Arthritis is one of the most common health issues for older people: it impairs the flexible movement of the joints, and its symptoms can include swelling, pain, stiffness and immobility of that particular joint.
Modern medical science has developed many medicines for the treatment of arthritis, but none of them are entirely free of side effects. Some can even lead to entirely new problems.
It is always best to heal your body in a natural way when that’s possible and effective. Fortunately, there are natural arthritis treatments that have been tested for years and proven to work wonders. One of these, which is easily available everywhere, is essential oils. These oils work directly on the brain cells responsible for our emotions, which helps the user to relax and thus helps the body do its repair work on the joints affected by arthritis.
With that said, here are nine of the best essential oils for arthritis treatment.
9 Best Essential Oils For Arthritis
1. Frankincense Oil
Known to the medical world for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, frankincense oil is one of the most commonly used oils for alleviating arthritis. It’s double beneficial because it also fights autoimmune diseases and bone loss caused by excessive usage.
2. Marjoram Oil
Marjoram oil is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory for natural healing, where it’s used in treating various injuries like bruises, sprains and muscle stiffness. Apart from reducing pain and swelling, this oil also works to remove anxiety and relax the body, which helps the healing process even more.
3. Wintergreen Oil
This menthol-scented oil is widely used in commercial pain relievers as an anti-inflammatory, and is well known for its ability to heal muscle and bone related problems. This combination of properties makes it one of the best essential oils for arthritis.
4. Clove Oil
Cloves’ longstanding popularity as a spice has made clove oil widely available, but it’s good for much more than baking. Clove oil is highly regarded in the medical community for its ability to reduce and prevent inflammation, including the inflammation caused by arthritis.
5. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is another common household oil that also happens to have significant analgesic, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. When used by arthritis sufferers, it relieves the pain and provides much-needed soothing comfort.
6. Ginger Oil
Ginger is a plant with numerous medical uses, and there is no doubt it can help with arthritis. A powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant with slight analgesic properties, it seems to act at the cellular level to reduce inflammation and pain.
7. Rosemary Oil
Generally known for its sweet scent, rosemary oil is also very well known in the medical world for its pain removing ability. This oil acts as a pain reliever that also reduces inflammation. When massaged into joints, this oil proves to be very efficient in reducing pain and swelling caused by to arthritis. It also boosts circulation of blood to the joints.
8. Lavender Oil
This lovely flower-scented oil is best known for its relaxing smell. Its other medicinal properties are less well known, but in fact lavender oil can help in many ailments. When used on arthritis affected areas it reduces the soreness and swelling, as well as relaxing the muscle tendons by increasing the blood circulation. When used properly lavender oil increases oxygen absorption levels, which in turn helps in lessening the pain.
9. Eucalyptus Oil
This pungent oil is famous for numerous uses ranging from cleaning to medical treatments. With its analgesic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, eucalyptus oil is very well suited for treating arthritis. It penetrates deeply when massaged into the body, which helps increase blood circulation and relax muscles in the area.
How to Use Essential Oils to Treat Arthritis Pain
Essential oils will give exceptional results when used properly; however, incorrect use can lead to disaster.
If you’ve never used essential oils before, you need to take some precautions. Apply a small amount of the essential oils blend for arthritis pain to your skin and wait for 24 hours to see if there is any reaction. This test is just to make sure that you won’t have any irritation when you use the oil therapeutically.
If you notice any adverse effects, seek a doctor’s advice before applying more of the mixture. If there is no reaction you can start gently massaging the oil mixture onto the affected area two or three times a day.
Essential Oil Recipes for Arthritis
So now that you know how essential oils can help with arthritis pain, it’s time to make some recipes. I recommend you mix and match any of the oils above with carrier oil and rotate them. This way you don’t use too much of an oil and you get a chance to benefit from all of them.
Essential oil recipe for pain with Aloe Vera
Andrea makes a great pain gel here. She uses
Add the oils and aloe vera gel to a 2 oz PET plastic flip-top bottle (these are the ones I like and use).
Ginger Root Essential Oil From Majestic Pure, Therapeutic Grade, Pure and Natural, 4 fl. oz.Radha Beauty Lavender Essential Oil 4 Oz – 100% Pure & Natural Therapeutic GradeUSDA Certified Organic Rosemary Essential Oil 4 oz by Mary Tylor Naturals, Premium Therapeutic Grade, 100% Pure & Natural
Essential oil recipe for arthritis
This mixture is a cool, refreshing blend that will calm and soothe your arthritis pain. Use it any time you need relief.
- 2 oz avocado oil (this oil is anti-inflammatory, but if you don’t have it, just use any other carrier oil you have on hand). Or, you can replace the carrier oil with aloe vera gel, for a stronger cooling feeling
- 5 drops wintergreen oil
- 2 drops frankincense
- 3 drops clove oil
- 5 drops Lavender
Mix oils together and use a few drops on your knees or elbows, or wherever your arthritis pain is.