Natural Relief for Arthritis in Aromatherapy

Are you looking for an alternative method of fighting against the discomfort of all those painful –itis brothers?  Here I will share a little about what can be done about it without having to endure all the side effects of conventional medicine. 

Arthritis is a term which is used to describe several diseases of the joints; rheumatoid-, osteo-, and gout.  Usually chronic in nature, arthritis is characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling due to inflammation.  It causes a decreased range of movement and in more serious cases deformity.  Since the reasons for the occurance of arthritis are still not completely established, it is difficult to find a cure for the disease.  Arthritis could be genetic in nature or it may be due to the typical wear and tear on the joints, or even an infection caused by toxin buildup in the body.  


Aromatherapy is a holistic approach to health and wellness using healing and aromatic essential oils,  the life blood of the plants from which they are derived.  The traditional methods of applying aromatherapy to common ailments combine an intricate balance of art and science, encompassing both the intuitive and creative aspects in preparing special purpose blends.

 Aromatherapy not only works to reduce the pain and symptoms caused by arthritis but also helps to stop the cycle of pain, since essential oils aid in reducing inflammation and cleanse toxins from the body.  The inflammation can be addressed with massage blends, rubs, and compresses containing appropriate essential oils.  As an aid in removing the toxin overload in the body, specific essential oils may also be added to the bathwater.  The right mixture of essential oils will help promote relaxation, relieve pain, and alleviate fatigue.  Essential oils can also provide psychological benefits by improving mood and reducing anxiety.

 Aromatherapy blends for the relief of arthritis are made from pure essential oils.  For application to the skin they must be mixed with a cream base, or a carrier oil or lotion.  Essential oils should always be diluted when applied to the skin.  A dilution of 3–5 % essential oils in a carrier or base oil is generally regarded as very effective and safe.

 Some of the more suitable arthritis oils are Lavender, Juniper, Thyme, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cypress, Peppermint, Nutmeg, Chamomile, Scotch Pine, Ginger, Sweet Marjoram, Clove, Black Pepper, and Lemon.

 One of the most effective ways to use aromatherapy for relieving pain and reducing inflammation is a hot compress:

 1.            Fill a medium size bowl with hot, but not scalding water.

2.            Add 3 to 6 drops of essential oil.

3.            Fold a piece of sterile cotton cloth and dip it into the bowl.

4.            Squeeze out excess water, but not too much.

5.            Place the wet, hot cloth onto the affected area until it has cooled down to body temperature.

6.            Repeat steps 3 through 5 at least two to three times.

7.            Wrap treated area in a dry, warm towel or blanket and rest for a while.

 Another good way to use aromatherapy for arthritis relief is to rub diluted essential oils (see above for dilution) onto pulse points and affected areas during the day.  Applying essential oils throughout the day can help to alleviate pain and tension.  The essential oils on the skin are quickly absorbed and enter the bloodstream.  This is an excellent form of arthritis relief and works also well as a preventative measure.

 Aromatherapy is a natural, safe and economical option to deal with the pain, inflammation, and other symptoms of arthritis.  And above all, it has no negative side effects as so many of the conventional treatments do.  In mild cases of arthritis, aromatherapy is often all that is needed to make a person comfortable.

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