Happy Thursday ladies. Today, I’m updating a post from a few years ago because I see the error of my ways. You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks but you can remind them of ones they knew;)
Several years ago, arthritis in my thumb began inching toward excruciating. My doctor prescribed a hand brace and copious amounts of Advil to reduce the pain. The results were not terrific. Some days my entire hand burns and I have trouble using it at all so I decided to try an urban myth that promises great relief. Gin-soaked raisins.
I have to admit, that shot was an
amazingly uncomfortable excruciating procedure and no amount of numbing spray could make it tolerable.
Several years ago, a friend recommended something she swears by, which I thought sounded insane. The theory is that a daily regimen of ingesting gin-soaked raisins will help ease the pain of arthritis. I thought she was kidding but a quick look around the internet turns up many recipes and testimonials about its effectiveness.
It sounded so unlikely I checked it on Snopes, the definitive internet fact-checking resource for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors
Here’s my gin-soaked raisin recipe:
- Before you get started, make sure your gin is made with real juniper berries. This is a critical component.
- Put the golden raisins in a shallow glass container and add enough gin to just cover the raisins.
- Cover the container with cheesecloth and allow to stand until the raisins absorb the gin and the remaining liquid evaporates which usually takes about one week.
- Each day, eat NINE of these “drunken” raisins.
I let my raisins sit for 2 weeks, not to make them stronger but because they looked gross. Some of my raisins didn’t plump up. They actually looked pretty nasty so I assume they were too dried out to start with and I tossed them.
Gin soaked raisins are an acquired taste but if they help the pain, they’re worth it.
Update, this did help alleviate some of my arthritis pain so I gradually stopped taking them! Very dumb. I’m back in a thumb brace, waiting for the cortisone to kick in and preparing my next batch of gin-soaked raisins.
Have you tried this?
Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!