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Q: What are some aromatherapy approaches for someone who has tendonitis and osteoarthritis? Thanks very much.
A: Concerning tendonitis and arthritis, here is a formula that you may find soothing for the bath:
Rosemary - 10 drops
Lavender - 10 drops
Peppermint - 5 drops
German (blue) Chamomile - 5 drops
This combination can also be used for massage to specific areas of the body. Add 2 to 4 drops of the above mixture of essential oils per teaspoon of carrier oil like Sweet Almond or our massage base.
Of course, essential oils are not a form of "treatment" for any condition and cannot "cure" any condition but they are soothing and comforting and may in that way be helpful.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of nutritional factors in arthritis and for good health in general. A resource which may be helpful to you in this regard is the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 2nd edition, by James Balch and Phyliss Balch. This book has a good section on arthritis. - J.P.