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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is a common ailment that affects nearly 54 million people in the United States.

There are two common types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage. It usually affects hips, knees, feet, and spine.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to mistake a person’s tissue as foreign and attack it. This causes swelling, pain, and stiffness.

If you suffer from arthritis, there are natural remedies that may help alleviate your arthritic pain.

  • Apply essential oils of cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus, or clove to areas of pain.
  • Drink water with lime juice.
  • Sit in a bathtub with hot (not scalding) water or soak hands and feet in a tub.