Boswellia, also known as Indian Frankincense, comes from the gum of the Boswellia tree.
Boswellic acids, the active compounds, have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that improve joint movement and reduce pain. The herb also inhibit the autoimmune process, making it beneficial for arthritis, osteoarthritis, and even celiac disease (5).
Boswellia can be purchased in essential oil form online and in most health food stores. Apply a small amount topically directly on your sore spots.
3. Green tea
Green tea is recommended by the Arthritis Foundation as a complimentary treatment.
EGCG (a substance found in green tea) works by blocking interleukin-1, a pro-inflammatory cell, from damaging cartilage (6). Plus, the substance also blocks transforming growth factor beta-activated kinase-1 (TAK1) – a key signaling protein through which pro-inflammatory cytokines transmit the signal to trigger inflammation and arthritic damage (7).
If that wasn’t enough, tea even contains nutrients that improve bone quality and regulate immune response.
For best results, drink green tea in the morning and evening and apply green tea essential oil on sore joints.