Use These 5 Essential Oils To Decrease Your Arthritis Pain

What is arthritis pain? Arthritis is defined as a painful swelling, inflammation, and/or stiffness of the joints. We all use our bodies everyday to get through our day and to complete certain tasks. Some of us also choose to live an active lifestyle that may lead to injury or overuse, and over time this can have an impact on our bodies and we develop arthritis in various joints.

Arthritis can affect one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet. Arthritis can vary from having no symptoms at all, minor symptoms, or sever symptoms. There are over 100 kinds of arthritis.

We see a variety of different complaints from arthritic pain in our office. One of the very common questions we are asked is what can I do to alleviate or lessen my arthritis pain? Once arthritis is present in a joint, it is not going to go away. However, since arthritis is an inflammatory condition, you most definitely can manage and treat the inflammation. With reduced swelling comes reduced pain.

What Natural Treatments Are Available For Arthritis?

Your number one goal for reducing the pain that is associated with arthritis is going to be to decrease the inflammation or swelling that is occurring in that joint.

One very effective natural method to reduce inflammation is ice. You can apply an ice pack to the area of complaint for 15-20 minutes every hour to reduce swelling and decrease pain. Make sure that you have one layer, for example a pillowcase or towel, between your skin and the ice.

Another great way to reduce inflammation naturally is by taking an Omega-3 supplement. This will decrease inflammation throughout your body.

Many have tried these two natural remedies and still are looking for something more.

5 Essential Oils That Decrease Arthritis Pain

A great natural alternative to boost health and decrease inflammation in addition to the two suggestions above are essential oils. Essential oils are derived from plants and are a natural, safe alternative to medications for managing arthritis.

There are 5 essential oils in particular that are beneficial or recommended for arthritis.

1. Lavender Oil: This essential oil has so many great properties and is provides the most overall benefit of most essential oils. If you were only going to buy one oil, this would be the one. It has so many uses. Lavender is a universal oil and is known to balance the body and to work wherever you need. It has anti-inflammatory properties and may be applied directly to the area of pain or used aromatically in a diffuser.

2. Marjoram Oil: Marjoram has been used historically for muscle spasm, sprains, stiff joints, arthritis, and bruises. It can be applied directly to the area of pain, and/or may be used by applying to reflex points.

3. Eucalyptus Oil: This is another great oil for inflammation. It can also be applied directly to the area of pain, or diluted 1:1 for those with sensitive skin, or for children. You can also apply this oil to reflex point and diffuse aromatically.

4. Rosemary Oil: Rosemary oil has many uses, but is also known to be analgesic (relieve pain) and anti-inflammatory for arthritis pain. It can be applied directly to the area of pain, reflex points, and/or diffused.

5. Peppermint Oil: Peppermint is also anti-inflammatory. It also has so many uses, especially for digestive issues, but also has been used for rheumatism and arthritis. It can be applied directly to the area of pain or diluted 1:1 for children and sensitive skin. On a side note, one added benefit of peppermint oil. It can be put in a water bottle with 10-12 drops of oil mixed with water, and sprayed along walls or window sills to deter ants. Great natural ant deterrent.

Here is an example of some reflex points on the feet for essential oil use.

These 5 oils were shown in a journal study to reduce pain and depression, as well as increase overall life satisfaction in arthritic patients as compared with those who did not use these essential oils in a control group.

Essential oils have been around for a long time. They were mankind’s first medicine. Essential oils will help to promote your emotional, physical, and spiritual healing. They are a great alternative to medications that can cause side effects. They will help you to improve your overall health while decreasing the swelling and pain that you have with your arthritis.

24 Responses to Use These 5 Essential Oils To Decrease Your Arthritis Pain
  1. May Gem
    February 10, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    I use these essential oils in my salves.

  2. wkliwanag
    February 11, 2013 | 5:09 pm

    Thank you for visiting our site and for your feedback.
    Dr. Kirsten

  3. Charles John
    February 22, 2013 | 10:01 am

    Informative, nartural remedies always a plus point in treating arthritis pain. I used to take aleve med which I feel very effective arthritis pain. But I also do exercises to improves flexibility in the body.

  4. wkliwanag
    February 27, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    Thank you for visiting our blog and for sharing.

  5. Meg Wylie
    April 1, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    Is there a receipe of how many drops of each of these essential oils to combine to use for Arthritis pain relief?

