Birch Essential Oil For Arthritis, Muscle And Joint Pain

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Once you move beyond the basic, everyday essential oils that we all know and love, it becomes time to explore some of the more esoteric oils that solve specific ailments.  In my own exploration of essential oils, a specific ailment high on my list was relief from muscle and joint pain.

The oil of choice?  Birch essential oil for arthritis and other aches and pains of the muscles and joints is perfect!

Not only is Birch effective against common, everyday aches and pains, but it is superior if not outstanding in providing relief from arthritis joint pain and those deep, spasmodic cramps that only seem to visit in the dead of night.

What is Birch Oil?

Not surprisingly, Birch essential oil comes from the bark of birch trees. The scientific name is Betula Lenta and sometimes the oil is referred to as Sweet Birch Oil.

Pure, unadulterated birch oil, while not rare, can be difficult to find. That said, it is not an expensive oil relatively speaking.  What makes it special is that 100% pure Birch essential oil contains both salicylic acid and methyl salicylate. Both have a cortisone-like quality that reduces discomfort in the muscles, bones, and joints and in addition, are recognized as germicides and bactericides in the world of medicine.

Whereas Birch essential oil is an effective anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, and diuretic, it really shines in its use to combat muscle and joint pain.  Bar none, Birch is the oil you want to use to relieve the pain of arthritis, tendonitis, gout, and severe muscle cramping.

How to Use Birch Oil to Fight Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain

In my own household, we use Birch essential oil blended synergistically with both Geranium and Lemongrass oils.  We came up with this formula by trial and error and although it uses other oils, we still fondly refer to it as “The Birch”.

We use “The Birch” in two ways: as a topical, roller-ball application diluted with fractionated coconut oil, and also as a heavy duty pain-relieving salve. According to Shelly, who is also known as the Survival Husband, the back to back use of both the roller ball and the salve, morning and night, has made the arthritis in his hands bearable.

Here is what he has to say:

“Before using the essential oils Gaye made up for me, I had so much arthritis pain in my right hand that at times my hand was non-functional.  After using the EO blends morning and night for five months, my arthritis pain has almost disappeared.

I can ride my Harley, play golf, do my chores, and simply get through the day with minimal discomfort.”

Replicating the formula I made for Shelly is easy.  Here are my two “arthritis busting” recipes.  That is what I call them although, of course, they are used for other aches and pains as well.

Arthritis Busting Roller Ball Formula

6 drops Birch Essential Oil
6 drops Geranium Essential Oil
6 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

Add the oils to a 5ml roller ball bottle.  Top with enough fractionated coconut oil (FCO) to fill the bottle.  If you are using a 10ml roller ball bottle, just fill half way.  (I find that the 10ml size is more common.)

Arthritis Busting Salve

30 drops Birch Essential Oil
30 drops Geranium Essential Oil
30 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

Add the oils to a 1 ounce jar (I use both these and these).  Top with either Plain “Simple” Salve or DIY Miracle Healing Salve and mix well with a small stick (I use a coffee stir stick).  Use twice daily or as needed.

A Word of Caution

Birch essential oil is a strong oil and if used undiluted, may cause irritation.  In addition, Birch should be avoided by those who use blood thinners, have epilepsy, or women who may be pregnant.

If you do use blood thinners, I suggest substituting the birch essential oil with additional drops of lemongrass oil. While not quite as effective as Birch, Lemongrass EO is an amazing pain reliever in it’s own right.  It is also a very inexpensive oil.

About Essential Oils

After a significant amount of research, for health, first-aid, and wellness purposes I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  There are a lot reasons, the most important being their commitment to both quality and value.  I am satisfied that the raw materials used in Spark Naturals products are tested and authenticated to be of pharmaceutical grade purity.

If you decide to make a purchase from Spark Naturals, please know that you will enjoy a 10% discount on your order when you use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout. (Note:  I do receive a small commission on your purchase and for that I extremely appreciative.)

The Final Word

As I have mentioned, we call our Arthritis Busting formulas, “The Birch”.  In reality, the title of this article could have been “Using Essential Oils for Joint and Muscle Pain”. Still, with Birch essential oil being a key component, I wanted to introduce the oil to you along with some of its beneficial properties so that you can explore more uses on your own.

