Gout is one of the most recorded medical illnesses around. Uric acid crops up as our food breaks down. When its level gets too high it turns into crystal deposits.
This form of arthritis most often causes toe joint inflammation. It can affect other joints too, including fingers, elbows, knees and wrists. The uric acid buildup creates crystal deposits in joints, leading to redness, swelling and heat, plus pain, lots of pain.
Gout is more common in men, and getting it increases with age. Women’s chances of getting it is after menopause. Being overweight, too much alcohol, shellfish, and organ meats add to the risk of getting gout. It’s said eating dairy can reduce risk.
There’s medication you can take, either over-the-counter or prescribed. Over time gout could damage joints, and even kidneys, so keep checking in with your healthcare practitioner to spot complications. If possible, find one that will work with you on essential oil choices and lifestyle changes for overall well being.
Essential Oils For Going After Gout
When circulation is sluggish, your body is holding onto fluid, and uric acid plus its crystals accumulate, you need the best.
Getting rid of uric acid crystals and the inflammation they cause requires super-charged action. The oils presented here help to vanquish gout, each in its own special way. You will find that creating combinations adds to their ability to offer gout relief.
This article includes essential oils that:
- boost the immune system.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Relieve pain.
- Stimulate circulation.
- Flush fluid and toxins.
- Go after uric acid crystals.
- Reduce anxiety.
- Aid with clear thinking.
11 Best Essential Oils For Gout
1. Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Juniper scavenges free radicals that cause inflammation. Its anti-oxidant and flushing properties reduce these toxins, including uric acid crystals. It relieves swollen joints through diuretic activity that occurs because of its alcohol compounds.
The sesquiterpene compounds create juniper’s calming effects. Make juniper your companion when gout causes you tension and step-by-step agony. It will ease your mind as it offers your feet relief.
Juniper essential oil is well suited to being used as part of a foot soak.
2. Celery Seed (Apium graveolens)
Celery seed oil helps to clear your system of fluid. Its diuretic support helps to flush out the uric acid crystals that are the root of gout woes. Its coumarin compounds are a circulation tonic, adding the vitality that is part of ridding toxins. The ester in this oil is known to aid in the relief and recovery from joint issues.
Mixed in a carrier oil, celery seed can be massaged on the soles of your feet, across your knuckles, or elsewhere. Rubbing into the ball of your foot at the base of your big toe stimulates the absorption of the gout-relieving goodness brought to you by celery seed.
3. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger essential oil chemicals are transformed in the body, becoming gingerols that aid in reducing joint inflammation. The oil then supports with analgesic effects, calming pain as it limits the swelling and heat of inflammation. These effects are brought about by the actions of several terpene compounds.
Using ginger essential oil helps to warm and loosen the stiffness and aches of gout and chronic rheumatic disorders. Ginger goes one step further, adding warmth to comfort my mood, a welcome relief on damp, dreary days.
Ginger is a marvelous oil to use in a warm compress. I love how the spicy aromas complement the moist soothing warmth surrounding my feet or perhaps my tender knees. That makes two uses in one!
4. Lemon (Citrus limonum)
This nimble oil buoyantly boosts immunity as it refreshes your entire being. A bout of gout is bound to improve with a happy immune system. Lemon essential oil has an array of components that create a protective, cleansing action. One is limonene, a monoterpene compound, that contributes to the invigorating aroma and protective benefits of lemon essential oil.
Lemon oil supports circulation by protecting blood vessels from inflammation. It’s strong antioxidant effects valiantly reduce the body’s toxic load. It’s toning support for circulation extends to capillaries and veins, assuring that nutrients make it to your feet and hands! These same stimulating and toning capacities extend to the lymphatic system. Lemon aids in flushing away uric acid wastes, making your day a bit brighter.
Breathing in lemon will lift your spirits as it stimulates your circulation. You can do so via a diffuser or handy personal inhaler.
5. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme is a delicate flowering plant of the mint family. Its essential oil comes from the plant’s flowers and leaves. This oil is a marvel at reducing inflammation, brought to you by the compound thymol. It helps to relieve pain and assists you with achieving more fluid joint movement.
Thyme also gets to the root of another issue that contributes to gout and rheumatic symptoms. It boosts sluggish circulation that is one of the underlying gout issues. Plus its diuretic abilities move fluids along, hastening the flushing of uric acid crystals. Having those nasty little pricklers of pain gone is one step toward healthy movement.
Thyme blended with milk or honey (as dispersant) in a bath is a soothing remedy for gout as your circulation is stimulated to flush out toxins, including uric acid.
6. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is a gift when dealing with inflamed gouty joints. You’ll get pain relief, aided by the oil’s terpene compound pinene, known for reducing inflammatory flares. Carnosol, another of rosemary’s components, helps you out with its stimulating support.
Rosemary’s dual gifts of invigorating circulation and toxin release sure help when suffering from gout. The oil’s flavonoids and diterpene compounds cause these actions. They scrounge around for free radicals, flushing them along with uric acid crystals. Inflammation and pain diminish. Flow of oxygen increases. Your joints are supported with new growth and more comfort. What a relief!
Rosemary essential oil is marvelous in a foot bath and in a massage oil. First soak, then rub!
7. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint offers uplifting qualities that soothe the joint pain caused by gout with its inflammation and harmful degeneration. Peppermint’s actions are brought on by a ketone that is cooling, along with being soothing.
