Arthritis and Rheumatism: Poultices to Treat Arthritis and Rheumatism


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Poultices to Treat Arthritis and Rheumatism

Arthritis (inflammation of one or more joints) and rheumatism (aches and pains of the muscles and joints) are some of the oldest diseases known to mankind, and it's suffice to say that there has been a pot pourri of purported 'cures' put forward over the years.

Home remedies for arthritis and rheumatism proliferate to this very day -there's even a website listing 'fifty old folk-home remedies that have been tried and tested by people throughout the world'.

Poultices have always been popular-being used to reduce swelling of the joints. Ingredients such as fresh ragwort leaf, cabbage, turnip and coltsfoot boiled in milk with oats and butter have all been utilised.

Other external applications included a liniment of cloves and alcohol, hot wool, crushed garlic mixed with linseed oil and raw potato juice.

Herbal infusions were also taken to combat the twin evils of A and R. Parsley, cinnamon, watercress, mustard, burdock, meadowsweet and celery seed were amongst the most common teas taken for this purpose, and indeed many of these remedies continue to be used to the present day.

The carrying of an elder twig as a means of protection against rheumatism,


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