Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA is a chronic condition causing pain and inflammation in the joints. Did you know that essential oils can help relieve the symptoms of RA? Here are our suggestions for how our Rich Earth Essential Oils can help with RA symptoms.
Please be aware that essential oils can not cure this condition or slow the progression, but evidence has suggested that they can relieve symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness and pain.
Below are six of the our best Rich Earth essential oils for RA symptoms, with scientific evidence that shows their effectiveness.
Several compounds in eucalyptus have been shown to help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.
A 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.
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.
Use our Rich Earth Frankincense Oil in the bath, burner, in creams and lotions or in a personal massage blend.
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, more research is needed.
Use our Rich Earth Lavender Fine Essential oil in a personal massage blend to ease pain and inflammation.
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 ease symptoms of RA. A 2016study 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 or great to use in a footbath.
The active ingredient in Turmeric, curcumin may have anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help to improve circulation.
A 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.
Basil essential oil contains 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.
A 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 edema and a lower risk of cartilage damage. Edema refers to a buildup of fluid and is 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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