How to Make a Bath Treatment to Relieve Arthritis Pain


You can find a number of home remedies to help improve the symptoms of arthritis. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, experiencing pain, inflamed joints and an overall discomfort and difficulty of movement. You can easily prepare bath treatments in any home to help reduce the inflammation in the joints, relieving pain. You will need juniper oil, lavender oil, cypress oil and Epsom salts.

1. Go to a health food store and get the essential oils necessary for a treatment bath. If you have an allergy to any of the oils or don’t like some of them, you do not have to use all the oils in one bath. Essential oil users do, however, recommend you use all the oils listed above for the best results

2. Don’t draw your bath water too hot. Prepare a bath of warm water, choosing a temperature in which you can sit without feeling any discomfort but also without feeling chilly.

3. Put in the Epsom salts while the water runs and stir the water with your hand. Wait for the Epsom salts to fully dissolve. You should use one-quarter cup of Epsom salts.

4. Add two drops of juniper oil, two drops of lavender oil and two drops of cypress oil. Stir again until everything looks mixed up together.

5. Soak into the water for one-half hour. Just sit back and relax while you enjoy the benefits of the essential oils. The oils will absorb through your skin and work on the inflamed joints. Add some warm water if it starts getting cold.

6. You can take a bath treatment as often as you’d like, even on a daily basis. Besides the benefits of the essential oils, the warm water will have a relaxing effect on your muscles and joints to further relieve pain.

7. Once you get out of the water, gently dry your joints with a towel. You can continue the treatment by massaging your joints with olive oil. Use soft, circular movements to massage the inflamed joints until the oil absorbs into the skin.

8. Exercise daily. Even if you have difficulty moving your joints, choose some exercises with mild difficulty to include in your daily routine. You can take up yoga or Pilates, you can take walks in the park, or you can go swimming. Any exercise that doesn’t put too much pressure on your joints proves helpful. Studies also show that weight lifting provides benefits for arthritis patients. Get some light weights and do 10 minutes of lifting every couple of days.

9. Discover what works for your arthritis. Some patients get good results with bath treatments, others respond better to hot and cold compresses, and still others take fish oil supplements to reduce inflammation. Analyze the natural remedies available for arthritis patients, try out some of them, and repeat those that make you feel better. Always discuss with your doctor before taking supplements or starting a new exercising routine.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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