Kandala Essential Oil Blend for Joint Comfort
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) almost 23% of adults in the United States suffer from arthritis – in numbers this is almost 55 million. Arthritis is the number 1 cause for disability in the United States and as such has a huge economical impact on our society, not to mention the sheer astronomical number of people who suffer from the discomforts associated with arthritis.
Women seem to be more affected by arthritis than men are. While arthritis occurs more frequently at advanced age, there is an increasing number of babies and children that also suffer from arthritis, last reports claim a number in the 300,000. Almost half of all people affected by arthritis, have another health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc. emphasizing the correlation between arthritis and general health.
What is Arthritis
Arthritis is an umbrella term that encompasses many different arthritic and rheumatic diseases. What they all have in common is that it is a condition that affects the joints and tissues around them. The symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, redness and reduced range of motion.
The causes of arthritis can be past joint injuries, obesity, infections, hereditary, as well as repetitive motion such as performing daily job duties.
Arthritis can impact a person’s life in a major way. People may lose their jobs because they can’t perform their work duties any longer. People may stop exercising or moving because it hurts, or it’s uncomfortable, or because they no longer have the necessary range of motion.
The result of these life altering limitations can lead to secondary impediments such as muscle weakness and loss of flexibility and lower fitness due to lack of exercise. Which itself may lead to obesity. People may also become isolated as they stop socializing. The constant pain and discomfort often disrupts their sleep and they lack the energy for the most mundane daily tasks. Depression and loneliness are often a result of such developments.
The main types of arthritis include:
This type of arthritis is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage, which protect the ends of bones where they “join” with the joints, which themselves allow for bending and moving of limbs. The cartilage is a cushion between the bones. When the cartilage disintegrates, bones start rubbing against bone which causes pain and eventually leads to the deterioration of the bone.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and unfortunately it is degenerative (which means it gets worse with time). The causes are said to be past joint injuries, hereditary reasons or unusual joint development.
This is an auto-immune disease that affects the joints. The body attacks healthy cells causing inflammation of the joints and a deterioration of the tissues around the joints.
With time the inflammation affects the tendons and erodes the surface of the joints which reduces range of motion and can lead to deformity.
Underlying reasons are believed to be hereditary and environmental influences. Women seem to be affected 2-3 times more so than men.
Gout is an inflammation of the toe, ankle or knee, and is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood, which crystalizes and then builds up in the joints and tissues around them. Gout comes in phases and generally is recurrent but subsides in between incidents.
Genetics play a role in a person’s propensity to gout. But diet (meat, seafood, alcohol, etc) and insufficient kidney functioning can increase the uric acid in the blood leading to a gout attack.
While there is no cure for gout, there are several home remedies and pain-management options people can do on their own.
Pain and Discomfort Self-Management
The objective is to control and manage the pain, reduce swelling, and cause continued damage to the joints and tissue. The options available include medication, such as analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen in either pill form or as an ointment. Physical therapy, splints, arthritis are also treatment options, and it the worst case surgery where the joints are either fused or replaced.
These traditional methods of pain management, unfortunately, have side effects that negatively affect your health.
There are several options, however, to address the pain and discomfort associated with Arthritis using alternative methods such as acupuncture, massage, herbs and essential oils. Amongst them are Frankincense (also well known as Boswellia), avocado soybean , black currant oil, borage oil, and the enzyme Bromelain, chondroitin and glucosamine, curcumin (turmeric), ginger, ginkgo, fish oil, and valerian, amongst others.
A healthy diet consisting of foods that fight inflammation and promote the immune system will also help manage the discomforts of arthritis.
While people in pain from arthritis may just avoid exercise, being active actually helps mitigate the pains and swelling common to arthritic conditions. Such activity may be as simple as walking which improves blood circulation amongst other. Muscle strengthening exercises build up the muscles for better support of the joints and surrounding tissues. Flexibility and stretching exercises focus on utilizing joints to their full range. Water aerobics enables overweight and immobile people to move their body and strengthen their muscles.
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Joint Comfort
Essential oils have been used for centuries to mitigate pains, swelling and stiffness. Kandala is now offering an Essential Oil Blend that contains herbs that can help people manage their joint pain and discomfort, the associated swelling and stiffness.
Ingredients and Benefits
The Kandala Joint Comfort Essential Oil Blend contains Lavandin (Lavandula Hybrida Grosso), Birch (Betula Lenta), Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Pine Needle (Pinus Sylvestris), Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) that offer the many benefits.
Lavandin Essential Oil:
Lavandin (Lavandula Hybrida Grosso) is a hybrid of Lavender but has much stronger medicinal properties than regular Lavender. It is said to be analgesic which means it reduces pain and inflammation. It’s anti-spasmodic and muscle relaxing character relieves cramps, stiffness and pain in muscles and joints.
Lavandin also has anti-depressive effects, which is helpful as many people suffering from arthritis also deal with depression.
