Arthritis is a disease characterized with painful inflammation on the joints, and it is a common term for conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and fibromyalgia which cause swelling, often followed by partial or even total loss of the ability to move your joints.
It is estimated that about 20 percent of the population in the United States is affected by some form of this disease which can be a big impediment and issue in carrying on with daily life.
Below are a number of essential oils which will abate and ease the pain caused by arthritis and you can lay off the pharmaceuticals as these natural ointments are all you will need. You may use them on their own or even combine them to add to the effect.
1. Peppermint oil
While peppermint may be used more as a candy glaze and flavor, it is actually an effective anti-inflammatory medicine that has an anaesthetic effect and can ease pain and inflammation precipitated by arthritis, especially by rheumatoid arthritis.
Blend 5 to 10 drops of peppermint oil with 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil and you’ll have an excellent pan-relief liniment.
You can also mix the peppermint oil with other oils from this list to get a more powerful medicine against arthritis. Use it as much as you need until you feel relief from pain.
2. Eucalyptus oil
The eucalyptus oil is extracted from the eponymous gun tree native to Australia that has that distinct potent scent. The key component of the oil is Eucalyptol, but is also rich in several other agents that are helpful against inflammation.
Dilute eucalyptus oil in carrier oil and apply it on inflamed joints for immediate relief. But bear in mind that this oil can result in skin irritation in many people, which is why you should first test a small amount of it on an affected area.
3. Ginger oil
While ginger is a wide-known culinary spice, it has therapeutic benefit as well, and it contains properties helpful in treating inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
Ginger oil contains a number of strong phytochemicals like geraniol, geranial, borneol, camphene, neral…
Add some ginger oil mixed with carrier oil on affected areas and apply a warm compress to help absorption. You can also mix it with lemongrass and lavender essential oils.
4. Lavender oil
Similar to the previous one, lavender oil possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and when applied topically it can help with rheumatoid arthritis.
You can use lavender oil as it is or dilute it in a teaspoon of carrier oil to relieve pain and prevent skin irritation of any kind. Apply and rub it in a circular motion on affected area.
Lavender oil may also enhance blood circulation on irritated area and ease inflammation. Moreover, lavender oil comes with a soothing sensation which will ameliorate stress caused by acute arthritis.
5. Cayenne pepper oil
Cayenne pepper oil, extracted from the eponymous chilies, contains analgesic properties but it will take a few days before you’ll see any effect.
It’s helpful in relieving inflammation and pain. Just dilute several drops of cayenne pepper oil with coconut oil and apply it on affected area several times a day for a few weeks. If any skin irritation occurs stop the use and see a health practitioner.
6. Rosemary oil
Rosemary oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties as well, and its main constituent, rosmarinic acid, carries this anti-inflammatory quality, but there are also other bioactive substances that act as support.
Some studies have discovered that rosmarinic acid prevents the spreading of rheumatoid arthritis in rats, and from that it is assumed that it has a similar effect on people who suffer from this condition.
7. Frankincense oil
Frankincense oil is made from dried resins from the Boswellia genus trees which are native to the Middle East and Africa, and has been used in religious ceremonies due to its alleged power to heighten spiritual experiences.
Research has deduced that frankincense oil can stop the spreading of rheumatoid arthritis by slowing down the production of some inflammatory substances which can cause damage to the cartilages.
8. Myrrh oil
Similar to frankincense, myrrh oil is known to have been used by ancient cultures as incense and as medicine to treat a number of conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties, according to research, are on a par with NSAIDS used to treat arthritis.
You may mix Myrrh oil with olive oil and rub some of it on affected areas to reduce inflammation and swelling by decreasing levels of the inflammatory component known as leukotaxine.
9. Lemongrass oil
Lemongrass oil acts as an astringent and diuretic and expels redundant fluid from the tissues, thus helping reduce inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Lemongrass oil also has an antidepressant effect.
While many essential oils are packed with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties from salicylates, lemongrass has other active agents like Citronellal, Myrcene, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, and Nerols, and may come very helpful for people who are allergic to aspirin.
10. Birch oil/Sweet Birch oil
The birch essential oil, extracted from the bark of the birch tree Betula lenta, has potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities and is extremely helpful in easing pain and inflammation on the joints caused by tendonitis, gout, and osteoarthritis.
Pure birch oil can even be too potent if it’s used on its own, which is why it is always advisable to mix it with lemongrass oil or carrier oils before you rub it on sore joints.