Aromatherapy is one form of
arthritis treatment, using a variety of essential oils. They
can be added to the bath, massaged into the skin, inhaled or
applied as compresses. The right mixture of essential oils will
help to relax, promote pain relief and alleviate fatigue. Essential
oils can also provide psychological benefits like improving the
mood and reducing anxiety.
Some of the more suitable arthritis
oils are Lavender, Juniper, Thyme, Rosemary, Benzoe, Eucalyptus,
Camomile, Pine Scotch, Camphor, Angelica Root, Ginger, Origanum,
Black Pepper and Lemon.
One of the most effective ways
to use aromatherapy for relieving pain and reducing inflammation
are hot compresses:
1. Fill a medium size bowl with
hot, but not scalding water.
2. Add 3 to 6 drops of essential
3. Fold a piece of sterile cotton
cloth and dip it into the bowl.
4. Squeeze out excess water,
but not too much.
5. Place the wet, hot cloth
onto the affected area until it has cooled down to body temperature.
6. Repeat steps 3 through 5
at least two to three times.
7. Wrap the treated area in
a dry and warm towel or blanket and leave the patient to rest
for a while.
Another good way to use aromatherapy
for arthritis relieve is to rub diluted essential oils (see above
for dilution) onto pulse points and affected areas during the
day. Applying essential oils throughout the day can help to alleviate
pain and tension. The essential oils on the skin are quickly
absorbed and enter the bloodstream. This is an excellent form
of arthritis relief and works also well as a preventative measure.
Aromatherapy is a natural, safe
and economical option to deal with the pain and symptoms of arthritis.
And above all, it has no negative side effects as so many of
the conventional treatments do. In mild cases of arthritis, aromatherapy
is often all that is needed to make a person comfortable.
Disclaimer: The information
contained in this article is presented for information purposes
only. The material is in no way intended to replace professional
medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. It cannot
and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of