Arthritis Pain Relief - Essential Oils

Recently arthritis pain relief has become very important to me.

I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and 3 years ago I was suffering with a lot of pain in my knees, elbows and wrists.

If you can relate, this page will be of interest to you because Essential Oils could be the answer you are looking for.

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Essential Oils are effective and can provide relief from arthritis pain so you may want to ask your doctor to include them in his overall plan for your treatment. In many cases, medications that he would normally prescribe can be replaced by essential oils.


Essential oil can be very beneficial in treating arthritis but some precautions should be taken:

  • Before applying essential oil to healthy skin it should be diluted with a carrier oil to avoid irritation.
  • When using oils in aromatherapy you may experience some discomfort such as headache or nausea. This could indicate that the scent is too strong or that another oil should be chosen.


The first thing you need to do for arthritis pain relief is address the inflammation.

After a bath or shower and while your skin is still warm and moist, massage a couple drops of Wintergreen onto the sore area. Wintergreen has a high percentage of methyl salicylate which is the active ingredient in aspirin and other pain relieving products such as Bengay and Tiger Balm.

Wintergreen will cause a heating sensation and in some cases may become uncomfortable. If this occurs add a carrier oil to the area instead of water. Water may only increase the burning. Soap and water can work if you don't have carrier oil handy.

Single Oils for Arthritis Pain Relief

note: What follows are brief introductions to oils that are
useful for the subject condition, ailment or concern.

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Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil can calm inflammation of joints, muscles and nerves. You can add 10-15 drops with one cup of Epsom Salts in a warm bath or massage in a 50:50 blend with fractionated coconut oil.

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Black Pepper Essential Oil

Blending Black Pepper with fractionated coconut at a 50:50 ratio will help to stimulate circulation and relieve the pain of arthritis, aching muscles, joints, sprains and neuralgia.

For arthritis pain relief, use this blend as a massage oil whenever needed.

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Cajeput Essential Oil

Cajeput Essential Oil has antispasmodic and analgesic properties and is able to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain of sore muscles, achy joints and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella Essential Oil can be mixed 50:50 with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil and massaged into sore muscles and joints for soothing arthritis pain relief.

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Clove Oil

Clove Oil is famous for it's ability to dull a toothache but did you know it can also be applied to sore muscles/joints? Mix it with some fractionated coconut at a 25:75 ratio and massage into the painful area. It also helps with circulation.

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Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil helps to improve blood circulation in the muscles and joints and reduces inflammation which among other things, works to lower the incidence of cramps, arthritis pain and rheumatism.

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Eucalyptus Globulus

For arthritis pain relief, Eucalyptus Globulus can be applied topically in a 50:50 blend with carrier oils like fractionated coconut

It can also be mixed with a cup of Epsom Salts in a warm bath to relax muscles and ease aches and pains.

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Eucalyptus Radiata

Like E. Globulus above, Eucalyptus Radiata can also assist with arthritis pain relief through topical application and in a warm bath.

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Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense will help control inflammation in your muscles and joints and can act as a mild sedative.

It has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties.

Use an equal amount of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut and apply topically wherever needed.

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Ginger Essential Oil

The warming effect of Ginger Essential Oil can increase your circulation resulting in arthritis pain relief in your joints and muscles.

As a bonus, Ginger Oil can also help with other aches and pains as well as sprains and rheumatism.

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Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum Essential Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory which can be used topically for arthritis pain relief as well as bruises and sore muscles.

Helichrysum can be applied for arthritis pain, rheumatism and strained muscles in a 50:50 blend using a carrier oil.

Helichrysum can be used with other oils in blends directly targeting arthritis.

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Juniper Essential Oil

Juniper Essential Oil causes improved blood circulation which provides arthritis pain relief as well as reduces the accumulation of uric acid that creates rheumatic and gout conditions.

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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil works on arthritis, muscle aches/pains, lumbago, rheumatism and sprains.

Mix in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut and apply to the affected area for arthritis pain relief.

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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon can ease the symptoms of arthritis and poor circulation when applied in a 50:50 blend with fractionated coconut.

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Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram Essential Oil is useful in easing the pain of neuralgia, arthritis and rheumatism as well as lower back pain, muscle stiffness and sprains.

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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile is effective for easing the pain of arthritis, inflamed joints, neuralgia and rheumatism. taken either topically in a 50:50 blend or in a warm bath mixed (15 drops) with Epsom Salts. It will also stimulate circulation and promote detoxification.

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Sweet Basil Essential Oil

Sweet Basil can can help ease the pain of gout, rheumatism and muscle aches/pains. Massage using a 50:50 blend with fractionated coconut oil.

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Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme Essential Oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties similar to those of NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) but is much safer.

Thyme also has a circulation stimulating effect which assists in alleviating the pain of gout, osteoarthritis, gout, sciatica, rheumatism, as well as sports injuries and muscle aches/pain.

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and sedative properties which make it a valuable addition for arthritis pain relief using multiple oils in a blend.

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Oils for Arthritis Pain Relief

Blends for Arthritis Pain Relief

The result of this study clearly shows that aromatherapy has major effects on decreasing pain and depression levels. Based on our experiment's findings, we suggest that aromatherapy can be a useful nursing intervention for arthritis patients. PubMed

Osteoarthritis Pain Relief

Apply 2 - 4 times daily

Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief

Apply 2 - 4 times daily

Other Blends

Look for blends that have titles similar to the following:

  • Circulation Blend
  • Immune Balancing Blend
  • Inflammation Blend
  • Pain Blend

I will soon develop pages with suggested blend formulas to match the above list. As I do the items in the list will become links.

Blend for General Joint Pain

I am adding this category because I recently stumbled onto a blend that I find very effective for general joint pain including arthritis pain relief.

This blend creates a cooling sensation in the area that I find very relaxing and a nice alternative to the heat you get from Wintergreen. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

More Information

In cases where you need a little extra arthritis pain relief consider using oils discussed on my page about Pain Management.

My Personal Story

For ongoing arthritis pain relief consider taking Moringa Oleifera. I have an interesting story about being pain free for over 2 years by taking this incredible botanical every day.

I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and 3 years ago I was suffering with a lot of pain in my knees, elbows and wrists.

For the last 2.5 years however, I have been pain free thanks to a natural botanical that contains over 90 verified nutrients including 36 anti-inflammatories. 

Unfortunately, a couple months ago I injured my knee and the arthritis added to my pain making recovery a slow process.

I was already involved in the essential oil business and was well aware of the benefits these oils were for people suffering from various forms of arthritis. The time had come to put them to the test on my own body.

Update July 20, 2016: Thanks to essential oils and my miracle product, my knee is again pain free.  

(Contact me if you want more info on Moringa Oleifera)

Related Topics

In pain management we look for ways to eliminate or reduce the pain temporarily. Many essential oils contain natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic or pain-relieving properties so are well suited for this use without exposing yourself to potentially harmful side effects. Pain Management

Essential Oils for back pain relief have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic, antinociceptive as well as anesthetic properties. They are easily absorbed & provide a numbing effect similar to cortisone. They block channels that transmit pain signals to your brain.  Back Pain Relief

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