Joint pain can be caused by injury, rheumatism, arthritis, or poor posture position for a long time. Essential oils are widely used to relieve joint pain because it serves as an anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-seizure muscle. This essential oil works effectively when used alone or mixed with other essential oils applied to painful areas.
Depending on the location and severity of the pain, essential oils may be given through massage, bath tub, hot or cold compress. The best essential oils to reduce joint pain are clove oil, rosemary, lavender, ginger, marjoram, chamomile, peppermint, eucalyptus, and juniper.
- Massage painful areas using clove oil
Clove oil is a popular essential oil that functions as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, and maintains a strong constant in body temperature used to fight inflammation. Spread a little clove oil on muscles or joints that are painful to avoid skin irritation or you can dilute clove oil with coconut oil if you have sensitive skin. Add up to 12 drops of clove oil to 2 ounces of coconut oil, and massage it in a sore area. Avoid using clove oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding period.
- Apply a mixture of essential oils
Clove oil mixes with other petroleum oils such as cinnamon, rosemary, peppermint, lavender, and geranium are also effective for reducing joint pain. Mix at least three of the essential oil with the carrier oil of your choice to make 1% dilution (6 drops of essential oil for 1 ounce of carrier oil). Apply to joint pain twice daily.
You can increase the concentration to 3% (20 drops of essential oil for 1 ounce of carrier oil) or more or apply more than twice a day depending on the reaction that occurs after the use.
Other combinations of essential oils for joint pain are 1 drop of black pepper oil, 1 drop of ginger oil, 2 drops of mixed vanilla, 3 drops of rosemary oil, 3 drops of coriander oil, 4 drops of marjoram oil, and 6 drops of Roman chamomile oil with 2 ounces of oil carrier. Massage this essential oil mixture in a painful area until the pain is reduced.
- Soak body with essential oil
Pain that involves many joints can be relieved by soaking in warm water that has been mixed with essential oils. Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 4 drops of juniper berry oil, 2 drops of cypress oil, 2 drops of lavender oil and 1-2 cups of salt to soak in the bath. Making salt used to bathe in a bath is by mixing Epsom salts (containing pure magnesium sulfate) with baking soda in equal amounts.
Add some salt flakes of the sea and magnesium chloride, and pour the mixture into the bath. Fill the tub with water and let stand for 30 minutes before soaking to mix.
- Hot and cold compresses
Medical experts have found that hot and cold compresses reduce joint pain, and by adding essential oils will improve the effectiveness of this therapy. Heat the water to a warm temperature. Choose at least three essential oils and drop 4 drops of each oil into warm water. Dip the towel in warm water, wring out the towel so no water drips, and place the compress on the sore area. Hot compresses for 15 minutes for each session, alternating with a cold compress with a distance of several hours.