7 Best Herbs For Treating Arthritis

Have you been dealing with arthritis for a long time?

Are you looking for something that can reduce inflammation and ease your pain?

Also, do you prefer natural remedies?

Here are the 7 best herbs for treating arthritis that will help you keep your problem under control.

So, make sure that you try them out and you will see the results!

Note: This guide is based on my own research on treating arthritis.

1. Ginger

Do you like to eat gingerbread?

I know, this is a dessert specific to Christmas, but it contains ginger too.

So, for now, we are talking about ginger and its benefits for arthritis.

I know, ginger is loved by many people because of its benefits and taste.

However, did you know that this root is also good for people who suffer from arthritis?

In fact, ginger has many advantages:

  • has anti-inflammatory properties
  • reduces pain
  • is a natural alternative for anti-inflammatory drugs

Actually, ginger can be a natural remedy for both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. [1]

So, you should definitely include it in your diet.

How can you do that? Well, here you have more options:

  • have ginger tea
  • include it in different recipes
  • add ginger to your detox water

Let's start with the first option, ginger tea.

To prepare ginger tea is pretty easy, you probably know that.

All you need is:

  • 2 tablespoons ginger root
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey

Here are the instructions:

  1. Peel and slice thinly the ginger.
  2. Put the slices of ginger and the water in a pot.
  3. Boil the composition for at least 10 minutes (20 minutes for a stronger flavor).
  4. Remove the tea from the heat and strain it.
  5. Add the lemon juice and honey to it.
  6. Enjoy!

It is as simple as that!

Moreover, this tea is both tasty and healthy for your joints and bones.

However, as you can see this is not the only option available.

You can also include ginger in different recipes like:

  • cakes
  • biscuits
  • soups
  • humus

We still have to talk about detox water.

As you know, detox water is a type of drink that can be prepared with different ingredients.

Here, we can also include ginger.

So, let's see how you can prepare some ginger detox water.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 root ginger
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (optional)

All you need to do is:

  1. Slice the lemon and ginger.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a pot.
  3. Remove the water from the heat and add the lemon, ginger, turmeric, and pepper.
  4. Let steep for 30 minutes.
  5. Strain and drink at room temperature.
  6. Serve with honey.

There are quite a lot of recipes that you can try, right?

Also, this detox water is the perfect drink for a refreshing morning.

So, make sure that you include ginger in your daily diet and you will reduce your pain, I'm sure.


Ginger is an effective remedy for your arthritis, be sure of that.

That's because it has anti-inflammatory properties and it can reduce your pain.

So, all you need to do is to include ginger in your diet (ginger tea, detox water, etc.).



2. Turmeric

You probably know that turmeric can be used as a spice for different dishes.

Of course, it is most commonly used in Indian cuisine.

However, did you know that turmeric is also a remedy for arthritis?

Thanks to its benefits, it can reduce your symptoms. 

Which are those beneficial properties?:

  • reduces pain
  • has anti-inflammatory properties [2]
  • decreases stiffness
  • is helpful for all types of arthritis

As you can see, turmeric is definitely good for your bone health.

So, how can you include it in your diet?

Well, as usual, you have more options.

You can include it in different dishes, you can prepare some tea or some detox water with it.

Let's see in what recipes you can add turmeric:

  • soups
  • hummus
  • rice
  • focaccia
  • pancakes

There are quite many recipes in which you can include turmeric, right?

Yet, if you want to benefit from all its advantages, it is better also to drink some turmeric tea.

How can you prepare it?

Well, first of all, let's have a look at the ingredients that you need:

  • one 2-inch numb or fresh turmeric (there's no need to peel it)
  • 1 cup water 
  • 3-4 lemon or orange slices
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Here are the instructions:

  1. Slice the turmeric into thin rounds.
  2. Put the turmeric slices in a saucepan and add water over it.
  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then maintain a gentle simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Pour the mixture through a mesh sieve into a mug.
  6. Serve with lemon/orange slices and some honey.
  7. Serve hot.

For this tea, you can also use turmeric powder if you want.

Either way, you will drink a tea that is beneficial for your bone health.

If turmeric tea is not for you, you can try preparing some detox water.

For this recipe, all you need is:

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of water
  • honey (optional)

Let's see how you can prepare it:

  1. In a saucepan, put a cup of water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Take another cup and add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice.
  3. Add the warm water to the mixture.
  4. If you want a sweet drink, you can also add some honey to it.
  5. Enjoy!

Of course, if you want to see good results, you have to consume turmeric regularly.

