woman with joint knee pain arthritisDefinition: Painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis both originate from an inflammatory condition within the joints. The inflammation can be reduced with essential oils. Essential oils can also provide pain relief but does not reverse damage if the condition has progressed to the point of destruction of joint structures.

Some homeopathic doctors have found that when treating their patients who have rheumatoid arthritis a mixture of Lemon and Myrrh, or Oregano applied topically to the affected areas can be soothing to inflamed joints. Creating a pain mixture of essential oils is very effective. Several essential oils like Peppermint, Wintergreen, citrus oils, and Lavender are both analgesic and anti-inflammatory, making them very useful for reducing inflammation and pain. Essential oils that work particularly well for reducing inflammation include myrrh, oregano and citrus oils. If you have more sensitive skin consider diluting the oils with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil before applying the oils on the skin.

The differences Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Both types of arthritis result in an inflammation within the joints of the body. The inflammation can produce a mild to severe pain. The following is a brief summary of the differences.

Osteoarthritis, which is also known as degenerative arthritis, is the result of wear and tear of joints. It often occurs in an ageing or physically stressed body (from being overweight, over lifting, etc.). Each joint of the body has a bone-to-bone contact where contacting surfaces of the bones are covered with a smooth coating of cartilage. To aid in lubrication and joint movement there is also what is called synovial Arthritis fluid within the joint. In cases of osteoarthritis, the cartilage is worn down or degenerating and eventually results in more bone-on-bone contact. This produces an inflammation in the bone and the surrounding area and may trigger the formation of bone spurs on the bones.

Rheumatoid arthritis is different in that it is an autoimmune disease. This type of arthritis can occur at a much earlier age in life than is typical for osteoarthritis. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the synovial membrane and other connective tissue within the joint resulting in inflammation. The inflammation can then lead to deterioration of the joint supporting cartilage along with pain and difficulty to move.

Suggested Oils to Use

Essential Oils for Arthritis Include:

Bay Leaf: Helps relieve the pain and inflammation.

Tea Tree: Helps relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

Lemon: Helps reduce inflammation of joints.

Cedarwood: Helps decongest the lymph system and improve poor circulation.

Frankincense: Helps relieve muscle aches and pain.

Myrrh: Calms the spirit and relaxes the body to speed up the healing process


Suggested Ways to use

5 Essential Oils That Help Decrease Arthritis Pain:

Lavender: This oil is very beneficial to helping relieve pain because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Apply directly to the area of pain or used aromatically in a diffuser.

Marjoram: Historically marjoram has been used for muscle spasm, sprains, stiff joints, arthritis, and bruises. It can be applied directly to the area of pain.

Eucalyptus: This oil is also has great anti-inflammatory properties. It can be applied directly to areas of pain. For children or more sensitive skin dilute the oil with a base oil such as coconut oil with a 1:1 mixture.

Rosemary: This has many uses, but is also known to be analgesic (relieve pain) and anti-inflammatory for arthritis pain. It can be applied directly to the area of pain and/or diffused.

Peppermint: Peppermint is also anti-inflammatory. It also has so many uses, especially for digestive issues, but also has been used for rheumatism and arthritis. It can be applied directly to an area of pain or diluted 1:1 for children and sensitive skin.

Many people have found that that loosing weight and/or adopting a more healthy diet may help reduce arthritis symptoms.

Always consider professional medical health when experiencing arthritis symptoms.