Although specialists identify up to 200 divisions of arthritic conditions, it is useful to think of arthritis falling into two categories: osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Osteoarthritis is the natural wear and tear of the joints that occurs with aging, as the cartilage surrounding the bones becomes thinner and the surface becomes rougher. This leads to friction and degeneration occurs as the joint gets deformed.
The two principles of many natural approaches to arthritis, namely detoxification and improving circulation around the joints, arc the main aims of aromatherapy treatment. Essential oils which aid tissue cleansing include Cypress, Juniper, and Lemon, and these can be used as bath oils regularly. Juniper also has an anti-inflammatory and mildly analgesic effect; similar properties are found in Chamomile, Lavender, and Rosemary. These may all be used either in the both or diluted in a base oil and gently massaged into the affected areas. To stimulate circulation, use oils such as Black Pepper, Ginger, Marjoram and Rosemary in any of the above ways. As you can see, some oils have overlapping effects and can help with relieving arthritic discomfort in many ways.