What is Gout?
It occurs commonly in the base of a joint in the first toe of the foot and protrudes out (Tophi) but can also occur in the knee, ankle, elbow, wrist, and fingers. 
This Uric Acid is a waste product and passed through urine, but when produced above a saturation point for monosodium urate crystal formation. 
It forms sharp needle-like crystals of urate, which gets deposited in joints causing gout. 
Risk factors  associated with gout are, a diet rich in purines, hyperuricemia (elevated serum uric acid) , heredity, hypothyroidism, metabolic syndrome,  age and sex (men are more likely to have), osteoarthritis and diuretics.
Treatment with essential oils is highly recommended. They are analgesic and alleviate inflammation associated with gout. They are soothing, refreshing and cooling in nature.
Read on further to know how and which essential oils you can use to combat with gout.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are odorous and volatile compounds found in secretary structures such as glands, secretary hair, duct, cavities or resin ducts in gums, roots, leaves, flowers, stem, grass, bark and twigs of a plant. 
Others names include essence, etheric oil, volatile oil, aetheroleum. 
They are hydrophobic in nature but soluble in alcohol.
These oils are highly concentrated constitutes of hydrocarbons such as terpenes, and oxygenated compounds that are aldehydes, esters, alcohols, ketones, phenols, and oxides. 
They enter the body via oral route mixed with honey or capsules, a topical application such as massage, cream or aromatherapy as diffusers, inhalation.
Essential Oils in Combating Gout
Essential oils are useful in rejuvenating and restoring processes of the body. They are effective calmer, mood enhancers, antimicrobial, and antiphlogistic. 
These oils are powerful in easing pain and inflammation and can be used singularly or in combination for curative action on gout.
In a study (2016), now a patent showed the use of orange peel and peppermint essential oil for curing rheumatic conditions such as gout.
The relief mixture of orange had 24-45% extract while 10-20% extract in peppermint relief mixture and had coconut, olive, or vegetable oil as carriers.
They were administered topically on the epidermis or injected into the affected area. The subjects were middle-aged or old people. It has both human and animal trials.
The mixture showed relief from pain, increased mobility of joints, reduced inflammation and permanent cure and demonstrated anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and sedative properties of both the oils. 
Zingiber ottensii, known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial properties, is useful in treating gout.
The main constituents are Trans-caryophyllene and 1-4-terpeniol. 
Lemongrass essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that are used to treat gout arthritis. 
Cajeput is used in aromatherapy and plays a role in rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. 
Best Essential Oils For Gout
Essential oils are pain relievers; soothe inflammation, soreness in the body.
Carrier oils  which can be used to make blends are Olive oil and sesame oil, both of these oils exhibit rheumatic and arthritis rehabilitating properties.
Read on below in this section to find out the best essential oils for arthritis and gout conditions.
Basil Essential Oil
Basil essential oil is steam distilled from dark green ovate leaves of a tender annual herb. It has a penetrating, refreshing, and herbal aroma. It has a pale yellow tinge.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil is steam distilled from pale blue flowering tops of a shrubby bush. The oil has a pale yellow tinge and has a strongly aromatic, minty scent.
The person with high blood pressure or seizure conditions should use oil cautiously and pregnant women should avoid the use of this oil.
Pine (Needle) Essential Oil
Pine essential oil is distilled from needles, young twigs and brown pointed cones of an evergreen tree. The scent is strong and aromatic with a pale yellow tinge.
The oil is rich in anti-microbial, pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory properties.
It can cause photosensitivity and allergic reactions.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile essential oil is steam distilled from flowers of strongly aromatic herb and has a warm, sweet, herbal scent. It has a beautiful deep blue color.
In a study, chamomile oil significantly showed analgesic properties and reduced pain in knee osteoarthritis. 
German chamomile is strongly anti-inflammatory  and antiphlogist due to the presence of high azulene content.
The oil has contraindications for pregnant women and might cause skin irritation on some people.
Coriander Essential Oil
Coriander essential oil is steam distilled from crushed ripe seeds of a strongly aromatic annual herb.
Its leaves are used for garnishing. The seeds are also used as a spice. It has a woody, sweet, musky scent and pale yellow tinge.
The oil has analgesic, inflammation relieving and antispasmodic properties.
It has a warming action on the body and beneficial for rheumatic pain, gout arthritis.
The oil can be stupefying if taken in large dosage, so always ensure the correct amounts.
Juniper Essential Oil
Juniper oil is extracted from berries of an evergreen shrub and has a woody, fresh, and sweet smell. It has a pale yellow color.
The oil is strongly antitoxic, detoxifier for the body.
It is exceptionally well for men, with prostate problems and being a diuretic, it relieves retention of urine from the body and fastens elimination from the body, as this problem is a root cause for gout arthritis.   
The oil should cautiously be used by pregnant women and its use is contraindicated for people with kidney disease.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is steam distilled from flowering tops which are spiked blue-violet. It is from an aromatic green woody shrub and has a sweet, floral aroma.
The oil is analgesic, inflammation suppressor , antitoxic, and shows diuretic properties.
It is effective in reducing pain; Lavender oil eases swelling in the body. 
The oil must be cautiously used by pregnant women, a person with sensitive skin or low blood pressure conditions.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is cold expressed from fresh peels of the lemon. The aroma is light, fresh, and citrus. The oil has a green-yellow tinge which turns brown with age.
The oil is a tonic for the digestive system, diuretic, depurative and relieves from painful rheumatism, gout. 
It releases acidity, enhances the functioning of the lymph and circulatory system which otherwise can lead to uric acid crystals, and lead to pain and inflammation.
The oil can cause photosensitivity skin irritation.
Linden Blossom Essential Oil
Linden essential oil is extracted from flowers of a type of lime tree. It has a long-lasting, sweet and spicy aroma.
The oil possesses calming and relaxing effects on the body. It aids in indigestion and a potent diuretic.
It aids in the removal of excess urea from the body and useful for rheumatic gout arthritis.
Carrot Essential Oil
Carrot essential oil is steam distilled from seeds.It has a strong, earthy, warm aroma. 
The oil is a strong diuretic and detoxifier and helps to remove toxin out of the body through urine thus useful for gout arthritis. It is anti-inflammatory.
The oil must not be used in pregnancy.
Considerations we must keep in Mind While Using Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly potent and concentrated; in case you have invested huge amounts, drink a glass of whole milk to counter the reactions of oil.
If the oil gets into eyes, quickly irrigate eyes with whole milk or vegetable oil. This dilutes the oil. Then rinse with water and seek medical help. 
Always perform a patch test before actually using oils.
If there is a skin reaction, quickly wash the affected area with non-perfumed soap.
Essential oils should be stored in dark and away from sunlight.
They are highly flammable, hence must be stored away from gas stoves or match sticks.
Gout is a painful and reoccurring condition, due to increased uric acid in the body. This condition can be cured with essential oils.
They are potent diuretic, tonic and antitoxic for the body.
They are anti-inflammatory and analgesic thus providing a perfect blend for curative and remedial therapy for gout arthritis.
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