cup castor oil (easy to find in drug stores) in a pan and heated gently. Don’t boil.
2. Dipped a cloth in the heated oil until saturated. I would have used cheesecloth but didn’t have any. I just used an old washcloth.
3. Placed the cloth on her knee and then placed a larger piece of plastic wrap over that.
4. Placed a hot water bottle over the plastic wrap to keep the castor oil pack warm.
5. Sipped our coffee and chatted while kids and grandkids ran all around us for about an hour.
6. She stated she felt immediate pain relief and comfort. She continued to experience relief for the duration of our visit.
Just why does a Castor Oil pack work for arthritis?
“Observaional studies done in 2000 indicate that topical application of ricinoleic acid (RA), the main component of castor oil, exerts remarkable analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.” (source)
Not to mention that heat is very good for pain relief!My sister found it very soothing and comforting.
Besides a Hot Castor Oil Pack what you can you do for arthritis pain relief?
Young Living PanAway essential oil blend – my sister has used PanAway rubbed on her knee, also. This is convenient as it can be rubbed on anytime and anywhere without fuss or mess. It has a cooling effect which is beneficial as well for inflammation. I love the smell – it reminds me of Wint-O-Green LifeSavers! Read some other PanAway testimonials below! Amazing stuff!
Alfalfa and Nettle- contains important minerals needed for bone formation and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It can been taken in capsule form as well as in an herbal infusion.
Spices – warmth producing spices such as cayenne, turmeric and ginger are helpful to relieve pain. I sent my sister home with a salve that had cayenne pepper in the list of ingredients.
Herbs – Cat’s Claw and Devil’s Claw (who named these herbs???) have traditionally been used as herbal remedies for arthritis pain relief.
Nutrients that have been used by my sister and my mother and countless other arthritic sufferers are listed here:
Bromelain – an enzyme that stimulates production of prostaglandins which in turn reduces inflammation.
Glucosamine and Chondroiton – Important for formation and strengthening of bones, joints, cartilage and tendons.
Kelp – a rich source of minerals for skeletal health.
Essential Fatty Acids – essential in controlling arthritis pain and inflammation, as well as producing the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.
I’m not saying that the suggestions here are going to avoid a knee replacement but I trust that they will help provide some arthritis pain relief, as it did my sister.
Other essential oil testimonials:
My mother has severe arthritis in her hands. She has been ENORMOUSLY resistant to all alternative therapies, but when I invited her to try PanAway for her arthritis, it immediately provided relief. She has been using it every day now and this is a major victory indeed. It is truly helping her. Jeanice
This is the first year I’ve had Arthritis swelling in the knuckles of my left hand only. I used Cypress, Pine, Panaway, Aroma Siez, Peppermint & Wintergreen, then a hot gel pack last night for 20 minutes. I got through the night without pain, only a slight stiffness. I used all in my arsinal, to test the results, I love it. Tammy
My arthritic knee hurt so bad some times, I couldn’t make it up the stairs after work. Using Panaway, wintergreen, and orthosport provide some relief and greater flexibility. I tried BLM supplement on the urging from my friend. During the third month, my arthritis pain went away and has never returned. My physical therapist is now using BLM as well as several of my other friends all with success. Jim
I have discovered that PanAway has stoped my migraine headaches in their tracks, also have been using it at arthritis points of pain and it is fantastic. I have stopped taking the expensive medication that my doctor had me on (cost was draing financially) and the PanAway takes the pain AWAY shortly after applying and this is not only saving my pocket book, but my relying on medication that damages my insides. I am in love with it! … PanAway have made my days more pleasant. Kristen