Essential Oils For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Essential Oils For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly begins to attack the cells that keep our joints healthy, causing them to become inflamed, stiff, and painful. It is a progressive disease that will affect the entire body over time. It requires a medical diagnosis and medical treatments in order to keep an acceptable quality of life.

Though it is incurable at this time, there are measures that can be taken to ease the symptoms associated with the disease. This includes inflammation in the joints, swelling, and redness.

Many essential oils contain elements that are anti-inflammatory, help reduce the edema associated with swollen joints, and have analgesic properties to relieve pain.

Some of the top oils for treating rheumatoid arthritis include:

  • eucalyptus
  • frankincense
  • lavender
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • basil
  • evening primrose

 

Essential Oils For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Eucalyptus globulus Eucalyptus essential oil is primarily gathered from Australian eucalyptus trees, so perhaps it is appropriate that it is most widely used to promote relaxation!* Applications: Aromatic, Topical  
$18.67
Boswellia Renowned as one of the most beneficial essential oils, frankincense is truly a gift of nature. It brings a range of splendid advantages and it’s truly precious, to say the least. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$93.00
Lavandula Angustifolia Cherished for over centuries, lavender essential oil is renowned for its unmistakable aroma as well as myriad benefits. With topical, internal and aromatic applications, the oil definitely has a lot to bring on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$28.00
Zingiber officinale Long known for its ability to soothe and aid digestion when taken internally, it also has potent properties when diffused or used topically. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$52.00
Turmeric (60ml) 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil - 60ml / 2 (oz) Ounces
Turmeric Essential Oil
The most UNIQUE and AMAZING SMELLING Turmeric on the market, in our opinion. If you are not ABSOLUTELY amazed, receive a full refund from the manufacturer, Healing Solutions, no questions asked!
$29.99
Ocimum basilicum Basil contains a multitude of antioxidant, antiviral properties that can be used to boost the immune system and promote overall health and wellness!* Applications: Aromatic Topical Internal
$26.67

 

1. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential OilAustralia is home to many useful plants that can be used in supplemental therapy. Eucalyptus is on such oil, made from the leaves of a certain species of the eucalyptus tree.

It has been featured in Aboriginal medicine for centuries for its pain-relieving properties as well as its anti-inflammatory abilities. Patients given a topical application of eucalyptus oil reported reduced pain and other symptoms related to inflammation. (1)

How To Use

  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply directly to affected joints
  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil to a bandage or square of gauze and apply to inflamed area
  • add oil to a warm bath to allow whole body immersion as well as inhalation of anti-inflammatory compounds

Eucalyptus is also well known for aiding in respiratory issues and is often found in over the counter cold and flu remedies.

 

2. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential OilThis oil is actually made from the resin produced by the Boswellia tree and has been prized for centuries for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. It was once considered as valuable as gold.

Studies show that not only does this oil help relieve inflammation in the joints, but also throughout the body. It also shows signs of being protective of healthy cells and may prevent further damage from diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (2)

How To Use

  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply directly to affected joints
  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil to a bandage or square of gauze and apply to inflamed area
  • add oil to a warm bath to allow whole body immersion as well as inhalation of anti-inflammatory compounds

Frankincense has also been found to help relieve stress and alleviate depression, which may be helpful for anyone dealing with this disease, as relaxed muscles may help reduce pain. An improved mood can also affect the ability to deal with the daily issues that are paired with chronic diseases.

 

3. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilThis essential oil is probably the most well-known oil when it comes to aromatherapies. It is mild enough to be applied directly to affected areas. It has been studied for years due to its common use in folk medicine.