Personally, I love using all three of the oils in “The Birch” and even though I do not have arthritis myself, I find the formula useful for breaking down those knots of stress that appear on my neck and on my shoulders.  And for cramping hands and toes?  Nothing beats “The Birch” aka the Arthritis Busting formula.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!Save

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Tips For Supporting Sore Muscles And Joints

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Almost everyone has experienced some type of sore muscles or joint discomfort in their life. The entire human body is covered with muscle tissue and joints that are in motion almost constantly, making it easy for discomfort to appear anywhere, anytime. The most common type of muscle discomfort is lower back pain. It is estimated that up to 80% of the adult population in the United States has lower back pain. It’s a top reason why people see a doctor. It is also a leading cause of disability in Americans under the age of 45.[1]

Muscle aches may involve ligaments, tendons, and fascia.[2] A ligament is fibrous tissue that connects bones to other bones. A tendon is a band of tissues that connects muscle to bone. Just like ligaments, they are made of collagen. Fascia is dense connective tissues that connect muscle, bones, and organs.[3]

Why Do Muscles Get Sore?

Sore muscles can result from a variety of reasons; exercise is the most common.[4] Other factors, such as stress can cause a stiff jaw, neck, or aches elsewhere on the body.[5] Twisting, bending, or straining can also cause problems.[1]

Certain medical conditions and diseases, such as fibromyalgia, infections, flu, Lyme disease, polio, and lupus, may cause muscle soreness.[2] Car accidents are a significant cause of injury, usually to neck muscles.[6] Almost 2.5 million people are injured or disabled in road crashes every year! Dehydration can cause electrolyte imbalances due to low levels of potassium, calcium, or magnesium and lead to muscle cramps and discomfort.

How to Relieve Sore Muscles and Joints

Chiropractic Sessions

Chiropractors are health care professionals who perform adjustments to the spine and other parts of the body.[7] The goal is to alleviate muscle and joint discomfort, improve function, range of motion, and support the ability of the body to heal itself.[8] There are currently more than 30,000 chiropractors treating approximately 30 million people per year in the U.S. These numbers will increase as people become more aware of the efficacy of chiropractic treatments.

Inversion Therapy

Inversion therapy involves hanging upside down from an inversion table for the purpose of taking pressure off the nerve and disks in your spine and increasing the space between the vertebrae.[9] A plethora of studies have confirmed the health benefits of inversion therapy.[10]

Practicing Yoga

Yoga is a mind and body practice that originated in India.[11] It involves practicing different physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation. According to the National Institute of Health, a weekly yoga class can be effective at reducing back discomfort.[12] It is no wonder why yoga is increasing in popularity; between 2012-2015, the number of American yoga practitioners grew by more than 75% from 20.4 million to over 36 million.


As with yoga, stretching is incredibly effective for supporting muscle and joint health.[13]

Ice and Heat

When discomfort results from overuse or injury, applying ice for the first 24 to 72 hours is the first step toward relief. Following with heat can help soothe away the pain.[2]

Topical Muscle and Joint Relief

There are many over the counter lotions and creams that help reduce muscle and joint discomfort.[14] People, including athletes, frequently use creams and ointments for minor muscle aches. Most of these products only provide temporary relief and do not address the root cause. If you prefer a natural product, we have created NutraCool®, an all-natural topical cream for muscle discomfort, sprains, and strains. It contains no chemicals, artificial ingredients, or other toxic substances!

What About Sprains and Strains?

A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament.[15] Remember, a ligament is a fibrous connective tissue that attaches bone to bone. According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), as many as 25,000 people sprain an ankle every day. This adds up to almost 10 million sprained ankles every year![16]

Remedies for sprains and strains include rest, ice, compression, elevation, and physical therapy.[17]

How to Discourage Muscle and Joint Discomfort

Warming-up and stretching before and after exercise are extremely important. Sit and stand with good posture. Stretch a few times a week. Stay active. And, if you are overweight, losing weight can reduce the strain on your back.[18] Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after exercise; and, if your work requires sitting in the same position most of the day, try to stretch or walk several times throughout the day (at least once every hour).[2] And, finally, maintain good form and posture when lifting heavy objects. Your legs should do most of the work.

