Essential Oils for Joint Pain and Inflammation

Discover natural therapies for joint pain and inflammation without relying on medication. Relieve stiffness, swelling, fatigue and discomfort with these secret essential oils that have been used for hundreds of years.

Try these natural remedies for joint pain and inflammation. I include my 3 favorite essential oil blends that you can try at home! :)

If you or someone you care about suffers from joint pain you may be interested in these natural therapies to help relieve the stiffness, inflammation, fatigue and general discomfort associated with the condition. So let’s learn about the 14 most effective essential oils for joint pain and inflammation that everyone should have in their medicine cabinet.

Joint Health Is a Common Concern

Joint pain and inflammation affects a large number of people with more than 24% of the total population suffering from some form of joint pain or arthritis. That’s 1 in 5 adults or 53 million in the U.S alone who are often being prescribed medication such as addictive pain killers as a way to combat the symptoms.

Luckily there are a number essential oils that can be used as a natural remedy to relieve joint problems. These oils have been used by many different peoples and cultures for hundreds of years – not just for the symptoms associated with joint problems but for their wide range of health benefits!

14 Essential Oils for Joint Pain and Inflammation


One of my favorites because of its ease of use and versatility, lavender essential oil has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It increases circulation and blood-flow which raises the level of oxygen in joints, relieving discomfort and the dull ache of arthritis or joint pain. Added health benefits include improved sleep, reduced emotional stress and anxiety, more radiant skin and improving chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Lavender oil can be used in both massage blends or just inhaled to experience benefits.


With its fresh and clean soothing aroma, eucalyptus essential oil is great at opening your airways up. This oil increases blood circulation and dilates blood vessels which is why it is a key ingredient in lots of salves and balms sold for joint problems and muscle pain. You’ll notice a feeling of warmth to areas this oil is applied as it promotes healing and oxygenates the blood. Best used in essential oil blends combined with other healing oils such as peppermint and tea tree. See our oil blend recipes below.


A relaxing, clean piney aroma; rosemary essential oil is a key oil to add to your health regimen. This oil has been vastly studied for its health benefits and clinically proven to work synergistically with pain medications, improving their effects and allowing people to reduce dosages or avoid stronger drugs. Like other essential oils it improves blood circulation but also reduces muscle spasms making it a strong choice for sufferers of chronic pain and arthritis.


Another magic oil, ginger essential oil has a natural warm sensation when applied to skin (see: clove, cayenne pepper, eucalyptus essential oils) which makes it a favorite for people with arthritis. If you suffer from a loss of mobility in joints such as your hands due to stiffness you should definitely give this oil a try. The chemical compound gingerol give this oil antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. You can supplement use of ginger essential oil by including ginger in your diet as well.


Commonly used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, turmeric essential oil has a wide range of health benefits including treating joint pain and inflammation. The curcumin in turmeric is what reduces inflammation and eases discomfort, it is often used by people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. As with ginger, you can supplement turmeric essential oil by including turmeric as a healthy addition to your diet.

More Essential Oils for Joint Relief

6. Chamomile – Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, mentally soothing.

7. Marjoram – Anti-inflammatory, sedative, used in morning by arthritis sufferers.

8. Clary Sage – Improves blood circulation, mentally and physically soothing, promotes sleep.

9. Sandalwood – Mild sedative, strong anti-inflammatory, relaxes muscles, reduces anxiety.

10. Birch – Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic.

11. Clove – Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, warming sensation.

12. Basil – Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, can supplement in diet.

13. Frankincense – Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, lowers mental stress.

14. Helichrysum – Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, rejuvenating skin.

Essential Oil Blends

Below I’ll post my favorite recipes that you can try at home to treat and relieve joint pain and also increase joint function. These are a massage blend for arthritis, 20 minute pain relief bath and roller-ball oil blend for pain relief. Please let me know in the comments below how you found them!

Plant Therapy Rapid Relief Synergy

This blend is made with 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils and has over 300 positive ratings on Amazon.

“This stuff is fantastic! I can’t believe how well this works with my shoulder pain. I just put it in a roller bottle with almond oil and rub it on: in no time, I don’t even notice my shoulder, which simply means it isn’t bothering me. Ordered two bottles after reading the reviews and plan on making this a must for my medicine cabinet.” – Betty

Contains the unique blend of pure essential oils that include Peppermint, Clove Bud, Laurel Leaf, Black Pepper, Cinnamon Cassia, Ginger Root, German Chamomile, Juniper Berry, and Thyme.

Reduce your pain by blending with massage oils, lotions, liniment, or compresses topically to reduce the perception of pain by creating heat and increasing circulation.

Massage Blend for Arthritis

Oils you’ll need:
  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 45 ml carrier oil (I recommend almond oil for this blend)


  1. Add essential oils to a sufficiently sized glass bottle.
  2. Add the carrier oil to the bottle.
  3. Make sure the bottle is capped and then gently roll it back and forward between your palms to mix the oils.
  4. Massage gently into stiff, swollen and painful joints as required.
  5. Please be very careful not to get this blend near your eyes, nose or genitals.

20 Minute Pain Relief Bath

You’ll need:

  • 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 cup of Epsom salts
  • ¼ cup of sea salt
  • ¼ cup of baking soda


  1. Mix the essential oils, salts and baking soda together in a bowl.
  2. Add the mixture slowly as you fill the bath to allow it to be fully absorbed.
  3. Relax in the bath for at least 20 minutes for the best results as you absorb the essential oils, you can also massage painful joints gently under the water for added relief.

Rocky Mountain Oils Joint Support (Arthritis Plus)

This is a great 100% natural essential oil blend that contains neem, lemongrass, peppermint, black cumin, helichrysum and black pepper.

It has a pleasant lemony aroma and helps to rejuvenate overused muscles and joint tissues. It also helps relieve tension and nervousness.

“I’ve been using this oil for a few days now. It helps me with my arthritis pain in my knees and neck. While rubbing it in my joints I realized that I had complete movement in my right hand which also has arthritis. What a great product!” – Lorraine

Roller Ball Oil Blend for Pain Relief

This recipe is best when used with a roller-ball topped glass bottle, however it can be used as a massage blend as well. Works as pain relief

Oils you’ll need:

  • 12 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops birch essential oil
  • 6 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 12 ml your favorite carrier oil (such as almond oil or jojoba oil)


  1. Add essential oils to a 15 ml roller-ball topped glass bottle.
  2. Top off the bottle with the carrier oil you chose.
  3. Make sure the bottle is capped and then gently roll it back and forward between your palms to mix the oils.
  4. Apply the blend to stiff, swollen, fatigued and painful joints as required.

Try these natural remedies for joint pain and inflammation. I include my 3 favorite essential oil blends that you can try at home! :)

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