Psoriatic Arthritis

Aloe Vera – It is anti-inflammatory properties with no negative side effects. Comes in the form of pills, powder and gel from the leaf. * Apply the gel directly to the affected area.* Can be taken in pill form. (Be aware of altering glucose levels in diabetics with internal supplementation). – Listed by Sharon Olivier, January 2021

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BoswelliaBoswellia serrata i.e.: Frankincense Essential Oil. Anti-inflammatory properties that help with RA, OA and gout. It helps with pain and stiffness. It can be found in tablet form, in creams and in aromatherapy oil form.  * Tablet form, take no more than 1g per day as high doses can affect the liver. * Topical creams applied locally. * Essential Oil add 1-2 drops per teaspoon of Sweet almond oil. Apply the blend locally. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, January 2021

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Cat’s Claw – Anti-inflammatory and boosts the immune system. Helps with swelling of joints. Do not use if: taking blood thinners, on medication to suppress the immune system or if you have TB. Good results with RA. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, January 2021

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Reduces swelling and pain related to arthritis. You can follow the application with heat pads. Blend: 30ml of Sweet almond oil as a base, add 15 drops of Essential Oil. Apply that blend to the affected areas. Do a patch test first on your inner arm or wrist and leave for 24/48 hours. Good results with RA. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, January 2021

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Ginger – Strong anti-inflammatory properties. Eases all pain in joints and muscles and could soon replace non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Good for RA and OA. Ways to use it: * Make a tea with soaking tea bags or fresh ginger brewing in boiling water for 5 minutes. * Add powdered Ginger to baked goods. * Add powdered or fresh Ginger to savoury foods. * Grate fresh Ginger onto a salad or stir fry. (Be cautious with upping your dosage of Ginger as it can interact with blood thinners). – Listed by Sharon Olivier, January 2021

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Green tea – The anti-oxidants in green tea will help fight inflammation in RA and OA. Ways to use it: * As a tea * as a powder for sprinkling onto food or adding to smoothies. * Supplement form. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, January 2021

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Turmeric – The curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat RA, OA and other arthritic conditions. Ways to use it: * Powdered form to add to dishes as a spice. * As a tea in teabags. * As supplements. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, January 2021

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Willow Bark – An ancient herb for pain and inflammation. Helps with joint pain, OA and RA. Ways to use it: * Supplement. * As a tea.  (Use with specific dosages to avoid HBP, upset stomach and stomach ulcers and bleeding.) (Avoid if you have an allergy to aspirin if you are taking blood thinners or you have a stomach ulcer). – Listed by Sharon Olivier, January 2021

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Sarsaparilla – purifies the blood and reduces joint and muscle inflammation. Used worldwide for gout, arthritis, fevers, digestive disorders, psoriasis and other skin disorders. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, January 2021

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Burdock

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Increases urine flow
  • Kills germs
  • Reduces fever
  • “Purifies” the blood
  • Treats colds
  • Treats Cancer, Anorexia and Nervosa
  • Joint pain (Rheumatism and Gout)
  • Bladder infections
  • Skin conditions including Acne and Psoriasis

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • Burdock might slow blood clotting
  • May cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family
  • Diabetes: Some evidence suggests that taking Burdock might lower blood sugar levels

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Moringa

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Reduces weight gain
  • Antioxidant which protects cells from damage
  • Helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Helps the body convert fats into energy
  • Reduces fatigue and improves energy levels

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • Alkaloids in the plant may lower blood pressure and slow heart rate
  • Moringa bark can cause uterine contractions

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Turmeric

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • Assists with high cholesterol, diabetes, rheumatism, osteoarthritis
  • Relieves hay fever
  • Assists with depression
  • Antiviral, antibacterial and antiparasitic properties
  • Heal’s skin conditions like eczema

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness or diarrhoea

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 7 drops of Lavender and 3 drops of Eucalyptus. Rub the mixture over the sore joints, as required. Especially after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Eucalyptus. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

Compress – Add 1-2 drops Essential Oil into the water. Gently lay the material onto the surface of the water to attract the film of Essential Oil. Place the compress on the affected area. Use a drop of Lavender and a drop of Eucalyptus.

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin.  If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **

** Eucalyptus – Avoid during pregnancy/lactation, epilepsy, on homeopathic remedies. Avoid use for children under 1 and with caution up to the age of 8 **

** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **

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