Birch Essential Oil:
Birch (Betula Lenta) stimulates the body’s endocrine glands which play a role in pain relief. It improves blood circulation which helps supply joints and muscles with nutrients and oxygen. Birch flushes out toxins from the blood which are often the cause of poor blood circulation. Improved blood circulation also reduces swelling of the joints.
A note of caution: People using blood thinners should consult their health practitioner before use.
Rosemary Essential Oil:
Rosemary ((Rosmarinus Officinalis) improves blood circulation and reduces swelling. It is highly effective for back, muscle and joint pains and sprains and can offer fast relief.
One of the main components in rosemary is the anti-oxidant carnosol which is also a strong anti-inflammatory agent. It is being researched for cancer treatment and seems to offer promising effects.
Aside from above benefits, rosemary also is said to relieve indigestion, stomach cramps, constipation and bloating. It detoxifies the liver and boosts the immune system. It also offers stress relief, increases concentration and helps with mental exhaustion.
Pine Needle Essential Oil:
Pine Needles (Pinus Sylvestris) has strong, rapid pain relief powers and relaxes the muscles. They improve blood circulation which encourages flushing out of toxins from the body. Their anti-inflammatory properties can be quite effective for chronic swelling and pain.
Pine needles, amongst other benefits, are anti-bacterial and help reduce infections. They are said to improve metabolism, increase energy and relieve stress.
Frankincense Essential Oil:
Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) promotes the production of white blood cells which fight infections and inflammation throughout the body. This immune response promoting capability is particularly helpful for auto-immune disorders. Frankincense helps prevent the breakdown of joint cartilage.
Frankincense also relieves stress & anxiety, helps with constipation, stomach pain, cramps and indigestion.
How to Use Kandala Arthritis Relief
Kandala Joint Comfort Essential Oil Blend contains therapeutic-grade, pure essential oils that are too strong to be applied directly to the skin. It needs to be diluted with a carrier oil such as almond, avocado, argan, coconut, jojoba or olive oil.A 3-10% dilution is appropriate which equates to 3-5 drops drops for 1 teaspoon, or 5-10 drops for 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
Add 4-6 drops into a diffuser and let the scents and the aroma surround you as you are working in your office, or doing chores. You can also dribble a few drops on a napkin or tissue or into an aromatherapy necklace and inhale the scents.
Add 4-10 drops to a hot bath. Make sure you mix in the oil well, since water and oil usually repel each other. You can mix the oil with some epsom salts prior to pouring it into the bath water. Swirl the water with your hand to ensure that the salt dissolves and the oil is mixed well with the water.
For direct application to skin, dilute with a carrier oil. Add 6-8 drops to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or body lotion and massage the mixture into the affected, aching or stiff area several times a day.
The essential oils in the Kandala Arthritis Relief blend are of therapeutic grade, 100% natural and pure. They are unfiltered, undiluted, without additives, fillers, alcohol or any other synthetic ingredients. Strictest quality testing includes analyses for odor, color, specific- gravity, optical rotation, refractive index, flash point and solubility. The oils are non-GMO, but not officially certified.
A quick overview of the chemical composition of the essential oils in the Kandala Muscle Relief Essential Oil Blend:
Lavandin (Lavandula Hybrida Grosso): lavandulol, linalool, linalyl acetate, camphor, cineole, caryophyllene, camphene, dipentene, limonene, ocimene and terpinene.
Birch (Betula Lenta): salicylic acid, methyl salicylate, betulene and betulenol
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis): a-pinene, borneol, b-pinene, camphor, bornyl acetate, camphene, 1,8-cineole and limonene.
Pine Needle (Pinus Sylvestris): borneol, bornyl acetate, a and b-phallandrene, a and b-pinene and 3-carene.
Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata): a-pinene, actanol, linalool, octyl acetate, bornyl acetate, incensole and incensyl acetate.
As with any other natural product, some people may develop a reaction when exposed to even the most natural and pure source of a plant, flower, or tree. Likewise, with essential oils, which are the most concentrated form of its source material.
Some of the naturally occurring chemicals in essential oils could cause a skin reaction such as aldehydes (citronella) and phenols (eugenol). Citrus plants also increase the photosensitivity of the skin, so when applied topically, extended sun exposure should be avoided. Some of the known potential skin irritants include bay, cinnamon, clove, citronella, cumin, lemongrass, oregano and thyme.
Elderly, babies and children as well as pregnant women should be careful when using essential oils. These groups are generally more sensitive to essential oils. And while the effects are not documented well enough to be of any proof, it’s not worthwhile taking any risks. Pregnant women should avoid clary sage, rosemary and rose.
Avoid contact of essential oils with the eyes as it can cause severe damage to your eyes. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. If in doubt about whether or how to use essential oils, consult your health practitioner for advice.
Check the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy website, which has a comprehensive overview of safety concerns of essential oils.
The information and statements made about the essential oils, blends, and products mentioned on this web site have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on this site and the products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.