The joints in your legs are prone to wear and tear due to the amount of weight they constantly need to support whether you’re standing or walking. Time will come when you will have a challenging time getting from place to pace on foot because of aching and swollen joints. Although there are painkillers like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that you may pop in your mouth, their administration usually comes with unwanted side effects.
You don’t have to be in your 50s or 60s just to be bugged by painful joints. Even if you are a perfectly healthy young adult, suffering from it is very likely. In fact, you are very prone to it if you are the kind of person who engages in sports or frequents the gym because it leaves your joints at risk of injuries or being overused.
Aching and swelling are problems that are not new to weight-bearing joints such as the lower back and hips. With the tremendous amount of upper body weight they need to support all the time, their ligaments — tough and fibrous tissues that connect bones to bones as well as provide cushioning and reduction of friction — tend to deteriorate and get damaged really quickly. The same is true with the so-called bursa — small fluid-filled sacs located in the joints to facilitate the gliding of bony surfaces or those with ligaments on them.
Commonly, NSAIDs are prescribed by doctors in order to help deal with joint pain and inflammation. However, as earlier mentioned, these effective painkillers come with certain side effects. Some of them include: vomiting, nausea, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, decreased appetite, and diarrhea or constipation.
There are also topically-applied joint pain relief creams and gels available on the current market. Most of them contain menthol and methyl salicylate in order to provide relief. If you have already tried using one of them and you have accidentally massaged more cream or gel than necessary, then you know how uncomfortable they can be!
Luckily, there is no need for you to swallow an NSAID or rub on your skin a product that causes an unbearable burning sensation. There is a very simple solution that you may concoct at home in order to attain relief from painful and swollen joints, as well as to bolster them to ward off any subsequent problems. This solution is so simple that you only need to get your hands on 3 ingredients, all of which can be easily purchased at the nearest pharmacy.
All-natural means less of the unfavorable side effects and more of the therapeutic benefits. This easy recipe may be applied on problem areas such as the knees, shin, ankles and even feet without worrying that unfavorable chemicals such as synthetic preservatives and artificial colorants are being absorbed by your skin and getting to your bloodstream and ultimately your vital organs. What’s more, this homemade solution for your aching and throbbing joints won’t leave a massive hole in your pocket as the necessary ingredients are really cheap.
So what are the things you will need for this 3-ingredient recipe? They are: rubbing alcohol, iodine and aspirin. As you can see, you are not going to have a hard time obtaining them. In fact, they may already be in your medicine cabinet!
Here’s the recipe:
- 300 ml of 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol
- 100 ml of iodine
- 10 300-mg aspirin pills
- Get started by crushing aspirin.
- In a blender, combine your rubbing alcohol and iodine.
- Add in your crushed aspirin tablets.
- Blend until you end up with a consistent-looking solution.
- Transfer in a small container, preferably an amber bottle to protect it from light.
That’s it! You already have a very effective homemade remedy for achy and swollen joints. Reach for this solution each time your joints are bugging you. Aside from your knees, shin and ankles, it may also be massaged on any other joint on your body such as your neck, lower back, elbows and shoulders. This recipe yields a solution that has a shelf life of about 3 weeks.