Arthritis or inflammation of one or more of your joints comes in two main kinds – osteo and rheumatoid with both affecting you in different ways. When the cartilage between the bones wears down it is known as osteo, but rheumatoid is more difficult in that it is mostly caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in the synovial fluid (the engine oil) that is in a small sack between the joints and which in a way lubricates by keeping the cartilage (that protects the bones) from rubbing together.
We make synovial fluid ourselves and having good balanced diet helps in this, but when we get short of it for whatever reason, or when we have an infection, the sack gets smaller and smaller until the cartilage protecting adjacent bones starts to rub together.
Eventually it wears away and in the end the body starts to try and protect itself by growing little bits of extra bone known as osteophites. Left unattended, this can lead to bone loss and our ability to move freely is reduced and it can become painful.
So, what are the alternatives?
Some websites that proclaim the use of turmeric (that has an active ingredient called curcumin that is believed to be a powerful antioxidant) and ginger can help but what’s the proof? Where are the clinical trials to support the evidence – such as it is. Most of the people that I know buy these remedies in health shops and take them in the form of a capsule or even as a nice spicy tea. However, if these remedies were good, people would be singing from the roof-tops. Alternative remedies abound and there are lots and lots of them; many with spurious claims, but let’s talk about three that have some substance.
– Epsom Salt
Epsom Salt is a real old-fashioned remedy that has been used for years. We find it good at drawing out an infection in a cut, if you have a soak in a bath with a handful dissolved in the water. It’s from a naturally occurring mineral known as magnesium sulphate and it got its name from a bitter saline spring in Surrey (near the famous racecourse where the Derby is run annually) and where it emanated from the London clay under the ground that has been used for all sorts of bath salts and beauty products.
We know of athletes who use it to soothe painful muscles and of course it is used in tons by farmers. Perhaps it is an old-wife’s tale, but it’s been used for so long now that it’s value has worth. As a relief for arthritic joint pain, we think it is for you to find out yourself. It’s saving grace is that its only applied topically (on the skin) so unless you really do something silly with it, it should be safe enough to use. Read the label – on the tin – as they say.
– Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed) has been in use for thousands of years. Women used it for hair-care. We eat it, we rub it on our skins. The very texture makes it seem like something that would lubricate your joints and ease arthritis pain, but does it.
A main compound in extra virgin olive oil called oleocanthal that you will find in aspirin. However, not every oil is created equal and sadly there are all sorts of rascals who adulterate the oil before it reaches the shops. We know of instances where the olive crop failed in one country, yet sales of so-called virgin cold-pressed oils continued as they shipped in the back door, slapped their own label of country origin on it and sold it as if it was true.
– Essential Oils – Our Expertise
We have the same problem when we buy the plant-based therapeutic essential oils that we use, but to safeguard us – and you – we demand a gas chromatography test even though we have been buying from the same safe source for years. Some people say that the ripeness of the oil determines the higher the level of the active ingredients and we suppose that it’s a bit like buying good quality butter or cheap stuff that comes from ‘who knows here’.
It’s obvious that the chances of having pure ingredients are better in the more expensive – or at least they should be. Of course, the good folks who live in the Mediterranean use it every day in their food. Some, even as we do, take a tablespoon internally, where a bit like mum’s old cod-liver oil it does seem to help. As for rubbing it on sore joints – well the jury is out on that one.
Joint Ease – Our Best Selling Product
We have sold so many bottles of our best selling Joint Ease since it was launched with some happy customers buying 30 times or more, we know that we have a track record when it comes to easing the troubles of living with arthritis. Is it safe to use? Quite simply, 100% yes. The base of the lotion is made from sunflower oil and water and to this we add a blend of plant-based therapeutic essential oils where we have much expertise.
It’s as pure as we can possibly make it and it is made honestly.
The oils selected as the active ingredients are as safe as can be soureced – anywhere. The proof being that we have had not one letter of complaint to this day. So perhaps you may consider Joint Ease to help you soothe your inflamed joints and become one of our many happy customers.