the patch being inflamed. Then there is the possibility of severe joint aches and pains while the skin is having a flare-up.
5 Essential Oils You’ll Benefit From Having
When dealing with PsA, you’re likely to get prescribed medication from your doctor that will help with flare-ups and joint pains. Now in some instances, they may work, which is great! In other instances, these medically prescribed treatments may not work, so what do you turn to in order to get some type of relief? A remedy of nature perhaps?
Essential oils have been around since the beginning of time. Not only do they smell amazing when you put them in boiling water or in a diffuser to add scent to an area or room, but they also have amazing healing properties. They’re great for relaxing your mind and soothing your body. Here are some oils to help with PsA:
- Eucalyptus– this essential oil is great for joint relief. *Use blended with other oils, ex. lavender, lemon, juniper berry and or pine needle*
- Lavender– this essential oil is great for soothing your muscles *Use blended with lemon, rosemary, peppermint, and/or lemongrass*
- Chamomile German– this essential oil helps soothe inflammation
- Peppermint– this essential oil is also anti-inflammatory and great for inflammation
- Wintergreen– this essential oil is good for soothing. *it is similar to aspirin and is a methyl salicylate. Do not use it if you are on blood thinners, pregnant or nursing. Use HIGHLY dilated*
How to Use and Where to Find
There are a few ways to use these oils in order to get relief from a psoriatic arthritis flare-up.
One way to incorporate these oils is by taking a bath. Once you’ve run the warm (or cool, whichever works better for you) water, drop anywhere between 3-9 drops of essential oils in 1 or 2 cups of Epsom salt. Get into the water and drop the mixture in as well, mixing it all around. Sit in the water for 10-15 minutes.
Another way to gain relief is by directly applying the oils to the area that is needed. Use a diluted ration; 5-10 drops of oil to 1 teaspoon worth of lotion or cream and apply it 1-3 times a day.
Obtaining these oils are simple and easy. They can be found in your local grocery store, pharmacy and/or online. So if you’re struggling with flare-ups, try these suggestions. Though this isn’t a cure, it’s an easy and natural remedy to use often. Besides, it may be a lot more helpful than you think.