| Randall Agee
Tendons are thick, strong tissues that connect muscles with bones. When they become inflamed, the result is tendinitis—a painful or tender condition that is often accompanied by stiffness and mild swelling. Rest, hot and cold therapy and essential oils are usually enough to ease the pain. Call your doctor if there is no improvement within 10 days. In addition, seek emergency treatment, if severe pain with swelling and reduced range of motion are present; you may have a ruptured tendon, in which case surgical intervention may be necessary.
Marjoram essential oil penetrates deep into sore, inflamed tissue, stopping pain and promoting relaxation. Using a warm compress atop the essential oil helps drive it deeper into tissue.
- 1 Teaspoon Carrier Oil
- 6 Drops Marjoram Essential Oil
- 1 Pint Hot Water
- Using your fingertips, apply the carrier oil to the affected area, followed by the marjoram essential oil.
- In a medium glass bowl, add the hot water.
- Submerge a towel in the water, wring it out, and apply the compress to the affected area. Layer plastic wrap on top of the compress to keep the essential oil vapors from evaporating. Leave the compress in place until it cools to body temperature.
- Repeat this treatment as needed.
Cooling Eucalyptus-Peppermint Rub:
MAKES 1 TREATMENT
- In a small glass bowl, add the carrier oil along with the eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils, and stir to combine
- Using your fingertips, apply the blend to the affected area, and massage it into the skin.
- Repeat this treatment every 2 to 3 hours as needed, adding carrier oil between treatments to prevent the skin from drying.