Peppermint oil has analgesic effects that relieve general discomfort associated with moving protectively because of sore feet. Peppermint has stimulating qualities that lift doldrums as they clarify your thinking and lighten your mood.
Peppermint offers an uplifting atmosphere when used in a diffuser.
8. Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Sweet basil is rich in linalool, a compound that bestows anti-inflammatory qualities, just what’s needed when gout flares. The compound eugenol relieves pain, offering you moments of respite from gout’s continual throbbing.
Basil promotes a clear mind, reducing anxiety through its warm, balancing support. This, along with its ability to stimulate focus and determination, helps you to move forward with creating changes to reduce gout flares.
Sweet basil is just that when used as a room spritzer!
9. Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
Roman chamomile is an essential oil that is regarded as one of the best for soothing inflammations.
It is cleansing and protective, gently reducing swelling as it offers calming relief from gout pain. It aids with brightening your mood too, especially when feeling down because of pain and limitations.
Create a joint care oil with Roman chamomile in a carrier oil.
10. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender’s anti-inflammatory nature calms and comforts when you have gouty arthritis. Linalyl acetate is an ester that supports reduction in swelling and comforts sore tissues. Doing so helps to protect against joint damage.
The ketone compounds found in lavender support your ability to get on with daily activities. They reduce the swelling that impinge on your gout-inflamed joints. Along with this they offer analgesia, bringing pain relief. Another of lavender’s active compounds is camphor, a compound that helps to quell the aches of gout. Doing so reduces the tension and anxiety that make you miserable when dealing with gout.
Lavender is one of the few oils that can be applied neat, directly from bottle to skin. Place a drop on top and beneath your sore toe joints and rub in.
11. Pine (Scotch) (Pinus sylvestris)
Pine essential oil, steam distilled from those very same finds, delivers the gifts of peace and protection. It whispers in hushed tones that all will soon be well. This is because pine aids with anxiety relief.
Pine oil guides the kidneys to cleanse and the lymph system to flush toxins, including the uric acid responsible for gout. It stimulates circulation, dilating capillaries to aid with nutrient enrichment of tissues. As pine oil rids uric acid and fluid, it relieves inflammation. At the same time, it offers comforting analgesia to reduce pain.
Once in a wile take a whiff of pine right from the bottle. It will ease tension, refresh your mood, and stimulate your metabolism.
4 Essential Oil Recipes To Get The Gout Out
It’s tough to sit by and wait for the gout to go. Each of these recipes is designed to prompt your system into action. You’ll get a mental boost along with the same for your immunity. Better yet, the essential oils will use their antioxidant and diuretic powers to flush away uric acid.
Get Gout Out Lotion
The lemon and juniper will remind you of the freshness of feeling awake and full of energy. This lotion boosts circulation and immune systems, flushing out uric acid. It reduces inflammation and perks you up at the same time.
- 30 ml of an unscented lotion.
- 10 drops lemon
- 4 drops juniper
- 4 drops celery seed
Blend the essential oils into the lotion, creating a 3% dilution. If you are 65 years plus, or have significant health conditions, reduce to a 1% dilution by using 4 drops of lemon and 1 drop each of juniper and celery seed essential oils.
This lotion is used as a whole joint massage, concentrating on gentle rubbing around the affected toes, fingers, or other joints.
Free Me Foot Oil
The coconut oil softens and tones skin as it carries the essential oils deep into tissues. Plus the aroma is grand! It will help you breathe deeply. It opens the mind along with the lungs.
- 60 ml coconut oil
- 12 drops thyme
- 10 basil
- 8 rosemary
- 6 ginger
Blend the oils well for this 3% dilution. To reduce to a 1% dilution if you are age 65 or older, or have other health concerns, please reduce the drops for each oil to one third of amounts listed above.
You can apply this oil to the affected areas of your feet or other joints three times a day during a gout flare. Doing so when you arise, midday, and before bed assures you will have a consistent flow of goodness.
Consider washing and drying the affected area prior to each new application. Once you are free of gout, reduce to daily and then every other day use for gout prevention.
Woodland Wonder Diffuser
A breath of fresh air means so much when stuck inside because you’re in pain. Let this woodsy diffuser bring the outdoors in! At the same time, your mood with lift and your circulation will enjoy a boost. You can even put your feet up as you feel the uric acid and inflammation fade away. Hmmm, what about some ginger tea while you’re at it?
- This recipe uses a glass vase or bottle with a narrow neck, and bamboo reeds or skewers.
- 120 ml grape seed oil
- 30 ml vodka to thin the oils for wicking with the reed/skewer.
- 16 drops lavender
- 8 drops pine (Scotch)
Blend the grape seed, vodka, and essential oils well. Pour half of the blend into the vase or bottle.
Place the reeds or skewers into the mixture, allowing time for the oils to wick. Place the diffuser in a spot nearby. Replenish as necessary.
Refresh Me Foot Bath
- A foot sized basin with warm water.
- A handful of bath gel (about 30 ml).
- 4 drops peppermint
- 2 drops Roman chamomile
Blend the essential oils in the bath gel, and then blend the mixture into the water. Soak feet for 15 to 20 minutes. Dry thoroughly when done.
- Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in your body, making crystal deposits in joints, especially the big toes.
- Gout is one of the most recorded illnesses in the world.
- Luckily, there’s an array of power-packed essential oils you can use for gout care. Benefits include: The ability to reduce inflammation, stimulation of circulation to flush your system of fluids and toxins, immune system boosting, reducing uric acid levels, aiding with pain relief, supporting clear thinking and uplifting your mood.