Top 5 Essential Oils for Arthritis

Essential oils for arthritis - Dr. Axe

The winter season is a welcome change for many, especially with the holidays ringing in the colder months. However, for many the change in weather can be painful — especially for those who suffer from arthritis. The good news is there are essentials oils for arthritis that can soothe this common affliction.

Just how common is arthritis? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that a whopping 52.5 million adults in the U.S. alone are afflicted with this painful condition. That breaks down to more than one in five U.S. adults (22.7 percent of the population) who have some sort of doctor-diagnosed form of arthritis. (1)

With so many people dealing with arthritic pain, any type of natural arthritis treatment is welcomed if it means arthritis pain relief. Luckily, there are five essential oils for arthritis suffers that can not only help relieve pain, but also help improve mood and overall health at the same time.


The Facts on Arthritis

Arthritis is a joint disease that causes swelling and pain in and around the joints. It’s usually classified as either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage between joints wears down, causing inflammation and pain and generally occurs in the joints we most frequently use, such as knees, hips, spine and hands. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is caused by an autoimmune dysfunction where the white blood cells destroy the cartilage. Research suggests that RA may be related to food allergies, bacterial infections, stress or excess acid in the body, but the exact cause of RA is not yet known.

Although the word arthritis actually means joint inflammation, it’s rather widely used in the public health world to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint and other connective tissue. The pattern, severity and location of symptoms can vary — however, typically, rheumatic conditions are characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly, and certain rheumatic conditions can involve the immune system as well as various internal organs of the body. (2)

The CDC reports that 52.5 millions adults are told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, whether it’s rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia. To be more specific, in 2010–2012, 49.7 percent of adults 65 years or older reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. By 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

On top of that, an estimated 294,000 children under age 18 have some form of arthritis or rheumatic condition. This represents approximately one in every 250 children in the U.S. It’s no surprise, with these astounding numbers, that arthritis sufferers are in need of remedies that they can feel good about using. Thankfully, the following essential oils for arthritis can help. (3)

 

Arthritis statistics - Dr. Axe

 


Top 5 Essential Oils for Arthritis

Essential oils are natural plant products, most of which possess antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oils from ginger, orange and black cumin seeds have been shown to hold promise for the relief of symptoms of arthritis.

How do essential oils work? Essential oils and their components are rapidly absorbed through the skin and are detectable in plasma after topical application. Therefore, topical dermal delivery of essential oils represents an effective method to directly provide a natural, anti-inflammatory agent to the site of inflammation.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine shares this report and notes a study that used topical application of an ointment containing essential oils that decreased the severity of arthritis. Furthermore, this suppression of arthritis involved changes in the disease-related immunological and biochemical mediators of inflammation. (4)

Here are the five most beneficial essential oils for arthritis:

1. Ginger

Ginger essential oil is an amazing healing agent that contains chemicals with analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. It’s been shown to help lessen pain associated with arthritis, making it a great pain reliever. It provides this relief by acting on vanilloid receptors, which are located on sensory nerve endings.

Ginger has that slight burning sensation similar to the initial intense burning feel you get when you consume spicy pepper. While it typically only lasts a few seconds, researchers discovered that it affects the pain pathways directly and rather rapidly in most cases, relieving the inflammation, which in itself causes pain.

The Arthritis Foundation reports a study from the University of Miami that concluded that ginger extract could be a substitute to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).† The study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo. That is a big difference and one worth noting! (5)

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles showed that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant activities, as well as a small amount of analgesic properties, making it a great option for arthritis sufferers. (6)

2. Turmeric

The most active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has become known as a great anti-inflammatory. Turmeric benefits include being highly effective at helping people manage rheumatoid arthritis.

A recent study out of Japan evaluated its relationship with interleukin (IL)-6, the inflammatory cytokine known to be involved in the RA process, and discovered that curcumin significantly reduced inflammation. This evidence suggests that regular turmeric use could be a powerful way to combat the development of RA!† (7) 

Try this turmeric tea recipe to help soothe arthritic pain and inflammation.