  6. Meg Wylie
    April 2, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Am thinking of making a rub out of coconut oil and these 5 essential oils but sure wish someone could advise as to how many drops of each to add per ounce of coconut oil! Using Coconut oil because it is nice for the skin! I have Osteo of the hip!

  7. wkliwanag
    April 3, 2013 | 9:15 am

    I would recommend only using 1-2 drops of each essential oil. Essential oil is very concentrated and does not require a lot of drops for the desired outcome. Thank you for visiting our site.

    Dr. Kirsten

  8. wkliwanag
    April 3, 2013 | 9:15 am

    1-2 drops per ounce of oil is plenty. Dr. Kirsten

  9. Meg Wylie
    April 5, 2013 | 7:22 pm

    Ok so if I use one ounce of coconut oil and 1 to 2 drops of each of the 5 essential oils mentioned in this article would that work? I am going to try that as soon as I buy an eye dropper! I could just drop from my bottles but think using an eye dropper would help me to measure more accuratly I can measure my coconut oil by the tsp!

  10. wkliwanag
    April 10, 2013 | 4:35 pm

    I would recommend one drop of each per one ounce of coconut oil.

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  13. Karin Thomsen
    July 24, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    Has this recipe of essential oils helped any of you readers?

  14. wkliwanag
    July 28, 2014 | 8:03 pm

    What works for one person may not work for another; however, we have seen great success with our personal patients and I have heard from many of my readers that these essential oils are helpful. Our goal is to provide natural options for alleviating symptoms from certain conditions so that you are able to be less dependent on prescription or over the counter medications. Thank you for your question.

    July 29, 2014 | 3:10 am

    Hi, Wintergreen Oil is super effective for arthritis relief.

  16. Angela Reiter
    August 8, 2014 | 5:22 am

    I am new to oils but am fast learning they will help. I have less pain but the stiffness is still very much a part of my every day. I will try all 5 of these in a blend and see how that goes.
    Thanks so much for the post

  17. wkliwanag
    August 11, 2014 | 7:41 pm

    Thanks for visiting. I hope you will come back and share your results. Dr. K

  18. wkliwanag
    August 11, 2014 | 7:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Dr. K

  19. Susan stephens
    September 6, 2014 | 9:28 am

    When you talk of diluting an oil such as 1:1. What do you dilute it with? I mean how can I make a large quantity to have on hand?

  20. wkliwanag
    September 9, 2014 | 11:16 am

    My preference for diluting is with a liquid form of coconut oil. However, due to allergies, other great choices may be olive oil or apricot oil. Your local health foods store should have some of these carrier oils available in their essential oils section or you can also find them online. I would only premix a week or two weeks worth at a time. Essential oil bottles are typically made of dark glass as to protect the properties of the oil, and when we mix we often place them into clear bottles. Thank you for visiting and commenting, if you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer them for you. Kirsten

  21. Patsy
    April 17, 2015 | 7:47 am

    What brand of essential oils give the best results?

  22. wkliwanag
    April 29, 2015 | 6:33 pm

    We recommend essential oils that are CPTG, or Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. DoTerra essential oils fall into that category, but there are several others that do as well, including Young Living, Jade Bloom, or other organic essential oils you may find in your local health food store or online. My reminder to everyone is that you will be applying these to your skin, your biggest organ, so you want to be aware of what you are putting on your skin. Some cheaper essential oils that you find in the grocery store are not going to be as pure and the concentration of the oil you choose may be “watered” down. Thanks for commenting and visiting our site. Let me know if there are any other questions I can answer. Dr. K

  23. RoseAnn
    April 23, 2016 | 9:16 pm

    I have arthritis in my spine in my upper back. Where would you suggest I apply the essential oils. Applying the oils to the area of pain would be very difficult to do to myself.

  24. wkliwanag
    April 26, 2016 | 8:47 am

    That is a great question. Often our area of pain or complaint is not reachable with the oils by ourselves. The use of essential oils for arthritis pain does not have to be applied directly over the painful area. You can google essential oils applications on the feet or hands charts (Click here) for places to apply the oils on the feet or hands in areas coordinating to other parts of the body. Reflexology charts are often helpful. Another great treatment option you can try at home for arthritis in your spine, which is largely inflammatory, is to look in to taking a daily turmeric supplement. Tumeric is naturally anti-inflammatory, and a supplement can provide a higher concentration at one time and is as effective as taking an ibuprofen, but is natural with no side effects. I hope this was helpful, and if you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me by clicking on the contact us button on our website or sending me an email at Thanks for visiting and commenting. Dr. K

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