How to Use Essential Oils for Arthritis Pain Relief
Arthritis has been affecting people for a long time. According to some reports, as far back at 4500 B.C. our ancestors relied on natural remedies to treat the pain. Some of those remedies were essential oils for arthritis pain relief. Ancient cultures used essentials oils extracted from plants and trees in their medicines.
Aromatherapy is still considered an effective way to relieve painful joints today. Researches are not sure how they help, but they suspect that it allows us to relax, and stimulates the part of the brain that promotes healing.
Try these 5 essential oils for arthritis:
- Birch Oil
Birch oil provides relief from arthritis joint pain and those cramps that always visit in the middle of the night. You can use birch oil topically with carrier oil such as coconut oil in a roller-ball applicator. Rub as a slave on your hands to make arthritis bearable.
- Lavender Oil
As a soothing relaxer and reliever of arthritis, lavender oil can help reduce soreness and inflammation around painful areas. It works by increasing oxygenation and circulation. Mix about 5-10 drops with warm olive oil before massaging the oil into the affected areas. For a full body relief, you may add several drops to your warm bath and soak.
- Peppermint Oil
Because of the l-menthol present in this oil, it contains inflammatory properties. Coupled with its natural pain reliving properties, this oil is perfect for the topical treatment of painful inflammation. To treat painful joints apply a few drops of the oil mixed with a tsp. of almond oil and rub on hands. Since peppermint oil is very strong undiluted, it should be combined with carrier oil before applying to the skin.
- Eucalyptus oil
This oil is great for Improving circulation and natural healing. Eucalyptus oil’s minty fragrance makes it great for pain relief, especially for people suffering from joint pain. It works by opening the blood vessels to increase circulation and boost the body’s healing process. You can mix this with peppermint oil as well for a combined treatment.
- Marjoram Oil
Marjoram oil is good for those stiff and achy joints. Remember don’t use this oil on broken or sensitive skin, as it can be irritating. Marjoram essential oil also has a calming effect that relieves stress, which is what causes a lot of our pain in the first place. When applied topically with carrier oil, it can relax the muscles and relieve soreness, while promoting calmness.
These essential oils have been providing relief to many people for years. Along with your MYONATURAL pain reliever cream, add a few of these oils to your medicine cabinet to fight off those pesky, achy joints.
A word of caution: Tell your doctor if you are using herbal supplements or other alternative treatments because they can sometimes interfere with conventional anti-inflammatory treatments. Always update your doctor of all natural treatments that you use.
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