Tell me, do you ever find yourself counting down the minutes to when you can take your next painkiller? Those 4 to 6 hours can feel like an eternity at times. You need something to soothe your sore, painful, inflamed joints in between painkillers.

Or maybe, you’d like to try a safe, natural herbal remedy for pain and inflammation as a first stop before taking painkillers?

I see you! Keep reading as this post was written for you! I’m going to share with you

👉 6 of the BEST essential oils for joint pain and inflammation

👉 3 of the most potent herbal infused carrier oils for joint pain and inflammation

👉 tell you how to make your OWN herbal infused carrier oils

👉 and to top it all off I’m giving you TWO recipes to combine the power of both herb-infused oils and essential oils to give you the BEST natural herbal remedy for joint pain and inflammation.

Phew! That’s a LOT…we better get cracking

Essential oils – natural herbal remedy for joint pain and inflammation

In case you aren’t familiar with what those little brown bottles of scented magic are, I’ll start there! Essential oils are highly aromatic and volatile oils that are found in specialised cells in certain plants. These are extracted using mostly distillation or cold-pressing in the case of certain citrus oils. Essential oils are used by inhalation or through absorption after application to the skin. They must be diluted prior to applying to the skin and a patch test is always recommended to avoid allergic reactions.

Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) essential oil for joint pain and inflammation

Ginger for joint pain and inflammation

Ginger has been used in cooking and medicine for centuries. It is the root of the ginger plant that contains all the magic that you are interested in. You might have drank ginger tea if you had a sick stomach or maybe even eaten ginger biscuits. Both are often recommended for morning sickness! But, Ginger also may be helpful for joint pain & inflammation.

Ginger essential oil comes from the distillation of the ginger root. It contains a large quantity of sesquiterpene (a chemical component) which is thought to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. It can give a warming sensation to the area it is applied to so is best used for joints that are not hot to the touch and red in appearance.

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil for joint pain and inflammation

Peppermint for joint pain and inflammation

Peppermint is another herb that is often associated with the digestive system. I’ve often drank peppermint tea to help with bloating or nausea and used the essential oil to soothe a banging headache.  But, peppermint can do so much more.

The wonderful, clean, sharp, and sweet scent can lighten your mood and give you some pep in your step when you need it. It’s also another herb where the essential oil may help with joint pain and inflammation.

Peppermint essential oil comes from the distillation of the leaves of the plant. It contains a large amount of menthol which is a monoterpenol. Monoterponols are thought to contain anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. On top of this menthol is cooling which makes it ideal for joints that feel hot to touch.

Lavender (Lavendula latifolia) essential oil for joint pain and inflammation

lavender for joint pain and inflammation

Lavender is probably the most well-known essential oil. And, for good reason! It’s used in countless skincare products and features heavily in sleep products. However, the lavender plant that I’m talking about today is a different species which is known as Spike Lavender or Lavendula latifolia as it is formally known!. 

When you compare the aroma of Spike lavender and true lavender you might notice that spike lavender has a more medicinal aroma than true lavender. That is to do with the chemical component Camphor which is present in spike lavender but isn’t in true lavender. And, that is where the difference between these two lavender plants lies. They both have a different chemical profile and the chemical profile for Spike Lavender is more beneficial for joint pain and inflammation.

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil for joint pain and inflammation

Chamomile for joint pain and inflammation

Roman Chamomile is one of the most gentle essential oils there is… Although be warned that allergies to this family of plants are not uncommon! It has a heady, sweet, floral aroma and is usually loved by all. 

Roman Chamomile is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties which make it ideal for a pain and inflammation blend, but it is because of the additional sedative properties that I have included it in this blog post. 

Chamomile tea has long been prescribed for those who need some help getting a good night’s sleep or for people who may find it difficult to switch off after a tough, long day. The essential oil of Roman Chamomile has similar sedative properties. 

When you are dealing with joint pain and inflammation this can increase stress and sleep problems. Adding Roman Chamomile into an aromatherapy blend can help calm and soothe the nervous system, which might just help you get some sleep! Zzzzzzzzz

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) essential oil for joint pain and inflammation

Eucalyptus for joint pain and inflammation

Did you ever have Vicks Vaporub slathered over your chest as a child when you were sick? If you have then you are very familiar with the scent of Eucalytpus! When you take a deep breath of Eucalyptus oil, you can feel your lungs and sinuses clearing immediately. It feels so good to be able to take a big, juicy breath.