Lavender has been shown to help reduce pain by alleviating inflammation and has been used as part of a mix of oils to treat not only joint pain but muscle aches as well. (3)

How To Use

  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply directly to affected joints
  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil to a bandage or square of gauze and apply to inflamed area
  • add oil to a warm bath to allow whole body immersion as well as inhalation of anti-inflammatory compounds
  • add 2 drops lavender, 2 drops chamomile, and 2 drops valerian to your diffuser an hour before bedtime to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer

Lavender may be of particular use if your arthritis symptoms interfere with your sleep patterns. Using lavender in conjunction with other relaxing remedies may improve your quality of sleep and, in turn, your quality of life.

 

4. Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger Essential OilGinger is part of a family of plants that includes turmeric and cardamom famous for helping to prevent nausea, especially for pregnant women.

This herb has also been shown to have several medicinal properties, including reducing inflammation and reducing the hormones associated with pain. Applied topically, ginger has been shown to reduce swelling in joints and alleviate pain at the site of application. (4)

How To Use

  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply directly to affected joints
  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil to a bandage or square of gauze and apply to inflamed area
  • add oil to a warm bath to allow whole body immersion as well as inhalation of anti-inflammatory compounds
  • drink warm ginger tea to enjoy the benefits internally

When used in aromatherapy, ginger has been known to help relieve depression and anxiety, allowing for feelings of courage. The Arthritis Foundation recommends that a positive attitude can help a patient deal with the life changes associated with this disease and help deal with the pain.

 

5. Turmeric Essential Oil

Turmeric is the spice used in traditional Indian curry dishes and lends food a distinctive yellow-orange color. It has also been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for arthritis of all types.

Components of turmeric have been shown to block inflammatory elements in the body and are one of the best known natural remedies for arthritis. (5)

How To Use

  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil to a bandage or square of gauze and apply to inflamed area
  • add oil to a warm bath to allow whole body immersion as well as inhalation of anti-inflammatory compounds
  • drink with warm ginger tea to enjoy the benefits internally
  • drink as “golden tea”, a green tea with added turmeric oil or powder

Turmeric is also well known to help alleviate symptoms of depression and may help boost feelings in conjunction with relieving pain. Enhancing the mood can help you better deal with the symptoms of a chronic illness.

 

6. Basil Essential Oil

Basil Essential OilBasil has traditionally been an herb used in cooking for centuries. However, it has also been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help with many of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

It may act as a muscle relaxer as well, allowing you to release tension that may add to already sore joints.  It has also been shown to work as a diuretic and may relieve some of the edemata that may occur around inflamed areas of the body.

How To Use

  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil to a bandage or square of gauze and apply to inflamed area
  • add oil to a warm bath to allow whole body immersion as well as inhalation of anti-inflammatory compounds
  • apply diluted solution to wrists for scenting throughout the day

Basil is also known for easing symptoms of depression and anxiety, such as racing thoughts. Diffuse throughout your home with a combination of lavender or chamomile to relax.

 

Evening Primrose

Native Americans used evening primrose oil to treat a variety of issues, including chronic pain and inflammation of arthritis. It has been studied in relation to rheumatoid arthritis and found to reduce swelling in the joints and even improving stiffness that occurs upon waking. (6)

The anti-inflammatory components of this oil reduce the swelling that can happen overnight, allowing for a reduction in pain in the morning.

How To Use

  • dilute 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil to a bandage or square of gauze and apply to inflamed area
  • add oil to a warm bath to allow whole body immersion as well as inhalation of anti-inflammatory compounds
  • apply diluted solution to wrists for scenting throughout the day

Evening primrose oil may also be useful for the symptoms related to PMS and menopause, by reducing pain and swelling associated with hormone fluctuations.

Though rheumatoid arthritis can be a difficult condition to deal with, using natural solutions such as essential oils can assist in maintaining an acceptable quality of life. Applying these oils directly to affected joints can help reduce swelling and redness, allowing for improved movement and function.

Since light exercise is recommended to keep joint function, essential oils may allow you improved movement and pain reduction so you can follow the suggested steps in living with this chronic condition. Though it cannot be cured, it can be managed, by supplementing your medical therapies with natural treatments to manage symptoms and allow you to continue living your best life.