Gin Soaked Raisins Might Be Used To Manage Arthritis Pain?

This was sent in by three different readers over the past year or so but I was hesitant to publish it since it involves consuming a bit of alcohol and I’m extra cautious with those…but I finally got a chance to do a bit of investigating and found some credible online sources who have declared that it can work for relieving arthritis pain (and why).

First, here’s the gist of this home remedy (all three recipes were pretty much the same so I’ll combine them into one), I added the sources I researched underneath:

Example*Can make any amount you wish, this is just a rough guideline

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


  • Dump them into a glass or ceramic bowl (a large canning jar works too) then pour the alcohol over top until they are *just* covered (they must be fully covered).
  • Cover bowl with a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter (to keep 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 them in a sealed glass jar and refrigerate.


  • Eat 9 of them each day, you can add them to a bowl of cereal if you don’t care for the taste of them on their own. You can also sprinkle with cinnamon to help with the taste.
  • May take 4 to 6 weeks of daily consumption before it starts working.
  • *Variation: One tip suggested eating 15 each day for the first two weeks, then drop to 9.

Who says it works? Dr. Oz himself has declared this one 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 work. 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 sending this in (who each claimed it works for them or for a loved one), sorry I took my time posting it!

If you’re looking for a remedy that doesn’t contain alcohol, I do have a few here to try:

  • Eat tart cherries or drink sour cherry frequently.
  • Cinnamon & Honey: Each morning take 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Fresh Ginger: Take a small piece of peeled, fresh ginger with breakfast, lunch and dinner (piece size about 1/2″).
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey: Each day take one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with a large glass of water (warm).

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

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What Readers Are Saying: 14 Comments
  1. Thomas hicswa says:

    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.

  2. Manuel says:

    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

  3. Del says:

    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

  4. Jenn Siler says:

    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!

  5. Dork mork says:

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

  6. sandra phillips says:

    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.

  7. Betty Fondren says:

    What kind of Gin?

  8. c bartlett says:

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

  9. robin says:

    The late Paul Harvey recommended this remedy for arthritis also

  10. SL says:

    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.

  11. Lana says:

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

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