Gin and Raisins for Arthritis

Arthritis can be a debilitating condition for many people. It’s becoming very common these days and there is a wide array of medications available.

However, one home remedy for arthritis that has been used is gin soaked raisins. I can’t tell you how or why it works. It’s one of those strange remedies that people have used with success but I have no idea how anyone ever figured it out. It could be the grapes or it could be the juniper berries in the gin.

In any event, if you’re experiencing arthritis pain and can’t find relief, try this gin soaked raisins recipe and see if it does anything for you.

How to Prepare Gin Soaked Raisins:

Firstly, you want to get the ingredients right. You’ll want to use golden raisins and gin that is flavoured with juniper berries. This is what has worked best for people. (Note that sometimes golden raisins are called white raisins as well – so those are fine).

golden raisins

It takes about a week or two to prepare these golden raisins soaked in gin, so you’ll have to be patient. Consider preparing them before you’re experiencing any pain so that they’re ready.

Take a handful of golden raisins and put them in the bottom of a bowl. A wide shallow bowl will work best. You’ll want to make sure the whole bottom of the bowl is covered but that there is only 1 layer of raisins. So depending on the size of your bowl, it could be about 100 raisins or so.

Take your gin and pour it onto the raisins until that raisins are covered, but no more than is needed to cover them. So you’ll want them to be just barely covered.

Then you can let it sit for a while. how long it takes can vary, but usually it takes a week to 10 days for the gyn to be absorbed, but can take up to two weeks as well. But the key is to wait until the gyn is gone and absorbed/evaporated.

When it’s sitting, you can cover it with a paper towel or a dish towel. Do NOT use sedan wrap or some type of lid that would seal the bowl air tight. You want air to be able to get in. The covering is just to keep things from falling in there while you’re waiting a week.

You’ll know they’re ready because the gyn will be gone. The raisins should be plump and moist. They won’t be dried out and they’ll taste good.

For effective treatment, eat 9 of them a day. This is the number I’ve seen most places, but again, there is no clear rationale as to why.

Why does it work

It’s not clear why gin raisins work, but there are anecdotal stories about their effectiveness all over the internet.

One author indicates that grapes contain proanthocyanidins, which reduce inflammation. Grapes also contain resveratrol, which is what is in red wine and gives it many of its beneficial properties.

But I can’t point you to any studies that support it, so this is definitely one of those remedies you’ll have to go on faith a bit. It seems to have gained popularity because of radio host Paul Harvey, but it’s also a bit unclear where it started (as with all remedies of this nature).

If you’ve had success with raisins in gin for arthritis, please leave a comment below!


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