Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful inflammatory condition of the joints’ marked by swelling, thickening, and inflammation of the synovial membrane lining of the joint. (In contract, osteoarthritis is characterized by breakdown of the joint cartilage without any swelling or inflammation.) Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disease because it is caused but the body’s own immune system attacking the joints. Other factors can aggravate arthritis such as:

• Deficiencies of minerals and other nutrients
• Microbes and toxins
• Lake of water intake

Therapeutic Essential Oils constitute some of the most effective treatments for combating arthritis pain and combating infection in cases where it is present. Peppermint has been studied for its ability to kill pain by blocking substance P and calcium channels.

In cases where arthritis is caused by infectious organisms, such as Borrelia burgdorferi, (Lyme Disease) Chlamydia, and Salmonella, therapeutic essential oils may counteract and prevent infection, especially when diffused or applied topically. Highly antimicrobial therapeutic essential oils include: mountain savory, rosemary, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), and oregano. The oils can pass into the bloodstream when applied topically. Additionally, MSM has been documented to be one of the most effective natural supplements for reducing pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis. The subject of a number of clinical studies, MSM was used extensively by Ronald Lawrence, M.D., in his clinical practice to successfully treat rheumatism and arthritis. MSM is the key ingredient in the supplement Sulfurzyme.

Also, glucosamine and chondroitin are some o the most powerful natural compounds for reducing inflammation, halting the progression of arthritis and rebuilding cartilage. These are the key ingredients in the supplement BLM.
Single Oils: Peppermint, wintergreen, oregano, Idaho balsam fir, helichrysum, nutmeg, clove, vetiver, marjoram, cypress, mountain savory, Idaho tansy, valerian
Blends: PanAway, Relieve It, Aroma Siez, Peace & Calming, Sacred Mountain, Melrose
Therapeutic Essential Oil Applications:

Topical: Dilute according to application code of the EODR and apply to affected area 1-3 times daily, as needed.
Compress: Cold, 1-2 times daily
Ingestion: Capsule, 00 size, 2 times daily
Dietary Supplementation: Ningxia Red, Sulfurzyme, BLM, Omega Blue, Super Cal, Longevity Caps, Mega Cal

Author's Bio: 

Pamela Heyen began her natural health education after regaining her own health through natural remedies and therapies. Her credentials were obtained through Australasian College of Health Sciences (aka: American School of Health Sciences) in Portland, Oregon.
She uses her personal health related experience, combined with her formal training to educate, encourage and support the option to heal with therapeutic grade essential oils.
Pamela offers free educational programs as a speaker for groups, as well as one on one consultation.