The Best Essential Oils For Joint Pain & Arthritis

Using essential oils for joint pain and other body aches can help you find quick, targeted, and all-natural relief.

Jill Nystul • January 4, 2024

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023


I started seeking out essential oils for joint pain when the stiffness in my hands started bothering me on a daily basis. I didn’t want to rely entirely on medication to manage my pain, so I was thrilled to learn that a few drops of essential oils can help with symptoms of arthritis like pain and inflammation.

Many plants have been used in remedies for pain and healing for centuries, and modern essential oils have made it easier than ever to take advantage of plants’ powerful properties. In this post, we’ll explore some of the best essential oils for arthritis, joint pain, and inflammation, along with various ways these oils can be used to reduce swelling and inflammation and control pain.


Restore Blend: My Secret Weapon For Arthritis Pain Relief

Stiffness, chronic pain from arthritis, joint inflammation, and swelling can make even the most basic household chores difficult and painful. That continual struggle can have a real impact on your quality of life and mental health over time, so it’s important to have dependable options for dealing with pain and inflammation.

Dependability is exactly what you’ll find in my Restore Essential Oil Blend. Featuring wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, ylang ylang, helichrysum, and other beneficial essential oils for arthritis, inflammation and joint paint, it’s a powerful tool for reducing pain levels in people with chronic conditions like these. (It even comes in a convenient pre-diluted roll-on bottle and twist-up balm for on-the-go application — more on that shortly!)


Essential Oils For Joint Pain And Inflammation In Restore Blend

1. Wintergreen Essential Oil

Wintergreen oil is used to reduce pain, promote blood circulation, and soothe irritation and soreness. Its antiseptic and astringent properties may help to fight inflammation. Wintergreen oil is also absorbed quickly into the skin, offering quick, targeted relief for pains in the wrist, knee, and other joints.

2. Camphor Essential Oil

Camphor oil can be found in many common topical pain relief products, including arthritis treatments. The unique cooling and warming properties of camphor oil may help to reduce inflammation and swelling while promoting healthy blood circulation.

3. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is useful for treating a variety of ailments, including inflammation and joint pain. When used topically, peppermint can help relieve pain and swelling. Its cooling effects and anti-inflammatory properties make it a useful remedy for headaches, migraines, and other aches and pains.

4. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang oil has a lovely floral scent, but it can also provide relief from both physical and mental distress. It is common to see ylang ylang combined with other therapeutic oils to help relieve the feelings of stress that often accompanies chronic pain and fatigue.

5. Helichrysum Essential Oil

Similarly to lavender essential oil, helichrysum oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce swelling and pain when applied topically. And also like lavender, its floral aroma may help to reduce mental exhaustion and burnout.

6. Blue Tansy Essential Oil

Blue tansy oil has an impressive range of beneficial properties: it’s anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. It is often used to promote healing in wounds and skin conditions, and to improve headaches, back pain, and other forms of discomfort.

7. Blue Chamomile Essential Oil

Blue chamomile, also called German chamomile, is known for its calming and mood-lifting properties, but it has analgesic (pain relieving) and anti-inflammatory properties too. Chamomile oil can help reduce pain levels in people with rheumatism and arthritis, but is also useful for soothing muscles and joints and controlling pain from headaches and toothaches.

8. Osmanthus Essential Oil

The most notable aspect of osmanthus oil may be its price (it’s one of the most expensive essential oils out there!), but it’s undeniably useful for people with arthritis. Its aroma can help reduce anxiety, and when diluted with a carrier oil and massaged into sore muscles, it can ease your pain and relieve joint swelling and stiffness.


5 Ways To Use Essential Oils For Relief From Aches & Pains


1. Arthritis & Joint Pain

As I mentioned above, Restore is great for arthritis inflammation and pain. When my arthritis symptoms start to bother me, I roll it onto the areas that hurt for quick relief.

The cooling effect is extremely soothing, and my hands feel so much better after just a few minutes! And it doesn’t just work on hands — you can use it to soothe knee pain, aching ankles and wrists, and other areas of arthritis or joint pain.


2. Stiff Shoulders

Anyone who spends the majority of their day working at a desk knows it can be a pain in the neck — literally! Apply the Restore roll-on or new Restore balm to your neck and shoulders throughout your workday or afterward to fight pain and stiffness.


3. Aching Feet

After a long day on your feet, soothe away the pain with Restore! Apply a few drops of the essential oil blend to your feet and give yourself a foot rub for relief from swelling and soreness. (Or better yet, have your significant other do it for you!) :-)


4. Crick In The Neck

Who among us hasn’t woken up with a crick in the neck? It may not be a serious injury, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be seriously uncomfortable! Use Restore to reduce discomfort and regain your range of motion in your neck. The roll-on and balm both make it easy to target exactly where it hurts.


5. Sore Muscles

Hitting the gym or trying to get in shape? Use Restore after your workout to soothe soreness and for its pleasant cooling effect.

Do you use essential oils for joint pain and inflammation?