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Aromatherapy for arthritis pain?
Iris L.
Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2022 5:24 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 18354


A member suggested that I use aromatherapy for my arthritic knee pain.  Which essential oils would be useful for pain?

Iris


Lane Simonian
Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2022 6:27 PM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 5138


This article lists several essential oils that may help arthritic pain, Iris.  

https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/essential-oils-for-knee-and-joint-pain

The section on massage with essential oils makes an important point: most essential oils have to be mixed with a carrier oil (such as almond oil) because a number of them can burn or irritate the skin when applied neat.

The effectiveness of using essential oils for arthritis may depend on the type and severity of arthritis.  My mother-in-law has severe osteoarthritis and the essential oils were not very effective (a small bit of relief for short periods of time).  I think they might help individuals with rheumatoid arthritis more. 


Iris L.
Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2022 7:08 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 18354


Thanks for responding so quickly, Lane.  I have some pure lavender essential oil that I brought back from Egypt; I also have jojoba oil to use as a carrier oil.  I'll try them both and see what happens.

Iris


Lane Simonian
Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2022 8:35 PM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 5138


You are welcome, Iris.  Just the thought of pure lavender essential oil from Egypt pleases me.  I hope that it helps.  I think that there is a good chance that it will.  
Iris L.
Posted: Monday, August 22, 2022 8:46 AM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 18354


Lane, the Fayed family owns the essential oil and perfume business that I visited in Egypt. This is the family of Dodi Fayed, who died along with Princess Diana in Paris twenty-five years ago.

Iris


Lane Simonian
Posted: Monday, August 22, 2022 9:13 AM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 5138


This is really fascinating, Iris.  I did not realize that perfumes and essential oils were part of their business empire.  What a tragic story of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.

I am glad that you were able to take the trip to Egypt.  


Amy Joy
Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:07 PM
Joined: 9/5/2022
Posts: 36


Lavender oil sounds lovely  

I also heard that essential oils can help with arthritis.

I have arthritis in my neck and back and use essential oils. 


Amy Joy
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2022 6:39 PM
Joined: 9/5/2022
Posts: 36


 I’m using essential oils to help with my arthritis.

For a year or more I’m using walker with chair.

I’m having neck, back and leg pain. I use scooters while shopping when I can as I can’t stand or walk for very long.

Arthritis runs in the family.

I hope to find advice please.