When joint or back pain starts to attack and the medicine you just took is taking too long to kick in, you usually turn to the numbing effect of topical anti-inflammatories. Topical anti-inflammatories are actually skin ointments that come in the form of essential oils, gels, gel patches, sprays, foams and others. But they can actually be a total replacement for over the counter pain relievers given their quick effect. When you take pain relievers, the effects of the medicine spread throughout your body, which also poses numerous side effects. Nobody will take its toll other than you. With topical anti-inflammatories, it only targets the inflamed area or the area where pain is felt. The good thing about topical anti-inflammatories is that they pose only little to no side effects, depending on their contents. The more natural they are, the less side effects they have.   Essential oils are the best example of natural topical anti-inflammatories. They are extracted from plants or herbs through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, producing the the purest essential oils which are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they are squeezed from. These processes give us concentrated anti-inflammatory topical ointment best for fighting pain caused by joint inflammation. According to various scientific studies, essential oils subdue Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the rate-limiting enzyme that plays a key role in inflammation and pain. Since the pain caused by joint or muscle inflammation is felt only in a specific area whether it be in your knees, calf, feet, shoulders, back or hips, the spot can be easily determined and applied with.   Whether joint inflammation is caused by arthritic conditions or infection, since essential oils are only applied in the skin, it is definitely safe to use as long as you don’t have any skin allergies. However, for joint inflammation caused by infections, medications might be needed upon your doctor’s advice to target the inflammation causing bacteria. In this case, essential oil only works as a temporary fix.   Here are the top essential oils to help relieve joint pain due to inflammation:    

1.Thyme essential Oil

  According to researchers, thyme contains Carvacrol as as its primary healer. When they isolated carvacrol and used the extract in its pure form. The results of the tests indicated that the COX-2 levels decreased by over 80 percent. This simply means that thyme oil subdues the inflammation causing enzyme in your body in a manner similar to medications like ibuprofen or also known as NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) which are effective in treating pain and swelling.    

2.Clove Essential Oil

  Clove oil owes much of its health benefits to Eugenol, which makes up to 90 percent of the oil. This compound provides potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits and is also responsible for preventing cloves from spoiling. Which means its shelf life is very long, thus being added to dental products, insect repellents, perfumes, foods and pharmaceutical products to avoid spoilage. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, thyme is known to be very effective against dental pain, sore gums, mouth ulcers, cavities and bad breath.    

3.Rosemary Essential Oil

  Rosemary is considered sacred by the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians as it was associated with the virgin Mary. It is part of the mint family and in a recent research, it’s been shown to boost nerve growth factor and support the healing of neurological tissue and brain function. It has also been used in folk medicine for thousands of years to improve memory and digestion, as well as to relieve muscle aches and pains since it increases blood flow to the muscles and warms the applied area. Aside from its anti-inflammatory power, it also has antiseptic benefits like Clove thus adding it as an ingredient to many skin care and hair care products.     4.Bergamot essential Oil   Bergamot is a plant that produces a type of citrus fruit which is defined as a hybrid between a sour orange and a lemon, or simply a mutation of a lemon. The essential oil from this plant is taken from the fruit’s peel. It is also used to make medicines. The oil is produced through cold compression, which is different from steam distillation which is a process usually used in making other essential oils. It is known to build confidence and enhance your mood. It can kill bacteria, heal scars and minimize marks on the skin which also makes an ideal beauty care ingredient. With its anti-inflammatory benefit, it can reduce pain from headaches?and muscle tension as well as stimulate hormonal and digestive juices.    

5.Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  Other than being a great food source for cute Koala Bears, eucalyptus has a wide variety of medicinal benefits which come from a chemical known as cineole. It is an organic compound shown to hold astounding, widespread medicinal effects which include inflammation and pain reduction, to killing leukemia cells. Being the plant having the highest cineole content so far, it is a very good anti-inflammatory and analgesic.