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6 plants that can help with rheumatism, arthritis and cold pains

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When temperatures start to drop, pains rekindle for those who suffer from rheumatism, arthritis, bone and joint aches. Even in these cases nature can come to our aid… here are 6 useful plants:

Meadowsweet

Olmaria, or Spirea Ulmaria, is a very important herb for human health. Its active ingredients constituted the starting point for the creation of aspirin. Its properties:

  • inflammatory
  • diuretic
  • antispasmodic
  • antirheumatic
  • cleansing
  • astringent

Generally, it’s used to relieve rheumatic pain, but also feverish and flu states. Its flowers can be consumed as an infusion, but tinctures are also available.

Ginger

Ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It can be used both as an essential oil that can be massaged onto one’s body and as a herbal tea. For massages, just combine 4 drops of ginger essential oil with a spoonful of sweet almond oil and apply on the inflamed areas in a circular motion.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb is also a useful plant for rheumatism and pains. By pounding some of its green stems and adding an equal amount of sugar, you can obtain a useful pain relieving extract. You can also add lemon juice to this solution, let it sit for 48 hours and filter it out in order. The resulting solution can be taken in the amount of one teaspoon 3-4 times a day.

Blackcurrant

Blackcurrant is one of the most effective natural antihistamines. It is also useful for reducing inflammation. The type and method of administration really depends on your necessity:  for example, tincture is often indicated for rheumatisms, while macerated currant can be great for allergies.

Devil’s claw

Another important plant used to treat painful conditions related to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and various inflammatory states. The plant’s special properties are found in its root, which contains natural anti-inflammatories.

White willow

White willow bark is a natural remedy mainly appreciated for its salicin content. Salicin has useful properties against fevers, inflammation, gastric disorders and various forms of pain. White willow is indicated to counter back pain, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory conditions such as bursitis and tendonitis. It can be taken in the form of a decoction along with birch leaves.

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