Gin Soaked Raisins Might Be Used To Manage Arthritis Pain?

Arthritis is a condition that can affect either an isolated spot or several places on your body and is sometimes quite disabling for those who suffer from it. The discomfort is caused by swelling/inflammation in the joints resulting in stiffness and pain.

Increased physical activity, weight loss and hot/cold therapies help to not only manage the aching and tenderness, they also facilitate increased endurance and range of movement.

There are occasions though where things get quite excruciating and you may be looking for a source of comfort not requiring a prescription.

I’ve received this tip throughout the years by a few different readers but I was hesitant to publish the treatment since it involves consuming a bit of alcohol (minimal) and I’m extra cautious with those. I finally took the time to do a bit of investigating and found some credible online sources declaring that it can indeed be beneficial for alleviating arthritic aching (and why).

First, here’s the gist of the home remedy (all three recipes were pretty much the same so I’ve combined into a single file), I referenced the sources I researched underneath…


*Rough guideline, make any amount desired


  • 1 cup Golden or “White” raisins (can’t be any other variety)
  • Approximately 3/4 cup good quality Gin


  • Dump them into a glass or ceramic bowl (a large canning jar will also suffice) then pour the alcohol over top until they are *just* covered (they must be fully submerged).
  • Take a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter to cover bowl (keeps out dust) and set it out of the way (keep at room temperature).
  • Leave for two weeks or until all the liquid has been absorbed by the fruit (minimum one week, top up with more if necessary).
  • Store in a sealed glass jar and refrigerate.


  • Eat 9 each day, sprinkle over a bowl of cereal if you don’t care for the taste of them on their own. Sprinkling a bit of cinnamon helps improve flavor.
  • May take 4 to 6 weeks of daily consumption before results start kicking in.
  • *Variation: One person suggested consuming 15 each day for the first two weeks, then dropping to 9.

Who Says It Works?

Dr. Oz himself has declared this a winner (quoted from Oprah Winfrey’s website, though page is no longer available online):

Verdict: It works! Drinking alcohol has been shown to cut the risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis in half. Gin is flavored by the juniper berry, which contains anti-inflammatory properties. Raisins contain ferulic acid, gentisic acid and salicylic acid – all natural pain relievers.

Another article on the net that is no longer available (from explains in more detail why it can help. Here’s a brief quote (they also advise eating 10 a day):

The deductions here do not add up to an absolute guarantee that gin-soaked raisins will work to relieve your arthritis. But without question, there are enough anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving compounds in the golden raisins, the sulfur dioxide and the juniper gin to add up to a lot of very likely relief.

Thanks very much to Bill, Cheryl and Maria for sharing the tip, sorry I took my time posting it!

Alternative Remedies

If you’re looking for a solution that doesn’t incorporate liquor, I do have a few to try:

  • Eat tart cherries or drink sour cherry juice frequently.
  • Cinnamon: Each morning take 1/2 tsp of cinnamon with 1 TBS of honey.
  • Juniper Berry Tea: Include a titch of honey if too bitter.
  • Turmeric: Contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory properties. Add to food when cooking. Caution: People who are on blood thinning medication should avoid this since turmeric can thin blood.
  • Reduce Sugar From Diet: Skip sodas, desserts and sugary drinks.
  • Apply soothing hot pads (instructions for making them on this page).
  • Chamomile Tea Bags: Apply used bags over achy joints (may be kept chilled in the refrigerator).
  • Fresh Ginger: A small piece of peeled, fresh ginger at breakfast, lunch and dinner (piece size about 1/2″).
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: (Daily) Add one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a large glass of water (warm).
  • DIY Massage Oil: Mix a good pinch of ground cayenne with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Apply to trouble spot (cover with a cotton wrap). May cause a burning sensation which will dissipate over time. The spice can stain skin.

Note: Information above is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and is simply a collection of information I’ve gathered.

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    • Thomas hicswa

    I find the gin and raisins plan very interesting, will give it a try. Plus eating a few raisins golden ones a day may help. Thanks for the info.

    • Manuel

    Gin & raisins Sounds Good!!!

    Q1: what if one is diabetic?
    Q2: If we have with cereal everymorning will it effect the alcohol level in the blood? ’cause we are randomly checked for alcohol levels when we enter our work premises.

    Thank you

      • greg

      Have them at night

    • Del

    Gin & Golden Raisins
    I have been eating 9 Gin soaked Raisins daily for the past month and have had great results. After eating them for about 2 weeks, I could sleep through the night without my hands and hip hurting. I will be starting on my second batch in a few days.
    Thank you

    • Jenn Siler

    I would never think this would work because Alcohol is a natural inflammatory and we are told to avoid Alcohol. I am going to give it a try and see what happens since there have been some with success and a few credible sources. Thank you!

      • Hal

      The alcohol evaporates leaving the botanicals to reduce inflammation.

    • Dork mork

    What a waste i’d drink the gin and eat the raisin tomorrow!

    • sandra phillips

    It does work, but make sure you buy the Juniper berry infused Gin. My daughter , taking law Enforcement, thanked me profusely for turning her on to it.And buy extra large raisins as well.

      • Margie mcloughlin

      Can I add grated ginger to the gin infused raisins.

    • Betty Fondren

    What kind of Gin?

      • Mary

      Bombay Sapphire Gin because of the great botanicals. Juniper Berries, Lemon Rind, Corriander, Angelica, Orris, Grains of Paradise, Caleb Berries, Cassia Bark, Almonds and Liquouce. It’s blue in a square bottle.

    • c bartlett

    Hi y,all Question just golden raisins , why not the dark ones anyone have a answer?? thanks carson&marlena

      • Julie Thorp

      They’re sulfured—sulfur is thought to affect bioavailability of other chemical components

    • robin

    The late Paul Harvey recommended this remedy for arthritis also

    • SL

    I make the gin soaked raisins and add the honey and cinnamon powder to the same bottle. Tastes great. Its wonderful added to cereal and salads too. It has helped me with my OA.

    • Lana

    How about to make juniper berries tea and soak raisins in. Same process, but no alcohol. Would that work??

    • Mary

    My mother has SWORN by this forever and is 101 and takes no other medications. Proof enough for me.

    • Millie

    Today is day 1 of soaking these Sunmaid Golden raisins in Gordon’s brand gin. Ice been having aquiles pains along in inflammation. I work in a liquor store and just yesterday Black Friday November 29th 2019 a customer walked in asking for Gordons gin. Then he went on to explain what he uses it for. So I researched third morning & here I am reading this recipe & posting a comment. Let’s see how this goes.

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