The 5 Best Remedies For Reducing Swelling in Knees

September 24, 2018
Do you suffer from swelling in your knees? The anti-inflammatory properties of these natural remedies can be a huge help both internally and externally.

Inflammation and swelling in knees is a condition that can come from joint or bone diseases. Alternatively, it could be because of injuries or simple wear and tear.

Sometimes, when the knee is inflamed and increases in temperature, it causes a condition known as a joint effusion. This is the term for an accumulation of synovial joint fluid. This fluid is present in the majority of your joints. Even though it’s necessary for their lubrication, too much of this fluid increases the size of your joints and, hence, the inflammation. 

This situation can become rather painful. This is especially true when you don’t take the necessary steps to fight it quickly and effectively. Fortunately, some compounds have anti-inflammatory properties, and today we have 5 of the best anti-inflammatory remedies to share with you.

1. Ginger and turmeric tea to reduce swelling in knees

Ginger and lemon drink

The combination of turmeric with ginger gives us a powerful anti-inflammatory and diuretic. After being ingested, it calms the pain caused by the accumulation of liquid in your knees. Their compounds diminish the production of enzymes that cause inflammation. And, at the same time, control the wear and tear of the joints.

Read more:5 Impressive Anti-inflammatory Remedies with Turmeric


  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of honey


  • First of all, put some water on to boil. When it starts to boil, add the ginger and turmeric powder.
  • Then reduce the heat and let it steep for two more minutes.
  • Finally, strain the liquid through a sieve. Sweeten it with honey and divide it into two or three servings to be taken through the day.

2. Massage cream from avocado stone and aloe vera

This treatment with avocado stones and aloe vera is a great way to reduce swelling in knees, due to its calming and anti-inflammatory properties. After being applied, it increases the circulation around the knee area to control the swelling.


  • 1 avocado seed
  • 3 tablespoons of aloe vera
  • 1 tablespoon of honey


  • First of all, dry the avocado stone and crush it until you get a powder.
  • Once you have the powder, mix it with the aloe vera gel and the honey.
  • After getting a smooth mixture, rub it on to your knees with a gentle massaging motion.
  • Let it absorb for a half an hour then rinse it off.
  • Use it up to three times per week.

3. Olive oil and garlic treatment

Person pouring out olive oil

Olive oil and garlic are great allies for fighting inflammation caused by joint fluid retention. Its active compounds slow down the forming of the inflammation, and, at the same time, stimulate the circulation in order to relieve swelling in knees.

The best thing of all is that you can take advantage of its benefits both by drinking it or applying it externally.


  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil


  • First of all, cut the garlic cloves into thin slices and put them in a glass jar.
  • Then add the olive oil. Be sure to completely cover the garlic.
  • After that, leave it to marinate for a week. After a week, you can take a tablespoon for breakfast every morning.
  • Another option is to take a small amount of liquid and heat it up in the microwave. You can then massage it into your knees.
  • Use this treatment up to three times per week.

4. Dandelion tea

The diuretic properties of dandelions are good for treating swelling in knees, and the pain that comes with it. Dandelion’s hydrating and analgesic compounds help to relieve joint stiffness. At the same time, they encourage the reduction of fluid retention


  • 1 tablespoon of dandelion
  • 1 cup of water


  • First of all, add the dandelion to boiling water and let it steep for 15 minutes.
  • After this time, strain it in a colander and drink it.
  • Repeat this up to three times per day.

5. Sage compress

Preparing a sage compress

This is a calming and anti-inflammatory remedy for relieving swelling in knees in a short time. It consists of making compresses fron sage tea. This plant helps to stimulate circulation in the affected area, and also encourages the reduction of liquid retention.


  • 3 tablespoons of sage
  • 1 cup of water


  • First add the sage to boiling water. Once it has infused well, soak a clean bandage in the liquid.
  • After this, apply the compress directly onto the affected knee. Leave it there for 20 minutes.
  • Repeat the application each night before going to bed.

Any of the remedies we’ve shown you should give you noticeable relief from the knee inflammation. If they don’t do the trick then you should talk to your doctor for further tests.