11 Natural Remedies for Tendonitis

So you’ve been diagnosed (or suspect) tendonitis—now what?

Tendonitis is an irritation or inflammation of the tendons which are essentially thick bands in the body that attach bones and muscle. It can occur anywhere in the body but is an especially common problem in the elbows, knees, thumbs, shoulders, hips or Achilles tendons. Here are 9 of my favorite natural remedies or approaches to healing tendonitis:


Tendonitis is often due to an injury that occurs as a result of overuse or misuse, so it is important to rest to the injured tendons sufficiently to allow them to fully heal. The length of time you’ll need to rest before returning to your activities depends on the extent and location of your tendonitis so use caution. When you start back to exercise or other activity that involves the affected tendon, be sure to start slowly.

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables are naturally anti-inflammatory thanks to their wide range of phytonutrients that not only impart unique colors and flavors but also anti-inflammatory activity when we eat them. Choose from a wide range of foods, including dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, onions, garlic, squash, carrots, peppers, apples, pomegranates, and more.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Among the most anti-inflammatory substances, these fats found in flax oil and flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts and walnut oil, leafy greens, and fatty fish can be helpful to heal inflamed tendons. Add extra sources of Omega 3s to your diet.


Chilies of all varieties contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds known as capsaicin. So, spice up your diet a bit to help reduce the pain and inflammation of tendonitis.


Eat fresh, raw pineapple, preferably on an empty stomach to obtain the naturally-occurring compounds known as bromelain, which is well-known for its ability to take down pain and inflammation of all kinds.


Supplement with extra bromelain to fully reap the health benefits of this natural enzyme. Take the supplement on an empty stomach (at least 20 minutes before meals and 1 hour after meals) so the enzyme works on tendons and other inflamed areas in your body.


An extract of the spice turmeric, which is often used in curries to give them a yellowish color, curcumin is an excellent choice in dealing with any type of inflammation. While there are few studies on its use for tendonitis, preliminary research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry showed that curcumin has a place in the healing of tendonitis.


Short for methylsulfonyl methane, MSM is a natural remedy to assist with many different types of pain and inflammation, including tendonitis. A typical dose is 1000 mg daily.

Lemongrass and Marjoram essential oil

Lemongrass and marjoram (Cymbopogon citratus or Cymbopogon flexuosus and Origanum majorana, respectively) may be helpful when diluted and applied to the affected area. Both are considered by aromatherapists to be toning to the connective tissues and may be helpful when the tendons no longer hold the joints with precision. Be sure to conduct a skin test first, as this oil can irritate those with highly sensitive skin. Ideally dilute 1 drop to 3 drops of carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or apricot kernel oil. It is not necessary to use both lemongrass and marjoram. Either is fine.


The World Health Organization endorses acupuncture for many different health conditions. Acupuncture promotes healing energy flow throughout the body and boosts the body’s natural healing mechanisms to speed recovery. Choose a highly qualified acupuncturist.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of ScentsationalWellness, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty & Cooking.


bob P
bob P2 months ago

Thanks for the info.

Gino C
Past Member 3 months ago

Thank you

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Carole R
Carole R3 months ago

Good ideas. Thanks.

Chad Anderson
Chad A3 months ago

Thank you.

Lucy S
Lucy S3 months ago

Good to know! Thanks.

Ilona S
Ilona S3 months ago

Thank you

Marija M
Marija M3 months ago

Good info, tks for sharing.

maria r
maria reis3 months ago

Ice is good too.