Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Essential Oils for Tendinitis

Tendinitis is the inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon, which is the fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone. The swelling is uncomfortable which causes pain when the joint is moved. When the joint is a knee, walking is difficult.

The age-old acronym, RICE, helps us remember how to treat it: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
I'd like to modify the acronym just a bit--RICE-EO!

We recently mixed some essential oils to apply to a swollen knee and were pleasantly surprised at how quickly the swelling was reduced.

Here's our recipe:
Add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and 5 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 teaspoon of sweet almond essential oil. Apply to the swollen area.

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