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.
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Blending Black Pepper with a carrier oil 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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Citronella Essential Oil can be mixed with an equal amount of carrier oil such as coconut oil and massaged into sore muscles and joints for soothing relief.
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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 at a 25:75 ratio and massage into the painful area. It also helps with circulation.
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Eucalyptus Globulus can be used topically in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil or mixed with a cup of Epsom Salts in a warm bath to relieve muscle aches and nerve pain.
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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.
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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 and apply to the affected area.
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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.
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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.
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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 carrier oil.
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Apply 2 - 4 times daily
Apply 2 - 4 times daily
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
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