How To Treat Arthritis with Fragrant Essential Oils
Do you suffer from arthritis or do you know someone who does? Arthritis can be extremely painful and very frustrating because the pain associated with it is agonising and grumbling and can often be a constant presence restricting movement and at the same time affecting our moods.
Arthritis forms in our joints because the body is not able to eliminate uric acid and as the build up continues the acid forms into crystals which are deposited into the spaces in our joints. This causes inflammation, stiffness, and pain, restricts the movement of the joint and can also lead to permanent damage.
Aromatherapy offers a valuable solution to dealing with the day-day complaints and to alleviating the symptoms most commonly associated with Arthritis.
- Fennel, Lemon, Juniper and Cypress essential oils are strong detoxifying agents that help with the removal and elimination of toxins and also help to prevent them from building up again.
- Chamomile, Lavender, Benzoin and Rosemary are strong analgesics that help to remove or bring some temporary relief to the pain.
- Ginger, Black Pepper, Marjoram, Scotch Pine and Rosemary are rubefacients that increase local blood circulation. This brings warmth to the joint, increases the supply of nutrients and improves the removal of toxins. This also helps to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Most of the essential oils mentioned are good anti-inflammatory agents. This quality helps to reduce inflammation and relieve pain which brings mobility back to the area, helps the recovery process and improves our mood.
Massage, a hot compress and a bath are the best methods of application for Arthritis and they are easy to do in the comfort of our own home. Each of these methods will introduce warmth, encourage local blood circulation, reduce pain and inflammation and help to relax the mind easing any anxiety, worry or fear which helps significantly to the healing process. It is extremely important to move the joint immediately after the bath, the massage or the compress because heat has been applied and this can cause congestion which will make the condition worse. Moving the joint prevents stiffening and helps to stop the build up of toxins again.
There are two main types of Arthritis where rheumatoid arthritis usually carries inflammation and osteo arthritis is usually associated with middle-old age where the joints have become damaged due to wear and tear over the years.
The causes of Arthritis are many and varied from diet, stress and life-style to body weight or stress placed on our joints through physical activity such as sport, dance, or manual labour. Whatever the primary cause, Arthritis comes s a result of a chemical imbalance i.e. it’s inability to eliminate uric acid. Some people are able to naturally eliminate toxins from the body but certainly if we are under stress, tension and strain or live in fear and anxiety our ability to do so is significantly reduced. When our body and mind are under stress and strain so are all of the functions of our body and that can lead to significant health problems, such as arthritis.
It is commonly accepted that arthritis is an incurable condition and that may well be true but at the very least Aromatherapy can help to prevent further damage and can provide symptom relief. If it is identified early enough, rehabilitation is possible.
Good aromatherapy practice would take into consideration the person’s life style factors and emotional wellbeing because as we often know, the physical condition can have an underlying emotional, psychological or spiritual cause. On the one hand we might be dealing with a physical condition where pain and inflammation cause problems, but on the other hand the root cause might lie more with stress, tension, anxiety, fear, sadness, grief and depression. For the most effective treatment it would be important to look at physical and emotional as well as lifestyle factors
Having a healthy and balanced diet, good exercise, rest and relaxation and some strategies to look after our health as well as our happiness can help to prevent such a condition from arising and can also help to bring some relief or rehabilitation. Aromatherapy offers us a unique, effective, simple and natural solution to alleviating the symptoms of arthritis, rehabilitating our bodies and looking after our physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual selves. It also encourages us to look further than that to consider our social selves; our life style factors. The best thing is, essential oils are cheap, readily available and easy to obtain. All you need are some key tips, advice and guidance and you are away.
Before using any of these essential oils please do refer to my page on health and safety and please also refer to what I have written on contraindications. You can download both of these as PDFs from my website.
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I practice Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy, Aromatic & Perfume Therapy and I also make natural perfumes, natural skincare and natural bath and body care products. I run workshops, courses and eCourses teaching people how to use essential oils at home and how to make their own products. I am also available for talks and seminars.