Arthitic Pain

Oils & Blends:  Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Oregano, Peppermint, Vetiver, Wintergreen

Also consider: Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Lime, Sandalwood


see also Back Pain, Bursitis

See below for the distinction between arthritis and rheumatism.

Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis originate from an inflammatory condition in the joints. Essential oils can reduce inflammation and provide pain relief but does not reverse damage if the condition has progressed to the point of destruction of joint structures. In his book, Nature’s Living Energy, Dr. David Hill comments, “In treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis, I have found that a combination of Lemon and Myrrh, or Oregano applied topically can be quite soothing to inflamed joints.” A pain blend is also very effective. Many essential oils like Peppermint, Wintergreen, citrus oils, and Lavender are both analgesic and anti-inflammatory, making them beneficial for inflammation and pain. Particularly for inflammation: Myrrh, Oregano and citrus blends..

Difference in Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Both cause inflammation in the joints of the body and can result in pain, difficulty, and even deformity in the limbs.  Here is a brief summary of the difference:

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, is a result of wear and tear on the joints and therefore usually occurs more frequently with advanced age.  In each joint of the body where there is bone-to-bone contact thecontacting surfaces of the bones are covere with a smooth coating of cartilage.  To aid in lubrication there is also synovialfluid in the joint.  In osteoarthritis this cartilage is worn or degenerates and eventually allows actual bone-on-bone contact.  This results in inflammation in the bone and surrounding area and sometimes stimulates formation of bone spurs on the bones.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and can happen at a much earlier age than is typical for osteoarthritis.  In rheumatoid arthritis the body attacks the synovial membrane and other connective tissue in the joint causing inflammation.  This inflammation then leads to deterioration of the cartilage in the joint with the accompanying pain and difficulty in movement.

Arthritis vs. Rheumatism

Arthritis is the common term used today to refer to diseases that affect the joints. Rheumatism is an older referred to diseases that caused pain and stiffness not only in the joints but in bones, ligaments or tendons as well.

Suggested protocols:

Rhuematoid Arthritis: see specific suggestions for auto-immune

Temporary pain relief – Birch, Soothing Blend, Peppermint, Wintergreen and other anti-inflammatory oils applied topically to the affected area, use a carrier oil for those with sensitive skin. Follow topical oils with Soothing Blend Rub and heat pad for deeper penetration. Wintergreen should be diluted with a carrier before topical application.

 Equal drops of Wintergreen, Lemongrass, Frankincense, and Eucalyptus blended with a 50% carrier of coconut oil has been found by some to be the effective formula for arthritic pain.

An oil or blend should be applied directly to the affected areas using light massage. Use a hot compress after massage application for deeper penetration and relief. For further relief use a local bath for the hands or feet. Fill a bath bowl with hot water. Add 3-4 drops of the oil or blend and soak your hands or feet till the water begins to cool. Agitate the water often to keep the oils well mixed with the water.

Since arthritis is more often a chronic condition some will benefit most by rotating between a variety of oils.  Others have lived with the pain for so long or have used prescription medications they may not respond immediately to the oils.

Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.