Essential Oil Guide
About 40 percent of American adults currently use some type of alternative or complementary therapy to help manage health conditions. And if you’re battling arthritis, you may just be one of them.
Aromatherapy, which uses essential plant oils, is one approach gaining in popularity because of its pleasant smells and potential anti-inflammatory effects. This is a perfect combination for easing joint pain from arthritis.
Keep in mind that because research on aromatherapy is limited, you should be sure to talk with your doctor before starting any new regimen to find out about side effects and possible interactions with your current medications.
Eucalyptus – essential oils use
Most of us know eucalyptus as an ingredient in cough drops and some over-the-counter topical medications, but you can also add aromatherapy to the list of its uses. According to Scott Zashin, MD, a board-certified rheumatologist and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, this essential oil has solid evidence to back up its pain relief effect.
“It has a soothing aroma and has been shown to have benefit people with pain,” he notes.
This would be a good oil for your aromatherapy rotation. It could be a midday recharge when your joint pain from arthritis is acting up.