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Arthritis, Rheumatism and Osteoarthritis

Aroma Pacific

Posted on October 17 2018

WARNING : These properties, indications and methods of use are taken from reference books or websites in aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and phytotherapy. They are found regularly and for many confirmed by observations in a scientific environment. However, this information is given for information purposes, they can not in any way constitute medical information, nor engage our responsibility. For any use of essential oils, hydrosols and plants or plant powders for therapeutic purposes, consult a doctor.

EO = Essential Oil
VO= Vegetable Oil

 

Rheumatism, arthritis and osteoarthritis: what difference?

RHEUMATISM

Very broad, the term rheumatism refers to all pathologies related to osteo-musculo-articular inflammation . These painful conditions hinder the proper functioning of the musculoskeletal system and are manifested by pain and stiffness in the joints . The damp cold is often a trigger for rheumatism.

HOW TO RELIEVE RHEUMATISM WITH ESSENTIAL OILS?

The essential oils of Copaiba , Wintergreen , Citronella , Kaffir Lime, Katafray , Cumin , Blue Spruce , Black Spruce , Eucalyptus ... will be beneficial to alleviate rheumatic pains. 
They will be used diluted in a vegetable oil, alone or in synergy, in localised soothing massages.

ARTHRITIS

Arthritis is an important inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the joint . Gradually, the inflammatory area swells and the joints become deformed, they become painful, stiff, as rusty. Arthritis is characterized by often nocturnal pain that can wake up the patient. In the morning, the joints find their mobility after a warm-up period that will "rustle" the joint. 

HOW TO RELIEVE ARTHRITIS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS?

Changes in the diet can very often significantly reduce pain and arthritis. Dairy products, fast sugars and gluten will be avoided.

To soothe the pain of arthritis, the most essential oils are those of Lemon Eucalyptus , Gaultheria or Wintergreen, Italian Helichrysum, Katafray, Bay Leaf ( Laurus Nobilis) , Mint , Rosemary ... 


For a very simple soothing massage,dilute 1- 5 drops of Katafray essential oil in 10 drops of vegetable oil (Hazelnut, Sesame), to be applied locally three times a day.

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis is an alteration of the cartilage that covers the joint. The cartilage thins and no longer fulfills its role of facilitator of movements. Osteoarthritis affects the most stressed joints: knees, cervical, shoulders ... During movement , the bones forming the joint rub against each other without the protection of the cartilage, causing mechanical pain .

HOW TO RELIEVE OSTEOARTHRITIS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS?

In prevention and to slow the progression of osteoarthritis, the suppression of dairy products and foods with a high glycemic index, which are pro-inflammatory, is recommended.

With a healthy diet, the essential oils of Thyme, Wintergreen or Gaultheria, of Juniper Berry , of Myrrh , of Copaiba balm , applied locally and diluted beforehand in vegetable oil.