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3 Essential Oils for Fingers and Wrist Joints

3 Essential Oils for Fingers and Wrist Joints

Care for fingers and wrists with this soothing essential oil recipe!

Using essential oils for fingers and wrist joints calls for serious science!

You want a recipe that’s full of natural components which have actually been proven to calm inflammation, and support free and easy movement.

This natural salve recipe is made with oils that can truly help. 

Each oil is full of powerful soothing components, including:

  • α-Pinene
  • β-Myrcene
  • Linalool
  • α-Bisabolol
  • Chamazulene

From the standpoint of a Certified Aromatherapist, that looks like a cocktail for natural joint relief!

You’ll learn more about these components below. First, here’s the recipe.

Tamala Salve for Fingers and Wrist Joints

  • 3.5 oz Trauma Oil
  • ½ oz Beeswax (Cera flava)
  • 30 drops Tamala essential oil (Cinnamomum tamala ct. linalool)
  • 25 drops Juniper Berry essential oil (Juniperus communis
  • 17 drops German Chamomile essential oil (Matricaria recutita)


  1. Set up a stovetop melting method. Try putting a Pyrex measuring cup into a soup pot that’s about ¼ full of gently simmering water. The water will heat the measuring cup. Just be sure the water isn’t boiling so it doesn’t splash into your measuring cup. 
  2. Melt the beeswax in the measuring cup.
  3. Add the Trauma Oil and melt it with the beeswax, stirring gently with a glass stirring rod or a stainless steel spoon.
  4. Remove the blend from heat and add the drops of essential oil, stirring gently. (If your salve starts to turn solid, just put the measuring cup back over the stove.)
  5. Pour your salve into two 2 oz (60 ml) glass jars or four 1 oz (30 ml) aluminum tins.

Massage your salve into your fingers and wrist joints as needed! The more you use this salve, the more you’ll experience its deep, profound relief.

Tamala Salve for Fingers and Wrist Joints

What is Trauma Oil?

The base for this recipe is a salve made with Trauma Oil, which is actually a blend of three herbally infused oils. 

The Trauma Oil that I like to use comes from Aromatics International. (They make it by hand!) 

They start with extra-virgin organic olive oil, and make three separate herbal infusions: one batch with arnica, one with St. John’s wort, and one with calendula. Then they blend all three infusions to create a rich, dark-colored oil that’s become a classic natural product for soothing inflammation and pain. I’m never without a bottle in my natural care cabinet!

Juniper Berry essential oil

Juniperus communis

Juniper Berry contains α-pinene and β-myrcene.

Both components can help calm inflammation and ease pain, making Juniper Berry one of my favorite oils for fingers and wrist joints. Juniper Berry is also helpful any time swelling is present.

Learn more about Juniper Berry (and get another joint care recipe!) in this post: Turmeric + 3 Other Essential Oils for Joint Pain.

Tamala essential oil

Cinnamomum tamala ct. linalool

Tamala oil’s abundant linalool content (over 35%!) makes it an amazing choice for helping your body heal itself, including calming inflammation in fingers and wrist joints. 

Linalool has been extensively researched. We know it reduces inflammation, soothes skin, relaxes the nervous system, and more!

German Chamomile essential oil 

Matricaria recutita

German Chamomile oil has a distinctive blue color, which comes from chamazulene.

Chamazulene and α-bisabolol are two components responsible for this oil’s famous ability to help the body naturally repair its own skin, muscles, joints, connective tissues, and more. I even love using this oil in blends for cuts and scrapes—it’s that strong!

Have you ever tried any of these essential oils for joint care? If so, share your experience in the comments. You could help someone else who is looking for the perfect essential oil blend for their fingers and wrist joints!

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Karen serves as Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students and helps them earn aromatherapy certification. Karen’s strong values for healthcare, education, and sustainable practices have guided her entire career, and remain the principles that shape her daily activities at Aromahead. Karen loves sharing her knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance the beauty of ones’ journey through life and has authored numerous articles and guides on the safe and effective therapeutic uses of essential oils. In Karen’s free time, she can be found hiking amongst nature, reading, and enjoying her family.

Topics: German Chamomile, juniper berry, pain relief with essential oils, Tamala, essential oils for joint pain, inflammation calming, joint salve with essential oils, trauma oil for pain

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