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Best Essential Oils for Arthritis

From ginger to peppermint, these essential oils for arthritis will relieve any of your soreness, pain, and swelling.

By Olivia AmberPublished 6 years ago 4 min read
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Arthritis, or swelling and pain of the joints, affects 20 percent of the American population. Suffering from soreness, pain, swelling, and discomfort, arthritis patients will turn to anything to relieve their symptoms. But what better route to go than the natural one?

These are the top ten best essential oils for arthritis. From peppermint oil to cayenne essential oil, each of these oils have the healing properties to relieve even the most painful symptoms of arthritis.

Ginger oil is first on our list of the best essential oils for arthritis. A therapeutic oil that is best used for its anti-inflammatory properties, the treatment can affect a variety of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis.

Due to the phytochemicals such as geraniol, neral, borneol, camphene, and geraniol that the oil contains, ginger works great by simply massaging the oil into the arthritis affected areas. Or, you can even mix the oil with lavender, lemongrass, or any of the other essential oils we will touch on in this article.

Next on our list of the best essential oils for arthritis is peppermint oil. This is one of the most popular essential oils for its healing properties. And with such strong anti-inflammatory properties, the oil works great to tackle arthritis pain.

Plus, it has an anesthetic effect that will aid in relieving swelling as well as painful joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is particularly affected best by this oil. To use, mix about five to 10 drops of the oil with two tablespoons of warmed coconut oil. This mixture can be rubbed directly onto the locations that need pain relief.

Eucalyptus essential oil is yet another popular oil used to relieve discomfort and pain. This oil is derived from gum tree leaves from Australia, Eucalyptus globulus. Most known for its strong aroma, eucalyptus is an anti-inflammatory oil that also aids in relaxation. Rub the oil over your swollen joints, and you will immediately feel relief.

However, it is best used in a mixture of other essential oils; because of its strong properties, it can cause skin irritation on its own. To test it out, try it on a small patch of skin at first.

Rosemary is one of the best essential oils for arthritis due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This is due to the rosmarinic acid found in the leaves of the shrub Rosmarinus officinalis.

Plus, other bioactive substances found in the oil are used to help aid arthritis sufferers. To diminish aches and pains in the joints, you will rub this oil into your skin in circular motions, and continue this process whenever necessary.

Cayenne essential oil is used mostly for its analgesic properties, relieving pain, and diminishing inflammation. Cayenne oil comes from cayenne pepper chilies and has the primary active ingredient of Capsaicin. Also included in this oil is a neurotransmitter peptide of substance P. Responsible for relieving pain, capsaicin will counteract the molecule that responds to pain sensations in the brain.

To use, apply a few drops of the oil, and continue this process two to three times a day for a few weeks to receive the best effects of the essential oil.

Next on our list of the best essential oils for arthritis is lavender oil. Lavender oil comes from the flower buds of Lavandula angustifolia. Best used for arthritis for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender oil has a drastic improvement for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

To use, drop three to five drops to mix with a carrier oil and apply to the skin around the areas that are most affected by the arthritis. Rub it in a circular motion, and repeat the process whenever necessary. You should feel immediate relief.

Myrrh oil is used by arthritis sufferers because of the effects it has on swelling joints. The oil was commonly used in many ancient religious traditions, especially in a medical manner. The effects of myrrh have been studied to find that it is equivalent to the NSAIDs used for treating arthritis. To reduce swelling, the inflammatory substance, leukotoxin, is found in myrrh oil.

Often mixed with olive oil, you should apply this mixture directly to your affected joints.

Lemongrass oil is not only great for its sweet smell, but for its fighting properties against arthritis pain. Both an astringent and diuretic, the oil is used to draw out the excess fluid from the affected tissues, and drive the fluid from the body, thus relieving the discomfort caused by arthritis. From salicylates found in lemongrass oil, the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties will aid in relieving pain from those affected by arthritis.

As one of the best essential oils for arthritis, lemongrass oil can also be used for other issues such as depression, insecurity, and anxiety.

Birch oil comes from the bark of the birch tree. A sweet smelling, relaxing, and anti-inflammatory oil, birch oil has salicylic acid that will quickly reduce fluid collection. To improve your joint's range of motion and eliminate inflammation, birch oil should be used with your favorite carrier oil.

Use with caution; you can also dilute the oil with lemongrass for an incredible concoction to apply on inflamed joints. However, birch oil should not be used on those who are currently taking blood thinning medication.

Last but not least on our list of the best essential oils for arthritis is frankincense oil. Another oil used often in religious ceremonies, due to its spiritual experience, frankincense is also used under many other circumstances, including relieving arthritis pain.

Best used to diminish inflammation, this oil is used to prevent damage that may be caused to the cartilages around the joints that are affected by your arthritis. Both the monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes in the oil are used to heal this cartilage, and diminish the pain caused by the inflammation. To use, rub the oil into your skin, and repeat this process on the daily.

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Olivia Amber

Completely invested in the makeup industry. Find me on the couch watching YouTube tutorials and drinking wine.

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