3. Frankincense

Frankincense oil can inhibit the production of key inflammatory molecules associated with conditions like arthritis and can be useful in helping to prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue. This has been shown to significantly reduce levels of inflammation, making it a natural treatment option for pain-related conditions that affect the muscles, joints and tendons.† (8)

4. Myrrh

Myrrh oil also had anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s often used in tandem to treat arthritis. A study published in Scientific Reports showed that frankincense and myrrh are highly effective in treatment of inflammatory diseases, especially when combined.

The study revealed that frankincense and myrrh, especially when used together, help suppress inflammation and the intensity of joint inflammation. Results showed that the individual extract of frankincense or myrrh and combined extracts used to treat groups showed significant differences when compared with the arthritis control group. (9)

5. Orange

Citrus scents make you feel more awake, and the strong anti-inflammatory properties of orange oil have been researched in regard to their effects for helping fight pain. A 2009 study published in the European Journal of Medical Research investigated the antioxidant potential of various essential oils, reporting that orange was the most highly effective of those studied, which in turn makes it a great essential oil for arthritis treatment.† (10)

Try diluting a few drops of the orange essential oil with 1 teaspoon of avocado or almond oil, and then rub it onto the back of your hand or wherever you have arthritic pain.

 

Top five essential oils for arthritis - Dr. Axe

 


How to Use Essential Oils for Arthritis

There are several ways you can use essential oils for arthritis.

To help relieve pain and inflammation while improving your sleep, put a diffuser by your bed and diffuse essential oils while you sleep. You can also rub topically, when blended with a carrier oil, directly onto the area where you feel the pain. Be careful to avoid the eyes.

You can also try my Homemade Frankincense and Myrrh Lotion, which, in my opinion, does wonders to help soothe pain.


Risks of Essential Oils for Arthritis

Use any essential oils sparingly, whether internally or topically. High levels might cause reactions and sensitivity, so be sure to do a skin patch check before using on a regular basis. You also want to use caution if you take blood pressure medications or have an existing heart condition. Always talk to your doctor before beginning any new treatment.

It’s important to make sure that any essential oils you choose are 100 percent pure. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor first. While most oils are safe for children, please do proper research and review with your physician.


Essential Oils for Arthritis Takeaways

  • 52.5 million adults in the U.S. alone are afflicted with arthritis. That breaks down to over one in five U.S. adults (22.7 percent).
  • Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage between joints wears down causing inflammation and pain and generally occurs in the joints we most frequently use.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an autoimmune dysfunction where the white blood cells destroy the cartilage.
  • Arthritis is widely used in the public health world to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints.
  • By 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
  • The top essential oils for arthritis are ginger, turmeric, frankincense, myrrh and orange.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Read Next: The Arthritis Diet & Supplementation Plan


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Sources & References:

  • http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/arthritis-related-stats.htm
  • http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/index.html
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3168704/
  • http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/best-foods-for-arthritis/ginger-benefits.php
  • http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/medication/drug-guide/drug-class/nsaids.php
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24513290
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4556964/
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3521325/

No comments yet - you should start the conversation!

  1. Regina Hansen says:

    Thank you,, Dr. Axe! I really appreciate your willingness to help, and your generosity for sharing such wonderful information for us for free. THANK you.

  2. April Loy says:

    My husband is a incomplete spinal cord and I’ve been using essential oils since July of 2015 I have made creams and even done roll ins I haven’t got to buy all the oils one at a time do you have any research on suggestions on spinal cord thanks

  3. Maurice Mckinney says:

    Where do we buy Dr.Axe essential oils

  4. Valeria Bradley says:

    Which brand of essential oils do you recommended?

  5. Kathy Gagliano says:

    Thank you in advance on your help, I’m going to to order these and see if it helps with my Arthritis. I’ll let you know if it can control my pain level so I can get off these narcotics I’ve been on for years!!😫

  6. Christine says:

    Best location to purchase highest quality essential oils?

  7. Jt Blevins says:

    Thank you for the information!!! Do you use Améo Essential Oils ? Since they are the only proven Clinical grade oils.

    • Angie says:

      Dr. Axe uses and recommends Doterra oils. All Doterra oils go through a very strict series of testing protocols to insure their potency, purity and efficacy. They are certified as pure, therapeutic grade as well.

