Joint Pain Essential Oils
Arthritis is not a new health concern. Ancient human remains over a half million years ago show evidence of degenerative joint disease. Today, about one out of every five adults in the USA has some type of joint pain ( arthritis) (that makes nearly 70 million people), & more than half of those over 65 have arthritis. Additionally, more than 250,000 children have this condition.
Joint disease is not limited to humans either, Many pets suffer from arthritis & joint problems too, & it is a particularly common condition in dogs, cats & horses. Fortunately, many of the essential oils that help humans treat their joint issues can also be used on animals ( see recipes, below).
While there are many oils that can support general & joint health, the featured oils below are considered the most important for anti-inflammatory, circulation & warming qualities.
These oils can all be used in a variety of applications, some of which will be listed in the DIY treatment section which follows
Best Essential Oils For Joint Pain
Chamomile is one of the oldest & most well studied of all the essential oils for joint conditions. It is a versatile essential oil, offering analgesic & anti-inflammatory properties via it’s flavonoid compounds, as well as a calming effect on the mind & psyche.
Chamomile also works on joints, muscles & nerves to relieve pain, so it is an all-round top performer for orthopaedic pain. Another of chamomile’s great qualities is it’s ability to penetrate the skin easily for quick relief.
Finally, chamomile, with it’s antiphlogistic & anti-rheumatic properties, increase circulation, which helps to remove spent cells quickly & speeds healing to injured areas.
HOW TO USE – You can apply chamomile essential oil topically, but you can also inhale it for it’s mental soothing, & you can drink chamomile tea to supplement the effects of the essential oil formulation.
Marjoram, which you may have as a dried herb in your pantry, is also an ideal essential oil for joint pain. Marjoram essential oil has both sedative & anti-inflammatory properties, & it’s helpful for both stiff & painful joints. It can also relieve muscle pain. Muscle pain often accompanies arthritis due to compensating for weak joints or tensing the body. Because it is effective on stiffness, marjoram essential oil is perfect to use first thing in the morning, when many people who suffer from arthritis find it difficult to bend & move.
Turmeric is another common member of the spice aisle that is also made into an essential oil. It has been very well studied for it’s multiple benefits, including the treatment of joint pain. It is the curcumin in turmeric that makes it so efficacious, especially for people with rheumatoid arthritis. By working on interleukin-6 (aka il-6), a cytokine or intercellular messenger in the immune system, turmeric essential oil helps quell discomfort while it eases inflammation. You can supplement your use of turmeric essential oil by including turmeric spice in your diet; It’s a vital element in many Middle Eastern & Indian dishes.
The more we learn of essential oils the more benefits that are found. I’m hoping sometime in my life time that many life threatening illnesses & diseases will be cured with essential oils. The joints are used daily & as such we need all the help we can get, to make them move smoothly & without pain.
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