I have joint pain in my wrists, elbows, hips and knees I have a degenerative condition in my knees which makes running impossible and climbing stairs sometimes painful.
Since I don’t have health insurance and using alternative therapies has helped me in the past, I decided to not only pay attention to information which was coming my way regarding the anti-inflammatory effects of certain herbs and foods, but to give it a try!
When I’m more stressed out or tired my body seems to produce more Cortisol which as I understand, is at the root of many inflammatory diseases and conditions.
Likewise, certain foods seem to act as triggers too… Those being alcohol, any type… Shellfish (shrimp etc.)
Gently exercise such as walking helps to a certain degree by helping to get my blood moving to remove the Cortisol and other byproducts from my body.
What have I tried in the way of herbs or supplements seems to help? I’ve heard a lot about turmeric, ginger, lemon, garlic, onion and frankincense as being wonderful in anti-inflammatory and immune system boosters.
When I take turmeric capsules I feel relief after a few days, and it continues as long as I take them.
How long do we need to take these supplements for? Well, as long as our bodies are producing Cortisol and other chemicals which hurt our joints, we need to counter those effects, so of course one needs to keep taking them since our bodies are very efficient at producing those chemicals!
What are the things which are working for me?
I have found information which shows that making a tea with some of the above components helps my joints and my immune system… So I’ve made tea with sliced organic lemons and sliced fresh ginger (which I freeze), to which I’ll add some raw honey. Sometimes I’ll break open the turmeric capsules (one or two) and mix it in. Apparently adding a few dashes of black pepper (for the capsicum) enhances the effects of the turmeric many times! It’s okay to eat the lemon pieces after they’ve soaked, rind and all! There’s apparently many more vitamins and micro-nutrients in the rind!
More recently I’ve been trying out frankincense water, which I make by adding a tablespoon of small frankincense tears (I ordered them online… The smaller pieces are less expensive since I’m not needing large pieces to burn for incense) to a glass jar of water which I place in a pan of water (a water bath) and boil it until the pieces dissolve, making the water milky whitish.
This method produces a more concentrated solution from the traditional way of preparing frankincense water, which is to pour boiling water over a few pieces in a glass jar.
I add a few teaspoons of this solution to juice or coffee to mask the strong flavor. I heard its best to start with a little bit to see how the body reacts to it. It’s only been a week since I’ve started using frankincense water.
Here’s a great blog site where you can get awesome info: Direct quote from: http://livingtraditionally.com/got-health-problems-drink-frankincense-water-make/
Frankincense is a fragrant plant resin that comes from the Boswelllia sacra tree found in Africa and the Arabian peninsula, including Yemen and Oman. Frankincense possesses analgesic, anti-arthritic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, tonic, vulnerary properties.
Scientists have found that there is some agent within frankincense which helps stop spreading of cancer. It induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. According to the latest studies,
“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted. It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be. “Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”]
The Apothecary’s Garden is also a wonderful source of information and a source to purchase various types of Frankincense resins: https://apothecarysgarden.com/
What are the positive effects I’m seeing with frankincense water?
Based on using Frankincense Olibatum gum, which is one of the multiple types available: Well, it’s only been a week, but an under skin rash I’ve had on my forearms has been reduced, the itching has lessened. My joints at feeling less inflamed and I feel I can push myself a little more with my walking.
I’m trying out different things to help my system. I like to switch things around, because frankly, I get tired of the same tastes all the time!!
Side note for RA: a friend who has severe and crippling RA has been using turmeric and pepper for the past few months has reported that he has a marked decrease in pain! That’s huge, when many of the medicines he’s on decimate his immune system, creating more symptoms!
So that’s my little take on using some of these natural remedies!!
I’ve just ordered some Boswellia Sacre Frankincense, so I’ll see if this helps the issue below which I’m dealing with!
I have some painful spots on my back which look exactly like the precancerous growths my second husband had, and I’ve heard that frankincense will go inside the affected cells to help the body to heal… So I have a few reasons to try these solutions and see how they’ll help me!
Peace and thanks,
“Always believe something good will happen” – Unknown
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