How can Essential Oils Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic condition causing pain and inflammation in the joints.

Did you know that specific essential oils may help Rheumatoid Arthritis by relieving some of the symptoms?

Here are our suggestions for how our Rich Earth Essential Oils can help Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Please be aware that essential oils can not cure this condition or slow the progression, but evidence has suggested that some essential oils can help Rheumatoid Arthritis by alleviating symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness and pain.

Below are six of the best Rich Earth essential oils for RA symptoms, with scientific evidence that shows their effectiveness.

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1. Eucalyptus

Several compounds in eucalyptus have been shown to help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.

2013 study involved people who underwent total knee replacement surgery. Those who inhaled preparations of eucalyptus essential oil at 30-minute intervals for 3 days in a row noticed a reduction in pain, and they also had lower levels of blood pressure.

You can inhale our Rich Earth Eucalyptus Oil directly or add a few drops to a warm bath.

2. Frankincense

Frankincense has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of ailments including chronic pain and inflammation.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, the acids in frankincense have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which explains how it may help Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Use our Rich Earth Frankincense Oil in the bath, burner, in creams and lotions or in a personal massage blend.

3. Lavender

2016 study tested the effects of a 5-percent mixture of lavender essential oil diluted in sweet almond oil on osteoarthritis of the knee.

Participants who massaged 5 milliliters (mL) of the mixture onto their swollen joints nine times over the course of 3 weeks reported reduced pain after the first week.  However, the mechanisms of osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are different. So, more research is needed!

Use our Rich Earth Lavender Fine Essential oil in a personal massage blend to ease pain and inflammation.

4. Ginger

Ginger has anti inflammatory properties and is often recommended for people with chronic inflammation and pain.

The essential oil of ginger may contain other compounds that may help Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms. A 2016 study found that female rats who were administered the essential oil had reduced rates of chronic joint inflammation.

Use our Rich Earth Ginger Essential Oil in a personal massage blend. It’s also great to add to a footbath.

5. Turmeric Essential Oil

The active ingredient in Turmeric, curcumin may have anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help to improve circulation.

A review published in 2016 reports that turmeric extract appears to reduce symptoms of arthritis, though more research is needed.

2010 study funded in part by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, an American government agency, found that turmeric essential oils reduced joint inflammation in rats. Research is underway to determine the effects on people.

Our Rich Earth Turmeric Essential Oil can be used  as an inhalation, in your bath, in creams, lotions and personal massage blends.

6. Basil

Basil essential oil contains a compound called 1.8-cineole, which has anti-inflammatory effects. It also contains linalool, a compound that has been shown to reduce swelling in mice and rats.

2013 study found that rats with induced arthritis had reduced joint swelling after being administered 150–300 mg/kilogram of basil essential oil extract daily.

They also had less oedema and a lower risk of cartilage damage. (Oedema refers to a buildup of fluid and, which may be associated with inflammation).

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Remember that essential oils must be mixed with carrier oils before applying to the skin.

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