The Best Essential Oils to Relieve Arthritis Pain

The Best Essential Oils to Relieve Arthritis Pain

Like it or not, we can’t stop time. And as we age, our body will face various challenges large and small. Arthritis is one of the most common medical conditions in the country – more than 52 million adults in the US are impacted by it to some degree – over 22 percent of the population. That’s a huge number, and while many cases of arthritis are relatively minor the fact remains that even slight arthritis can lead to diminished quality of life.

That’s why understanding the best way to control and manage arthritis is so important. And luckily, there are plenty of options out there for doing so – including using essential oils to naturally manage the symptoms.

The Basics of Arthritis

Arthritis is a type of disease that affects the body’s joints. It leads to swelling, pain, and stiffness in and around them and primarily impacts the hands, fingers, toes, feet, knees, hips, and spine. There are two main types of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis – Caused when the cartilage between the joints wears down and creates inflammation and pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – Caused by an autoimmune dysfunction that leads to the body’s immune system destroying the cartilage within it.

No matter the specific type of arthritis that occurs, treatment usually means managing symptoms. There’s no cure for the condition itself, and properly reducing pain, stiffness, and swelling is what doctors will focus on instead.

Natural Ways to Help Arthritis

Arthritis treatment is often handled with pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs. But while these options can indeed provide some measure of relief, they’re not without drawbacks. These medications can lead to side effects, heavy treatment costs, dependency, and more. Because of this, switching to natural treatment is something that makes a lot of sense for arthritis patients. Consider following:

  • Using natural treatments means avoiding most side effects
  • They’re often much cheaper and easier to fit into a budget
  • Essential oils as a treatment also provide additional mental and physical health benefits

In short, trying out natural remedies is something that any arthritis sufferer should consider doing and something that can provide very real relief to you.

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Essential Oils to Relieve Arthritis

Of all the various natural remedies, essential oils are among the most effective. They can offer significant pain reduction, improved mobility, reduced stiffness, and more – all without the side effects of synthetic medication. But not all essential oils are as effective for arthritis as others. Here are the best options to use when you need natural relief from arthritis.

  • Eucalyptus Oil – This essential oil comes from the eucalyptus plant that is native to Australia. Used in that country for centuries by the Aboriginal tribes for its numerous healing properties, it has been found to provide pain relief to swollen, aching, arthritic joints. It’s a good option for quick relief and flare-ups.
  • Peppermint Oil – More than just a popular flavoring in gum and candy, peppermint is also highly effective at reducing inflammation and reducing pain. It can be rubbed on sore, swollen joints as needed to help alleviate the discomfort and add some measure of relief.
  • Lavender Oil – With a sweet, mild scent that is known for helping the mind relax and de-stress, lavender has always been one of the first essential oils added to a home. But it can also help to fight against inflammation, and can often help with not only osteoarthritis, but also with rheumatoid arthritis as well.
  • Rosemary Oil – The same plant used in so many recipes is also effective at healing. This essential oil has been shown to not only reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis, but also to help inhibit the overall progression of arthritis in studies conducted on lab rats. It may help prevent the breakdown of cartilage and thus prevent the severity of the disease.

How to Use Essential Oils

In order to properly use the essential oils listed above, it’s important to remember that applying them directly to the skin can be quite irritating. Instead, it’s best to mix the oils with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil. This helps dilute the oils so they aren’t irritating while still providing a high level of relief. Use a dilution of about 3-5ml of essential oils to every 100ml of carrier oil. Some of the oils may be effective and non-irritating without dilution, like lavender oil, but dilution is always the safer option.

Experiment with different oils and even consider blending two or more of the above options together with the carrier oil until you find the solution that provides the best level of relief. The evidence continues to show that essential oils could help with arthritis pain, and with a bit of time you’ll be able to find the best ones for your own situation.

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65 thoughts on “The Best Essential Oils to Relieve Arthritis Pain

  1. Kathleen says:

    I noticed a huge difference with my arthritis when I used Superior hemp oil. Every few hours I put a few drops under my tongue and it’s night and day! I’m actually able to make coffee in the mornings now, and can even make a fist! The taste isn’t too bad either. I highly recommend this if you’re dealing with any inflammation issues.

  2. Kathleen says:

    I noticed a huge difference with my arthritis when I used Superior hemp oil. Every few hours I put a few drops under my tongue and it’s night and day! I’m actually able to make coffee in the mornings now, and can even make a fist! The taste isn’t too bad either. I highly recommend this if you’re dealing with any inflammation issues.

