Herbs for Ankle Pain
The key to dealing with ankle pain is to reduce the swelling. Herbs can be used both internally and externally to combat swelling and ankle pain. There are many natural cures available to choose from. Which one you use is dependent on your preference.
1. Liquids can be used to treat ankle pain. Both green and nettle teas have anti-inflammatory properties. Fruit juices are also beneficial for pain and swelling. The fresher and more pure the fruit juice, the better. Stay away from fruit juices that are made from concentrate. Ginger is also an excellent antioxidant and has been used for centuries to combat headaches. It can be made into a tea and drunk for ankle pain (and other types of pain). Other herbs that are good for a sprain (and that can be made into a poultice or can be drunk as a tea) are lavender, chamomile, and rosemary.
Turmeric and Calendula
2. Turmeric powder has long been used to reduce swelling. It
is a natural anti-inflammatory and can be taken in pill form or mixed with warm water to make a paste (each mixture depends on the person mixing it, but start with a few teaspoons of turmeric
powder and mix with a small amount of warm water). The paste can be spread on the sore area and allowed to soak in. Eventually, when the dried paste becomes uncomfortable (after a few minutes),
it can be washed off with warm soapy water.
Calendula is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory. It is an herb that originated in Egypt and is a form of marigold plant. The dried flowers can be made into a tea, mixed with turmeric, or infused into grapeseed or olive oil over a two-week period. To make this infusion suspend the herbs in the oil in a dark-colored jar; remove the herbs after two weeks. The oil can be very effective in reducing swelling. It can be added to body washes, hand soaps, and lotions, or used straight. Oils and lotions can be rubbed into the affected area to reduce pain and swelling.
Apple Cider Vinegar
3. Apple cider vinegar can also be very effective in helping to reduce swelling. Add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt to warm water and soak your ankle for 10 to 15 minutes. Both the salt and the apple cider vinegar are very effective in helping to reduce fluids and overall swelling. A small tub of water can be used for soaking your foot and ankle, or you can sit right in the bathtub.