Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the synovial
membranes and other connective tissues in the joint, causing painful inflammation. This
inflammation then leads to deterioration of the cartilage in the joint with intense pain and
difficulty in movement. Rheumatoid arthritis differs from “typical” arthritis in that it can
attack the body at a much earlier age, with much more intensity, and over a short period
of time. Essentially, it attacks and breaks down cartilages that support the bone structure.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be extremely debilitating, and most treatments provide limited
Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that
make it extremely beneficial for use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Lavender oil
assists in minimizing pain and inflammation around affected tissues, as well as increasing
circulation and oxygenation to the joints. This oil can be a fantastic, natural and side effect
free means of treating symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
It is important to note that lavender essential oil can help reduce symptoms of inflammation
and provide pain relief to affected areas. If the condition has progressed to the point of joint
destruction, it is not capable of reversing current damage to the joints.
Massage 3-5 drops directly into the areas of pain. Use as needed throughout the day to
provide immediate relief.
Make a homemade lavender paste. Mix 1 cup of cooked plain oatmeal with ¼ to ½ cup plain
yogurt or melted coconut oil. Add 20-30 drops of lavender oil and massage onto affected
areas. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, or until you feel relief. Remove in the shower or with a
damp wash cloth.
Mix 5-10 drops of lavender oil with warm olive oil. Gently massage into the affected areas.
This is best done at home in the evening, as it can be a bit messy.
Add 10-30 drops to a warm bath and soak joints and muscles for full-body relief.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.