Which essential oils for arthritis to use




Arthritis is a condition of imbalanced body metabolism. The body simply is not eliminating toxins efficiently. Such factors as stress and anxiety reduce the ability to detox as well as unhealthy diet and environmental pollution. Once a toxic accumulation has built up, it will eventually manifest itself as a disease, taking various forms in different people.

Generally speaking – arthritis is a joint pain or inflammation of a joint. There are different types of arthritis. Some are due to infection and others are due to wear and tear. It can be extremely disabling.

The aromatherapy treatments for different types of arthritis are similar. Osteoarthritis is less likely to be inflammatory, being of ‘tear and wear’ nature, therefore, essential oils that are warming and pain relieving will be helpful. Rheumatoid arthritis responds to anti-inflammatory essential oils as it is more of an inflammatory nature.

Aromatherapy is very effective in treating musculoskeletal problems. Essential oils used in massage and baths have an almost immediate effect on muscle tissue. Some essential oils bring warmth to the body and can provide a considerable amount of pain relief. These oils can also relieve local inflammation by effecting blood vessels to expand, and swelling to reduce.

The therapeutic properties of essential oils with a particular affinity for the musculoskeletal systems are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulants, detoxifying.

Essential oils for arthritis with pain relieving properties also show anti-inflammatory properties.

They are:

Essential oils for arthritis with anti-inflammatory properties are used for swellings, inflammations, arthritis.

They are:

Essential oils such as German chamomile and helichrysum are non-irritating for the skin. Essential oils such as thyme, clove bud, and cinnamon are also anti-inflammatory, but they are known for their skin irritant properties and should be only used topically when mixed with carrier oils.

Essential oils for arthritis can relieve rheumatic problems. They have the specific action on the body such as detoxification, anti-inflammatory, warming and diuretic (increases the secretion of urine).

Essential oils for arthritis with anti-rheumatic properties include:

  • Black pepper
  • Cajeput
  • German chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ginger
  • Juniper berry
  • Lemon
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Pine
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Detoxifying essential oils, also known as depurative, cleanse and purify the blood stream and restore healthier functioning. They are used in the treatment of chronic inflammatory disease, such as of the joints and connective tissues.

They include:

  • Juniper berry
  • Carrot seed
  • Lemon
  • Sweet fennel

Warming essential oils are used to promote circulation to the muscle tissue and skin. They also bring an agreeable feeling of warmth and relief from pain and anti-inflammatory effect.

They include:

  • Black pepper
  • Cajeput
  • Clove bud
  • Ginger
  • Juniper berry
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Thyme

All these essential oils can be used in a bath, local massage or compress over the affected area. After massage, warm bath, or hot compress it is important to move the joint as much as possible to avoid congestion which can make the symptoms even worse.

If the inflamed joint is very tender and painful to touch, the essential oils should be used in a compress, or in a bath.

Massage is recommended during non-acute phase. It can help to improve mobility and the health of the soft tissues surrounding the joint.

Essential oils for arthritis should be mixed with carrier oils before using them in a bath, massage, or compress.



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