While gout can occur anywhere that joints can be found, it’s most commonly found in toes and fingers and it can be excruciatingly painful. I’ve also seen it in the elbow.
Happily there are essential oils that provide quick and safe relief from the pain and discomforts of gout. Your body is healthier when can avoid taking prescription pills. Naturally that is just my opinion but you have seen enough of my posts to know that there is actually research behind my statement.
Essential oils can do more than offer you quick relief. They also function as a form of preventative medicine. I’ve seen my husband completely debilitated from gout pain and he has seen how oils and “potions” I mix for him (and my friends and their pets) really do work so I will not have a problem with him using them.
Research shows that wintergreen oil has the ability to act like a natural analgesic (pain reducer), antiarthritic, antiseptic and astringent. Wintergreen oil primarily contains the active ingredient methyl salicylate, which makes up about 85 percent to 99 percent of wintergreen essential oil.
It’s one of the best sources of this inflammation-fighting compound in the world and believed to be one of only several plants that naturally supply enough to form an extract.
Basil oil has a reputation for minimizing uric acid in the blood. So it’s perfect for treating gout. Basil also contains tonic properties perfectly suited for skin conditions. It’s an excellent addition to any massage blend and bath oil for aches and pains. Basil is also a great oil for mental clarity, concentration and improved functioning.
Chamomile has applications for pretty much all skin problems. It reduces inflammation, softens and soothes dry and agitated skin. It eases pain by numbing nerves and reducing tissue inflammation. It is a safe and gentle oil that’s very popular in a broad range of aromatherapy applications. It is sedative, calming, tranquilizing and rejuvenating.
Sourced from a small tree native to North Africa, frankincense oil acts as a skin cleanser, tightener and tissue toner. It’s well known for healing skin ailments like wrinkles, stretch marks, boils and cysts. So while it can help you feel better right away, it will also help tone your skin so it returns to normal after your gout symptoms have faded away.
Thyme is a perennial herb that’s been long associated with powerful healing of all types of skin conditions. It promotes wound healing and is suitable for a wide range of skin irritant problems. Thyme oil is a reviver. It stimulates the immune system and acts as a tonic for many bodily processes including skin renovation and restoration. It has a potent diuretic quality to it which helps tremendously with removing stuck uric acid from the blood.
Fennel is a popular perennial herb coveted for its medicinal and culinary applications. It is a cleansing tonic for skin and has a reputation for limiting the appearance of wrinkles. It’s toning abilities help it clear out toxins and revamp the organs associated with skin health, elimination and circulation.
Pine oil acts as a restorative. It’s warming and soothing. Which makes it a perfect remedy for the achey, sore joints associated with gout. Pine comforts, soothes and cleanses with its unique diuretic qualities.
Rosemary provides strong astringent qualities to your gout treatment regiment. It tones and tightens skin. It is also a restorative and tonic. It creates a warmth and redness when applied, improving circulation and easing pain by numbing the nerves. This makes it a good choice for treating arthritis, rheumatism, stiff muscles and gout.
Peppermint is refreshing, highly therapeutic, cheap and widely utilized across the world. It helps to cleanse congested skin. When first applied it is cooling. Once dried it follows up with a warming sensation. This is great for pain-relieving. Kind of like icy-hot.
Lemongrass essential oil is a refreshing, cleansing and stimulating tonic for the skin. It stimulates circulation and helps eliminate uric and lactic acid. This eases muscular aches and pains in gout patients.
7 Recipes for Immediate relief from Gout Symptoms
You’ll want a nice mixture of essential oils from the list above. Ideally ones that reduce inflammation as well as soothe and cool the affected area.
Hot Towel Compress
For quick relief we recommend applying a hot towel compress to the affected area(s).
- Soak your inflamed skin in cold water. This gets the blood moving some.
- Pat skin dry
- Add 2-8 drops of one or more of your oils or the gout blend listed below. Gently massage in.
- Place a hot, recently soaked towel on top of where you’ve applied your essential oils. The hot/warm moisture helps to “drive” the oils into the skin quickly.
- Keep your towel on painful area for a minimum of two minutes.
Repeat 2-3 times daily, as needed.
Soothing Massage Blends for Gout
Another great way to apply your essential oils is to make a massage blend. Often we do this by mixing essential oils with a carrier oil for skin application.
In a 1/6 oz (5 mL) glass dropper bottle, combine:
- 15 drops chamomile essential oil
- 15 drops frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
Shake well to blend.
Then, In a small, non-reactive bowl suck as corning ware, combine:
- 4 tsp (20 ml) grapeseed, sweet almond or fractionated coconut oil
- Add 12-15 drops of the essential oil mixture
- Mix well and massage affected areas very gently 3 times a day.
- 10 drops lavender
- 8 drops rosemary
- 8 drops marjoram
- 2 oz carrier oil (argan, coconut,sesame, sweet almond, jojoba,grapeseed, macadamia)
- Shake well to blend
- Rub into area very gently twice daily
Simple Hot and Cold Compress for Gout
Hot Compress Wrap
Similar to the hot towel compress above you can use this hot compress to reduce stiffness and pain. Apply once or twice daily.
Use the following ingredients:
- 3 drops rosemary or marjoram or black pepper
- 1 hot compression wrap
Cold Compress Wrap
To ease inflammation and pain apply a cold press once or twice daily.
Use the following ingredients:
- 3 drops lavender
- 2 drops chamomile
- 1 cold compression wrap
Simple Detoxifying Epsom Salt Bath
- 3 drops fennel
- 3 drops carrot seed or celery seed
- 3 drops juniper
- 2-3 handfuls epsom salt
- Add ingredients to your bath water before getting in, mixing in as you pour
- Repeat daily for two weeks or more, if desired
Feel free to try out different essential oil mixtures for your bath. Use up to 10 drops total.
Hopefully this post has been helpful for you.