TENDONITIS

ESSENTIAL OILS

Frankincense. Works to numb the affected area to provide relief.202

Cypress. Helps to reduce inflammation within the body; soothes pain.

Peppermint. A natural analgesic and muscle relaxant.

Turmeric. Contains potent anti- inflammatory compounds.

Research
Menthol (a primary compound found in peppermint oil) has been proven to enhance the dermal penetration of other medicines. This is perhaps what makes it an effective way to bring cooling relief to inflamed tendons.

Home Remedy
Warm Compress. To help reduce pain and speed up blood flow, mix 2 drops each of frankincense, cypress and peppermint oils with 1⁄2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the painful area three to five times daily with a warm compress.

Background
Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon—a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. It is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden, more serious injury. Activities that often cause tendonitis are carpentry, gardening, tennis, golf, painting and scrubbing. Anyone can get tendonitis, but it is more common in adults, especially those over 40 years of age. As tendons age, they tolerate less stress,
are less elastic and tear easier. Symptoms include pain at the site of the tendon and surrounding area. Shoulder tendonitis involves the loss of motion and flexibility and is often called "adhesive capsulitis," or frozen shoulder. Conventional treatments for tendonitis such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.) and corticosteroid injections can lead to liver problems, stomach pain, high blood pressure and more. Try these essential oils for a safer way to get relief from tendonitis pain.

Suggested Supplements

» Bromelain. An enzyme that comes from pineapples that reduces inflammation. Take 250 milligrams twice daily.

» Bone Broth and Collagen Protein. Support healthy inflammation response and joint, ligament and tendon health.