But many people don’t know that Eucalyptus oil is also super for joint pain and inflammation. Eucalyptus contains large quantities of oxides which are thought to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. It’s definitely one you should try.


Juniperberry (Juniperus communis) essential oil for joint pain and inflammation

Juniper berry for joint pain and inflammation

Have you ever heard the old wives’ tale of rubbing gin on your joints to help with arthritis pain? I prefer to drink my gin so I can’t say if this works or not but it’s possible there could be some truth in it. 

Juniper berries are used to make gin and the essential oil of juniper berry is thought to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It makes it ideal for joint pain and inflammation blends and at least this way you can keep your gin to mix with tonic.

Natural herbal remedy for joint pain and inflammation – Herb-infused oils

Essential oils aren’t the only way that you can incorporate plants into your strategy for dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. Using herb-infused oils to dilute the essential oils can really supercharge your aromatherapy blends. Herb infused oils are also known as macerated oils. They are simple to make by placing dried herbs into a carrier oil and letting the herb infuse into the oil.

How to make your own herb-infused oils for joint pain and inflammation

There are a few things to keep in mind before you start making your own herb-infused oil

✅ Only used dried herbs. Fresh herbs contain water which is the one thing we need to keep out of our oils. Water will mean bacteria and mould will grow and contaminate your oil.

✅ Use an odour-free base oil. I like to use sunflower oil as it’s relatively inexpensive, but you can use any oil you like as long as its suitable to put on the skin.

What you need

→ 50g of dried herb

→ 300mL Oil

→ Muslin cloth

1️⃣ Put a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Make sure that the bowl is completely dry and that the water in the saucepan cant splash into the bowl. The setup is the same as it would if you were melting chocolate!

2️⃣ Place the 50g of dried herb into the bowl and add the oil. The dried herb should be completely covered in oil, so you may have to add a little bit more oil.

3️⃣ Leave the herb and oil over the simmering pan of water for 2 hours. You will need to make sure that the saucepan doesn’t boil dry and of course, don’t leave it unattended.

4️⃣ When the 2 hours are up, take the pan off the heat and set the bowl to one side to allow the oil to cool. 

5️⃣ Once it’s cool, drain it through the muslin cloth into a clean, dry bowl. 

6️⃣ Transfer to a clean, dry bottle. Make sure to label the bottle with the contents and the date you made the infused oil.

7️⃣ Store your herb-infused oil out of direct sunlight.

You can use this to make any herb-infused oil such as lavender, nettle, or rosemary! But, because this blog post is dedicated to joint pain & inflammation, Id suggest trying the following three herbs

Arnica oil

Arnica comes from the same family as the common daisy. You might be familiar with arnica oil as it is used often in ointments & creams for bruising. It can be very effective for this. In fact, I usually have large, ugly bruises after my routine blood tests. When my nurse sees them she always recommends arnica cream to help with the healing process.

St.Johns Wort oil

St. Johns wort for joint pain and inflammation

This oil is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory effects. The flowers are yellow in colour and turn the oil red, believe it or not! If you are taking antidepressants I recommend speaking to your doctor before using this oil.

Calendula oil

Natural herbal remedy for joint pain and inflammation

Calendula is often used in baby products or products for sensitive skin. And with good reason. It nourishes and soothes inflamed, sensitive skin which makes it a wonderful partner to Arnica and St. Johns Wort.

Essential oil recipes for pain and inflammation

For hot inflamed Joints

10mL St Johns Wort infused oil

10mL Arnica infused oil

10mL Calendula infused oil

4 drops Peppermint

3 drops Eucalyptus

5 drops Juniperberry

For cold painful & stiff joints

10mL St Johns Wort infused oil

10mL Arnica infused oil

10mL Calendula infused oil

3 drops Ginger

4 drops Lavender

5 drops Roman Chamomile

Herb-infused oils and essential oils are powerful tools to have in your toolkit when dealing with pain and inflammation. I would always recommend a patch test before using any oil that you haven’t used before to avoid allergic reactions. These oils are ideal for getting you through intense periods of pain and discomfort. They aren’t intended to replace your medication but rather complement it. If you have any doubts at all speak to your doctor prior to use.

If you would like to learn more about how holistic tools and strategies, such as herb-infused oils, can help you live with rheumatoid arthritis then why not book a free call with me to chat about my 6 month program, the Mindful Arthritis Method, by clicking the button below!

If you’re interested in reading more on St. Johns Wort and nerve pain try this article.