Arthritis and Joint Pain Relief using Essential oils

by Penny Keay © 2005, 2013

For those who suffer from arthritis pain, all you can think of is what can I do to get some relief?  What kind of arthritis home remedy can I use? Or is there some type of a natural arthritis treatment I could try?

Arthritis can be caused from many things and in translation means "Inflammation of the Joints".  There are several types of arthritis with the most common form being osteoarthritis.  Rheumatoid arthritis and gout are also very common. The pain can involve one joint or many.  Natural remedies for joint pain can also give relief for these types of arthritis.

The pain is often times accompanied by swelling, redness, tenderness and stiffness of the joints.  For most folks you need to keep moving the joints to keep them moving freely.  The pain is what causes most people to refrain from physical activities. 

There are many essential oils and blends that will help relieve the pain and inflammation of the joints.  Again, it may be a trial and error to find a combination that will work best for you.  As would any type of alternative treatment for arthritis.

As always, consult your doctor if you are on special medications and to get approval to try aromatherapy. 

There are several oils you may want to try: 
Eucalyptus, Peppermint (or a combination of the two), Cedarwood, Lavender, Nutmeg, Yarrow, Clove bud and Sage

These should not be applied directly to the skin but should be mixed with your favorite Carrier Oil.  Start with a 1% dilution increasing to as high as a 3% if needed.   Massage into the affected areas 2 or more times daily.  To make a 1% dilution mix 6 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of carrier oil or lotion such as our Massage Lotion. 

Currently we have a customer that says Clove bud mixed with a Carrier Oil and massaged into her knee, gives her relief.   If you want to try this, mix 12 drops of Clove bud in 2 ounces of your favorite Carrier Oil.  Don't mix it any stronger as Clove bud can be a skin irritant. 

Next we have a recipe for a wonderful bath for arthritic joints. The oils in the bath are also a wonderful combination for relaxation. Enjoy!

Arthritic joint Soaking Bath
Juniperberry - 4 drops
Lavender - 2 drops
Cypress - 2 drops
Rosemary - 2 drops
Bath Salt Blend 1-2 cups

Add this blend to a bath while filling or just after filling tub and soak for 20-30 minutes.

Warming Massage blend especially good for sore Joints as in Arthritis
Roman Chamomile - 6 drops
Marjoram - 4 drops
Coriander - 3 drops
Rosemary - 3 drops
V'Nilla Blend - 2 drops
Black Pepper - 1 drop
Ginger - 1 drop
2 ounces of Carrier Oil of your choice.

Blend well in a Plastic or glass bottle. Massage daily into legs, knees or other sore joints.

Adapted From - Aromatherapy Vibrant Health by Roberta Wilson

We have many, many recipes for muscle and joint pain in our Recipes Index . You may want to look through those recipes to see if you can find a few that might work better for you as you pursue your natural home treatments for arthritis.

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