Gout is an inflammatory condition of the joints. (You might have also heard it called gouty arthritis.)
It’s caused by too much uric acid accumulating in the body. When this happens it gets lodged in the areas around the joints that house lubricating fluids.
The pain from gout from uric acid crystals depositing between joints. As a result, your joints don’t get the lubrication that they need and swell up, becoming chronically inflamed.
And that’s why you hurt so bad.
The level of pain can vary from person to person. In some circumstances, the pain is accompanied by visible swelling and redness. Other times, the pain can hurt so much that simply touching the afflicted area hurts too much
While gout can occur anywhere that joints can be found, it’s most commonly found in toes and fingers.
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Choosing an Effective Remedy
Luckily for us, there are some essential oils that provide quick and safe relief from the pain and discomforts of gout.
But the oils listed below can do more than offer you quick relief. Essential oils are also a preventative medicine that can help prevent future flare-ups. I’ve included preventative oils and mixtures that you can use now for your pain and as precautionary measures.
Before we dive in it’s important to know that, yes, essential oils can be effective for gout, but they’re not going to be effective healers in every case. If your condition worsens please seek out additional treatment options or consult a doctor. Over time gout can prove dangerous for the kidneys and body in general.
11 Essential Oils for Gout
Below you’ll find our most recommended oils and mixes for gout. They’ve been highlighted for their ability to soothe your achy joints and clear out stuck uric acid crystals.
Of course, you do not need all of the oils that we’ve listed below. Pick a few of your favorites and whip yourself up a healing mixture.
Birch contains anti-inflammatory compounds just like wintergreen. These anti-inflammatories are actually the natural cousins of the synthetic varieties of pain reducers found in common NSAID drugs. Birch cleanses and purifies above and below the skin when applied thanks to its diuretic, blood-cleansing and tonic actions. Be sure that you use birch bud oil (white birch) and not black or sweet birch. Birch bud is safe to use, as the latter two birch oils should only be used by well-informed aromatherapists.
Basil oil has a reputation for minimizing uric acid in the blood. So it’s perfect for treating gout. Basil also contains tonic properties perfectly suited for skin conditions. It’s an excellent addition to any massage blend and bath oil for aches and pains. Basil is also a great oil for mental clarity, concentration, and improved functioning.
Chamomile has applications for pretty much all skin problems. It reduces inflammation, softens and soothes dry and agitated skin. It eases the pain by numbing nerves and reducing tissue inflammation. It is a safe and gentle oil that’s very popular in a broad range of aromatherapy applications. It is sedative, calming, tranquilizing and rejuvenating.
Sourced from a small tree native to North Africa, frankincense oil acts as a skin cleanser, tightener, and tissue toner. It’s well known for healing skin ailments like wrinkles, stretch marks, boils, and cysts. So while it can help you feel better right away, it will also help tone your skin so it returns to normal after your gout symptoms have faded away.
Thyme is a perennial herb that’s been long associated with powerful healing of all types of skin conditions. It promotes wound healing and is suitable for a wide range of skin irritant problems. Thyme oil is a reviver. It stimulates the immune system and acts as a tonic for many bodily processes including skin renovation and restoration. It has a potent diuretic quality to it which helps tremendously with removing stuck uric acid from the blood.
Fennel is a popular perennial herb coveted for its medicinal and culinary applications. It is a cleansing tonic for skin and has a reputation for limiting the appearance of wrinkles. It’s toning abilities help it clear out toxins and revamp the organs associated with skin health, elimination, and circulation.
Pine oil acts as a restorative. It’s warming and soothing. Which makes it a perfect remedy for the aches, sore joints associated with gout. Pine comforts soothes and cleanses with its unique diuretic qualities.
Rosemary provides strong astringent qualities to your gout treatment regiment. It tones and tightens skin. It is also a restorative and tonic. It creates a warmth and redness when applied, improving circulation and easing the pain by numbing the nerves. This makes it a good choice for treating arthritis, rheumatism, stiff muscles and gout.
Peppermint is refreshing, highly therapeutic, cheap and widely utilized across the world. It helps to cleanse congested skin. When first applied it is cooling. Once dried it follows up with a warming sensation. This is great for pain-relieving. Kind of like icy-hot.
Lemongrass essential oil is a refreshing, cleansing and stimulating tonic for the skin. It stimulates circulation and helps eliminate uric and lactic acid. This eases muscular aches and pains in gout patients.
7 Recipes for Immediate relief from Gout Symptoms
You’ll want a nice mixture of essential oils from the list above. Ideally, ones that reduce inflammation as well as soothe and cool the affected area.
Hot Towel Compress
For quick relief, we recommend applying a hot towel compress to the affected area(s).
- Soak your inflamed skin in cold water. This gets the blood moving some.
- Pat skin dry
- Add 2-8 drops of one or more of your oils (or gout blend) Then gently massage it in.
- Place a hot, recently soaked towel on top of where you’ve applied your essential oils.
- Keep your towel on the painful area for a minimum of two minutes.
Repeat 2-3 times daily, as needed.
Soothing Massage Blends for Gout
Another great way to apply your essential oils is to make a massage blend. Often we do this by mixing essential oils with a carrier oil for skin application.
In a 1/6 oz (5 mL) glass dropper bottle combine:
- 15 drops chamomile essential oil
- 15 drops frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
Shake well to blend.
In a small, non-reactive bowl combine:
- 4 tsp (20 ml) grapeseed, sweet almond or fractionated coconut oil
- Add 12-15 drops of the mixture listed above OR add your own mixture.
Mix well and massage affected areas very gently 3 times a day.
- 10 drops lavender
- 8 drops rosemary
- 8 drops of marjoram
- 2 oz carrier oil (argan, coconut, sesame, sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed, macadamia)
- Shake well to blend
- Rub into the area very gently twice daily
Foot-bath / Soak Treatments for Gout
- Combine 2 tsp (10 ml) milk and 12 drops of the above mixtures or one or your own blends
- Fill two basins with water. One cool and one warm.
- Add half of your milk and oil mixture to each basin and blend/disperse the oil.
Soak feet in warm water basin for 10 minutes, then transfer to cool water for 10 minutes. Gently massage any floating oil droplets into the affected area.
Repeat if desired.
Simple Hot and Cold Compress for Gout
Hot Compress Wrap
Similar to the hot towel compress above you can use this hot compress to reduce stiffness and pain. Apply once or twice daily.
Use the following ingredients:
Cold Compress Wrap
To ease inflammation and pain apply a cold press once or twice daily.
Use the following ingredients:
Simple Detoxifying Epsom Salt Bath
- Add ingredients to your bath water before getting in, mixing in as you pour
- Repeat daily for two weeks or more, if desired
Feel free to try out different essential oil mixtures for your bath. Use up to 10 drops total.
Hopefully, this post has been helpful for you.
If you have any questions, comments or recommendations of your own please let us know in the comment section below!