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Arthritis - Are you being crippled by stiffness and pain ? Try massaging with oils and herbs.
Formulation to help Arthritis
Arthritis is one of the most common disorders that the majority of us will suffer at some time or another during our lifetime. There are literally dozens and dozens of different types although the most common variation is osteoarthritis experienced by up to 90% of sufferers.
The cause is the body’s inability to get rid of uric acid which results in build-up of uric acid crystals in the joints causes inflammation, pain and loss of movement.
The most affected areas are those that have been heavily used and can affect sportsmen, dancers and those with demanding occupations or those who are overweight.
The most common treatment is ever increasing and variations of pain killers and anti-inflammatories, which while granting temporary relief, can have an undesirable effect on our organs and digestive system.
Essential oils can help to eliminate the toxic build-up and prevent the formation of more uric acid. The body must be stimulated to repair the damage to the joint surfaces and circulation must be improved to remove the uric acids and improve nutrition in the affected tissue.
For my own use I developed the following formulation to tackle the different aspects of Arthritis
Each of these oils is blended together and is used as massage oil into the affected area. Use 60ml bottle, with Sweet Almond or Evening Primrose or Jojoba Oil base, with a small addition of Rose hip or Argan Oil if the skin is particularly dry or damaged.
For painkilling and anti-inflammatory use 10 drops each:
Benzoin, Roman Camomile, Lavender,
To de-tox use 5 drops each:
Cypress, Fennel, Juniper,
To improve circulation use 5 drops each:
Black Pepper, Ginger, Marjoram,
For additional effects, incl. Anti-inflammatory, use 5 drops each:
Coriander, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena,
Citronella, Niaouli, Nutmeg,
Heat can be helpful in encouraging the stiff joints to move and the essential oil blend can be applied also via baths or hot compress.
Arthritis is not just the result of overworking a joint; it can occur through bad nutrition, stress or injuries and it is important to address these problems also. There is a herbal extract that has been used with some success and is sold as “Devils Claw” but certainly Vitamins A (3000iu – male or 2300iu - female), B complex, E and Pantothenate (Vitamin B5 – 3-5mg) should form part of the diet.
As usual, try to restrict the intake of red meats, coffee, tea and alcohol to realistic levels.
There is some evidence to suggest that Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by a viral infection or that an autoimmune problem causes an allergic reaction to the body tissue. The above essential blends can help, but some have found Vitamin D (400mg) and K (120mg) to work.
In cases where the muscles seem to lock up or go into painful spasm, you should speak with your doctor who may be willing to prescribe 2mg Diazepam (Valium) which is a very successful muscle relaxant. Never be tempted to increase the dose as it will have no improved effect and will only cause possibly dangerous drowsiness. This is a prescription only drug in the UK.
If you experience any skin reaction or other reaction or discomfort discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice.
Never exceed the dose of Vitamin A suggested above.
Backache and Lumbago
- Backache or Lumbago You can reduce the pain and stiffness
Backache can be helped by massage with essential oils together with the use of pain killers. These oils help reduce the inflamation and pain deep in the muscles.There are some dietary and herbal remedies
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© 2012 Peter Geekie