The most prevalent and probably most hated symptom of gout is the joint pain that accompanies the condition.
As uncomfortable as the other symptoms like redness and swelling are, the pain ratchets the condition to unbearable levels causing one to find solace in strong pain relieving prescription or over the counter medicine.
CDC (center for disease control) says that this growing health problem is commonly found among men and obese adults as well as people who consume a lot of alcohol and those with health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease among other.
Interestingly scientists have found that essential oils can really help with gout symptoms alleviating inflammation, helping to reduce swelling and cooling the affected joint.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s start by defining this condition.
Gout is a type of arthritis that affects one joint at a time. In most cases that joint happens to be the big toe although it can affect the knees, ankles, elbows, wrists and other toes as well.
It is characterized by flare up and remissions. During a flare-up (which usually happens suddenly) you will experience intense pain, swelling of the joint, heat around the joint and redness.
Hyperuricemia is the culprit behind gout. It is the presence of too much uric acid in the body which sometimes crystallizes and the crystals find their way into your joints.
Now there are instances where hyperuricemia does not cause gout.
Unfortunately, gout can’t be cured but it can be managed by:
- Lifestyle changes like reducing alcohol, change of diet, working out and limiting red meat and organ meat intake
- Taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen
- Natural methods of treatment like essential oils
Of the three above mentioned management methods, my favorite method is using essential oils.
Essential oils for gout have become a preferred dealing with the flare-up symptoms as more people realize how natural and clean they are.
This has always been the easiest way to use essential oils. The oils can be massaged into the affected area or you can spray the oil onto the joint.
Topically applied essential oils for gout should be in a blend that balances the effects of each other. For example, the powerful geranium which has a strong scent can be combined with lavender’s mild scent.
Both oils have anti-inflammatory properties but while geranium is stronger in treating the inflammation, lavender tempers the scent making it more palatable for users.
This method entails placing a towel in hot water that is infused with essential oils for gout. Press out the excess water and then place the towel on the affected joint.
Let it stay put for 5 minutes before dipping it back into the water and repeating the process.
Alternatively, place the towel in plain hot water, remove the excess and place it in a plastic bag. Use that as a hot compress and apply it to the affected area leaving it on for 10-15 minutes.
With the hot and cold foot bath, you want the lymph system to contract with the cold bath and expand with the hot bath effectively allowing any accumulated uric acid to be pumped out of the joint with the movement of fluid within the joint.
The purity of this product stands at 100% which is crucial because of the severity of the condition.
Fennel oil is popular been for gout treatment due to its fast acting performance in relieving inflammation from the condition. It effectively breaks down and reduces the uric acid crystals in the joint.
Plant Therapy’s fennel essential oil has an outstanding aroma that makes it stand out from other fennel products.
Although this product is 100% certified pure therapeutic grade extract it has not been evaluated by the FDA. Having said that the quality stands out as you use it and you will see it is a premium product.
We love how even when you do not have a gout flare-up you can still continue to use this oil in everyday settings.
However, it is a hot oil so make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil.
The scent of this product is out of this world. It is so beautiful that it tempts you to use it often and it is great for skin rejuvenation. As a treatment for gout, it is extremely effective because it is pure.
The bottles are much better than other offerings according to the most consumer which gives them more confidence in the product. This puts the product and company in good standing with consumers.
Overall, a trustworthy product!
This therapeutic grade essential oil imparts a good calming punch to gout affected joint within minutes of application.
Roman chamomile has numbing properties which really help with any type of inflammation. When it numbs the nerves in the affected joint the pain is instantly eased and it continues to calm the inflamed tissue in the area.
If you have had chamomile tea you know how calming it can be.
This Aviano Botanical product is light and absorbs fast into the joint. Not only that, it works fast as well.
The first scent when you open the bottle is quite floral, but it calms down once in use and becomes sweeter as you continue using the product.
Compared to other chamomile products it works quickly which makes users believe the authenticity of the product.
Consumers love the way this product delivers on expected benefits including fast action, effective calming of inflamed gouty joints and overall calming the person during a flare-up.
When they say it is ultra premium, you may be tempted to think it is just sales pitch language, but their product is such high quality that this is an apt description.
The scent has been challenged by some users while other find it lovely and true to the chamomile scent. This is purely dependent on the user’s perception.
It works well and delivers the relief needed.
Rosemary has long been considered as essential oil for pain relief. It has historically been used to relieve muscle and joint pain so it comes as no surprise that the NOW Rosemary Oil would be used for gout treatment.
From the packaging to the actual oil everything about this product is high quality.
