Have you tried essential oils for arthritis? Though many welcome the chilly winter months with open arms, those suffering from various forms of arthritis may come to dread them. Not only is the frigidly cold season a painful combination of stiff joints and aching bones; the physical unease associated with arthritic pain can destroy the holiday season for just about anyone.
Worry not, for nature has not forsaken you. A useful combination of natural essential oils can quickly remedy you of your discomfort and find you reprieve in the weather you so dread.
Essential Oils for Arthritis
Essential oils may be your ticket to a night of sound sleep or a relaxed evening free from discomfort and soreness. Here is a helpful list of all the essential oils and some DIY ideas for use.
1. Rosemary Essential Oil
A study carried out in 2001 concluded that the rosmarinic acid found in the rosemary plant is effective in reducing arthritic-related inflammation. The acid reduces seasonal allergy responses in adults as well.
Rosemary oil also soothes joint-pain. Mixing a few drops of the oil with peppermint and coconut oil to dramatically relieve arthritic and muscular pain.
2. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense oil is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. In a study conducted in 2014, frankincense oil was found to be more effective in relieving bone, joint, and tendon inflammation than average over-the-counter medication.
Frankincense is also effective in reducing and slowing down cartilage break-down. Use a few drops in your unscented may prove to be the needed remedy.
3. Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil
Marjoram Sweet oil carries analgesic or soothing properties. Applying a marjoram body oil or lotion on the affected area can effectively relieve arthritic pain. Applying a cold compress reduces inflammation and soothes the joints in one go.
4. Birch Essential Oil
Birch oil is often combined with various other essential oils as a major component to relieve both inflammation, and muscle cramps. Birch oil contains both methyl salicylate and salicylic acid which profoundly reduce discomfort in bones and joints, and soothe muscular spasms and cramps. This essential oil can become toxic so use only low doses.
Birch oil can be mixed with coconut oil to create a soothing salve. Additionally, the oil can also be combined with lemongrass and geranium oil for optimal results.
**Keep out of reach of children, this oil must have a safety lid as it can be poisonous to children if they drink it.
5. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is often ised to produce analgesic-like properties that are often present in painkillers. Peppermint oil acts as a natural muscle relaxant. When combined with lavender oil, it can produce a cooling, soothing effect.
6. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil is a perfect way for you to relieve arthritic inflammation. It also behaves as an analgesic, targeting affected or sore areas to soothe and relieve pain. When mixed with other essential oils, such as rosemary, lavender oil proves to be very calming and soothing on both a physical and psychological level.
7. Lemongrass & Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Both strong-scented essential oils have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Whether combined together or used separately, both have effectively soothing and therapeutic effects for arthritic pain. Lemongrass behaves as a diuretic, drawing out excess liquid from tissues and reducing inflammation.
Rubbing both oils on affected areas may provide mild to moderate relief, make sure to first dilute the essential oils in a suitable carrier oil like jojoba oil.
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