Don’t Pop Pills to Relieve Arthritis Pain. Here Are 5 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Instead!

Of all the things in our pantry we love using for home remedies, there isn’t one we love quite as much as apple cider vinegar. There are just so many different uses for it, and today we learned about another one to add to the list: arthritis relief! Yes, there are actually multiple ways you can use apple cider vinegar as a natural way to help relieve the pain of your arthritis. Check with your doctor to make sure these home remedies are OK for you to try, then read on to learn our five favorite ways of using this all-star product.

  1. Joint Soak And Topical Solution


    • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 6 cups warm water


    1. In a bowl or basin large enough for your joints with arthritis, mix the apple cider vinegar and warm water.
    2. Submerge your painful joints. Stay submerged and soak for at least 30 minutes.

    You can use this remedy whenever you’re experiencing pain from your arthritis.

  2. Whole Body Bath
    Sometimes, soaking just your painful joints isn’t enough. When you need all-over, whole-body relief, turn to an apple cider vinegar bath.


    • 1 to 2 cups apple cider vinegar
    • 1 bathtub full of water


    1. Run a hot bath, and pour in the apple cider vinegar.
    2. Soak for 30 to 35 minutes.
    3. While you soak, massage your entire body for relief. Start with your feet, then work your way up each of your legs, one at a time. Then move on to your torso, arms and neck, in that order. Finish by lightly stroking your face. Be careful not to pull on your skin, especially not in a downward direction!
    4. Dry off, and perform another self massage. Remember to include an ear rub as part of that massage. It might feel silly, but a good ear rub is a form of reflexology, which helps to release endorphins and increase overall relaxation.

    You can take an apple cider vinegar bath regularly to help relieve your pain.

  3. Poultice
    A poultice is a traditional way to apply concentrated pressure and medication to treat inflammation and aches and pains. It’s an ideal way to apply the power of apple cider vinegar to the parts of your body that really need it!


    • 1½ cups water
    • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
    • Clean washcloth
    • Clean, dry towel


    1. In a small saucepan, heat the water and vinegar over low-to-medium heat, until the mixture is hot to the touch but comfortably so. Do not boil it or let it get anywhere near boiling temperature!
    2. Soak the clean washcloth in the mixture. Wring it out to remove any excess liquid and prevent dripping.
    3. Place the soaked washcloth on the joint with arthritis. Wrap the joint and cloth with the dry towel to help retain the heat and to help hold the washcloth in place.
    4. Leave the washcloth on for 10 to 15 minutes.
    5. After 10 to 15 minutes, or after the washcloth has cooled, repeat steps 2 through 4 and reapply to your joint.

    You can reapply as often as you need, and repeat the whole process as often as you wish and/or have pain.

  4. Massage Oil
    Self massage – and massage in general – is one of the best ways relieve pain and tension. Make it extra effective with an apple cider vinegar massage oil.


    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, olive oil, or other carrier oils


    1. Mix the apple cider vinegar and your carrier oil of choice together.
    2. Massage directly into the arthritic joint. Leave the massage oil on your skin after you have finished massaging; do not rush to rinse it off.

    You can repeat both the massage and the massage oil application as regularly as you need.

  5. Tonic
    As we well know, apple cider is a great benefit to our health when taken orally as well as topically. After you check with your doctor to make sure there are no interactions with any medications you may be taking, try this homemade tonic that is also antibacterial, antifungal and an antacid.


    • 1 – 10-ounce glass peppermint tea
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


    1. Prepare the peppermint tea.
    2. Mix the apple cider vinegar, honey and cinnamon into the tea until dissolved.

    Drink this tonic once a day to help the pain. Of course, any way you like to orally take apple cider vinegar – mixed with water, mixed with cherry juice, mixed with apple and grape juice – works as well!

You have quite a few options here, and each one is adaptable to your needs. Do you think you’ll give them a try to help your arthritis? Have you tried other natural arthritis treatments? Share what’s worked for you and what you’ve learned!

Want to learn more ways to use apple cider vinegar as a remedy for arthritis? Check out this list from Home Remedies For Life!