Bursitis Aromatherapy with Essential Oils

Are you looking for an all-natural anti-inflammatory or painkiler....that smells lovely too?

Then bursitis aromatherapy treatment is for you!

Aromatherapy uses pure essential oils that are extracted from medicinal plants and herbs and has gained amazing popularity all around the world.

The therapy works so well because it targets the emotional center of your brain and so you feel the effect immediately.

Let's have a look at how you can use aromatherapy essential oils to help you live bursitis and tendonitis free.

Benefits of bursitis aromatherapy treatment

Essential oils contain many different medicinal properties that can aid health of the body and mind and soothe your bursitis suffering:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibiotic - unlike conventional drugs, essential oils leave beneficial bacteria unharmed while getting rid of pathogenic bacteria
  • Natural anesthetic / analgesic - natural painkiller
  • Healing process enhancer
  • Antispasmodic - ease muscular tension
  • Circulatory stimulant - increase blood circulation.
  • Connective tissue strenghtener
  • Warming agent - increase mobility, reduce discomfort, accelerate healing
  • Emotional soother - bursitis pain can get on your nerves - essential oils help you cope with the psychological aspect of dealing with the condition - exhaustion, anger, anxiety and distress turns into calmness and relaxation - that even enhance the healing action.

Bursitis aromatherapy oils easily penetrate the skin and can be in your blood and tissues within minutes to help you combat acute bursitis and tendonitis flares as well as chronic inflammation.

The best bursitis aromatherapy essential oils

Some oils may be better for certain types of conditions and for your specific body chemistry.

Try and see what will work for you:


These are the best pure essential oils that act as inhibitors of COX enzymes that are responsible for the inflammatory process in your body:

  • Thyme
  • Fennel
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus (radiata and polybractea)
  • Bergamot
  • Rose

Oils that are high in phenol carvacrol are also excellent anti-inflammatories:

  • Oregano
  • Thyme (again)

Other essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties (there are more than 50 of them, this is just a small sample):

  • Chamomile (German)
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Sweet Birch (only short term use)
  • Wintergreen (only short term use)
  • Myrrh
  • Helichrysum
  • Copaiba
  • Ocotea
  • Frankincense resin
  • Lemon grass
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Geranium

Antibacterial antiseptics

  • Tea tree
  • Cypress
  • Lavender (again)
  • Majoram (again)
  • Peppermint (again)

Swelling reducers

These essential oils have already been mentioned, but I want to point them out separately as a group of oils great for swelling reduction:

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Rose


Warming up the joint with some essential oils helps to reduce the discomfort of bursitis and can speed up the healing process.

  • Ginger (again)
  • Peppermint (again)
  • Marjoram (again)
  • Black pepper
  • Juniper berry
  • Bay laurel

Mood enhancers

It is not just your joints irritated by bursitis - your mind is in pain also.

To calm your emotions, nervous system, reduce stress and boost relaxation mode, try:

  • Lavender (again)
  • Geranium (again)
  • Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Patchouli
  • Bergamot

Antispasmodic muscle relaxants

Ok, here we go again, old friends:

  • Basil
  • Majoram
  • Lavender
  • Cypress
  • Rosemary
  • Chamomile
  • Wintergreen

And some new allies that are on our side in the bursitis fight:

  • Elemi
  • Clary Sage

Circulation boosters

  • Coriander
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus (once more)
  • Cypress (yes, again)
  • Basil (...)
  • Cinnamon (...)
  • Lavender (...)

Painkillers / analgesics / anesthetics

A number of the oils mentioned above have the ability to numb the endings of your nerves, which comes useful when your bursitis attacks with a particular strength or everything else fails...

  • Clove
  • Chamomile
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Basil
  • Marjoram

How to use your bursitis aromatherapy oils

We can use bursitis aromatherapy pure essential oils in several different ways:

  • Topical application

Diluted. Bursitis aromatherapy treatment can do wonders if combined with a gentle massage therapy.

  • Inhalation

Simply put a few drops on a tissue and inhale. Please make sure you dilute the oil first or do not hold the tissue too close to your nose.

  • Baths

Also dilluted.

  • Internal usage

Extremely dilluted, contact aromatherapy or health professional for directions.

Feel free to use a certain single aromatherapy essntial oil alone on its own with a base or in a combination of two or more other essential oils.

Please remember to:

  • Use only pure essential aromatherapy oils.
  • Keep the oils away from the eyes.
  • Do not apply oils to open wounds or cuts.


Aromatherapy essential oils are generaly perfectly safe when used in the suggested dilutions. However, if you are pregnant or suffer from serious health problems and / or take some medications, it is a good idea to be cautious. A patch test is always recommended.

Do not apply any pure essential oils directly on your skin. They are so concentrated that they could cause you severe irritation. You should always dilute them in a carrier base. This could be your favorite muscle rub, massage oil, cream, lotion or a simple plain oil such as olive or coconut oil. Water dillution works also. A maximum of five drops per ounce of carrier liquid. I usually add about 1-2 drops of essential oils to 1 tbs of base.

Too much of a good thing

In bursitis aromatherapy, less is definitely more.

Series of low doses are the safest as well as the most effective approach.


Essential oils get absorbed into bloodstream and tissues within minutes, but are also eliminated from the body within several hours. So repeated applications may be required, especially when treating acute bursitis.

On the other hand, please keep in mind that we stop responding to scents after a couple of minutes. So limiting your exposure to the oils and by rotating them you will ensure they will keep doing their job to their full potential.

After reading such a long list of nature's bursitis aromatherapy essential oils, would you really want to use the chemical conventional painkillers / anti-inflammatories ever again?

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