Old Folk-Home Remedies to Relieve Arthritis and Rheumatism

Old Folk-Home Remedies to Relieve Arthritis and Rheumatism

Arthritis, one of the oldest disease known to mankind, is the inflammation of one or more joints. It occurs in all races at all times. Decline in joint function generally begins at age 30. No one really knows the exact cause of this painful and disabling disease. However, there are two theories:

1. Infection
2. Body’s own defenses go out of line and attack its own tissues

Also experts believe that emotional stress plays a very important role in the cause of arthritis.

The most severe case of this crippling disease is RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. Factors relating to it are fatigue, shock, injury, and exposure to cold and dampness. At times nodules may show up under the skin, around the elbows, wrists and fingers, and occasionally on the ankles. The control of this particular type of arthritis may require the cooperation of a physician, a physical therapist, an orthopedic surgeon, and often the physician who specializes in psychosomatic diseases. Rest is considered one of the most essential factors in treatment which includes emotional rest. Diet need not be too restrictive, but should be rich in animal proteins, calcium and iron adequate in vitamins.

At present, many arthritic patients have been taking aspirins as a temporary pain-reliever with good results in some cases. Some patients also are given physical treatments with heat and water (bathing and whirlpools), finger-tip massaging, and other methods which an expert physiotherapist may use.


Since so many people in this country (over 150,000 a year) are afflicted with this excruciating, deforming disease, many HOME REMEDIES have been tested and used with some degree of effectiveness. Listed below are OLD-HOME-FOLK REMEDIES that have been tried by various people for treating arthritis in general and rheumatism.

– Mrs. G. had arthritis for years until she found relief taking alfalfa tea twice a day.

– Mrs. O. got relief by taking therapeutic doses of vitamins.

– Mrs. B. found relief by taking a tablespoon of fruit pectin in a small glass of cranberry juice every morning.

– Another lady found relief by gently exercising the afflicted joints in tub full of hot water.

– After learning self-control and how to avoid emotional upsets, Mrs. L. found that her pain had greatly lessened.

– Mrs. J.G. was greatly relieved when she eliminated sugar, white flour, macaroni, pie, cake, and sweet drinks from her diet.

– Mrs. H.B. prepared a drink which helped her and consisted of four raw finely sliced beets soaked in a quart of berry wine for one day. She drinks one small glass before meals, three times a day.

– Mrs. G. W. recommends dissolving 4 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses in one quart of cranberry juice and drinking one glass everyday. She also says 100 aspirins dissolved in a pint of rubbing alcohol will relieve sore joints when rubbed on three times a day.

– Mrs. P. takes equal parts of epsom salts, cream of tartar and ground rhubarb root, mixes, fills gelatin capsules, and takes one after each meal.

– Mrs. E.M. says two parts pure olive oil and one part kerosene makes a wonderful liniment to bathe afflicted joints.

– Add one tablespoon cod liver oil to the juice of one orange, whip and drink before retiring.

– Another says rub the aching joints with hot vinegar before going to bed.

– Mr. L. gives this poultice for swollen joints: 2 tablespoons mullein, 3 of granulated slippery elm bark, one of lobelia, 1 teaspoon cayenne. Mix thoroughly. Use boiling water to make paste. Spread on cloth and place on swollen joints. He also recommends oil of origanum, oil of lobelia, oil of capsicum, mixed with coconut oil for a good rub.

– Two teaspoons apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey dissolved in a small glass of warm water taken once or twice a day brings relief.

– Steep six ounces of sassafras root in fifth of whiskey for 24 hours. Take one tablespoon three times a day before meals.

– Steep 1 cup alfalfa seed in 1/2 gallon boiling water for 20 minutes. Strain, put in jar, take small glassful three times a day.

– Mix camphor, methyl salicylate. eucalyptus oil and menthol to make a rubbing mixture for aches and pains.

