Anti-inflammatory remedies to reduce knee fluid

The accumulation of fluid in the knee requires specific medical treatment. The use of home remedies can help, depending on the cause. But you should always consult a professional before using them.
Anti-inflammatory remedies to reduce knee fluid
Carlos Fabián Avila

Reviewed and approved by Doctor Carlos Fabián Avila.

Last update: 30 May, 2022

Occasionally, excess of knee fluid, injuries or diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause a Baker’s cyst. This is a lump full of synovial fluid that leads to discomfort.

The synovial fluid is a type of fluid present in most joints of the body. Even though it’s necessary for lubrication, its excessive production increases inflammation.

Clearly, the accumulation of fluid in your knee can lead to inflammation, pain (of varying intensity) and moving difficulty. It’s not always serious, but timely treatment is key to prevent further complications.

You must consult a doctor so they can prescribe the most appropriate treatment. Additionally, you can consult them about the best adjunctive measures for you.

Anti-inflammatory remedies to reduce knee fluid

According to popular wisdom, some drinks can help relieve inflammation and, therefore, the pain caused by the accumulation of fluid in the knee. Mostly, these are infusions with ingredients that have a certain anti-inflammatory effect.

There’s no scientific evidence to prove these remedies are either useful in treating a Baker’s cyst or accelerate the recovery of discomfort or improve circulation or reduce swelling. However, some people use them as an adjunctive treatment.

1. Ginger and turmeric tea to reduce knee fluid

Ginger and lemon drink


  • 2 c. of water
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/2 tsp powdered turmeric
  • 2 tbsp of honey


  • Firstly, 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 drink it.

2. Aloe vera-avocado drink to reduce knee fluid


  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • Honey (optional)


  • Firstly, blend the avocado and the aloe vera.
  • You can add a little water to make the mixture less thick.
  • Process until homogenized.
  • Serve and drink it.
  • You may sweeten with honey.

3. Olive oil and garlic treatment

Person pouring out olive oil


  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 c. of olive oil


  • Firstly, 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.
  • Finally, set it aside for a week. Then, take a tablespoon for breakfast every morning.
  • Another alternative is to take a small amount of liquid and heat it up in the microwave. Then, massage it on your knees.

4. Dandelion tea


  • 1 tbsp of dandelion
  • 1 c. of water


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

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5. Sage compress

Preparing a sage compress may reduce knee fluid.

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


  • 3 tbsp of sage
  • 1 c. 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.
  • Finally, repeat the application each night before going to bed.

Final note

Homemade anti-inflammatory remedies can provide relief in some cases, but they’re not necessary, on their own, to eliminate the problem. So, you must consult your doctor and follow their instructions. Ask them about the protocols for complementary measures. This is the best way to stay away from anything that may aggravate the problem.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.