To use essential oils for arthritis pain relief, choose ones with the potential to 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:
You can use the same oils to relieve the pain of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, even though the two conditions have different causes. Also, see blends for gout.
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.
Blend the essential oils into a teaspoon of carrier oil or milk. Stir the blend into a bath of comfortably warm water. You can also add Epsom salt, if you like.
Bath Blend #1
You can also just soak your feet or hands in a basin of water with one drop of each of these oils.
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Bath Blend #2
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Bath Blend #3
Hand or Foot Soak
Fill a basin with tepid to warm water (unless you have swelling and redness, then use cool water). Stir in essential oils. Soak your hands or feet.
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
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Use a carrier oil of choice in the following blends, Some sources suggest St. John's wort oil as a carrier oil for arthritis. Also, if you are not allergic to peanuts, peanut oil may help relieve arthritis.
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You can also add one tablespoon of this blend to a bath.
Blend oils in a small dark bottle. Shake well. Massage a few drops into painful areas several times a day.
Adapted from The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide.
If you want a three-stage program for using essential oils for arthritis, you can find a program in The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (pages 282–287 in the 25th Anniversary Edition).