Home remedies that may work for arthritis
A potent antioxidant found in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may help put the brakes on the joint pain and inflammation that are hallmarks of rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study in mice published in the January 2016 issue of Arthritis and Rheumatology. While the results are preliminary (and animal research isn’t alway applicable to humans), there’s no harm in sipping a cup or two of green tea a day until scientists know more. And if we are talking about osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of the disease, a substance in red hot chili peppers may do the trick. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, and a 2014 study review published in Progress in Drug Research found that in topical form it can reduce joint pain, stiffness, and swelling related to osteoarthritis. Try applying a capsaicin cream four times daily to sore joints. Find out 23 of the best home remedies for arthritis pain.
Home remedies that work for bug bites
For run-of-the-mill itching, look no further than that breakfast staple, oatmeal. “Colloidal oatmeal has a long history and equally solid biological basis for its anti-inflammatory and anti-itch effects,” says Adam Friedman, MD, professor and interim chair of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Hospital in Washington DC. Find it in the form of creams or even over-the-counter bath powder and follow instructions on the label.
If you’ve already scratched the bite, prevent infection with Manuka honey (not regular honey), which comes from New Zealand and may help in the treatment of wounds. “It is a great osmotic agent, meaning that it pulls water into the wound/skin and is an antibacterial agent,” Dr. Friedman says. “Hydrating the skin can help cool it off, and the antibacterial properties are useful as a scratched bug bite is susceptible to infection.”