Frankincense Oil: Using frankincense oil for arthritis April 15 2014
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but this condition is collectively characterized by inflammation of the joints. It can occur in virtually any joint within the body, and over time can cause painful stiffness and an overall reduction in mobility, not to mention pain and frustration as it affects the body.
Frankincense oil (boswellia serrata)aids in oxygenation of blood to the body. This effect can aid in oxygen absorption and as a result, the ability of joints to function properly and maintain their movement.Recent studies have shown diligent use of frankincense oil to be as successful at reducing pain and inflammation caused by arthritis as conventional painkillers.
How to use frankincense oil to treat arthritis:
Add 3-5 drops of straight (neat) frankincense oil directly onto affected areas. Slowly massage into joints and repeat throughout the day.
Add 15-50 drops of frankincense oil to a hot bath. Combined with the benefits of the oil, the heat of the water encourages muscles to relax and helps reduce stiffness and inflammation. For additional benefits, Epsom salts can be added to the water as well.
Add 5 drops of frankincense oil to a small squirt of lotion or carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba oil). Run into palms to mix and massage into affected joints.
For a convenient and portable rub, add 15-20 drops of peppermint oil to a small spray bottle of water. Sprat directly onto the sore site and massage for several minutes.
If joints are already sore and/or stiff, a pre-activity rubdown is a fantastic way to sooth and ease the inflammation before mild to moderate exercise. Rub 3-5 drops generously into joints 15-20 minutes before activity.
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.