When it comes to changing prescriptions and health routines, always talk to your doctor first.
However, we all know that there are a lot of medications out there that have some serious side effects (such as constipation, kidney failure, nausea, dizziness, and so on) that make them not worth taking, even if they may help you feel better.
So, this can be a solution to help relieve your arthritis pain:
Essential oils! Of course, it’s not like the essential oils will cure your arthritis, but it’s always good to have some cards up the sleeve to reduce the pain.
But also keep in mind:
The oils will work differently from person to person, meaning that some will feel the results better than others. So don’t freak out if your pain doesn’t go away right away, you’ll just need a bit more of patience to use the oil continuously and try different recipes to really feel what works best for you.
“The wish for healing has always been half of health.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lavender is a wonderful plant which has a soothing effect by itself, even helping you sleep better by keeping a plant on your nightstand. Along with that, the plant also offers an anti-inflammatory and analgesic quality, as well as helping to improve circulation - which is essential for pain management.
Rubbing 3 to 5 drops of this oil gently and in a circular motion should be enough to help the area of pain. To avoid any skin irritation, diluting in a tablespoon of a carrier oil (like olive oil or coconut oil) is highly recommended.
Not only does rosemary relieve pain, but it also helps with reducing inflammation and improving circulation (all of the discomforts that may come with arthritis). That’s because it has the following properties:
Rosemary works great by itself, but can also be diluted with other oils for better results, like olive or sunflower oil.
The (probably) best way to use peppermint oil is by mixing:
- 5 to 10 drops peppermint oil
- 2 tablespoons warmed coconut oil
Of course, you can add other oils from this list to the mix as well, but that combo is almost guaranteed to reduce swelling and pressure from arthritis, mainly because of the menthol properties from peppermint - which consequently will relieve pain too.
Extracted from the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree, the main characteristic of this oil is the anti-inflammatory effect. It also has a pain relief quality that allows the body to heal naturally, so it’s a great option.
Some people might experience a sort of allergic reaction and have skin irritation. So, make sure to test it out on a small part of your skin before using it all over.
Cayenne pepper is the slowest oil to make an effect on your body, so keep that in mind. You’ll need to use for several days to notice the difference. Despite it also having the anti-inflammatory aid, the main reason to use the cayenne pepper essential oil is its analgesic property. If using it mixed with coconut oil 3 times a day, it can do wonders for your well-being.
Lemongrass is amazing, and this is what you need to know about it:
- The warmth from the steam (from lemongrass boiled in water) provides long-lasting pain relief
- It has the anti-inflammatory effect, but from a different set of agents, that are great for people who can’t have aspirins or are taking blood-thinning medicine
- Lemongrass also has an antidepressant effect, reducing the sorrow people feel when dealing with arthritis
Much like lavender, chamomile works to relax both body and mind. You can add a couple of drops to your pillow at night to help you sleep better, add some to a diffuser in your bedroom, or even better:
Add a couple of drops of the essential oil to your bubble bath and soak in there for 10 to 15 minutes. Your body will thank you.
Hope you’ve liked reading so far and that this has helped you. Do you have any tips for relieving arthritis pain too? Make sure to share it with us on Facebook and help even more people!
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