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Aromatherapy and Arthritis
Using essential oils to treat the emotional and physical symptoms of living with arthritis.
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Aromatherapy and Arthritis
Aromatherapy is a gentle, powerful healing modality that uses pure essential oils. Essential oils are distilled from plants and the oils can positively affect physical, emotional and mental health. Using essential oils that are naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, calming, uplifting, circulatory and analgesic may help to alleviate arthritis symptoms.
Hot Baths and ExerciseAccording to the Arthritis Association, a daily soak in a hot tub can ease pain and increase flexibility and range of motion. While exercise is recommended for arthritis sufferers, the Mayo clinic, in a recent study, found that soaking in a hot bath gave many of the same health benefits of exercise with less strain on the heart. A hot bath increases the heart rate while lowering the blood pressure and is an ideal place to use essential oils.
Ways to Use Essential Oils to Treat Arthritis SymptomsSince taking a bath can be so beneficial to arthritis sufferers, add eight to 10 drops of pure essential oil to the bath and mix. Alternately, add 10 drops of pure essential oil to 10mls of carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, or healing emu oil) and massage on the affected area.
Essential Oils to Treat Arthritis Symptoms
Conventional medications for arthritis can leave the skin thin and brittle, opening it up to injury and infections. Essential oils to help heal bruising and infections include Helichrysum essential oil, Ravintsara essential oil, Rose Geranium essential oil and Tea Tree essential oil.
Using essential oils to manage the pain of arthritis, reduce symptoms for the arthritis sufferer and uplift the spirit is the goal. It is an economical and natural alternative or adjunct to expensive and sometimes experimental conventional medication.
This article was first published at Suite 101 on November 25, 2009 and is republished here as per the terms of our agreement with Suite 101. Visit Suite 101 to read all of our articles.
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