How To Use Aromatherapy For Arthritis 

Arthritic Fingers | Using Essential Oils for Arthritis

To use aromatherapy for arthritis, 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 rheumatoid arthritis and for osteoarthritis include:

  • Balsam fir
  • Clove
  • Copaiba
  • Helichrysum
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine
  • White fir

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.

Click here for studies about the inflammation-relieving properties of essential oils.

Bath Aromatherapy For Arthritis 

Blend the essential oils into a teaspoon of carrier oil or milk. Stir the blend into a bathtub 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

  • 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

The same source recommends this bath blend of essential oils for gout, a specific type of arthritis caused by the formation of urate crystals in a joint (most commonly the joint at the base of the big toe):

  • 3 drops Roman or German chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Combine oils and add to a bath.

Aromatherapy For Arthritis Massage Oils

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

Blend #1 

  • 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

The same source recommends the following massage blend for gout:

  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops juniper essential oil
  • 2 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon carrier oil 

Massage gently into affected joint 2 to 3 times a day.

Blend #2

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

Source: Healing With Aromatherapy

Blend #3 

  • 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

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