Make the most of plant medicine and CBD topicals
When dealing with arthritis and joint pain, it’s important to keep inflammation and swelling at bay. Popular treatments include NSAIDs like ibuprofen, but topical salves can also provide relief. Among them, CBD topicals have been shown to reduce inflammation and provide some much needed pain relief.
However, there are ways to even further improve the healing powers of CBD. This well-loved cannabinoid comes from the hemp plant, but it’s not the only plant with medicinal value. In fact, there are other forms of natural extracts that have been around a long time.
What are Essential Oils?
In a nutshell, essential oils are concentrated extracts from medicinally beneficial plants. Aromatherapists use essential oils for their aromatic healing power, under the assumption that the compounds enter the bloodstream after being inhaled through the lungs.
Along with their ability to provide natural healing through inhalation, essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, just like cannabinoids. And, similar to cannabis topicals, essential oils need a carrier oil to help them penetrate the skin’s natural barrier. However, unlike CBD, essential oils should never be ingested orally.
Essential Oils for Inflammation
You can use essential oils to help reduce inflammation by diluting them with a carrier oil, or combining them with a CBD topical. Essential oils are easily accessible, sold widely on the internet and at neighborhood drug stores. You can use one of the following anti-inflammatory oils, or several, depending on your preference.
This plant comes from the sunflower family, and is known for having anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can encourage healing while reducing inflammation.
Not only does it have a minty fresh aroma, but peppermint oil is an herb well-known for fighting pain — and specifically muscle pain.
Marjoram oil is effective at relaxing tense muscles, as it is an anti spasmodic. It’s aromatic qualities also help relieve stress, making it a great option both aromatically and topically.
What Essential Oils are Good For Joint Pain?
Along with using anti-inflammatory oils, you can combine your treatment with essential oils that help reduce joint pain. These are a few tried and true favorites, known for relieving pain and swelling as well as arthritis.
It may be the most aromatically popular essential oil of the bunch. In fact, it’s never a bad idea to have some lavender oil around, thanks to its calming effect. It can also reduce pain and swelling of the joints, making it even more valuable.
Eucalyptus oil is good option for aromatically kicking the common cold, but topically it can also help relieve arthritis pain, inflammation and joint pain.
It not only has anti-inflammatory properties, but frankincense oil is also analgesic. That means it’s an effective option for fighting chronic pain.
How to Use Essential Oils With CBD Oil
Along with the essential oils above, you can get the best bang for your buck by combining them with CBD for sore muscles and joint pain. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, and is becoming a favorite among athletes and chronic pain patients for its healing qualities. There are no harmful side effects to using CBD daily for pain relief. And if you’re wondering how to use CBD for arthritis, or CBD for pain, it’s easy. Just rub a CBD topical onto where it hurts.
Possibly the easiest way to use essential oils with CBD oil is to utilize them when making your own CBD topicals. And concocting a batch of CBD oil in your own kitchen is simple. Just use this easy recipe:
- 1/4 Ounce Cannabis/CBD strain
- 1 Cup Olive Oil/ Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp of sunflower lecithin
- Decarboxylate your weed by spreading your cannabis evenly on an oven tray And coat with aluminum foil.
- Place in the oven on 240F/115C for 25 to 45 minutes, and then let it cool.
- Grind your cannabis or Hemp and chop it fine
- Place the cannabis in a strong mason jar, add oil and 1 tsp of sunflower lecithin
- Place your closed jar in cold water and let it come to a boil, Boil for 2 to 3 hours.
- TIP: U can also add other herbs such as Thyme, rosemary etc for an extra flavor.
- Strain through Cheesecloth.
- Let it cool
- Now you can use the CBD Oil to make CBD edibles or make salves, lotions etc.
Now that you have some CBD oil, you are ready to make a CBD topical infused with the essential oils of your choosing. You can mix and match at your choosing, selecting whichever essential oils suite your needs. Suffering from arthritis pain? Try a mixture of lavender and eucalyptus, combined with CBD.
Feeling sore after a workout? You can cut down on inflammation and increase recovery time by mixing frankincense with peppermint or helichrysum. This combination can also be helpful in reducing swelling and joint pain.
When making your cannabis topical, simply mix in the essential oils of your choosing in the following recipe. It also utilizes THC, which you can choose to add or leave it out.
Here’s how to combine essential oils with CBD:
Cannabis topical lotion
- (For THC Lotion) 2 Grams of Decarbed Cannabis
- (For CBD Lotion) 200mg CBD Oil
- 1/2 Cup Almond Oil
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Beeswax
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 10 Drops Essential Oil
- In a strong mason jar, put in all your ingredients, and either 2 grams of Decarbed cannabis or 200mg CBD oil Depending which lotion you want to make.
- Place your mason jar in a pot with cold water and bring to a boil, take out the mason jar once everything is fully melted if making CBD lotion, or let boil for 2 hours if you are making THC lotion and squeeze out your cannabis.
- Let the melted oil cool down for a little bit in the fridge.
- Using an immersion blender, blend the liquid together till it becomes a lotion.
- Store lotion in a cool place.