I have widespread body pain that travels. Sometimes, it settles in my back. Other times my left knee hurts.
But I can’t complain. Ten years ago, it was much worse. My nerves were on fire and I could barely walk. So I’m extremely grateful to have recovered, at least for the most part.
My better health is not due to drugs. Instead, I changed my diet and starting using natural remedies – a lot of them. I’ve traded in my OTC pain relievers for essential oils. These medications didn’t really help much anyway. Plus, I’m not too crazy about the potentially serious side effects.
So, when my left knee aches, I reach for my essential oils.
Frankincense Oil for Knee Pain
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Most of the time, my knee is okay. But, somewhere along the way, my inflammatory response kicked into overdrive. This is something I’ll deal with for the rest of my life. But natural remedies are extremely helpful.
For general pain control, I usually use a special formula called Rapid Relief Synergy Blend. This contains 10 essential oils that are thought to work in synergy. Two of the aromatic oils are peppermint and clove, which have long been used in OTC pain creams. I prefer Rapid Relief because it’s totally natural and doesn’t contain potentially toxic chemicals.
Frankincense Oil and Knee Pain
For me, remedies work best if I don’t use them continually. So, sometimes I’ll use frankincense essential oil instead of Rapid Relief.
I either use frankincense alone (mixed with a carrier oil) or I add a drop or two of copaiba essential oil.
Copaiba oil is derived from a tree that grows in South America. It’s considered a good aromatic for inflammation, and there’s even scientific evidence showing that copaiba likely has anti-inflammatory properties. Copaiba essential oil is one of my favorite aromatic oils for pain. It seems to mix well with frankincense.
Frankincense for Joint Pain
Even though I’m not a doctor, and I can’t give medical advice, I can tell you how I use frankincense essential oil and other aromatics in my own life. However, despite the fact they seem to help me, I need to stress that I can’t claim or promise they’ll solve anyone else’s health problems.
Essential oils are very popular. But it is believed they contain natural anti-inflammatory compounds. For my own personal pain control, I focus on reigning in that excess inflammation. Some research does show that frankincense may indeed help with inflammatory conditions. One study that appeared on the Arthritis Foundation website noted that a supplement containing Indian frankincense, also known as Boswellia serrata, was found to decrease pain and increase mobility in a small group of people.
Frankincense Oil for Joint Pain
When my knees ache, frankincense serrata essential oil is one of the things I reach for. There are now many different companies that sell frankincense oil. But mine comes from Plant Therapy, where I get a lot of my oils. Years ago, when I decided to try a non-MLM brand, this is the one I chose. I was so impressed with the quality that I decided to order more, and more.
Anyway, below you can see the frankincense serrata oil I use on my own knee. I also use it on my face, because I love what it does for my complexion. Legend has it that Cleopatra used frankincense to retain her beauty.
Frankincense Essential Oil for Knee Pain
When using frankincense essential oil on your skin, it’s important to follow one safety rule. You need to dilute it with a carrier oil. An often-recommended dilution ratio is 3 drops of frankincense to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. This is a 2 percent dilution and is considered suitable if you plan to use it on your knee. Go for 1 percent if you’re putting an essential oil on your face. This is also a better strength for the elderly, according to the Plant Therapy website.
Some of the most popular carriers include grapeseed oil and fractionated coconut oil. The latter is regarded as a good skin oil because it glides easily and is readily absorbed. Because the long-chain fatty acids have been removed, this type of coconut oil does not solidify. If you don’t own any fractionated coconut oil, here are two popular brands. This type of oil is often added to DIY beauty products.
Frankincense Myrrh Balm
I realize some of you might not like mixing oils and aromatics. I totally get that. Before I started using essential oils every day, I didn’t relish the idea of measuring and mixing.
So if you want to use something straight out of the bottle, or jar, here’s another option. Ready to use products, such as Wise Men Healing Balm with frankincense and myrrh, in a coconut oil base. There’s another potential advantage to using something already mixed. There’s a widespread belief that combining two or more aromatics, such as frankincense and myrrh, creates a more synergy that’s potentially more powerful than what you’d get with single oils.