Arthritis is characterised by pain and inflammation ranging anywhere from a dull, sharp, burning sensation or a pressure that as one person described it: “as an insidious form of pain that only another arthritis sufferer can truly understand”.

But did you know that there are several different kinds of arthritis? The 3 most common ones are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout. These cause joint distress and result in the pain and inflammation that sufferers complain about. 

Recent case studies are now showing that aromatherapy is one of the most effective treatments for arthritis and there are other benefits too. A good essential oil blend can stimulate circulation and help us eliminate toxic waste, as well as provide considerable relief from pain and inflammation, resulting in increased mobility.

The benefits don’t just stop there. Many essential oils contain antidepressant properties to help you deal with the emotions and anxiety whilst the calming benefits can help ease that transition between pain and sleep.

As Kurt Schnaubelt in Medical Aromatherapy Healing with Essential Oils reveals: "Modalities such as aromatherapy, which acknowledges the phenomena of the soul, will be vastly more successful in treating the real problems of our times than conventional medicine. Medicine as it stands is part of the problem, therefore it can do very little for its solution".

He goes on to say: "the substances of aromatherapy, especially essential oils, are distinguished by their molecular makeup. Every single molecule found in essential oils (or at least its precursor before steam distillation) has been a part of the evolutionary development of life. The tolerability, compatibility, and effectiveness of these molecules has developed over hundreds of millions of years and proven itself by the survival of those organisms that produce them.

Aroma molecules interact harmoniously with all biological systems at once, with the combined effect being highly favourable. Synthetics, to the contrary, have not proven themselves on any substantial timescale, and the resulting disasters - when approval processes were simply not capable of predicting even short-term effects - are horrid legacy to this."