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Tuesday 11 September 2018

Essential Oils For Arthritis

Arthritis is a term used for conditions such as  osteoarthritis , rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia that precipitate swelling an pain in the joints often accompanied by partial to complete loss of joint movement.

Older people and women have a probability of developing arthritis, so do those carrying certain gene variations that predispose them to lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and similar conditions. Age, gene, and genetic factors apart from infections and injuries to joints, obesity and oc

If you have ever suffered arthritis, you will understand why natural remedy especially aromatherapy is being suggested  as the most effective and enduring remedy for arthritis.

Essential oils appears to be the purest  essences of the therapeutic herbs for arthritis.  They can always deliver  great relief without all the undesirable side effects of conventional drugs.

The following essential oils have been found to be effective in treating arthritis on their own and in combination,

1.  Peppermint Oil

Often called Mint Oil, has excellent anti inflammatory properties along with an anaesthetic   effect that helps in relieving the pain and swelling assoicated with arthritic conditions, especially rheumatoid arthritis.

Mix 5 - 10 drops of peppermint oil with 2 tbsp warmed coconut oil to make a ready to use salve.  It can be mixed with other oils if you wish need it stronger.  Use as often as needed for relief.

2.  Ginger Oil

The excellent anti inflammatory effect of ginger oil is useful in treating a variety of inflammatory conditions, including arthritis.  The essential oil of ginger is extracted from the unpeeled rhizome of zingiber officinale.  The oil contains several potent phythochenicals such as geraniol, geranial, neral, borneol, camphene, etc

Massage ginger oil diluted in a carrier oil into the affected area and use a warm compress to enhance absorption.  Try mixing it with essential oils like lavenda

3. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oils comes from the leaves of the plant Rosmarins officinialis .  It possess both analgesic and anti inflammatory properties.  The active ingredient in this oil is rosmarinic acid found to inhibit the progression of rhematoid arthritis in rats.

4.  Lemongrass Oil

This citrusy oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems of cynbopogon citratus grass.  In fact in Ayurvedic therapy for arthritis, the steam from lemongrass boiling in water is directed towards the affected joints.  The warmth from the steam facilitates the absorption of the oil deep into the tissues.  This provides long lasting pain relief.  Lemon grass oil is astringent and diuretic, drawing out excess fluid from the tissues and driving it out of the body.  This helps in combating the widespread inflammation Characteristic of arthritis and lupus.

Another major advantage of lemongrass oil is its antidepressant effect, which can help reduce the feeling of insecurity and depression that plague many people with debilitating arthritis.  Unlike many essential oils that produce an anti inflammatory and analgesic effect from salicylates, lemongrass oil has a different set of active agents such as Citronellal, Myrcene, Limonene, "Citral, Geraniol and Nerol.  These special ingredients acts as bonus  for people who are allergic to asprin and those taking blood thinning drugs/

5. Tumeric Oil

The most active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has  become known as a great anti inflammatory.  It increases circulation and heat and highly effective in helping people manage rheunatoid arthritis. Taking turmeric tea is also effective in relieving arthritis pain.

6.  Lavender Oil

This is another gentle and popular oil especially as it helps in calming the body and mind to restful sleep.  It is a sweet aromatic oil very good for beginners.  Merely inhaling it gives result.  Using with other carrier oils coconut or olive is great for massage and entire body.  It is good for hair too.  It is one of my favourite oils.

7.  Clove oil

This is another essential oil that works to reduce pain especially tooth ache.  It works where ever there is inflammation.

Carrier oils are the oils that you can use as the main base oil. They are oils that you go with your essential oils. 

Popular carrier oils

Almond Oil

Jojoba oil

Amla oil

Coconut oil

Argan oil

Olive oil

Grapeseed oil
The most popular and common among the carrier oils is cold pressed coconut

Other good oils for arthritis are:  avocado oil, olive oil, chamomile oil

It is important to note that most essential oils cannot be ingested.  They are best for aromatherapy, mere inhalation, stealing inhaling, body massage or foot and body bath.  They are highly concentrated and should be used with caution and guidance especially if you are a beginner.




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