The term ‘rheumatism’ is used medically to describe a whole range of disorders which involve pain in the muscles or joints, including the various forms of arthritis and gout. Generally speaking, however, rheumatism refers specifically to muscular pain, whereas arthritis and gout are associated with pain located within the joints themselves.
Lavender can help to ease rheumatic pain due to its analgesic qualities – it also increases local blood circulation and enhances mobility. Since rheumatism, like arthritis, is aggravaged by an accumulation of toxins in the system, diet and lifestyle should also be assessed (by, for example, a qualified nutritionist/ herbalist/aromatherapist).
Massage is itself very helpful for rheumatic pains because it stimulates the circulation and helps remove toxins.
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Make up a concentrated massage oil by mixing 30 drops of lavender oil with 50 ml of a vegetable carrier oil. Apply twice daily.
Add 8-10 drops of lavender oil to the bath water for pain relief.
Other oils of benefit include chamomile, tea tree, marjoram and rosemary (best used in combination).
See also Arthritis, Muscular Aches and Pains.