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Friday, December 31, 2010

Grow and Harvest Your Own Arthritis Remedies

There are a couple of easy to grow plants that are reputed to relieve arthritis pain. I'm up for that! The first, rose hips, can be found in most people's yards. Hips are the fruits that follow the rose flower and contain seeds for future bushes. If you didn't go crazy with the pruning shears, you should have some about ready to harvest. Heirloom roses are the best if growing rose hips is the goal. The studies I've seen on line used powdered rose hips to treat arthritis. I don't know if I'll break out the dehydrator or just enjoy a cup of rose hip tea each day. The tea sounds nicer.
The second plant can be made into an oil to rub on aching joints. Comfrey can be grown just about anywhere, I think. I had the same success with it in north Florida that I have in northern Michigan. It grows rampantly. Take a quart jar out and fill it up with leaves. Dig up some of the root, too. Chop the leaves and the root (after washing, of course) and return it to the jar. Fill the jar with cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Set in a dark place, like a cupboard, for one to three months. Strain and rebottle in some nice or official-looking dark glass bottle. Sunlight degrades the potency. If you discover that you have more than enough for your own use, bottle the excess to give as gifts to friends with aching joints.

1 comment:

  1. Some herbal remedies for arthritis that we put in our healing balms include balm of gilead (spring buds of cottonwood or balsam poplar). They reduce inflammation and swelling and give pain relief, too. You can pick them anytime after leaf drop in the Fall until leaf break in the Spring. I just put them in olive oil, as you suggest for comfrey.

    St. John's Wort blossoms heal the underlying joint inflammation and reduce nerve pain -- the shooting pain that starts in your joints and travels up your hands. You pick them in full bloom in midJune to midJuly and let them steep in Olive oil for two weeks. The oil turns ruby red when its ready to strain.

    I harvest rose hips, too, but not for arthritis -- for vitamin C. You can make syrup and jam with them for winter vitamin boosts. http://fiberarts.ca/blog/2011/10/04/rosehips-for-free-vitamin-c/

    Enjoyed your blog.
    Chris

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