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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I have found that Essential Oils can be very effective in providing relief from arthritis pain and should be included as part of your overall plan; with the approval of, or under the direction of your health care professional, of course.


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 some carrier oil to the area as water may increase the sensation. Soap and water will work if you don't have carrier oil handy.

Bergamot Essential Oil

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

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Black Pepper Essential Oil

Blending Black Pepper with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut at 50:50 will help stimulate your circulation and provide relief for arthritis, aching muscles and joints, neuralgia, stiffness, and sprains.

Massage the area with the blend whenever needed.

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Cajeput Essential Oil

Cajeput Essential Oil is known to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation so is well suited for treating rheumatoid arthritis, muscle pains and achy joints.

Add a drop of oil to a lotion or ointment and massage into the area of concern for arthritis pain relief. 

Apply a 50:50 blend of Cajeput and a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.

Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom Salts in a hot bath for a nice relaxing soak.

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Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella Essential Oil can be mixed with an equal amount of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and massaged into sore muscles and joints for soothing arthritis pain relief.

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Clove Oil

Clove Oil is well known for it's ability to dull a toothache but did you know it can also be applied to sore muscles/joints? Mix it with a carrier oil such as 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 Oil is known for it's ability to improve circulation in muscles and joints which will help with rheumatism, decrease muscle cramps, control edema (swollen legs from fluid retention), treat varicose veins, and reduce excessive perspiration.

Massage a 50:50 blend of cypress and carrier oil such as fractionated coconut into your arms and legs in the direction of your heart to assist in blood circulation.

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Eucalyptus Globulus

Eucalyptus Globulus can be used topically in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or mixed with a cup of Epsom Salts in a warm bath to relieve muscle aches and nerve pain.

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Eucalyptus Radiata

Eucalyptus Radiata can play a significant role in your treatment of arthritis. Here are two blends that you can make at home:

Rheumatoid Arthritis anti-inflammatory recipe - Massage your joints 2 to 4 times a day with 30% Eucalyptus Radiata, 20% Helichrysum, and 50% carrier oil.

Osteoarthritis - Massage your joints 2 to 4 times a day with 30% Eucalyptus Radiata, 20% Thyme, and 50% carrier oil.

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Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense will help control inflammation in your muscles and joints and can act as a mild sedative. Use a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut.

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Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum Essential Oil has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on your body. Rub a few drops directly on arthritis, sore muscles and bruises.

A massage of a 50:50 blend of Helichrysum and carrier oil such as fractionated coconut can be effective for:

  • arthritis pain
  • muscle aches and pains
  • neuralgia
  • rheumatism
  • sprains
  • strained muscles

Helichrysum essential oil has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on your body. Rub a few drops directly on arthritis, sore muscles and bruises.

Helichrysum can be applied for arthritis pain, rheumatism and strained muscles in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil. Helichrysum is used in a couple blends that I discuss further down this page.

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Juniper Essential Oil

Juniper reduces the accumulation of uric acid which creates rheumatic and gout conditions. Take a warm bath using 15 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts; massage the area with a 25:75 blend of (Juniper/carrier oil); add a hot compress or heating pad to help the process along.

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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender can be used for lumbago, muscle aches/pains, 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 a carrier oil such as 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.

Mix in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut and massage the area of concern.

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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 be used to ease the pain of gout, rheumatism and muscle aches/pains. Massage using a 50:50 blend with carrier oil such as fractionated coconut.

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Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme Essential Oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and acts like an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to lower inflammatory levels in your body.

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

Massage the area with a 25:75 blend including a carrier oil such as coconut and aloe

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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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