Loving Life – Even with Arthritis

Arthritis pain can be crippling. Those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) or Osteoarthritis (OA) often experience constant pain throughout the day–pain that can suck the fun out of days that would otherwise be enjoyable. While man-made painkillers can be helpful in numbing Arthritis pain, taking them constantly throughout the day can be unhealthy, can result in reduced effectiveness over time, and in the worst cases, can lead to addiction. Luckily for those suffering from Arthritis, there are many natural remedies to help reduce the daily pain. These holistic treatments, in combination with treatments recommended by professionals, can help those with Arthritis pain live without constant pain.

Herbal Supplements

 

 

Herbal supplements are a great, natural way to to help ease Arthritis Pain. There are number of herbs which can help reduce swelling and soothe aching joints. A simple tea of Stinging Nettle, Turmeric, or Frankincense can help put discomfort caused by RA or OA to rest. [1] Fish Oil, with its omega-3 fatty acids has significant anti-inflammatory properties, and is much easier on the stomach than most modern medicines.

When using any alternative medicine it’s always a good idea to check with a doctor before diving in. Some treatments may interfere with prescription medicines, and checking with a professional will help ensure that your treatments don’t overlap.

 

Exercise

Numerous studies have shown that exercise has a positive impact on various aspects of life- and it’s no different with arthritis pain. Regular physical exercise has been shown to reduce stress and inflammation, as well as promote dopamine production in the body. [2] Exercise can also lead directly into another reliable source of relief from joint pain–weight loss.

 

 

Weight Loss

 

Arthritis causes pain in the joints, and when greater pressure is placed on these joints, the pain increases. It follows logically then that reducing the amount of pressure (or weight) put on these joints will decrease pain. The main way to do this is by reducing body weight. Those with arthritis pain in weight bearing joints, such as the knees, hips, or spine, have found that losing weight greatly reduced the discomfort they experienced each day. [3]

 

 

Essential Oils

 

There are a number of essential oils that have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation. These oils are perfect for treating the effects of RA and OA. All of the following essential oils are sold by Davina in their purest forms, and are safe to use on painful joints. As with all medicines, it’s best to check with a doctor before use.

 

Joint-ment

Joint-ment is a blend specially formulated for joint pain. It works by combining the healing effects of frankincense, the soothing power of Lavender, and the cooling sensations of peppermint. With ginger, myrrh, eucalyptus, and other oils added to enhance potency, this artisanal oil blend can soothe the pains of arthritis.

 

Frankincense

Frankincense has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of maladies. The components in frankincense have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Frankincense has also been shown to reduce overactive autoimmune responses which can help prevent cartilage damage.

 

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has been shown to reduce inflammation and swelling–which in turn can reduce pain. eucalyptus also has antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic disinfectant qualities, which can help reduce the chance of infection in injured joints.

 

Ginger

Ginger can work wonders when fighting arthritis pain and swelling. Ginger essential oil creates a warming sensation when applied topically, which feels great on aching joints. Because ginger is used in many Asian recipes, you can receive its therapeutic benefits by adding the essential oil to your next meal.

 

Lavender

Lavender oil is a well-known powerhouse for fighting pain. Most essential oil users keep a well stocked supply, making this oil a great place to start when looking for alternative solutions to arthritis pain. It can also help reduce the stress and anxiety which may accompany flares of pain caused by arthritis.

 

Basil

Basil essential oil is like arthritis pain relief in a jar. Studies have shown that basil, when used daily, can greatly reduce joint swelling and spasms. Like ginger, this oil can also be added to a variety of different foods.

 

All of these oils are easy to apply. The best way to use these oils is to do one of the following:

  • Massage them. Dilute these oils with a few drops of carrier oils and massage them directly onto painful joints.
  • Inhale them. Diffuse them in a home or room to receive their benefits throughout the day.
  • Put them in a bath. Add a few drops of essential oil to a carrier oil (coconut, olive, avocado, etc.), or to some coarse salt, then add to warm water for a relaxing, therapeutic bath.
  • Take 1-2 drops internally either via food, liquid or capsules. See our discussion on internal use.

 

For more details on how to use these essential oils for pain relief, check out their individual links. For more information on how to appropriately dilute essential oils, visit Davina Wellness’ dilution page.

 

Living with Arthritis can be tough, and at times the pain can feel overwhelming. By using these safe, natural remedies, the pain can be reduced, and the body can heal. Always consult with a doctor before taking on any new treatments in order to make sure that your new natural remedy doesn’t interfere with any medicines you may already be taking.

 

[1]https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/features/rheumatoid-arthritis-best-worst-supplements-herbs

[2] https://www.physiology.org/doi/abs/10.1152/ajprenal.00272.2007#

[3]https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/obesity-arthritis/fat-and-arthritis.php

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