Arthritis is a common condition that affects about 10 million people in the UK.
It’s caused by the thinning of cartilage between bones, or by the immune system accidentally targeting joints. Both causes lead to joint pain and swelling.
But, orange oil could reduce arthritis symptoms, because of its strong anti-inflammatory effects, according to Dr Josh Axe, a clinical nutritionist and doctor of natural medicine.
Just a few drops of the oil could help to ease arthritis pain, he said.
“Citrus scents make you feel more awake, and the strong anti-inflammatory properties of orange oil have been researched in regard to their effects for helping fight pain,” said Dr Axe.
“Try diluting a few drops of the orange essential oil with 1 teaspoon of avocado or almond oil, and then rub it onto the back of your hand or wherever you have arthritic pain.”
The anti-inflammatory properties of orange oil was researched in a 2009 study in Germany.
Scientists found orange oil has the greatest anti-inflammatory effect compared with lemon, pine and eucalyptus oils, the nutritionist said. In turn, that makes it a great essential oil for arthritis treatment, he added.
Orange oil leaches out of an orange when it’s been cut. Most people have come into contact with it when peeling or zesting an orange. The oil can also be bought as a standalone product.
The oil is added to a number of beauty products – including shampoo, mouthwash and bathroom cleaners – to give them their orangey smell, Dr Axe said.
Orange oil also has cancer-fighting properties, and is a natural antibacterial, he claimed.
It can be used to protect and heal skin, balance hormones, and promote a more positive mood, he said.
The two main types of arthritis in the UK are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
About eight million people in the UK have osteoarthritis. The condition is causing by cartilage between joints becoming rough, and thinning out.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition, where the immune system attacks joints by mistake, causing pain and inflammation.
There’s no cure for arthritis, but some medications could help to reduce symptoms, according to the NHS.