With the cold and damp of winter many people feel their joints stiffen and seize up. Whether this is due to the start of arthritis caused by a lifetime of wear and tear, or due to a particularly nasty tackle on the rugby field last Saturday, herbs can be of enormous support to reduce pain and inflammation.
Two of the most potent and well-researched herbs to use topically (on the skin) for joint pain, sprains, injuries and bruising are Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) and Arnica (Arnica montana). These herbs are both powerful natural anti-inflammatories, and have been shown in clinical trials to:
Comfrey’s common name in days gone by was ‘Knitbone’, pointing to its then well-known ability to improve healing. Massaging Comfrey and Arnica into the skin over a painful or swollen area promotes bloodflow and allows the herbs to penetrate into the affected tissues. These herbs can be found in combination in SprainAway Cream.
Internally, herbs such as Ginger (Zingiber officnale), Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsium) and Peppermint (Mentha piperita) are well known for promoting circulation, a key action to warm cold stiff joints. Ginger and Kawakawa are both also excellent anti-inflammatory herbs. While pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories can have potentially damaging long-term side effects in the body, these herbs promote health; it could even be said that they have beneficial side effects! For example, they will also help with digestion and bloating and Ginger & Kawakawa Tonic is the ideal product.
Using herbs both internally and externally for joint pain, sprains or strains helps to not only reduce the symptoms of pain and swelling, but also to improve healing, easing inflammation from the inside and out.