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How To Use Aromatherapy For Arthritis  Pain Relief

Arthritic Fingers | Using Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Arthritis

To use aromatherapy for arthritis pain relief, you want to choose essential oils that can help calm inflammation.

Two of the top choices are peppermint and wintergreen. Add 5 to 10 drops of one of the oils to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and rub into painful joints.

Other suggested essential oils for arthritis (from various sources) include:

  • Balsam fir
  • Basil
  • Black pepper
  • Clove
  • Copaiba
  • Eucalyptus
  • Helichrysum
  • Lemon
  • Marjoram
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine
  • Rosemary

You can use the same oils to relieve the pain of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, even though the two conditions have different causes.

You may need to experiment to see what works best for you. Start by trying some of the blends suggested in this article.

Note: If you are new to essential oils, test each essential oil on a small area before using it on a larger area to make sure your skin is not sensitive. If you are sensitive to an oil, substitute other essential oils.

Bath Aromatherapy For Arthritis 

Blend the essential oils into a teaspoon of carrier oil or milk. Stir the blend into a bath of comfortably warm/hot water.

Bath Blend #1

  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops marjoram essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil

You can also just soak your feet or hands in a basin of water with one drop of each of these oils.

Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies

Bath Blend #2

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops German chamomile essential oil

Source: Essential Oils For Healing

Bath Blend #3

  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 3 drops marjoram essential oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop cypress essential oil

Source: Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home

Aromatherapy For Arthritis Massage Oils

Make a massage blend using essential oils and carrier oil. Gently massage a little of the blend into painful joints several times a day.

Warming Massage Oil For Arthritis

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) trauma oil
  • 6 drops ginger essential oil
  • 8 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 6 drops elemi essential oil:
  1. Add the trauma oil to a one-ounce PET plastic or glass bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils, screw on cap tightly, and shake to blend.

Source: Essential Living

Blend #2

  • 10 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops marjoram essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon carrier oil 

Source: Essential Oils Desk Reference

Blend #3

  • 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops wintergreen essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil

Source: Healing With Aromatherapy

Blend #4

  • 2 drops juniper essential oil
  • 3 drops German chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops ginger essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops wintergreen essential oil
  • 4 drops marjoram essential oil
  • 6 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 4 tablespoons carrier oil

You can also add one tablespoon of this blend to a bath.

Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Blend #5

  • 7 drops cypress essential oil
  • 7 drops copaiba essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamanu oil

Source: 150 Ways to Use Essential Oils by Eden's Garden

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