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Don’t put essential oil directly on your body. It may sting or irritate your skin. Here are some tips:

Always test a small part of your skin first. Be on the lookout for an allergic reaction. Symptoms include:

Aromatherapy is generally considered safe. If you’re pregnant, don’t use essential oils unless your doctor says it’s OK. Don’t use them on children or babies.

Don’t eat or drink them. Experts aren’t sure it’s safe. And be careful if you go outside. Some essential oils, like bergamot, can make your skin sensitive to sunlight.

  • Massage. Put 10-15 drops of an essential oil in 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of a carrier oil. Those are oils like coconut, almond, olive, avocado, or jojoba. That’ll help protect your skin and make it easier to absorb. Rub into your skin, wherever you feel joint pain. You can also massage some onto your feet, arms, wrists, neck, or behind your ears.
  • Inhaling. You can put a few drops on a cloth or sniff from an open bottle. You can also buy a waterless or water-based diffuser. That’s a device that sprays essential oil mist into the air. Follow the instructions on how much to use.
  • Breathing problems
  • Headache
  • A rash

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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