Joint pain and stiffness, the two most distressing symptoms of arthritis, can decrease mobility and make life difficult for sufferers. While conventional medical treatments control inflammation and restrict the progression of the disease, there are many herbal remedies that can ease pain naturally.

One such remarkable herb that’s loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and is a treasure house of bone-essential minerals is stinging nettle.

How Does Stinging Nettle Work?
Nettles are packed with anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in calcium, boron, magnesium and silicon. Not only do they help build strong bones, they also ease pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.

According to experts, daily consumption of nettle leaves can reduce your intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by almost 20 percent. Nettles prevent the retention of water in the joints, thus nipping inflammation in the bud. Being known diuretics, nettles also keep the kidneys clean and healthy.

How To Use It

  • Add five to six fresh nettle leaves (or 1tsp dried and crushed nettle leaves) to a cup of boiling water and steep for about 10 minutes. Drink once cool. You can add honey or cinnamon for additional flavor. Have this twice a day to ease your symptoms.

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