Arthritis Cream

"Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints. It occurs when the cartilage or cushion between joints breaks down leading to pain, stiffness and swelling." (source)

I was diagnosed with OA when I was 23 years old and have spent more than 20 years searching for natural remedies to relieve the pain and stiffness in my joints. I have found that heat feels better than cold and often wrap achey joints in a heated flax bag (or soak in the hot tub) for relief.

Because heat seems to feel better than cold, I loaded up this recipe with essential oils that are warming in addition to analgesic (pain relieving) and anti-inflammatory. The only cooling essential oil is peppermint which gives it a nice "icy-hot" affect.

Let's start with the base! I knew I wanted to include magnesium because it is so effective for join pain. In fact, "magnesium strengthens bones; maintains nerve and muscle function; regulates heart rhythm and blood sugar levels; and helps maintain joint cartilage." (source)

When researching oral supplementation vs topical application of magnesium, it seems that the research shows that oral intake via supplements is sufficiently effective. (source) Natural health sources don't agree and site a variety of reasons why. My own experience with magnesium is that topical application is more effective than taking it as a supplement simply because oral magnesium has an unwanted laxative effect!  

So, do I make my own magnesium lotion or buy it already made? Either is fine, but for this recipe I went with a good quality pre-made magnesium lotion rather than concoct my own. Why? Because the last thing I want to do when my joints hurt is spend time stirring magnesium crystals into water and then spend more time trying to get that "magnesium oil" (which really isn't an oil) to emulsify with carrier oils into a cream. 

This is easier!

Arthritis Cream Recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp (1oz) Magnesium Lotion (This one:
  • 7 drops Balsam Fir Essential Oil
  • 8 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil (do not use if you are on blood thinners)
  • 7 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 7 drops Cypress Essential Oil
  • 9 drops Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 7 drops Marjoram Essential Oil 

Use a 2 ounce glass (not plastic) jar (amber or blue is best) so that you have room to stir the oils into the lotion. I like these:   This is a 5% dilution ratio of essential oils and needs to be stored in a glass jar. 

Measure the magnesium lotion and essential oils into a glass jar. Stir thoroughly to combine. Keep tightly closed when not in use and refigerate if not using within a few months. Apply 2 - 4 times daily, not to exceed 1 tbsp of lotion per day. After a few weeks of consistent daily use, you will notice that you can skip a few days without using the lotion!





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