ARTHRITIS

ESSENTIAL OILS

Wintergreen. Acts as a natural analgesic to relieve pain and swelling.

Peppermint. Natural analgesic and muscle relaxant; helps soothe joint discomfort.

Frankincense and Turmeric. Reduce inflammation; help improve circulation.

Ginger. Reduces prostaglandins in the body (compounds associated with pain).

Research
A 2013 study concluded that ginger oil possesses antioxidant activity as well as significant anti- inflammatory and pain-reducing properties.

Home Remedy
Detoxifying Arthritis Bath. Run a warm-water bath and add 2 cups of Epsom salt, plus 20 drops of lavender with 20 drops of peppermint and soak for as long as desired. For added benefit, diffuse frankincense while you are soaking.

Background
It is estimated that more than 52 million people in the U.S. suffer from arthritis symptoms. Arthritis can be defined as inflammation of one or more joints; the types of arthritis range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage (such as osteoarthritis) to those associated with inflammation resulting from an overactive immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis). Symptoms vary greatly in intensity and include pain and limited function of joints. Essential oils may not only relieve pain but also improve your mood and overall health at the same time.

Suggested Supplements

» Fish Oil. An 18-month study showed that taking fish oil “exhibited significant reductions” in arthritis activity.27 Take 1,000 milligrams of high-quality fish oil daily.

» Turmeric. A powerful anti-inflammatory herb; supplement with 1,000 milligrams per day.