  3. margaret says:

    ive got osteoporosis and osteoarthritis which are really bad in the bottem half of my back theres no spaces left in the bottem of my spine and very painful i will try your oils

  4. margaret says:

    ive got osteoporosis and osteoarthritis which are really bad in the bottem half of my back theres no spaces left in the bottem of my spine and very painful i will try your oils

  5. Sandi Kreisberg says:

    I’m eager to order my 1st set.its hard to decide where to start… I have lots of areas where I have been struggling and they are not helped by medicines so I am.open to try E.O’s… Thanks for everyones tips and reviews…

  6. Sandi Kreisberg says:

    I’m eager to order my 1st set.its hard to decide where to start… I have lots of areas where I have been struggling and they are not helped by medicines so I am.open to try E.O’s… Thanks for everyones tips and reviews…

  7. Scotty says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I do a ton of typing for my job which is resulting in arthitis of my fingers. I will definitely give this a try once I have all of the essential oils. (pinned it).

  8. Scotty says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I do a ton of typing for my job which is resulting in arthitis of my fingers. I will definitely give this a try once I have all of the essential oils. (pinned it).

  9. Candance Young says:

    Thank you for always giving such helpful tips on everything that you do. My Dad has arthritis in his shoulder and I can’t wait to tell him about this!!

  10. Candance Young says:

    Thank you for always giving such helpful tips on everything that you do. My Dad has arthritis in his shoulder and I can’t wait to tell him about this!!

  11. Debbie Hargis says:

    Nebulizer are the way to Go!! No heat, no water to waste your precious essential oils by diluting them. Just a pure fine mist permeating your room, calming your senses…. Or rejuvenating You!… Whichever you choose. Timed perfectly, you never have to be concerned, these beautifully crafted diffusers will make your day… And night!! I love mine!!!

  12. Debbie Hargis says:

    Nebulizer are the way to Go!! No heat, no water to waste your precious essential oils by diluting them. Just a pure fine mist permeating your room, calming your senses…. Or rejuvenating You!… Whichever you choose. Timed perfectly, you never have to be concerned, these beautifully crafted diffusers will make your day… And night!! I love mine!!!

  13. Cyndie Walls says:

    I have degenerative disc disease, 2 herniated disc in my neck, and osteoporosis. This blog post has some great natural remedies to use. Thank you for sharing this information and the opportunity to win this weekly giveaway. I would love to try this Nebulizing Diffuser because it doesn’t require water just pure oils for better aromatherapy benefits.

  14. Cyndie Walls says:

    I have degenerative disc disease, 2 herniated disc in my neck, and osteoporosis. This blog post has some great natural remedies to use. Thank you for sharing this information and the opportunity to win this weekly giveaway. I would love to try this Nebulizing Diffuser because it doesn’t require water just pure oils for better aromatherapy benefits.

  15. Cyndie Walls says:

    I have degenerative disc disease, 2 herniated discs in my neck, and osteoporosis. This is such Great information regarding arthritis. I’ll definitely try these natural remedies. Thank you for sharing this information! I look forward each week to read your blog posts and would love to win one of these Nebulizing Diffusers. This would be so much better to use for diffusing essential oils because it doesn’t require water and diffuses just essential oils for better aromatherapy benefits. Thank you for the weekly giveaway!

  16. Cyndie Walls says:

    I have degenerative disc disease, 2 herniated discs in my neck, and osteoporosis. This is such Great information regarding arthritis. I’ll definitely try these natural remedies. Thank you for sharing this information! I look forward each week to read your blog posts and would love to win one of these Nebulizing Diffusers. This would be so much better to use for diffusing essential oils because it doesn’t require water and diffuses just essential oils for better aromatherapy benefits. Thank you for the weekly giveaway!

  17. Charlene Lucas says:

    I’m learning more and more about essential oils and how to use them to enhance my overall health and wellness however I do not see “hot oil” warnings often and as peppermint as a hot oil a note to parents should be included regarding safe usage practices around kids!

  18. Charlene Lucas says:

    I’m learning more and more about essential oils and how to use them to enhance my overall health and wellness however I do not see “hot oil” warnings often and as peppermint as a hot oil a note to parents should be included regarding safe usage practices around kids!

  19. DJ says:

    Very interesting, especially about Rosemary’s possibility of preventing further breakdown of cartilage. Thank you for sharing.

  20. DJ says:

    Very interesting, especially about Rosemary’s possibility of preventing further breakdown of cartilage. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Lindsey Brown says:

    Frankincense , Spearmint, and Ylang ylang are fantastic for pain. Thanks so much for the chance to win in your Nebulizing Diffuser Giveaway!

  22. Lindsey Brown says:

    Frankincense , Spearmint, and Ylang ylang are fantastic for pain. Thanks so much for the chance to win in your Nebulizing Diffuser Giveaway!

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