Nowadays, Knee pain is very common among older people and can be the cause of many things, from arthritis to injury. The problem could be in the joints themselves, or indicate an issue with the tendons (the cords that attach muscle to bone) or ligaments (which connect the thigh bone to the lower leg bones to stabilize the knee).
When you have an injury in your knee, which can occur quite easily from activities like running, dancing, or even merely putting your foot down wrong, it affects many aspects of daily life and you maybe want to do just about anything to speed the healing. Unfortunately, if you have arthritis, it is incurable and can bother you and cause discomfort for the rest of your life.
But anyway, there are some effective natural remedies that can reduce your pain and improve conditions in and around your knees. Some of these natural remedies you eat, and others you apply directly to the affected knee – for some, you can do both! You can try these remedies alone, in combination with each other, or along with medication from your doctor. They are all gentle and come with no worrisome side effects.
1. Pineapple, cinnamon, and oat smoothie.
The starting point of Wellness is the kitchen, and the proper nutrition does wonders for strong knees, ligaments, and tendons. This breakfast smoothie gives your body a ton of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and it just tastes so good. In addition to the vitamins and phosphorus they contain, the pineapple gives the body a compound called bromelain, which is strongly anti-inflammatory.
The ingredients are: 1 cup cooked oats, 1 cup water, 1 cup orange juice, 3 cups chopped pineapple, 1 heaping teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of honey. If you want, you can also add a palmful of crushed almonds to add more protein, fiber, and vitamin E. Simply add all ingredients except the oats into a blender and get it started on a low setting. Then slowly add the cooked oatmeal with the blender still running and blend until smooth.
2. Coconut oil.
Coconut oil is considered by some as the miracle oil that will help you lose weight, prevent heart disease, and even make you smarter. Although there are many benefits associated with coconut oil, do bear in mind that it is a saturated fat. One tablespoon will net you more than 50% of the daily recommended limit of saturated fat, According to the American Heart Association.
However, our recommendation is that you massage the knees that hurt with it. The fatty acids contained in coconut oil are natural lubricants and are anti-inflammatory. Simply warm your oil a little until it melts into a liquid and rub it into affected areas. The combination of massage, natural lubrication, and lauric acid should loosen up your knee joints and minimize pain.
3. Apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is another natural remedy that everyone uses for nearly everything, and studies are supporting people’s claims. When it comes to knee pain, the alkalizing effect of ACV is able to disband toxins within the knee that may be sparking inflammation. You can benefit from apple cider vinegar by either drinking it or applying it to your knee.
If you chose to drink it, the optimal amount is 2 tablespoons per day. Some people take it straight, while others mix it with water or sweeten it with honey. If you prefer to use it topically, mix your ACV with olive oil and massage the painful knees once per day for at least a week to notice some significant results.
Ginger contains a powerful compound called gingerol, and it is a strong anti-inflammatory compound that lessens swelling as well as muscle pain. Ginger can be eaten or used to massage in the skin. Luckily, it really smells and tastes great! Ginger is effective either fresh or dried/powdered form, so go ahead and spray it into soups, stir fries, and the batter for baked goods.
To prepare a tasty tea, add approximately 2 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger root, and 1-2 tablespoons of honey, to 1 ½ – 2 cups of water. You start by boiling the ginger in the water for at least ten minutes, remove it from the heat, and strain. Then add honey and lemon juice, if you prefer to. Drink it daily! You can also get pre-made ginger oil from the supermarket and use it to massage the painful areas.
5. Sesame oil & lemon.
In China and India sesame oil is used widely for a variety of health problems, both internally and externally. It seems to help prevent muscles convulsions, and for that reason, sesame oil can relieve the pain associated with arthritic or injured knees. You should try massaging it into the joints daily. Also, gently warming the oil provides extra soothing element.
There are people who swear that citric acid is also very helpful to relive joint pain if mixed with sesame oil. Even though there are no studies that do confirm this, anecdotal evidence suggests that it is worth a try. To do this you can simply cut a lemon, dunk the open face of it into sesame oil, and use it to massage the spots where the pain is.
One of the ancient Chinese remedy for knee pain is carrots. Their orange hue is due to beta-carotene, an antioxidant which reduces inflammation. Carrots also contain another powerful anti-inflammatory compound which is vitamin A. When carrots are cooked in hot water the effects seem stronger, however you can also benefit from them by eating them raw. Juiced, chopped, or grated, it’s a wise habit to aim for about two servings daily.
If you enjoy eating or cooking curry, you are, then, already familiar with turmeric, which gives the food that distinguishing flavor. Turmeric is a miracle spice, as studies have discovered that it rivals ibuprofen in terms of its ability to lessen pain. The reason behind this is that turmeric contains a high level of a compound called curcumin, which has been used for ages in holistic medicine because of its anti-inflammatory effects.
Consuming turmeric regularly has even been linked to a lower risk of developing osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis. The spice can be purchased in capsules, then added to all sorts of meals for an exotic taste, or put into a cuppa. Anyway you get it, try to take in some turmeric daily if you suffer from knee pain.
8. Mustard Oil.
Straight mustard oil, even though it sounds like food, is not actually safe to be consumed. (Mustard essential oil, on the other hand, is okay to consume.) After being mixed with milder carrier oil, like olive or coconut, either type of mustard oil can be useful when massaged into painful knees. It is said to promote blood flow and reduce inflammation, thus soothing pain.
To boost the effects, you can add garlic or onion to your mustard oil, cooking gently for about 10 minutes before straining and cooling. Both garlic and onion contain a compound called allicin, which also lessens inflammation.
We motivate you to try all of these natural remedies to get a clear idea about which of them delivers the best pain relief for you. Results depend on the reason of your knee pain, but you are not allowed to exceed the amount of healthy staples on our list. They all have numerous health benefits beyond reducing inflammation. Also the topical treatments can’t hurt. We surely promise less pain, more flexible knees, and better overall health. Just give a try. We hope you feel better soon!