Q. Last summer you ran a letter from a woman who reported that gin-soaked raisins had helped BOTH her arthritis and restless legs syndrome (RLS). Mercifully, I don't have arthritis, but I do have RLS, so I've been trying this remedy after dinner ever since.

I am most happy to report that those silly little raisins have gone a long way towards moderating the problem for me. I can once again watch a few hours of TV in the evening without wanting to crawl out of my skin. It's usually a lot easier to fall asleep as well. Oh joy!

A. We have been writing about gin-soaked raisins since 1994. We have no idea why some people find them so helpful for arthritis pain.

Last July we received this letter from a reader: “I read about your home remedy of white raisins soaked in gin to help arthritis pain. I tried this and found only a moderate improvement in arthritis pain. But after two weeks of treatment I noticed a marked improvement in RLS. 

“Have others reported this seeming cure? I used to experience RLS two or three times a week, but have not had a recurrence since beginning the gin/white raisin treatment.”

Anyone who would like to know more about the gin-soaked raisin remedy or other approaches to leg cramps and RLS may order our Guides to Home Remedies and Leg Pain. Please send $4 in check or money order with a long (no. 10) stamped (63 cents), self-addressed envelope: Graedons' People's Pharmacy, No. RR-51, P. O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027.


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  1. Linda

    I began taking the gin soaked green raisins two weeks ago and noticed a difference soon after. It reduces the pain in my back and knees by about eighty percent. The effect is similar to Advil, but without the side effects. I read these raisins reduce inflammation and also promote healing in the joints. I’m walking better and the painful stiffness has disappeared.
    I feel over joyed with this natural remedy and hope I get to the point where I have no pain and move like a teenager, which is perhaps wishful thinking. Pain is depressing. Freedom from pain is liberating. I would recommend the drunken raisin cure to anyone with arthritis or gout.
    I eat 9 in the morning and have two in the evening. Because of possible leaching, use only glass and not plastic (chemicals), and not crystal because of lead content in some crystal.

  2. Arlene

    I know I am a little late for entering information about the drunken raisins, but I have to tell you, I took them last year for quite a while and had what I thought was pretty good results.
    I started to forget to take them, started to run low, and eventually stopped taking them. It was then, a month or so after, I realized just how well they had been working!! The pain in my hands was horrible. I am back on them and beginning to get relief again. Can’t wait for the full effect to kick in!!
    I understand it may not work for everyone, but it’s not that hard to try it! I recommend trying it, but give it a few months to help. If you stop taking it before then, I would imagine you wouldn’t notice that much of a difference.

  3. jan

    I began to use the gin-soaked raisins last summer & there just aren’t words to express the difference it has made for me & many of my friends!
    The combination must in some way help with all kinds of inflammation, because not only is the arthritis pain gone… ALL my pain is gone! I have three degenerative discs in my back & neck which have caused me to have unrelenting pain in my hips & legs for many, many years. I hadn’t had a full night’s sleep for 15+ years… after several months of the raisins I realized that ALL the pain is gone. Completely gone!
    For the last six years I’ve spent a fortune on doctors, chiropractors, medicine, etc. Nothing worked for long… except the raisins!
    These raisins are an absolute in my life now!! I WON’T ever be without them… the benefits have been truly amazing! My quality of life has improved more than I can ever say!

  4. Elizabeth

    As far as natural deodorants and anti persperants…. coconut oil. I have tried every deodorant both the chemical commercial variety and the natural variety. Nothing ever worked. the best odor concealer i found was the chemical deodorant simply because it has heavy fragrance to cover it up.
    coconut oil (virgin organic untreated) is 100% effective. I apply it once in the morning, unless i have worked out then i apply it again. It reduces perspiration significantly and the stinky body odor is gone. Best of all… no nasty chemical compounds that soak into your skin, lymphnodes and into the rest of your body. No “white marks” . No deterioration of the cloth in the underarm area of shirts. When i raise my arm… there is zero odor and no large sweat spot. I love it.
    I also use it as a facial and body moisturizer… it works wonderfully and i experience NO clogged pores due to the oil. the extra oil helps cut down on too much sebum production in the folicles. It takes little while to soak fully in, but afterwards there is no oily nor dry feel to the skin just supple softness.
    I also use coconut oil as a sunblock. It WORKS! I dont have a problem with burning as it takes alot to get me to burn. the coconut oil protects my skin from burning even more and still allows it to produce a tan. No harsh chemicals… no nasty creams… just straight virgin organic coconut oil.
    I love this stuff!

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