This is quite easy to do because you have so many options from which to choose.

If you follow my advice, I'm sure that your bone health will improve.


Turmeric is not only an ingredient for numerous recipes – but also a good treatment for you.

As ginger, it can reduce your pain and stiffness and it is helpful for all types of arthritis.

So, make sure that you drink turmeric tea regularly or you include turmeric in your detox water.



3. Licorice

Licorice has long been used for treating different conditions.

Also, it is known as a great ingredient for drinks and foods because of its sweet taste.

Moreover, it is also used as a sweetener for sugar-free drinks.

I bet you didn't know this information.

Of course, these details are interesting, but right now we are talking about arthritis, right?

So, let's see how licorice can help you reduce your symptoms:

  • eases the inflammation caused by arthritis [3]
  • has antioxidants properties

So, licorice is definitely one of the best herbs that you can have.

How should you include it in your diet?

Well, as licorice is a natural sweetener, you can use it as an ingredient for more recipes.

Here we can include:

  • candies or caramels
  • ice cream
  • cupcakes

Of course, you can also add licorice to your favorite sweets.

Yet, it is better to drink licorice tea. In this way, your results will be better.

How you should prepare it?

Well, firstly, let's see what to need:

  • 1 tablespoon of licorice root tea
  • 8 to 10 ounces of water
  • honey (optional)

Here you have the instructions:

  1. Pour the water into a saucepan.
  2. Bring the water to a rapid boil.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the licorice tea.
  4. Steep the tea for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the roots and pour the tea into a cup/mug.
  6. Add sweetener (if desired) and enjoy.

How much tea should you drink per day?

Well, one cup is the recommended amount that you should drink.

In fact, you should be careful with licorice.

Why is that?

That's because in high dosages, licorice can be toxic.

So, make sure that you don't consume more licorice than the recommended amount.

Moreover, there are some precautions that you should be aware of:

  • licorice tea can increase blood pressure
  • it can interfere with some medications
  • it's not recommended for people with heart diseases

Thus, keep in mind that licorice can trigger some side effects, even though it is effective.

Consume only the recommended amount and you will be safe.


Licorice can also help you manage your symptoms like pain and inflammation.

So, you definitely need to drink licorice tea regularly.

However, make sure that you consume it carefully because it can trigger some side effects.



4. Boswellia

What is Boswellia? It is a resin herbal extract from the tree with the same name.

Strange as it might sound, this extract can actually help you with your arthritis. [4]

How come? Well, Boswellia has many benefits.

From those, we can mention the following:

  • has anti-inflammatory properties
  • can reduce your pain
  • improves knee-joint function

Actually, Boswellia is one of the most effective herbs when it comes to arthritis remedies.

The question that remains is: how should you use it?

Should you eat Boswellia or should you use it externally?

Actually, you can use it both internally and externally.

Internally, Boswellia can be taken as a supplement.

In facst, many over-the-counter supplements contain Boswellia extract.

If you want to use it externally, you can try Boswellia essential oil.

As you probably guessed, you need to massage your body with this oil.

However, before doing that, Boswellia oil should be diluted with a carrier oil.

What carrier oils can you use?:

  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • almond oil
  • jojoba oil

As you can see, there are many oils that can be used as carrier oils.

So, in order to make sure that you know how to use Boswellia oil, I will give more instructions.

Then, let's see the instructions:

  1. First of all, you need to dilute the Boswellia oil with a carrier oil (almond, coconut, or olive oil).
  2. So, add 2-3 drops of Boswellia oil to 20 drops of carrier oil.
  3. Apply the mixture to your skin.
  4. Massage the area for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Allow the oil to soak into your skin.

How often should you use this treatment?

Well, if you want a fast and effective result, you need to repeat it daily.

Is this a safe remedy?

Well, it doesn't trigger significant side effects, so you can surely try it out. 

Thus, make sure that you give it a whirl and you'll see the results. 


Boswellia is a herbal extract that can also be used as a treatment for arthritis.

It can improve joint-knee function so that you will be able to enjoy your favorite activities.

Thus, you can either take a supplement based on Boswellia or use Boswelia oil for massage.



5. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is another effective remedy for your arthritis.

Actually, many over-the-counter creams for joint pain contain it.

So, it is quite effective when it comes to bone problems.

How does it work?

Well, eucalyptus oil has many benefits:

  • can reduce inflammation
  • eases your joint pain

How should you use it?

You need to massage your body with eucalyptus oil.

However, before you use it make sure that you dilute it with a carrier oil.