      You are welcome to come visit my Doterra site: http://www.mydoterra.com/gardenaromatics

      Have a great day,

      Angie

  8. Kate Bronson says:

    HELLO IFOUND ONE OF YOUR VIDEOS ON UTUBE AND LIKE AND AGREE WITH YOUR IDEAS. I HAD A HUGE OVARIAN CYST REMOVED, TOTAL HYSTERECTOMY AND APPENDECTOMY LAST YEAR ALONG WITH A BLOOD CLOT IN MY LEG BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURE FROM THE GROWTH. I WAS BEDRIDDEN AFTER THE SURGERY FOR 6 MONTHS. NOT SO MUCH FROM THE SURGERY BUT ARTHRITIS. I NEVER HAD ARTHRITIS BEFORE, VERY ACTIVE PERSON, BUT NOW I AM BARELY ABLE TO WALK FROM PAIN. ALMOST OFF STEROIDS METHYLTREXATE AND NOT FEELING VERY GOOD. MY SPIRT IS VERY EXCITED AND READY TO ENJOY LIFE AGAIN BUT THE BODY JUST WONT GO. LOL. BEEN CHECKING OUT YOUR PRODUCTS AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAL MY BODY. I HAVE STARTED CHANGING MY DIET FOR SOME MONTHS NOW BUT LOSE WEIGHT. I AM 5 8 II8 POUNDS NORMAL WEIGHT 125. I WANT TO PUT ON HEALTHY POUNDS. ANY IDEAS WILL BE WELL RECEIVED. GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND ALTERNATIVE THINKING.

  9. grace marifosque says:

    Hello!

    Do you carry any essential oils? I am interested to order some?

  10. Sakshi Sharma says:

    hello friends ,My grandmother is suffering from Arthirities,It is best for joint pains. My grandmother using it from last 6 months & she get much relief from it. Earlier, there was stiffness, swelling & a lot of pain on my knee joints. When she started using Dr.ortho oil, I used to do the movements much easily than before & without pain.you can use Dr.ortho oil & capsules also,and you will see instatntly relief

  11. Jaipur Arthritis Centre in Jaipur says:

    Fish oil is helpful for arthritis patients. Fish oil comes from cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, tuna, halibut and cod. There are available many other oil like olive oil , grapeseed oil ,walnut oil and avocado oil.

    http://www.jaipurarthritiscentre.com/

  12. Allison Davis says:

    I also sell EO from one of the oldest and purest companies…..just sayin’…am loving the results!

  13. Joann Pellock says:

    Over the last 8 years I have been suffering from arthritis and I was wondering what kind of pure essential oils do you recommend.

    • Barbara Casper says:

      I use Young Living oils. I know Dr. Axe uses and promotes DoTerra. These are the two biggest competitors in the market today for pure, therapeutic grade oils. I chose Young Living partly because of their “Seed to Seal” guarantee. They have farms all over the world where they grow the and harvest the plants, extract the oils, test them and bottle them. The other reason I chose Young Living is because I have a very big network of other people who use their product where I have access to recipes, advice and knowledge of the oils I am using – or need to be using! I have a website at http://www.youngliving.org/bcasperyl. I need to do more work on the site, but my contact information is there.

    • Jan says:

      Joann, I use the Améo essential oils. They are 100% pure clinical grade oils with much science behind them! Check out theameodifference to see what makes them different from the rest. If you want to look at all that are available, go to http://www.jmstroven.myameo.com The prices are retail, but you can pay 20% less if you become a wholesale member Let me know if I can help you with anything!

  14. joyce. johnson says:

    What oils are best for arthritis on your hands

  15. Terry D. says:

    I had two total knee replacements years ago. I still have alot of pain and stiffness. What is the best topical oil I can rub on them?

  16. linda Prin says:

    I will have to try turmeric and orange on my foot. I recently sustained an injury that keeps swelling up during a skateboarding accident and it seems the inflammation might be lessened by these oils. Thank you for sharing some ways to improve my health. http://reliadermcream.com/product/reliaderm/

  17. Sarah B says:

    My husband has arthritis in his ankle and experiences debilitating pain all day, every day. Should he apply all of those oils or a select few. Can you suggest the best option?

