Best essential oils for rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease with prominent joint involvement and typically involves the small joints of the hands and feet. Untreated, the disease has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality, with cardiovascular involvement as one of the contributing causes. Rheumatoid arthritis could attack any part of the body but usually starts to attack the joints especially wrists, knees, ankles, shoulders and hands.

According to latest research about 1% of whole population in the world suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. There is more female patient of RA as compare to male because the joints of female body are weaker.



Rheumatoid arthritis mostly attacks people over 50 years but it may occur at any age due to a number of causes.

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Rheumatoid arthritis. Kelly Marie Hale, SPT <>


In rheumatoid arthritis the inflammation of joints increase, the patient feels pain, aches, has difficulty with sleeping, walking, running and to perform different tasks which involve the joints.

There are nu
mber of different ways to treat rheumatoid arthritis which includes daily exercise of effected joints, medicine, massage and change in diet. In extreme cases the doctors suggest surgery. All of these treatments require lots of time to heal from rheumatoid arthritis pain.


Essential oils can help treat rheumatoid arthritis; they have been used for thousands of years in India and China as a great source to treat joint pain. Essential oils include the oil of different natural herbs like lavender, marjoram, rosemary, peppermint, bay leaf, lemon and tea tree, etc.

Essential oils are extracts from different herbs leaves, seeds, fruits, flowers and branches. They are rich with vitamins and other minerals which can help heal the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and also can treat it permanently if they are been used on a regular basis.


The following is a list of some essential oils that could treat rheumatoid arthritis:

lavender essential oil

  • Lavender oil is rich with anti inflammatory properties which is a great source to relieve joint pain caused due to rheumatoid arthritis. The best way to use lavender oil is to massage the effected join or body part with lavender oil.


  • Marjoram oil is made from marjoram; it’s a popular herb which has cold sensitive perennial. It increases the blood circulation and is often found in beauty products. Directly applying marjoram oil does not just relieve the pain but also relaxes the body.


  • Eucalyptus oil has a number of benefits in terms of treating muscles and joint pain. Eucalyptus oil should be warm when it’s applied over the affected part and should be covered with plastic wrap for better result. Eucalyptus oil can help heal rheumatoid arthritis in any months of the year but studies show that it works great in winter seasons.


  • Angelica oil has anti inflammatory properties; it reduces inflammation on joint, and treats pain and aches.


Other than these, the essential oil extracted from bay leaf, lemon, rosemary and peppermint can help to treat rheumatoid arthritis joint pain as well. Always consult with a doctor before using any of the described remedies.