Essential Oils For Tendonitis Symptoms
Tendonitis (aka tendinitis) refers to tendon inflammation.
Tendons are fibrous bands of tissue that join bone to muscle.
This condition is caused by repetitive movements or performing the same or similar movements for a long period of time.
Overusing or injuring tendons can result in tendon pain, wear and tear, and even a limited motion range.
Common types of tendonitis are:
- Jumper’s knee
- Tennis elbow
- Pitcher’s shoulder
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tendonitis of the Achilles tendon
Six Conventional & Natural Treatments for Tendonitis
- RICE method
RICE stands for Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation.
Discontinue elbow-intensive activity so that the tendon can rest.
Apply ice packs daily to the affected area for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Use compression packs and keep the elbow elevated too.
- Over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medicine
You can try OTC pain relievers like Advil, Tylenol, or Motrin, but also know that these are temporary band-aids rather than long-term solutions. They also come with their own side-effects to consider.
- Cortisone shot
If the pain is severe and nothing else works, your doctor may prescribe you a cortisone shot to counter the inflammation.
- Anti-inflammatory diet
What you eat matters! Opt for an anti-inflammatory diet rich in good fats and a wide range of multi-colored, antioxidant-filled vegetables.
- Physical therapy
This can improve recovery time and decrease your chances of severe lost mobility and range of motion. Your therapist will give you multiple exercises to work out that area.
- Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
If you’re after a more natural approach to managing tendonitis symptoms, then essential oils may help.
Essential Oils As Natural Remedies
Essential oils (EOs) are highly concentrated plant extracts containing hundreds of active chemicals known to help accelerate healing and balance in the body.
Several EOs have beneficial properties for addressing tendonitis symptoms:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Analgesic properties (pain relief)
- Antispasmodic properties (reduce muscle spasms and sore muscles)
EOs can also help address joint pain.
The Best Essential Oils For Tendonitis Symptoms
- Peppermint (menthol)
- Clary sage
How To Use Essential Oils For Tendonitis
The most effective way to use EOs for this condition is to massage oils directly on the affected area(s).
Always dilute EOs with a carrier oil like coconut oil before applying them directly to the skin.
You may use a rollerbottle for easy application.
Stick to 2-3 drops of EO per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
You can also add a few drops of EOs to a bowl of warm or hot water and use a towel as a warm compress.
Essential oil diffusers aren’t effective at managing tendonitis symptoms because the topical application is more targeted than inhalation.
When used safely and adequately, EOs usually offer little to no side effects.
EOs must always be diluted in a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation and possible reactions when used topically as a natural aid for tendonitis pain and other symptoms.
It’s advisable to perform a patch test on a non-affected area of the skin and wait 24 hours to confirm no allergic reaction.
If you experience any adverse reaction to any oil, discontinue use immediately and consult your healthcare provider.
Be aware of each oil you use contraindications as some EOs aren’t suitable for children or pregnant or nursing women.
Always choose high-quality, certified organic and therapeutic grade products to avoid diluted batches and the addition of potentially harmful chemicals.
A DIY Essential Oil Blend For Tendonitis
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops frankincense essential oil
- 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
- ½ cup of coconut oil as the carrier oil
In a glass bowl or non-BPA container, mix the oils and then apply to the affected areas and gently massage in circular motions.
For best results, apply twice a day, morning and evening.
Store in a dark glass container with an airtight lid.
Keep away from direct sunlight or heat.