Friday, September 28, 2012

Gin Soaked Raisins For Treating Arthritis Pain

Gin Soaked Raisins For Treating Arthritis Pain 

This home remedy was sent in by three different readers over the past year or so but I was hesitant to publish it since it involves consuming a bit of alcohol and I’m extra cautious with those…but I finally got a chance to do a bit of investigating and found some credible online sources who have declared that it can work for relieving arthritis pain (and why).
First, here’s the gist of the remedy (all three recipes were pretty much the same so I’ll combine them into one), I added the sources I researched underneath:
Example*Can make any amount you wish, this is just a rough guideline
  • 1 cup Golden or “White” raisins (can’t be any other kind)
  • Approximately 3/4 cup good quality Gin
  • Dump them into a glass or ceramic bowl (a large canning jar works too) then pour the alcohol over top until they are *just* covered (they must be fully covered).
  • Cover bowl with a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter (to keep out dust) and set it out of the way (keep at room temperature).
  • Leave for two weeks or until all the liquid has been absorbed by the fruit (minimum one week, top up with more if necessary).
  • Store them in a sealed glass jar and refrigerate.
  • Eat 9 of them each day, you can add them to a bowl of cereal if you don’t care for the taste of them on their own. You can also sprinkle with cinnamon to help with the taste.
  • May take 4 to 6 weeks of daily consumption before it starts working.
  • *Variation: One tip suggested eating 15 each day for the first two weeks, then drop to 9.
Who says it works? Dr. Oz himself [1] has declared this one a winner:
Verdict: It works! Drinking alcohol has been shown to cut the risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis in half. Gin is flavored by the juniper berry, which contains anti-inflammatory properties. Raisins contain ferulic acid, gentisic acid and salicylic acid – all natural pain relievers
Here’s an article from FoxNews [2] explaining in more detail why it can work, a brief quote (they also advise eating 10 a day):
The deductions here do not add up to an absolute guarantee that gin-soaked raisins will work to relieve your arthritis. But without question, there are enough anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving compounds in the golden raisins, the sulfur dioxide and the juniper gin to add up to a lot of very likely relief.
Thanks very much to Bill, Cheryl and Maria for sending this in (who each claimed it works for them or for a loved one), sorry I took my time posting it!
If you’re looking for a remedy that doesn’t contain alcohol, I do have a few here to try:
  • Eat tart cherries or drink sour cherry frequently.
  • Cinnamon & Honey: Each morning take 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Fresh Ginger: Take a small piece of peeled, fresh ginger with breakfast, lunch and dinner (piece size about 1/2″).
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey: Each day take one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with a large glass of water (warm).
Note: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and is simply a collection of information that I’ve gathered.


  1. I have a friend with horrendous gout. Some days she can walk fine. At other times she is using a walker with a seat and can barely move. The only thing I have found is cherry juice or cherries. Both are very expensive, even when cherries are in season, cheap, or on sale. Do you have any information on gout cures? Maybe a post? She is going to the doctor and doing what he says.

  2. Hi Linda!!! So Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. This is the info I found for your friend re: Gout.
    Please tell her to first consult with her doctor or pharmacist before taking any herbs as some have negative reactions when taken with some Rx Medications.

  3. Ooops! It took me a long time to look for the answer here. I will tell her. She may not have gotten the juice yet.