If you suffer from arthritis pain, you are not alone. I share that issue with you. I have a genetic disorder called Ehlers Danlos – one of the side effects is early onset osteoarthritis due to regular joint dislocations throughout my body. (Ouch!)
Because my disease is genetic, there is (obviously) no cure. Unfortunately, it also means I will take lots of medicine for the rest of my life. And that managing pain will be something I do forever. One of the things I learned early on is pain medication is both your friend and your enemy. While it is an important part of me remaining mobile and functional, the wrong medication at the wrong dose can make me feel like sleeping all day. Or even worse, the side effects make me feel just awful.
Let me be SUPER CLEAR – essential oils are not going to cure your arthritis. BUT I do use essential oils to manage pain (especially in my hands!) so that I stay as mobile as possible and can go on with my life.
Essential Oil Products I use for Pain
My favorite products from Young Living are the Cool Azul Cream, the Deep Relief Roll-on, and the PanAway essential oil. I use them all based on how they perform on my body. Cool Azul sits on my nightstand and my desk because it helps loosen stiffness for me. The Deep Relief Roll-on helps me the most with deep joint pain and I keep it in my purse at all times! I also keep it in my knitting bag with little finger splints that help my joints stay stable when I am working on crafts. And PanAway mixes with a carrier oil when I talk my husband into a back or neck rub.
Since arthritis causes joint pain and stiffness, you may find that trying different essential oils can help you. Results will vary from person to person but I am living proof that oils have the potential to bring relief from arthritis pain? It is not perfect – and it never gets rid of all of my pain but it does help me manage the amount of pain medication I have to take.
Other Essential Oils for Arthritis
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint has menthol, as you probably already know. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the swelling in your joints, easing pressure and pain. It can also help relieve pain.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender seems good at helping with nearly everything. It has a calming effect, which is always good for pain management. However, it also promotes good circulation and keeps the flow of oxygen moving as it should to help free your joints and muscles of pain.
Eucalyptus is a great natural pain reliever. It opens up the blood vessels in the body and improves circulation. It helps by allowing the body to heal naturally. It can also help with joint pain.
Rosemary has an anti-inflammatory as well as antispasmodic and analgesic properties. This means it helps reduce inflammation but it also improves circulation and eases pain. That covers all the basics of arthritis relief.
Now that you know you can use essential oils for arthritis, you’re ready to try them for yourself. Remember, that not every oil will work the same for every person. You may want to experiment with a few different oils and blends until you find one that suits your needs how you want. You should also remember that your arthritis pain will change over time so you may need to change what’s working for something new in the future.
If you have questions about Ehlers Danlos, essential oils, or how I use oils as part of my pain management plan, I would love to answer any of your questions. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook.