1) Curcumin - a component of the curry spice turmeric. Research shows that curcumin inhibits the synthesis of inflammatory substances in the body, offering powerful relief from pain and swelling. 2) Ginger - has many of the same anti-inflammatory benefits as curcumin, yet affects the body differently. Recent studies have found that 75-100% of patients with joint or muscle pain experienced significant relief after taking ginger. 3) Boswellia - is a powerful inflammation fighter that provides fast relief, while also helping to prevent the breakdown of carilage. In a landmark study, boswellia was shown to ease knee pain and stiffness within just seven days. 4) Bromelain - an enzyme found in pineapples, has been shown to speed healing while reducing pain and inflammation. Amazingly, studies show that bromelain can actually reduce knee pain as effectively as some pain medications. 5) Tart Cherry - has unique anti-inflammatory properties that specifically target muscles. Recent research shows that tart cherry improves post-exercise recovery and may offer better muscle pain relief than over the counter painkillers.
Turmeric: The spice that makes curry yellow, contains the potent anti-inflammatory chemical curcumin.
Ginger: Another curry spice, decreases pain and inflammation.
Boswellia: Also called Indian Frankincense, improves knee arthritis.
Devils Claw: South African native herb helps with decreasing arthritis symptoms.
Cats Claw: From South America shown to relieve knee pain during activity, also reduces rheumatoid
Willow Bark: Has long been used to reduce pain and inflammation.
Cayenne: Contains capsaicin, which inhibits inflammation and interferes with pain transmission.
Stinging Nettles: Application of the fresh leafs relieves hand arthritis. Eating stewed nettles can
improve arthritis symptoms. Wear gloves while harvesting.
Carrier oils are so named because they help "carry" the scented oils of aromatherapy, which are sometimes highly concentrated and too strong to use directly on the skin. Thanks to their own properties, carrier oils-also known as natural oils, base oils or fixed oils-also can help deliver health, beauty and a state of well-being.
The most common way to use carrier oils is in combination with essential oils, which are highly concentrated aromatic plant exteracts, usually of a single plant. Because these oils are so concentrated, they are usually too strong to be used directly on the skin, which is where carrier oils come into use.
Sweet almond Oil: Pale yellow oil from the nut kernel. Rich in protein and good for all skin types. Helps relieve dry, itchy skin, and can help reduce inflammation.
Grapeseed Oil: Colorless and odorless, made from pressed seeds. Contains vitamins and minerals, and can be used by all skin types.
Jojoba Oil: Popular because it is similar to our own skin oils. Contains protein and a waxy substance that is similar to collagen. Useful in reducing inflammation and treating acne. Can be used by all skin types.
Castor Oil: Pale, unscented oil made from the seeds of the castor plant. One of the few oils soluble in alcohol. Can be used by all skin types and also can be used on hair, nails and lips.