Aromatherapy or “treatment using scents,” is another holistic treatment used by some arthritic sufferers for pain relief, skincare and revival, rejuvenation and stress management.
Treatment focuses on using pleasurable aromatic botanical oils by either massaging them into the skin, adding them to the bath water, inhaling them directly or diffusing their scents into the surrounding environment. The oils have been known to affect moods, help with relaxation, lessen or end fatigue and anxiety, and help the brain and nervous system via olfactory nerves stimulation when inhaled.
Aromatherapy is reportedly one of the fastest growing fields in alternative medicine, used in home, clinical and hospital environments for pain and stress relief.
Aromatherapy treatments for arthritis vary and essential oils used can include:
Add six drops each of rosemary and chamomile oils to four ounces of a base oil like almond, avocado, sesame or soybean. Massage oil into sore arthritic joints. For added pain relief, relax for about 10 minutes in a warm tub of water in which ten drops each of rosemary and chamomile oils are added.
Other Aromatherapy Oil Applications: – Mix oil with hot water and inhale the vapor that rises from the bowl. – Add the oil in with a base oil and massage arthritic areas. – Lightly dab and wear as a cologne or perfume Add to bath water