– Mix fresh carrot juice with equal parts of lemon juice. Take one large spoonful everyday.

– Mrs. C. says Knox gelatin is good.

– Mrs. T. wraps afflicted joints loosely with thin plastic for relief.

– A lady recommends bone meal and Vitamins A, D, and C, 3 times a day.

– Mrs. A’s hands are better after she started drinking sarsaparilla tea.

– Mrs. O. got relief by taking Butazoldin tablets.

– Mrs. H. takes one tablespoon of fresh lime juice in two tablespoons of water nights and mornings.

– Mrs. M.B. says 1 oz. of oil of wintergreen, 3 oz. chloroform, and 12 oz. of rubbing alcohol makes a good rub.

– Mrs. L.N. says cucumber juice controlled her arthritis.

– Contributors to arthritis are: overwork, exposure to wet, cold weather, infectious diseases, poor diet, mental strain, etc.

– After heat treatment, rub down the sore sports with a mixture of 1/2 cup of wintergreen mixed with 1-1/2 cups camphor and soap liniment.

– A Canadian says to mix equal parts of the following herbs: black cohosh, genitian root, angelica, colombo, scull cap, valerian, rue and buckthorn bark, and take one heaping teaspoon in a cup of boiling water. Let steep, and drink three 1/2 cups per day.

– Drink plenty of water to keep the body clean. Keep an optimistic outlook. Avoid depressive thoughts and nervous tension. A healthy body and mind resist diseases.

– Sunshine, sunbaths, and deep breathing of fresh air are very important.

– Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, but exercise moderation when eating highly acid fruits.

– Avoid cocktails, coffee, and tea. Drink plenty of fresh water instead. Select wholesome foods, eat slowly and chew thoroughly.

– Moderation in eating, avoiding overweight, and thorough elimination are excellent prevention practices.

– Good living habits, an optimistic attitude, avoiding tension, strain, and stress are good preventative practices.

– Mrs. P. finds relief by alternating hot and cold compresses on the painful area every 5 minutes.

– A 72-old man said cooked apricots without sugar helped him a lot.

– Eating too much meat, which contains uric acid, is very bad for joints.

– Avoid fat foods, fried foods, pork, uric acid, starches, sugar, sweets, carbonated drinks, salt, pepper, spices, hot sausage, hot peppers, pickled meats, alcohol and strong acid drinks. Use acid fruits moderately.

– Get plenty of rest, have the right kind of posture mattress, cover with warm comfortable blankets, get plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Take deep breathing exercises and walk often for exercise and good health.

– Mrs. P. says that fasting for two days a week relieved her pains.

– Mr. S.P. finds relief in keeping his system clean and taking herbs like wild oregon grape, birch, bitter root, bark burdock, elder, skunk cabbage and wintergreen.

– Mrs. F. finds relief mixing 3 lemons and 3 tablespoons epsom salts in one pint of warm water and taking one teaspoon morning and night.

– Mrs. M.R. obtained use of her arm again after taking 3 shots of B-12.

– Mr. D. believes cod liver oil is the best old time remedy for joints.

– J.K.L. found relief by taking plenty of calcium, vitamin D, iodine, vitamin B, and cod liver oil.

– Sleeping pills and alcohol just make things worse says M.R.D.

– A woman in Canada takes 3 wild cherry roots, 3 burdock roots, 3 oregon grape roots, washes them, chops, covers with a gallon of water, simmers for 30 minutes, strains liquid into bottle and takes a half glass every morning before breakfast.

– A good rub is made from 2 oz. each of eucalyptus oil, oil of wintergreen, rubbing alcohol and witch hazel. Mix, shake, rub on ache.

This article is not prescribing medicine or treatments, but simply passing on to you information (as provided above) describing how other arthritic and rheumatic sufferers have found satisfactory relief.