What tips or insight do you have to offer? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.


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  2. Linda Vorvick, David Zieve, Isla Ogilvie, A.D.A.M editorial team. Muscle Aches. Medline Plus. Updated 4/11/2015.
  3. Schleip R, Klinger W, Lehman-Horn F. Active fascial contractility. Medical Hypotheses 2005;65(2):273-7.
  4. Miles MP, Clarkson PM. Exercise-induced muscle pain, soreness, and cramps. Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness, 1994 Sep;34(3):203-16.
  5. Linda J. Vorvick. Stress and Your Health. Medline Plus. 11/23/2014.
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  11. Yoga: In Depth. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. June 2013.
  12. Nicki Contie. Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain. NIH Research Matters. October 31, 2011.
  13. Karen Sherman, et al. A Randomized Trial Comparing Yoga, Streching, and a Self-care Book for Chronic Low Back Pain. Arch Intern Med. 2011 Dec 12;171(22):2019-2026.
  14. Liliana L Jorge, Caroline C Feres, Vitor EP Teles. Topical preparations for pain relief: efficacy and patient adherence. J Pain Res: 2011; 4: 11–24.
  15. Sprains and Strains. Medline Plus.
  16. How to care for a strained ankle. American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.
  17. Sprains and Strains. Medline Plus.
  18. Prevent Back Pain.

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Sore Back, Joints, Muscles Or Abdominal Trouble? Relieve Pain Naturally With A Castor Oil Pack

Sore Back, Joints, Muscles Or Abdominal Trouble? Relieve Pain Naturally With A Castor Oil Pack
By: Alanna Ketler, Collective-Evolution |

I have always been a fan of using heat to relieve pain of various kinds, from back pain to sore muscles to menstrual cramps, and it does so remarkably well. As a kid I would get the absolute worst “growing pains” in my legs, and my Mom would always offer me a hot water bottle at these times, which was not only comforting but also really helped alleviate the pain.

Heat has long been known for its pain relieving properties. Traditionally, it has been delivered in the form of herbal remedies, while in our modern era we more often use hot water bottles and electric heating pads. While these are both great options, the heat source from these methods does not always permeate far enough into the body for it to be as effective as it could be. This where the use of castor oil plus a heat source can really make a difference, and offers some other, surprising benefits as well.

What Is Castor Oil?

Castor oil comes from the castor seed, which actually has a very unusual chemical composition. This triglyceride is comprised of fatty acids, 90 percent of which are ricinoleic acid. Native to India, the castor seed plant has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various ailments. Castor oil can be used both topically and internally, but throughout this article, we will be discussing the healing benefits of applying it topically.

The reported benefits of castor oil “packs” were made popular by the late psychic healer Edgar Cayce and then later researched by Dr. William McGarey, who was an avid follower of Cayce’s work and the author of The Oil That Heals. McGarey wrote that, when used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of the thymus gland and other components of the immune system. More specifically, he discovered that in two separate studies, patients using castor oil packs on the abdominal area saw significant increases in lymphocyte production compared to those patients that were given placebo packs with heat only.

Lymphocytes are the disease-fighting cells of your immune system and are stored mainly in your lymphatic tissue, including the thymus gland, spleen, and lymph nodes. The hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubes in our bodies allow waste to be collected from our tissues and transported to our blood to be properly eliminated, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. When your lymphatic system is not working as it should, waste and toxins can accumulate, which can commonly lead to illness. In fact lymphatic congestion can be a major factor leading to inflammation in the body and disease. And this is where castor oil comes in. According to Cayce and McGarey, when castor oil is absorbed through your skin, your lymphocyte count increases, which in turn promotes healing because toxins can then be eliminated through the tissues more quickly.

