Essential Oils for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis (Recipes and Scientific Proof)

Arthritis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, is no fun. You get up in the morning and you hurt. The weather changes and you hurt. If you have kids or grandkids, it kind of takes away the joy of playing with them. You are not alone though. approximately 1 in 5 Americans have arthritis in some form as you can see from this infographic by Penn Medicine. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, but the two most common are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

In this post, I want to show you some essential oil recipes that may help relieve some of your arthritis symptoms and pain. These may work since the essential oils used in these recipes have anti-inflammatory properties as well as pain relieving properties. Most of these are to be applied topically wherever you are hurting. One is applied to the bottoms of your feet and helps via your reflexology points on your feet.

Before you go ahead and try these out though, make sure you talk to your doctor or physician, especially if you are taking medications. Essential oils are strong and some can affect the effectiveness of your medications. You’ll want to check with your doctor to make sure that the essential oils you are considering using are compatible with your current prescriptions. (On a side note, have you tried HealthTap where you can video chat with your doctor if he or she is also using it as well as ask other doctors questions?)





Essential Oil Recipes for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Recipe #1

Mix all oils together and then dilute as needed with a carrier oil of your choice. Apply topically to the affected area as needed.

Recipe #2

Mix together and then dilute with a carrier oil as needed. Apply topically to the bottoms of your feet twice a day. Clove is a powerful essential oil so do be careful and make sure you dilute so you won’t burn yourself.

Recipe #3

Mix together and dilute with a carrier oil as needed. Apply topically to your affected areas as needed.

Essential Oil Recipes for Osteoarthritis

Recipe #1

Mix all oils together and dilute with a carrier oil. Then apply topically to affected areas 2 to 3 times each day.

Recipe #2

Mix all oils together and dilute with a carrier oil. (Scroll down for dilution information.) Then apply topically by massaging the oil into your affected areas 2 to 3 times a day.

The above recipes are from Wendy Polisi and have been geared for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. If you have one of these, then give one of these a try. Comment back here and let me know if they are working for you.

The following recipes are from Mom Prepares and these are more general in nature and may help relieve your symptoms no matter what type of arthritis you have. When it comes to essential oils, what works for one person may not work for another. That’s because our bodies are all different. That’s why sometimes one treatment works well for some but not well for others. If one recipe doesn’t work, you may need to try a different one. Again, check with your doctor first.

Essential Oils for Arthritis

Recipe #1

Mix all ingredients and use as needed on affected areas.

This recipe came from this study which showed that this recipe helped decrease both pain and depression among the users.

Recipe #2

Mix all ingredients and use as needed on affected areas.

From this study that shows this recipe helped decrease both pain and stiffness.

Recipe #3

Mix together and apply as needed.

Recipe #4

Mix together and apply as needed.

Recipes #3 and #4 are very simple and may help decrease some of your symptoms.





Dilution Chart

Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.

Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.

You can download a free PDF version here or purchase the magnet here.

For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.

Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

Recommended Essential Oil Brands

Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.

The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these:

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