5 Herbs for Arthritis & Joint Pain

This post on MindBodyGreen is excellent – so many people suffer the pain of arthritis (which is a fancy term for joint inflammation, as sufferers know) and other kinds of joint pain. The 5 herbs that can help are:

1. Burdock Root (Arctium lappa or Arcticum minus)

2. Flax ( Linum usitatissimum)

3. Turmeric (Curcuma longa

4. Nettles (Urtica dioica)

5. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Which inspires me to share a recipe for dal from a Sri Lankan friend – it’s delicious and warming and it makes very good use of turmeric:

  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you love garlic)
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of mustards seeds 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1-2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1-2 whole small red chillies (full) 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 1-2 potatoes, diced (optional) Tablespoon of butter (totally optional!!!)

Method:

  • Wash and drain the lentils to remove the sand. Leave to soak in water for 15 minutes.
  • Par-boil the potatoes separately
  •  Sautee the chopped onions and loosely chopped garlic with cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
  • Add curry leaves and chillies. If you want the dahl a bit spicy that split open the chillies.
  • Add potatoes at this point where relevant
  • Add the lentils with the water. Place the lid on and leave for 5 minutes. Stir and leave for a further 10 minutes.
  • Add the can of coconut milk and leave it to cook for a further 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Add the salt. The lentils are ready when they are swollen and a little mushy. Also make sure the pototaoe is fully bolied at this point.
  • Add the tumeric. Stir in well.
  • Add the spinach until wilted. Check salt and add further if required.
  • Add butter (if you must!)

Enjoy x

Nadine