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.
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:
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.
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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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 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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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 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 Radiata can play a significant role in your treatment of arthritis. Here are two blends that you can make at home:
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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 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:
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Apply 2 - 4 times daily
Apply 2 - 4 times daily
Look for blends that have titles similar to the following:
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.
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.
In cases where you need a little extra arthritis pain relief consider using oils discussed on my page about Pain Management.
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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