In using essential oils for arthritis pain, it's important to choose those that can improve circulation and reduce inflammation, thereby reducing pain. Luckily, there are numerous essential oils that have those effects on arthritis sufferers.
Rosemary and Marjoram
Rosemary and marjoram essential oils can penetrate deeply into joints, potentially improving circulation and easing pain.
Ginger and Black Pepper
According to "Aromatherapy for Dummies," ginger essential oil has a special knack for reducing inflammation, and its heating action is good for relieving sore muscles around arthritic joints. Black pepper essential oil is also a heating oil that can help relieve pain.
Other Essential Oils
Other essential oils that may help relieve arthritis pain include peppermint, helichrysum and wintergreen.
For a hot arthritis-relieving bath, "Aromatherapy for Dummies" recommends adding three drops each of rosemary and marjoram essential oils, and two drops of ginger essential oil to water.
Because every person's arthritis is different, you may need to experiment with different oils to see what works best for you. Also, essential oil quality varies greatly among producers. You are more likely to get desired results using high-quality oil from a trusted producer.
Skin-test an essential oil before using it to make sure you are not sensitive to it. Blend one drop essential oil with a few drops carrier oil (any quality vegetable or nut oil) and apply it to the inside of your upper arm. If redness, irritation or itching occurs, do not use the essential oil.