The oil is 100% pure rosemary so you are hit by the distinct lovely rosemary aroma the minute you open the bottle.
The pain relieving qualities are felt soon after application although being a hot oil you must dilute it in a carrier oil. When being used in gout treatment it is recommended to use a light, quickly absorbable carrier oil like jojoba as opposed to coconut oil.
The reason behind that is you want something that will get absorbed into the joint faster to alleviate the symptoms.
This product can be used in a blend or solo. It has been tried and tested through NOW in-house quality assurance processes to ensure it does not react with sensitive skin while remaining effective when in use.
The last thing you want is a product that reacts with the skin on the joint that is experiencing a flare up!
One distinctive quality of NOW as a manufacturer is their program of giving to charities that help build communities up by teaching economic skills. Some consumers stand by their products because it is not just a profiting organization but one that is responsible towards the environment and also towards humanity.
The NOW rosemary oil is not too strongly scented although you can definitely smell the rosemary scent when using it. This, in addition to the camphorous accompanying scent, has some people uncomfortable with the oil even questioning its quality.
However, NOW distinctly point out the aroma of the product to have a camphorous scent. This is because rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis var camphor) has elements of camphor which is what makes it great for gouty arthritis and other joint and muscle related ailments.
Most users just expect the herbal rosemary scent but a pure extract will definitely have some camphor in it.
Majestic Pure is an essential oil brand synonymous with exceptional products. Their essential oils are high quality and usually in their purest form.
The pure basil oil from Majestic Pure works well on its own or as a blend. It basically numbs the insistent pain in the joint and soothes the area.
Basil has strong analgesic properties hence the numbing effect but it also helps to reduce the uric acid in the blood. It is a diuretic so it prompts urination which clears out your kidneys and by extension accumulated uric acid.
It also contains eugenol, which prevents inflammation-causing enzymes from being released in the tissue around gout affected joint.
The purity of this product ensures that you are receiving all the benefits of basil and its treatment capabilities.
The scent is quite strong so consider using it in a blend that can camouflage it. Just a small amount goes a long way, so be frugal with it.
Put aside the heavy scent similar to black licorice you have an excellent product in the Majestic Pure Basil Oil. It works wonders on gout affected joint giving relieve in minutes and continues to work internally expelling the excess uric acid.
The quality of the product is premium and the packaging is superb. There are complains of spillages or low-quality bottles here.
This is a product that works although you have to get used to the scent.
Frankincense essential oil is expensive but it is very effective and works quickly.
It is therapeutic grade oil and is 100% pure. It has a fresh yet mild frankincense smell and it is USDA certified.
The bottle comes with a Euro dropper for easy dispensing. Seeing as frankincense oil is precious and expensive this is a wonderful thought. The oil is superbly packaged to eliminate any issues of leaking during shipping.
Frankincense oil has anti-inflammatory properties which help mitigate the inflammation in a gouty joint.
This product performs well when treating gout. Although the scent throw is quite mild some people like that while others don’t.
It is an affordable product considering frankincense retails at much higher.
As an essential oil for gout, it works pretty well.
What to consider when buying essential oils for gout?
The method of application really matters because it determines whether you buy therapeutic grade oil or food grade oil. If it is therapeutic only use it for topical application and food grade for ingestion.
While there are companies that have oils that can be applied topically and ingested, read the instructions carefully and also consult your doctor before taking anything.
Pregnant women and lactating mother should consult their doctors before using essential oils for gout. This also goes for people with hypertension, diabetes, heart disease or any other chronic illness.
Most of these oils are hot so it is always advised to use them as part of a blend or diluted in carrier oils.
Test oil on a small patch of skin to see if you have an allergic reaction.
Best essential oil blends for gout
Mix 6 drops of peppermint oil into 3 drops of rosemary oil. The peppermint oil counters the initial tingling of the rosemary oil upon application with its cooling effect.
Add in a tablespoon on jojoba oil into the mix for easy application.
Mix all the ingredients together and blend well. Add the blend to a basin of hot water for your foot bath. Soak your feet in the water, gently massaging the oils into your feet all the while.
This is a great blend to use at the end of the day. After your bath, apply this mixture on the affected area gently massaging the oils into your skin. It will help calm the area down and moisturize in the process.
Once in gout will never leave you but that doesn’t mean the quality of your life needs to be forever diminished. Essential oils provide an excellent, healthy and natural way to cope with the gout flare up.
From reducing inflammation and boosting circulation to clearing the fluid and crystals that trigger the flare-ups there is nothing essential oils cannot tackle.
These wonder oils give nature the absolutely good name it deserves when it comes to healing humankind.