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Elbow pain, also referred to as “tennis elbow” or tendinitis, is usually caused by an inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles to the bone in the elbow joint. Stressing and straining the elbow tendons by repetitious arm movement or lifting heavy weights can cause them to swell and hurt. Injuries, fractures, and arthritis can also cause chronic pain in the elbow area.

Fortunately, various natural remedies can help relieve elbow and other joint pains.

Herbal Bath

Take advantage of the aromatic, stimulating, and anti-inflammatory effects of several herbs. Mix an ounce each of arnica flowers, spruce needles, therapeutic hayseed, and juniper berries. Add four tablespoons of the mixture in a quart of boiling water and steep for about 15 minutes. Strain and add to your bath water. Soak for about 20 minutes.

Essential Oils

Soothe strains and reduce elbow pain by applying a dew drops of essential oils of mint, cayenne, chamomile, rosemary, clove, or juniper mixed in half a teaspoon of massage oil (or olive oil). These medicinal plants have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

Hot and Cold Compress

A cold compress reduces swelling while a hot compress stimulates circulation. Alternating hot and cold applications can relieve pain and promote healing. Apply a hot compress for about 10 minutes then follow-up with a cold on for about 30 seconds.

Anti-inflammatory Enzymes

Ask your natural-food store about bromelain. This anti-inflammatory enzyme preparation is often prescribed for chronic ligament and tendon swelling, tennis elbow, and arthritic disorders.