Essential oils for joint pain and inflammation refers to compounds derived from plants that relieve the organic processes and sources of such joint and muscle ailments. The essential oil captures the plant’s flavor and scent. Different plants contain various aromatic compounds that make such oils unique.
What Are The Benefits of Essential Oil
Different essential oils relieve or benefit nerve, muscle, and joint pain and inflammation.
1. Essential oil muscle pain
These oils come from the bark, flowers, fruits, leaves, and seeds of plants. It can be topically applied, diluted, and used in aromatherapy.
- Eucalyptus oil – Distilled from the leaf of a eucalyptus tree, the oil has been found by a study from 2015 to alleviate wounds, flu, and arthritis.
- Lavender oil – A study from 2015 showed that lavender oil is an effective anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Second, research suggested that oil reduces muscle pain and headaches.
- Lemongrass oil – Lemongrass is also called barbed wire grass because it can cause skin lacerations if not handled properly. Lemongrass is a common herb used for cooking. One research that used mice noted the oil’s anti-inflammatory components.
- Peppermint oil – Peppermint is known for its use as a potent anti-inflammatory herb. In food and beverage, it’s used to add flavoring to drinks and chocolate. Peppermint contains 44 % menthol used as a pain reliever.
- Rosemary oil – Rosemary is derived from the flowers of the plant. It’s known as a herb and spice for meat cuisines. Clinical experiments suggested the benefits of rosemary oil for menstruation cramps and rheumatic disorders due to the oil’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Wintergreen oil – A relative of peppermint, wintergreen produces red edible berries. Its woody and sweet-smelling oil have methol salicylate comparable to aspirin.
- Ginger oil – In 2016, a study showed that ginger oil can relieve rheumatoid arthritis.
2.Essential oils for muscle knots
Muscle knots are a condition that causes pain and aching sensations in joints and muscles. Touching the affected area can cause a feeling of tense, swollen, and bumpy feeling. These essential oils have been shown or reported to relieve muscle knots.
- Juniper oil – Juniper, an ingredient in gin, provides berries that bring anti-inflammatory, antistress, and detoxification benefits. Juniper berries and its oil contain apigenin, luteolin, and rutin that have been shown by studies to contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. (1), (2), (3)
- Lavender oil – This oil is known for its antispasmodic effects which makes it good for aching, cramps, tendinitis, and muscle knots.
- Marjoram oil – This oil is from the leaf of marjoram which is confused with oregano. Marjoram contains antispam properties which makes it an excellent oil for cramps and muscle knots. It’s also good for arthritis, migraines, and rheumatism.
- Turmeric oil – Turmeric, a relative of ginger, comes from the rhizome or root. It’s a common ingredient in Indian cuisines and used as a coloring and herb. Turmeric oil contains curcumin – an antiinflammatory that may relieve muscle knots. Plus, this oil contains more than 300 phenolic compounds that may benefit your muscle, brain, hormone balance, and liver health.
3. Essential oils for pain and inflammation
Pain and inflammation commonly occur in areas such as eyes, jaw, neck, shoulders, ribs, rib spine junction, hips, wrist, fingers, hand, knee, heel, and toes. These essential oils have been to relieve some or all of such affected areas.
- Clary sage oil – Clary sage oil is derived from the buds and leaves of the clary sage herb. It’s a potent antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory oil against muscle spasms, aches, and pains. (1)
- Chamomile oil – This oil comes from chamomile flowers. The plant is available in two types – Roman and German which are both effective. Regular use for massage of chamomile oil showed to eliminate uric acid around joints and relieve pain. The oil is a sedative that calms the nervous system, improves sleep, and decrease stress. You can mix with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil and apply it to affected areas.
- Frankincense oil – Frankincense is a popular resin or hardened sap from the Boswellia tree grown in the Arabian peninsula and North. It has been used as an incense and medicine to remedy discomfort and stress. Topically, it’s used to reduce pain. Studies published in NCBI found that Boswellia resin reduced the need for NSAID and morning stiffness although more studies are needed to confirm the absolute efficacy of frankincense.. (1) (2) (3)
- Vetiver oil – Used in ayurvedic medicine, vetiver is a grass known for its aroma thus it has been used to make perfumes and essential oils. It’s already farmed in many countries and used to make handicrafts. Its oil is used to relieve headaches, rheumatism, muscle pain, swelling, and arthritis.
- Yarrow essential oil – This is extracted from the flowers of leaves and flower tops of yarrow. It contains anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving organic chemicals such as alpha-pinene, tricyclene, gamma-terpinene. Yarrow is an anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, and antispasmodic and anti-abdominal medicine.
- Essential oils for nerve pain – Nerve pain or neuropathic pain is a sensation of tingling, chronic prickling, and burning. It might be caused by cancer, diabetes, shingles, and unseen injuries.
- Basil oil – You may have already known this herb and spice for pesto pasta. Basil oil is used to alleviate stress, skin problems, and nerve pain. Basil oil contains flavonoids – and antioxidants that might benefit nerve damage. Here’s a finding of flavonoids that block molecules from stimulating inflammation.
- Lavender oil – Besides its fragrance use, lavender has been confirmed by a 2014 research that the oil has an anti-spasm and anticonvulsant effect.
- Essential oils mix – A 2010 research discovered that a mix of lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, and bergamot reduced that pain in 30 minutes of 26 out of 60 people in the study.
- Peppermint oil – In 2002, a study report found out that a woman with neuralgia was treated with peppermint oil. The relief lasted from 4 to 6 hours after using the oil.
- Roman chamomile oil – a type of chamomile, this oil may soothe muscle pain and nerve pain. A study from 2014, reported that roman chamomile reduces inflammation and oxidative stress.