  18. [email protected] says:

    Where do I buy the Ginger Essential Oil?
    What is the price?

    • Jan says:

      Kay, check out the Améo clinical grade 100% pure essential oils. I have used these fantastic oils for over a year now and love them! Go to theameodifference to see what makes ours different from the rest! Then you can go to my website at http://www.jmstroven.myameo.com
      Let me know if I can help you!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Kay,
      I love my ginger oil which is CPTG certified pure therapeutic grade from doTERRA. Go to mydoterra.com/oilsbylisag.

  19. Arlene says:

    What are the precautions for ppl with high blood pressure? Is it that we should not use oils altogether or is it certain oils that we need to stay away from?

    Also what is good for lupus?

  20. Dotti says:

    doTERRA oils are by far the best out there. I know there are a lot of people on here promoting to go to their website to buy them. I am also a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA but I am not going to put my website out there because I think it is inappropriate to do that to Dr. Axe. He has a wonderful website and yes he does sell doTERRA so I don’t feel it is ethical to post my website.

    If you want a no nonsense evaluation of oils, go to http://www.essentialoilsuniversity.org. Dr. Pappas is unbiased and has reviewed Young Living and doTERRA. The latest information about Young Living’s cinnamon oil was not good and I didn’t like how YL handled the responses. Also check out Dr. Pappas’ facebook page.

  21. Janie Elkins says:

    I don’t sell them but I buy alot! Doterra is the best and I would never try another

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  1. Regina Hansen says:

    Thank you,, Dr. Axe! I really appreciate your willingness to help, and your generosity for sharing such wonderful information for us for free. THANK you.

  2. April Loy says:

    My husband is a incomplete spinal cord and I’ve been using essential oils since July of 2015 I have made creams and even done roll ins I haven’t got to buy all the oils one at a time do you have any research on suggestions on spinal cord thanks

  3. Maurice Mckinney says:

    Where do we buy Dr.Axe essential oils

  4. Valeria Bradley says:

    Which brand of essential oils do you recommended?

  5. Kathy Gagliano says:

    Thank you in advance on your help, I’m going to to order these and see if it helps with my Arthritis. I’ll let you know if it can control my pain level so I can get off these narcotics I’ve been on for years!!😫

  6. Christine says:

    Best location to purchase highest quality essential oils?

  7. Jt Blevins says:

    Thank you for the information!!! Do you use Améo Essential Oils ? Since they are the only proven Clinical grade oils.

    • Angie says:

      Dr. Axe uses and recommends Doterra oils. All Doterra oils go through a very strict series of testing protocols to insure their potency, purity and efficacy. They are certified as pure, therapeutic grade as well.

      You are welcome to come visit my Doterra site: http://www.mydoterra.com/gardenaromatics

      Have a great day,

      Angie

  8. Kate Bronson says:

    HELLO IFOUND ONE OF YOUR VIDEOS ON UTUBE AND LIKE AND AGREE WITH YOUR IDEAS. I HAD A HUGE OVARIAN CYST REMOVED, TOTAL HYSTERECTOMY AND APPENDECTOMY LAST YEAR ALONG WITH A BLOOD CLOT IN MY LEG BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURE FROM THE GROWTH. I WAS BEDRIDDEN AFTER THE SURGERY FOR 6 MONTHS. NOT SO MUCH FROM THE SURGERY BUT ARTHRITIS. I NEVER HAD ARTHRITIS BEFORE, VERY ACTIVE PERSON, BUT NOW I AM BARELY ABLE TO WALK FROM PAIN. ALMOST OFF STEROIDS METHYLTREXATE AND NOT FEELING VERY GOOD. MY SPIRT IS VERY EXCITED AND READY TO ENJOY LIFE AGAIN BUT THE BODY JUST WONT GO. LOL. BEEN CHECKING OUT YOUR PRODUCTS AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAL MY BODY. I HAVE STARTED CHANGING MY DIET FOR SOME MONTHS NOW BUT LOSE WEIGHT. I AM 5 8 II8 POUNDS NORMAL WEIGHT 125. I WANT TO PUT ON HEALTHY POUNDS. ANY IDEAS WILL BE WELL RECEIVED. GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND ALTERNATIVE THINKING.

