Gout or Gouty Arthritis refers to the painful inflammation of the joints caused by higher levels of uric acid in the body. Usually, the uric acid is dissolved in the body and passed out of the same in urine, but occasionally it builds up and converts into sharp crystals.
These crystals affect the joints of big toe, ankles, wrists, fingers, elbows and knees causing swelling, redness and stiffness at joints.
The symptoms are more common in men, overweight people or if you have a member suffering from Gout. Drinking too much alcohol and eating rich foods can also lead to you suffering from Gout. Though very hard to diagnose and treat, Gout attacks become acute and chronic if proper care is not taken. Alternative therapies such as use of Rosemary Oil have been proven very effective to treat the symptoms of Gout avoiding all the conventional ones because of their side-effects.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Properties Of The Oil
“Dew of the sea”, the literal meaning of the Rosemary, is indeed a very beneficial and extensively used herb since ancient times. This culinary herb or Rosmarinus Officinalis is a native plant to Mediterranean region which now has been grown in every part of the world for its varied uses.
The oil is procured from the flowers through steam distillation and is full of antibacterial, analgesic, antioxidant, antiarthritic and antispasmodic properties.
How It Works?
The aromatic and evergreen Rosemary Oil has rosmarinic acid that shows potential anti-inflammatory actions. It easily penetrates into the body and stimulates the blood flow and circulation. The increased circulation thereby relieves swelling and inflammation caused by the uric acid crystals. The mesmerizing aroma of the oil soothes the nerves and relieves the nervous tension associated with Gout.
How To Use?
3 drops of Rosemary essential Oil should be added to per teaspoon of olive oil or any massage oil and rubbed over the painful area, following a massage in circular motions of the affected area. This method is excellent for relieving pains of Gout and can be safely applied for 3-4 times a day.
Another way to use Rosemary Oil for Gout is to take baths. Add some drops of the oil to the warm bath and soak yourself for 10-15 minutes, relaxing the affected area and breathing deeply. This would surely help in stimulating circulation and soothing pain of Gout.
Cautions And Safety
It is always recommended to take advice of your health care provider before starting the treatment.Pregnant women and people suffering from epilepsy and high blood pressure should avoid the application of Rosemary Oil as it may prove hazardous to them. Otherwise, this oil is supposed to be safe, non-irritating and non-sensitizing for Gout.
Along with the application of Rosemary Oil, a diet full of natural proteins and vitamins and restricting the alcohol consumption also prevents pains and inflammations of the joints. Exercising and active lifestyle would always be preferred to treat Gout. Prescribed drugs and medications should be carried out under the vigilance of the health care professional for excruciating pains of Gout.