Sadly, arthritis affects a great many people in life and it is a disease that impacts the joints of the body. The effects of this condition can be greatly debilitating. It is important to manage arthritis symptoms and essential oils are perfect for this.
What is arthritis
Arthritis is an umbrella term for around 100 different conditions affecting the joints of the body. It can be incredibly painful and some joints may even become deformed. Arthritis does not discriminate, in fact, anyone can succumb to this condition. With over 50 million adults suffering from it in the US alone, you can see why it is important to manage arthritis symptoms.
Joint pain can manifest suddenly or, there may be a gradual deterioration. Some joints may become inflamed or swollen but there will be stiffness and pain along with reduced flexibility and range of motion. Some people suffer only moderate symptoms but for others, there is a great change to life. Walking, running and even standing for periods of time can become difficult if the joints of the legs are affected. It is important to keep the joints supple and healthy and you can do this through practicing yoga which will help to offset any arthritic condition or, lessen the symptoms. Gentle movements on a regular basis can make a big difference. You can also use essential oils as part of a pain management program.
Although people may think that aromatherapy is primarily used for cosmetic purposes, each oil provides so many health benefits. Always purchase the best quality pure essential oils for maximum benefit as many less expensive versions are synthetic and will not have the same health benefits. Always mix pure essential oils with a good carrier oil. Do not apply directly to the skin unless otherwise stated.
Clove essential oil provides your body with a metabolic boost while increasing blood circulation. It improves the oxygenation of the blood and, as a natural analgesic oil, is good for any painful condition. This essential oil is useful for gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Use just one drop to a teaspoon or more of carrier oil as it is incredibly potent. Choose your favorite carrier oil and massage the joint.
Ginger essential oil
Ginger essential oil is beneficial for a variety of arthritis symptoms and it can also be used for muscular aches and pains. It helps to sooth and warm the joints, easing pain. Add two or three drops to one teaspoon of carrier oil and massage directly into the joints.
Peppermint essential oil
As this oil contains compounds which help to reduce inflammation and pain, you may be able to use it directly onto your skin but, it’s best to do a patch test first. Use just one drop and then massage into the joints. If necessary, add to a good carrier oil and make sufficient amount to use as a massage oil for all of your joints.
There are many essential oils that can be useful on arthritis symptoms including marjoram and lavender essential oil but, start with the oils listed here and then, gradually extend your selection. In time, you will discover which oils work best for you. Massaging the joints help to keep them supple and also reduces pain, so do this regularly.