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Essential Oils for Improved Joint Health - Your Arm Pits Will Benefit Too!

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I have recently taken an interest in the benefits of essential oils. I enjoyed a luxurious foot rub not too long ago from a therapist, and she used a variety of scented oils, including rosemary, that just swept me away to another mental dimension. It was wonderful. I am so fascinated by how various scents can dramatically affect our mood, health, and well-being.

For example, did you know that rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates your memory? If you are going on a long car trip or have a lot of studying or reading to do, inhale a bit of this incredible scent. Rosemary oil can also aid in hair growth and thickness. Simply place one or two drops of the oil on your hair brush before brushing to help stimulate its growth and thickness.

When it comes to the health and vitality of your joints, muscles, and ligaments, essential oils can play a pivotal role. Here are a few fun and exciting examples, provided by Young Living Essential Oils:

**Several drops of peppermint oil rubbed onto an inflamed area of the body helps to reduce the swelling and pain.
**A few drops of peppermint oil can be rubbed onto joints that are affected by arthritis and tendonitis to alleviate associated pain and swelling.
**A blend of lemon, mandarin, bergamot, ylang ylang, rose, rosewood, geranium, palmarosa, Roman chamomile, and jasmine have an amazing effect when a few drops of this unique blend (called Joy at Young Living) can be rubbed onto areas of the body with poor circulation, allowing for improved blood flow. Interestingly enough, it can also be rubbed on the armpit as a great substitute for deodorant and can be rubbed on the feet to increase your libido.
**A unique blend of wintergreen, clove, peppermint, and helichrysum, called Panaway, can be applied topically to an injured area to reduce inflammation and bruising. A few drops rubbed into arthritic hands can lessen the pain. If sciatic pain is an issue, rubbing a few drops of Panaway at the base of the spine can alleviate the pain.

There are three distinct ways in which to use essential oils: inhalation, topically, or by internal consumption.

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