13 thoughts on “Old Folk-Home Remedies to Relieve Arthritis and Rheumatism

  1. The spinal chord is divided in to four parts, pain occurs in the trunk region, which bears maximum weight. Whenever there is pressure or stiffness in the spinal chord, there is possibility of disk prolapse. This will affect the nerves, which control our movements and connect brain. The stiffness in the nerves is responsible for back pain.

  2. Re: people “not dying from rheumatoid arthritis”….I beg to differ. My husband died from rheumatoid arthritis in 1989. All his joints were affected and finally his lungs. I was told at the hospital that it was not at all a rare occurrence.

    I was looking at this site for advice on oesteo arthritis of the fingers.

    1. Did you find a remedy for osteoarthritis? Mine is in my fingers. Sometimes i have a very sharp pain in my hands.I go to a doctor which doesn’t do justice for my fingers. Could you suggest something?


    2. You are correct, although rare, it is possible for a person to die from complications related to rheumatoid arthritis. My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your husband.

      As for the osteoarthritis in your fingers, some suggestions that might help include hand exercises, taking anti-inflammatory medications, applying heat or cold therapy, and wearing supportive splints or braces. It is also important to maintain a healthy weight and avoid activities that put too much strain on your hands. However, it’s always best to speak with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment options.

  3. There are many simple and easy natural remedies for arthritis, which can help in treating the various symptoms associated with arthritis

  4. Does anyone ever feel like its all in the muscles in your arms, i can’t seem to get this unbearable pain out of my arms, and in my wrists,fingers please if yo have any suggestions i would appreciate them…hate going to bed cause if i go to sleep i wake up in so much pain in my arms,wrist & fingers..it drives me crazy & don’t want to do nothing… I’m going to try the apple cider vinegar, with honey,& lemon juice to see if that don’t help…

  5. Hi there I would recommend Hemp oil as it does the job and relives the pain. This is not a new thing but a very olden day remedy that works. There is many YouTube videos showing how its made.

  6. Strange one but Hubby has discovered drinking a can of bitter every evening rids him of pain next morning from his arthritis and lasts all day. It is true as when he doesn’t drink one he wakes up in pain again. Anyone else found this? Tesco’s ones work better.

  7. In reply to margaret mahon caldwell.

    Good morning, I’ve had a lot of success with my rheumatoid arthritis by eating a sugar free, flour free diet. With the aide of google found foods that are good for my rheumatoid and taken out the bad ones, I take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water first thing in the morning, I have a glass of home made beetroot, carrot, apple, celery and ginger juice, a salad lunch with a small portion of meat. I also take one clove of raw crushed chemical free garlic before the apple cider vinegar of a morning, I take co q 10, large dose fish oil, a lung tonic and some other products to treat other conditions, I am currently treating emphysema as well. In the evening I take 3 raw farm fresh eggs in a glass of whole cows milk, eat plenty of vegetables at tea, finish day with a cup of tumeric, cloves,thyme, lemon juice and honey tea, I also drink plenty of filtered water and add in some parsley tea, grean tea as well to bring down RA factor, My doctors are always surprised at how low my inflammation is. I know this all sounds a lot but its working for me and I’m pretty well pain free, the raw eggs will give you energy, they are a power pack of vitamins. Best of luck I hope you find relief

  8. Many years ago, I had a wonderful recipe for arthritis. I must try and resurrect it. (I am 87 and my wife and I need it now!) I do remember in a large mouth jar, I placed a single egg (in its shell. Covered it with vinegar plus a littler more (not sure, but I measured it to a pint). Set it aside for about a week. The egg shell basically softened. I then stirred the egg/vinegar mixture and added a small jar of Wintergreen oil. I applied it every day to sore areas… Now I’ll have to find a supplier of Wintergreen!!

  9. My sister has arthritis, and that is why I’ve decided to start looking for a clinic that will use an ultrasound since this will help monitor her condition. Thank you for sharing here as well that she should have a strict diet. It’s also a good thing that you clarified here that physical treatment will help ease the matter too.

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