  9. grace marifosque says:

    Hello!

    Do you carry any essential oils? I am interested to order some?

  10. Sakshi Sharma says:

    hello friends ,My grandmother is suffering from Arthirities,It is best for joint pains. My grandmother using it from last 6 months & she get much relief from it. Earlier, there was stiffness, swelling & a lot of pain on my knee joints. When she started using Dr.ortho oil, I used to do the movements much easily than before & without pain.you can use Dr.ortho oil & capsules also,and you will see instatntly relief

  11. Jaipur Arthritis Centre in Jaipur says:

    Fish oil is helpful for arthritis patients. Fish oil comes from cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, tuna, halibut and cod. There are available many other oil like olive oil , grapeseed oil ,walnut oil and avocado oil.

    http://www.jaipurarthritiscentre.com/

  12. Allison Davis says:

    I also sell EO from one of the oldest and purest companies…..just sayin’…am loving the results!

  13. Joann Pellock says:

    Over the last 8 years I have been suffering from arthritis and I was wondering what kind of pure essential oils do you recommend.

    • Barbara Casper says:

      I use Young Living oils. I know Dr. Axe uses and promotes DoTerra. These are the two biggest competitors in the market today for pure, therapeutic grade oils. I chose Young Living partly because of their “Seed to Seal” guarantee. They have farms all over the world where they grow the and harvest the plants, extract the oils, test them and bottle them. The other reason I chose Young Living is because I have a very big network of other people who use their product where I have access to recipes, advice and knowledge of the oils I am using – or need to be using! I have a website at http://www.youngliving.org/bcasperyl. I need to do more work on the site, but my contact information is there.

    • Jan says:

      Joann, I use the Améo essential oils. They are 100% pure clinical grade oils with much science behind them! Check out theameodifference to see what makes them different from the rest. If you want to look at all that are available, go to http://www.jmstroven.myameo.com The prices are retail, but you can pay 20% less if you become a wholesale member Let me know if I can help you with anything!

  14. joyce. johnson says:

    What oils are best for arthritis on your hands

  15. Terry D. says:

    I had two total knee replacements years ago. I still have alot of pain and stiffness. What is the best topical oil I can rub on them?

  16. linda Prin says:

    I will have to try turmeric and orange on my foot. I recently sustained an injury that keeps swelling up during a skateboarding accident and it seems the inflammation might be lessened by these oils. Thank you for sharing some ways to improve my health. http://reliadermcream.com/product/reliaderm/

  17. Sarah B says:

    My husband has arthritis in his ankle and experiences debilitating pain all day, every day. Should he apply all of those oils or a select few. Can you suggest the best option?

  18. [email protected] says:

    Where do I buy the Ginger Essential Oil?
    What is the price?

    • Jan says:

      Kay, check out the Améo clinical grade 100% pure essential oils. I have used these fantastic oils for over a year now and love them! Go to theameodifference to see what makes ours different from the rest! Then you can go to my website at http://www.jmstroven.myameo.com
      Let me know if I can help you!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Kay,
      I love my ginger oil which is CPTG certified pure therapeutic grade from doTERRA. Go to mydoterra.com/oilsbylisag.

  19. Arlene says:

    What are the precautions for ppl with high blood pressure? Is it that we should not use oils altogether or is it certain oils that we need to stay away from?

    Also what is good for lupus?

  20. Dotti says:

    doTERRA oils are by far the best out there. I know there are a lot of people on here promoting to go to their website to buy them. I am also a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA but I am not going to put my website out there because I think it is inappropriate to do that to Dr. Axe. He has a wonderful website and yes he does sell doTERRA so I don’t feel it is ethical to post my website.

    If you want a no nonsense evaluation of oils, go to http://www.essentialoilsuniversity.org. Dr. Pappas is unbiased and has reviewed Young Living and doTERRA. The latest information about Young Living’s cinnamon oil was not good and I didn’t like how YL handled the responses. Also check out Dr. Pappas’ facebook page.

  21. Janie Elkins says:

    I don’t sell them but I buy alot! Doterra is the best and I would never try another

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