There are many alternative health remedies for all forms of arthritis. Usually when people who have adverse side effects to normal arthritis medication, they look around for something more non-invasive that could help. Over the years I have written many articles about alternative ways to help when you have arthritis. Here is a new one though.
Personally, I am very enthusiastic about essential oils. What I really like is that you usually get the power of that particular plant, bush, tree or flower condensed by distillation into a very potent liquid. It is important to always look out for 100% pure and natural essential oils – something that is easy to do when you look at the ingredients. Obviously price is another factor – the purer they are, the more likely they are to be more expensive. Still, considering the potency in one drop of authentic essential oil, it is so worth it. Please don’t be put off by the price. It is expensive but it is worth every cent. I get my frankincense essential oil from a company called Young Living as I know that their oils are very pure but you could find a good quality product in your local health food store. Just please check that it is a pure essential oil and not mixed/diluted with anything else.
Sometimes oil of frankincense is known as “olibanum” or “Oil from Lebanon”. The essential oil of frankincense is the distilled resin or sap of the Boswellia tree. In the Middle East where it is usually found and produced, it is used for many things, from gout to head problems. It is an oil that many people of that region have on hand if there is something wrong and to them it is more precious than gold.
Frankincense has been known for its healing properties since biblical times and indeed the tree comes from that region. One of the main ingredients are the Boswellic acids and the ones to look out for are Boswellia sacra or Boswellia carterii. Do not use the Boswellia frereana. Frankincense is often used in cosmetics in the treatment of acne, but it has many other uses.
One of its main blessings is that it is anti-inflammatory – something everyone with any form of arthritis knows that it’s all about inflammation in the body. Unfortunately many of the anti-inflammatory drugs can cause ulcers in the stomach but not so frankincense, which in fact actually does the opposite and protects your body from the formation of ulcers. Case studies have also indicated that frankincense can inhibit and/or shrink tumors in the body.
Rheumatoid arthritis involves swelling and inflammation, often of the synovial nerves and we know it as an auto-immune disease. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, has to do with joint space and cartilage. Both forms of arthritis are painful and cause an often severe limitation of movement. Some of us are ‘lucky’ in that arthritic pain comes and goes, but for lots of us the pain is chronic and sadly part of our daily lives. You can rub a few drops of it onto sore joints and see how that helps. Don’t do it just once though. Give it a proper try and apply it every few hours to see how you feel. When you apply it, it also goes to work to reduce the inflammation in your body. If you cannot apply the oil directly to the area – for example, maybe it’s a part of your back you can’t reach, simply apply a few drops to the palm of your hand and rub the soles of your feet with it. As a reflexologist, I can attest to the times I have helped people by giving them a treatment on their feet. I know it sounds weird but it is true and when my children were growing up, I would treat their feet for all their little aches and pains. In fact I can think of no better use for frankincense than to apply it to the soles of your feet just before you go to sleep.
Right now there is a lot of literature and studies being conducted into frankincense essential oil. You can easily do research about it on the internet. Wishing you well.