Best essential oils for Arthritis? or What essential oils are good for inflammation? or Aromatherapy for arthritis pain? or essential oil for back pain? Ahh all the questions relate to importance of Aromatherapy for treatment of joint pains. A high end Research has proven the use of aromatherapy for pain relief. Let’s catch a brief glance about the historical significance of Aromatherapy in the next subsection 😀.
A little historical glimpse at Aromatherapy!!!
In fact the word `Aromatherapy’ is the using of aromatic essential oils for healing purposes including giving good mood and promoting overall health.
Another definition of Aromatherapy is the use of fragrant essential oils which can act as alternative medicine to relieve tension and cure certain underlying medical conditions. The term “aromatherapy” dates back to 1937 when a burn was healed by lavender essential oil use by a French person. So from that time, medicinal benefits of aromatherapy have been realized.
How Aromatherapy helps in pain relief?
Aromatherapy is highly effective as it works directly by stimulating the brain’s emotional center thus giving instantaneous pain relief .Apart from influencing instantaneous pain relief; it helps in psychological grooming by leading to anxiety reduction.
The essential oils have the following beneficial actions –
Anti-stiffness properties–Essential oils work by doing away with stiffness associated with the joints.
Sedative effect – Essential oils has a tranquilizing effect on aches and pains.
Anesthetic like effect– Essential oils has Anesthetic like effect which helps in reducing intensity of pain on the affected area.
Decongestant nature – Essential oils clears the upper respiratory tract and gives relief from congestion issues.
Anti-inflammatory behavior– Essential oils reduces swelling and inflammation associated with joint pain.
Antidepressant effect –Essential oils helps in treating depression by warding off chronic pain and migraine.
What are top 5 essential oils for joint pain relief?
Peppermint essential oil
The famous Pudina oil is the peppermint oil. This essential oil is enriched with the refreshing smelling active ingredient that is Menthol. It has medicinal advantage of being used as analgesic for giving relief from joint pain. Some Ayurvedic formulations like Dr.Ortho medicinal oil is enriched with Peppermint oil along with other essential oils.
Wintergreen essential oil
Wintergreen oil is extracted from a North American shrub. This shrub is used as a herbal medicine by the native north American people for treating pains associated with joints and muscle pain. Apart from treating muscle and joint pain, Wintergreen essential oil or Gandhpura oil is also used to treat digestive problems, headache and sore throat. It is advised to use Nilgiri Touch Wintergreen oil.
Clove essential oil
Clove essential oil is extracted from cloves or long. In popular kitchen language it is called long ka tail. This essential oil has anesthetic action when applied to painful joint area. Anesthetic action is followed by giving instantaneous relief from acute pain as well as chronic pain. Clove oil has been used since ages to get relief from toothache. So next time- remember to use clove oil for muscle and joint pain too.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil for skincare is popular. Well, Lavender oil is the sweet-smelling essential oil and this aroma is just enough to sooth and relax mind thus healing anxiety and headache problems. It is the mildest form of essential oil which can be used to be directly applied on neck for neck pain problem. Lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic action and thus wards off body aches.
Eucalyptus essential oil
The hindi name of Eucalyptus essential oil is nilgiri oil. Nilgiri oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which give relief against chronic joint pain and muscle injuries. It is the strong essential oil so it has to be used with some other oil for say coconut oil.
So, which essential oil you would prefer to use? Also, Have you tried mixing two or more essential oils to get the combined benefit?
Many Ayurvedic oils available in market are combination of one or more essential oils.
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