We had a lovely, peaceful, sweet Thanksgiving Day today. Just Ron and I and the dogs. It’s the first time we haven’t shared the holiday with the family in years. But we are looking forward to spending Christmas with Gail and Mike.
I decanted my cayenne and ginger infused oils today. The cayenne is fiery. The flavors are intense. I can’t wait to cook with them!
However, I rubbed a bit of the cayenne oil on my arthritic thumb joint to test the effect, and — nothing. No effect whatsoever. My thumb didn’t even get warm. So my hopes for using the oils in a home arthritis remedy were dashed.
I did read some extremely encouraging news on the use of frankincense and myrrh to relieve joint pain, reduce inflammation and improve mobility:
Here are pertinent snips:
There have been more than 20 scientific studies carried out on these two ingredients in the past 15 years for the treatment of arthritic and other inflammation, the most recent of which was this year at the Indira Gandhi Medical College at Nagpur in India.
…The study noted that those applying the extract to the skin reported up to 70 per cent better mobility in their knee joints and a 50 to 60 per cent decrease in knee-joint swelling. In addition, the frequency of the swelling was significantly reduced.
…Another study, carried out last year at the Institute of Pharmacology at the University of Tubingen in Germany, found that commiphora molmol (myrrh) extract was found to have significant anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects when used on localised acute and chronic inflammation in rheumatoid arthritic patients.
The only problem is that frankincense is expensive, and good quality, uncut myrrh is off the charts.
I do have 1 oz. of frankincense, and have 1/3 oz. of myrrh on order just to experiment with. I hope I can concoct something that will help a little, anyway.
If not, it’s been entertaining. Expensive entertainment, though! 🙂