The word “arthritis” quite literally means ‘inflammation of the joints.’ The word “arth” refers to joints and the word “itis” refers to inflammation.
Arthritis is actually a “family” of disorders- not a single disorder in and of itself. There are over one hundred different types of arthritis and they affect people of all ages- including around 300,000 children.
Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis
The warning signs that you have arthritis include: pain, stiffness, swelling, and difficulty with moving one or more joints. If these signs and symptoms last for two weeks or more, contact your physician.
Sadly, there is no cure for the pain and stiffness of arthritis. However, there are several different options for treatment that can help you to manage the pain and reduce your disability or deformity associated with your arthritis.
Getting diagnosed early and following an aggressive treatment plan are two extremely important factors in getting control of your arthritis.
Natural Treatments for Arthritis
Though there are many wonderful medical treatments for arthritis, many people prefer a more natural approach to managing the pain of arthritis.
The number one goal in your mind to reduce the pain associated with arthritis is to decrease the inflammation and swelling that is occurring in your joints.
One extremely effective natural method to reduce swelling and inflammation is ice. Applying an ice pack to the area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour will help to reduce swelling and inflammation, therefore reducing pain.
However, make sure that you have a layer between your skin and the ice such as a towel or pillowcase.
Another wonderful and natural way to reduce your swelling and inflammation is by taking an omega-3 supplement daily.
The omega-3 fatty acids naturally decrease inflammation all over your body.
Still, many people have tried both of these natural methods, but still are looking for something that will be more effective.
Using Essential Oils for Arthritis Pain
A wonderful and natural alternative to boosting your health and decreasing inflammation in addition to- or even instead of- the above, are using essential oils.
These are oils that have been derived from plants and are very safe, natural alternatives to seeking medical treatment to manage the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
Following are five essential oils that are wonderful for managing arthritis.
Lavender oil has many wonderful properties and offers the most benefit overall of most of the essential oils.
If you were going to choose only one oil to use, this would be the one you should choose because it has so many different uses.
Lavender oil is known as a universal oil and works to balance the body and work wherever you need it to.
It has many anti-inflammatory properties and can be either applied directly to the area of pain or in a diffuser for aromatherapy.
Historically, marjoram oil has been used for sprains, muscle spasm, arthritis, stiff joints, and even bruises.
You can use it by applying it directly to the area of pain or possibly by applying it to your reflex points.
Another excellent oil for the pain and inflammation of arthritis is eucalyptus oil. You can apply it directly to the point of pain.
For sensitive skin and for children, it can be diluted at a ratio of 1 to 1 with a carrier oil. Additionally, eucalyptus oil can be applied to reflex points or used in a diffuser.
As with many of the other oils, there are many different uses for rosemary oil. It is known for its analgesic, or pain relieving, properties, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties.
Rosemary oil is quite effective when it comes to relieving the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
Also, as with the other oils, you can apply it directly to the site of pain, your reflex points, or use it in a diffuser.
Another anti-inflammatory oil is peppermint oil. It also has several other uses, such as treating digestive issues.
It is used quite often in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. You can apply it directly to the site of pain and can be diluted at a ratio of 1 to 1 for those with sensitive skin and children.
Also, you can use peppermint oil mixed in with water sprayed along walls and window sills to keep out ants. Simply take a spray bottle filled with water and put 10 to 12 drops of oil.
The five essential oils mentioned above all mix well together, so you can create some really wonderful personalized oil blends.
Also, studies have proven them to also reduce depression and pain, and increase overall satisfaction with life in those who have arthritis, as opposed to the group that had arthritis but did not use the essential oils.
Essential oils are mankind’s first form of medicine. They have been around for a very long time.
Essential oils work naturally with your body to help promote your overall physical, spiritual, and emotional healing and well-being.
They are a wonderful alternative to medications that can have some serious negative side effects- essential oils have few, if any, side effects.
These essential oils will improve your overall health, as well as decrease the pain and swelling associated with your arthritis.