What carrier oil can you use? Well, you can choose from the ones that I mentioned already:

  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • jojoba oil
  • almond oil

How should you use it?

Well, here are the instructions:

  1. Dilute the eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil (almond, coconut, or olive oil).
  2. Add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil to 20 drops of carrier oil.
  3. Apply the mixture to your affected area.
  4. Massage the area for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Allow the oil to soak into your skin.

Of course, if you prefer, you can also use a cream that contains eucalyptus oil.

How often should you massage your body?

You should do that at least one time per day. Don't skip a day without massaging your joints.

If you do that, you will surely have good and satisfactory results.


Eucalyptus oil can be used for massaging your joints and knees as well.

That's because it can also reduce inflammation and pain.

However, before you apply it on your skin, you need to dilute it with a carrier oil.



6. Arnica

You probably heard this name before, haven't you?

Arnica is a herb that is used for various health problems.

In fact, it is also known as an effective treatment for arthritis, for different types of arthritis even.

Why is that good for your bone health? Well, that's because it has many benefits:

  • eases your pain
  • reduces swelling
  • works as an antibiotic

Actually, the effect of arnica is so strong that it is used only externally.

So, this time you don't have to drink some tea or some detox water.

You only need to apply some cream with arnica extract on your skin.

In fact, many products contain arnica extract – like:

  • gels
  • creams
  • tinctures
  • oils

Do I need to give you more instructions about how to use these products?

I don't think so.

That's because they are pretty easy to use. You only need to apply them to the affected area.

If you do that, you will see how fast your pain will disappear.

Are there any precautions when it comes to arnica?

Well, arnica should never be applied on open wounds.

Why is that?:

  • arnica is quite toxic, I already told you that
  • if you apply arnica on open wounds dangerous substances might enter your body.

As they are toxic, we don't want this, right?

So, make sure that you follow my instructions accordingly.

In this way you will benefit from all the advantages that arnica has and your bone health will improve.


Arnica is one of the most effective treatments for arthritis.

Its effect is so strong that it can only be used externally.

So, make sure that you use a qualitative cream with arnica extract.



7. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is another plant that is loved by many people.

It is so helpful for many health problems.

For this reason, there are many products on the market that contain aloe vera.

Even many beauty products are based on aloe vera.

However, how is this related to our topic, arthritis?

Well, aloe vera is an effective remedy for those who suffer from arthritis too.

How come? Well, it has so many benefits:

  • relieves your pain
  • soothes inflammation
  • alleviates your symptoms

So, aloe vera is a herb that you definitely need.

How can you use it, internally or externally?

In fact, aloe vera can be used in both ways. 

Internally, aloe vera can be consumed in various forms:

  • juice
  • pills
  • powder

Actually, you can even prepare yourself aloe vera juice.

All you need is:

  • an aloe vera leaf
  • water

Here are the instructions:

  1. Peel the aloe vera leaf by cutting away all of the skin, revealing the aloe gel center.
  2. Make sure that you remove all the yellowish latex.
  3. As aloe vera has a bitter taste, you need to give it a good rinse.
  4. Put the aloe vera into a blender and add water over it.
  5. Blend the two ingredients.
  6. Now, you can add different flavors to this juice (honey, lemon juice, etc.)
  7. Enjoy.

If you don't want to prepare this juice yourself, you can buy different products that contain aloe vera.

Also, aloe vera juice should not be drunk for more than 3 weeks.

If this juice is not your cup of tea, you can apply aloe vera locally.

Of course, you can either apply the gel directly on your skin or choose a product that contains aloe vera.

The choice is yours.

Yet, I advise you to use it on your skin because it has a stronger effect like this.

Thus, aloe vera surely is one of the most effective remedies for joint pain and arthritis. 

So, it definitely deserves a try!


Aloe vera is another effective remedy for all types of arthritis.

Thanks to its properties, it can relieve your pain and inflammation.

So, all you need to do is to drink aloe vera juice or massage your body with aloe vera gel.



My Final Verdict

Do you suffer from arthritis?

Are you looking for some natural remedies that can help you manage your symptoms?

Here are the best herbs for treating arthritis:

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Licorice
  • Boswellia

Give them a try and I'm sure that you will manage to keep your symptoms under control.

Moreover, not only your bone health will improve, but also your overall health.

What are you waiting for?

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Sara is passionate about health, beauty and cosmetics. She likes to do research and to find new information about various medical topics. You can connect with her via Linkedin.

Last updated: February 16, 2023

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