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Can essential oils help with knee and joint pain?

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Knee and joint pain can disrupt your daily life. But there are ways to feel better. Plant-based essential oils might help, along with over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications.

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. Using them for therapeutic or medicinal reasons is called aromatherapy.

They’re the scented parts of a plant, usually the bark, leaves, or peel. You smell them when the plant is crushed. Special steaming processes also bring out the fragrance.

The essential oil will have a strong scent. But that’s not what helps you feel better. The plant’s chemicals affect your brain and body. They get into your bloodstream when you put the oil on your skin or breathe it in.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “How Aromatherapy Can Help Ease Your Pain.”

Journal of Food Science and Technology : “Health-promoting value and food applications of black cumin essential oil: an overview.”

Pain Research and Treatment : “The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”

National Cancer Institute: “Aromatherapy With Essential Oils -- Patient Version.”

Phytotherapy Research : “Topical dermal application of essential oils attenuates the severity of adjuvant arthritis in Lewis rats.”

Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice : “Investigation of the effect of black cumin oil on pain in osteoarthritis geriatric individuals,” “Effect of aromatherapy massage with lavender essential oil on pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee: A randomized controlled clinical trial.” 

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : “Effect of Eucalyptus Oil Inhalation on Pain and Inflammatory Responses after Total Knee Replacement: A randomized Clinical Trial,” “The Influence of Carrier Oils on the Antimicrobial Activity and Cytotoxicity of Essential Oils.” 

Scientific Reports : “Frankincense and myrrh suppress inflammation via regulation of the metabolic profiling and the MAPK signaling pathway.”

Molecules : “Seeing the Unseen of the Combination of Two Natural Resins, Frankincense and Myrrh: Changes in Chemical Constituents and Pharmacological Activities.”

International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. : “Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Aroma Massage with Lavender Essential Oil: An Overview

Japan Journal of Nursing Science : “Effects of aromatherapy massage on pain, functional state, and quality of life in an elderly individual with knee osteoarthritis.”

International Journal of Molecular Sciences : “Analgesic-Like Activity of essential Oil Constituents: An Update.”

Electronic Physician : “Effect of Topical Application of Nigella Sativa Oil and Oral Acetaminophen on Pain in elderly with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Crossover Clinical Trial.”

Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research: “.” Effect of Lemongrass Oil on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis Foundation: “Aromatherapy for Arthritis Relief.”

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: “How and why to use essential oils.”

Mayo Clinic: “Why aromatherapy is showing up in hospital surgical units.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 12, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “How Aromatherapy Can Help Ease Your Pain.”

Journal of Food Science and Technology : “Health-promoting value and food applications of black cumin essential oil: an overview.”

Pain Research and Treatment : “The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”

National Cancer Institute: “Aromatherapy With Essential Oils -- Patient Version.”

Phytotherapy Research : “Topical dermal application of essential oils attenuates the severity of adjuvant arthritis in Lewis rats.”

Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice : “Investigation of the effect of black cumin oil on pain in osteoarthritis geriatric individuals,” “Effect of aromatherapy massage with lavender essential oil on pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee: A randomized controlled clinical trial.” 

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : “Effect of Eucalyptus Oil Inhalation on Pain and Inflammatory Responses after Total Knee Replacement: A randomized Clinical Trial,” “The Influence of Carrier Oils on the Antimicrobial Activity and Cytotoxicity of Essential Oils.” 

Scientific Reports : “Frankincense and myrrh suppress inflammation via regulation of the metabolic profiling and the MAPK signaling pathway.”

Molecules : “Seeing the Unseen of the Combination of Two Natural Resins, Frankincense and Myrrh: Changes in Chemical Constituents and Pharmacological Activities.”

International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. : “Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Aroma Massage with Lavender Essential Oil: An Overview

Japan Journal of Nursing Science : “Effects of aromatherapy massage on pain, functional state, and quality of life in an elderly individual with knee osteoarthritis.”

International Journal of Molecular Sciences : “Analgesic-Like Activity of essential Oil Constituents: An Update.”

Electronic Physician : “Effect of Topical Application of Nigella Sativa Oil and Oral Acetaminophen on Pain in elderly with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Crossover Clinical Trial.”

Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research: “.” Effect of Lemongrass Oil on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis Foundation: “Aromatherapy for Arthritis Relief.”

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: “How and why to use essential oils.”

Mayo Clinic: “Why aromatherapy is showing up in hospital surgical units.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 12, 2020

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