Over 20% of the US population is believed to suffer from some form of arthritis like rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia.
No matter which form of arthritis you have, the common factor among them all is inflammation and pain in the joints accompanied by partial to complete loss of mobility in the joints.
The elderly, and especially women, are more susceptible to developing arthritis.
In conventional medicine, the treatment of arthritis is limited to prescription and OTC anti-inflammatories and analgesics that help reduce pain and swelling and improve range of motion.
However, these treatments can have serious side effects, especially since they are often used for the remainder of the patient’s life.
The Best Essential Oils for Arthritis
Essential oils can help those who suffer from various forms of arthritis by reducing the number of medications needed to alleviate pain and inflammation, and in some cases, eliminating it.
Applying them topically in creams or carrier oil is a great way to experience the benefits of anti-inflammatory and analgesic essential oils on stiff and aching joints.
Some of the best essential oils for arthritis include:
– Birch – one of the most powerful pain relieving essential oils – USE SPARINGLY
– Eucalyptus globulus
– Wintergreen – has very similar properties to birch essential oil – USE SPARINGLY
*** Please note that both birch and wintergreen essential oil are known to thin the blood as they contain similar properties to aspirin. Take caution when using them if you’re on blood thinners.
Essential Oil Recipes for Arthritis
Recommended Blend #1
Dilute in 2 tsp carrier oil and massage a small amount into sore knuckles and joints.
Recommended Blend #2
– 1 drop benzoin
– 1 drop wintergreen
Dilute in 1 tsp carrier oil and massage on location for pain and inflammation.
Another incredibly effective treatment to consider for any type of arthritis is cayenne cream and ointment as well as lotions, creams, or ointments containing Boswellia.
The cayenne and Boswellia, when allied daily will actually saturate joints and soft tissue effectively eliminating or greatly reducing arthritic pain.
If used consistently, you may be able to go many days without re-application.
What have been your favorite essential oils for arthritis? Please share in the comments below!
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