Other Reported Benefits Of Castor Oil Packs

study conducted in 1999 determined that, with a minimal 2-hour therapy period, castor oil packs temporarily increased the number of T-11 cells significantly. The effect increased over a 7 hour period, following which levels returned to normal within 24 hours. The healing benefits of such an increase are impressive. According to the study:

The T-11 cell increase represents a general boost in the body’s specific defense status. Lymphocytes actively defend the health of the body by forming antibodies against pathogens and their toxins. T-cell lymphocytes originate from bone marrow and the thymus gland as small lymphocytes that identify and kill viruses, fungi, bacteria, and cancer cells. T-11 cell lymphocytes supply a fundamental antibody capability to keep the specific defense system strong.

Castor oil packs have also been said to improve liver detoxification naturally, support uterine and ovarian health, improve lymphatic circulation, and as mentioned above, reduce inflammation.

While it is difficult to find conclusive studies on the reported benefits of using castor oil packs externally (there are some preliminary ones), there is a long history of traditional use in many different cultures. There is even some evidence that it can have a suppressive effect on tumors and a positive effect on arthritis when used externally.

Uses For A Castor Oil Pack

Traditionally, castor oil packs can be used in the following ways:

  • On the right side of the abdomen or the whole abdomen. This is said to help support the liver and entire digestive system.
  • On strained, achy, or tired muscles to speed up minor injuries that don’t need medical attention
  • On strained and sore joints, hips, elbows, knees, etc.
  • On the lower abdomen to assist with menstrual cramps
  • On the lower back to assist greatly with the very common lower back pain

If any serious ailments are present or you are pregnant it would be wise to consult with a doctor or naturopath prior to starting this method of treatment. If you’ve never used castor oil before, as with any substance that is new for your body, I recommend testing a dab of the oil on a small part of the arm to ensure you are not allergic.

How To Do A Castor Oil Pack

What you’ll need:

  • High quality castor oil that is hexane free
  • A somewhat large piece of natural cotton or wool flannel, unbleached and free from dye
  • A wraparound pack, or plastic wrap
  • Hot water bottle, heat bag, or electric heating pad
  • Storage container that fits your piece of flannel
  • Old clothes, towels, sheets — castor oil does stain

To prepare:

  • Cut a large piece of the cotton flannel before beginning. It can be about 60 cm by 30 cm and you will be folding it in thirds. The size can vary depending on where you are planning on using it.

You can lay out the piece of material on a garbage bag or a countertop provided it is non-porous and easy to clean with soap and water. Then pour the castor oil over top and rub it around; you want to thoroughly soak the piece of flannel, but not to the point where it’s dripping. You may need to flip it over and add some more oil to the other side. You can then fold it in thirds and store it in a mason jar with a tight fitting lid, or in another reusable container.

To use:

  • Prepare the hot water bottle, electric heating pad, or other heat source.
  • Lay down on the ground on top of an old towel or sheet while wearing old clothes you don’t mind getting stained. You should be near a couch or somewhere you can put your legs up (provided the specific body part you are treating allows you to do this).
  • Place the castor oil cloth on the desired body part.
  • Cover with the wraparound pack (these are specifically designed for castor oil packs; a complete kit can be found here) or plastic wrap.
  • Place heating pad or hot water bottle on top.
  • Relax for 30-60 minutes. Use this time to practice deep breathing, meditation, read a book, or just simply relax. I treat this time the same way I would treat bathtime, lighting candles and diffusing some lavender essential oils, possibly with some mantra music playing in the background.
  • After the time is up, remove the heating element and place the flannel back in its container. Store in the fridge.
  • Use a natural soap or a little bit of baking soda to wash any remaining castor oil off your skin.
  • Relax and be sure to drink some water to rehydrate the body.

If you have achy muscles, cramps, stiffness, and soreness in the body, give this a shot and see how you feel. It’s a very simple, natural way to provide effective pain relief and, as an added bonus, gives you some well-deserved “you time.”

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Hi, I’m Alanna! My journey really began in 2007 when I began to question what was being presented to me, my path led me to Collective Evolution and I joined the team in 2010. Wow, has it been an incredible journey so far! I am extremely passionate about learning new information! I aim to have a voice for animals and animal rights, I also enjoy writing about health, consciousness and I am very interested in psychedelics for healing purposes! I strongly believe that knowledge is power, and the first step to creating change on this planet is by raising awareness. “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” -Jack Kornfield Questions or comments? Email me

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