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Alleviating Arthritis Pain During Winter

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

If your senior loved one lives with chronic arthritis, then there are some home remedies you may want to encourage him or her to try. Below are some helpful ways Nashville care professionals recommend for easing arthritis pain.

Turmeric and Ginger Tea

Try combining one-half teaspoon of turmeric and one-half teaspoon of ginger in a cup of boiling water. Add honey so that it is sweet enough for your loved one. Then, have your loved one sip and enjoy. Both herbs act naturally as anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that reduce joint pain.

Soak in Epsom Salts

The magnesium found in Epsom salts naturally helps to stop arthritis pain. While soaking a joint in a bowl of Epsom salts may help, encourage your loved one to soak the whole body in Epsom salts in the bathtub. It is easy to make a great soak by simply adding two cups to a tub full of water.

Rub on Extra Virgin Olive Oil

While extra virgin olive oil is high enough in calories that consuming it on a regular basis may be harmful to your loved one’s diet, many people with arthritis find that rubbing it on sore joints helps to lubricate them. Live-in Nashville caregivers should encourage seniors to use extra-virgin or cold-pressed oil as heating the oil destroys the nutrients.

Eating Dandelion Greens

Add a new green to your loved one’s salad with dandelion greens to help keep arthritis pain at bay. Make sure that the greens you choose have not been exposed to harmful chemicals. Dandelion greens can also be seeped to make hot tea if your loved one isn’t fond of salad.

Exercise

As painful as it sounds when it is difficult to move, it is important that people who live with arthritis exercise regularly. Synovial fluid builds up in joints when they are not moved regularly, making them hurt even worse. People who maintain a healthy weight often have fewer problems because there isn’t any excess weight to put pressure on the joints.

Essential Oils

Combine a few drops of peppermint oil and an equal amount of eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil. Then, rub it into the spot where the arthritis pain is present for instant pain relief.

There are many ways to stop the pain of arthritis this winter. While it is impossible to control the barometric pressure changes brought on by cold weather, using one of these home remedies may reduce the pain. You might also contact Home Care Assistance at (615) 656-4999 for more information about arthritis relief and in-home care. In addition to helping seniors age in place, we also provide specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke home care in Nashville that boosts both physical and emotional wellbeing. Let one of our experienced Care Managers create a care plan for your loved one when you call.