Arthritis is a painful joint disease that interrupts everyday life. The stiffness and swelling resulting from arthritis make simple tasks hard on the body and limits mobility. Relief from arthritis can come from prescription medications, however a more natural source can benefit arthritis sufferers as well. Coconut oil is an effective, low cost treatment for arthritis.
A gentle massage of coconut oil after a warm bath or shower will lubricate stiff joints. In a sense, coconut oil greases the joints and loosens them up for better mobility. Coconut oil promotes circulation in the joints. Coconut oil can be applied lightly in the same manner that lotion is applied. Apply coconut after your nightly bath or shower, or before doing physical exercise to keep joints lubricated and reduce stiffness.
Coconut oil also acts as a pain reliever for arthritis sufferers. A combination of warm coconut oil and two to three pieces of camphor can be massaged into aching joints. The warm coconut oil and camphor will boost blood supply, reducing pain in the joints and give off a warming effect during the massage.
Coconut oil relieves inflammation caused by arthritis. When joints are inflamed, it is difficult to move about. A massage of coconut oil and aloe vera reduces inflammation of the joints, relieving pain as well. Coconut oil strengthens the bones—acting as a soothing agent for the joints and bones.