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Essential Oil for Arthritis Pain

Updated February 21, 2017

Essential oils for arthritis can help with the inflammation and pain, but they cannot cure it. Essential oils should always be used with responsibility and in the correct way. Essential oils must be diluted with a base or carrier oil. Never apply them directly on the skin without a base.

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Arthritis, whether it is rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, can affect the joints in any part of the body causing pain, stiffness and swelling.

Effective Essential Oils

There are many essential oils that can be used as a topical treatment. Some of the more common ones are eucalyptus, chamomile, camphor, lavender, black pepper, ginger, marjoram and wintergreen.

Hot Compresses

According to Mireille Gautschi, a Flower Essence Therapist and Herbalist, making hot compresses is one of the most effective ways to use essential oils for arthritis. Dilute 3 to 6 drops of essential oil in a container of hot water and use a cotton cloth to apply to the affected area.


Diluted essential oils can be applied directly on to the inflamed or painful area. Dilution should be 1/4 tsp. of essential oil with 6 tbsp. of carrier oil or vegetable oil.


The essential oils for arthritis should only be used topically or as aromatherapy and not for ingestion. Many essential oils can be dangerous or poisonous if taken internally.

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