Cedarwood, eucalyptus, wintergreen and frankincense are essential oils that are beneficial for treating arthritis. Cedarwood is known to reduce inflammation and pain and promote healing, according to Everyday Health. Wintergreen, eucalyptus and frankincense oil also reduce arthritis pain, according to Healthline and WebMD.
Cedarwood essential oil can be used in massage therapy to relieve stiff and painful joints. This essential oil is also useful in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and healing by inhaling the essential oil scent, according to Everyday Health.
Eucalyptus essential oil is commonly used in ointments and over-the-counter creams to help relieve the joint pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, according to Healthline.
Wintergreen essential oil can be applied directly onto the skin, and it works as a counterirritant to reduce pain and swelling below the skin’s surface. Counterirritants work by causing irritation, according to WebMD. Wintergreen contains a chemical component that is similar to aspirin, which is commonly used to relief painful conditions.
Frankincense essential oil can be inhaled or used in skin creams as a painkiller. Research studies have demonstrated that frankincense is effective for relieving osteoarthritic knee pain, according to Everyday Health. Extracts from the frankincense plant can also be ingested to help prevent the production of inflammatory molecules that breakdown cartilage.