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Joint Health Herbs You Can Grow
Did you know that the solution to your joint pain might be already growing in your garden? It’s true! There is a wealth of research on the traditional use of herbs for anti-inflammatory benefits. Spring is the perfect time of the year to plant a herb garden. What could be more satisfying than harvesting what you need to help relieve your joint pain and arthritis?
Aloe is one of the oldest known medicinal plants, prized for both external and internal use for a wide variety of health issues. Amongst other things, aloe is a natural joint healer, chock-full of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant components. Plus, it contains plant steroids and salicylic acid (closely related to aspirin) that help to decrease inflammation. Aloe can be consumed or applied topically to swollen, painful joints. Aloe is a warm climate plant, so it can be grown outdoors during the warmer months, but move it indoors once the temperature starts to drop.
For all you gardeners out there, maybe it’s time to take a new look at the dandelion. Believe it or not, these pesky weeds can actually soothe arthritis pain. Dandelion roots and leaves have long been traditionally used for their anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. What’s more, this herb is packed with the vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion greens can be used in salads, teas, and even smoothies. They certainly are easy to grow!
If you’re looking to reduce pain and inflammation, add oregano to your list of garden herbs this spring. This medicinal herb contains about 31 known anti-inflammatory compounds, including beta-caryophyllene and carvacrol, substances that help prevent inflammation. A versatile spice, oregano comes in a wide variety of species.
Parsley, a popular addition in many dishes, should be far more than a garnish. This little herb packs a powerful punch of vitamins C and K. Vitamin K benefits bone health, while vitamin C-rich foods have been shown to protect against multi-joint arthritis. Add parsley to your shakes, juices, salads, and soups. While it takes a long time to grow, apparently insects don’t know how healthy it is, as they tend to leave it alone.
Turmeric, the spice that makes curry yellow, contains a very powerful anti-inflammatory chemical called curcumin, and it has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Similar to some medically prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, this potent, anti-inflammatory herb can help treat and manage joint pain, without the harmful side effects. Turmeric has also been shown to help heal arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Plant it indoors now so you can take it outdoors in the fall.
Joint Support in a Bottle
Whether you have a green thumb or not, in addition to these amazing garden herbs, SierraSil®, a pure, natural mineral complex, has been clinically shown to reduce joint pain and inflammation. By supporting gentle detoxification, this amazing supplement can also make all that gardening a lot easier, as it supports cartilage and joint function.
Melissa Carr is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with 15 years of clinical practice and a B.Sc. in Kinesiology. In addition to using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements, biopuncture, and nutrition to treat pain, digestive issues, stress, fatigue, hormonal imbalance, and more, Dr. Carr is also a natural health and nutrition consultant, lecturer, and writer. www.activetcm.com.
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