Gout, also know as gouty arthritis, is a painful
condition of the joints that results when there is too much
uric acid in the body. The excess of uric acid leads
to the formation of small crystals of urate (uric acid
crystals). Some of these crystal deposits form in the
synovial fluid (lubricating fluid around joints) that then
cause inflammation and result in this painful condition.
The common gout attack is severe pain in the big toe
accompanied by redness and intense pain. Other joints
may be affected and the pain can be so intense that even
touching the area is intolerable. Gout is most common
among men and postmenopausal women. Alcohol
consumption, high consumption of meats, being overweight,
and certain diuretic medications appear to increase the risk
[search helps: acute gout,
hyperuricemia, tophaceous gout; chronic gout]
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
BasilEC, Birch, Deep BlueC, Frankincense, GeraniumC, LemonEC,
Lemongrass, Peppermint, WintergreenC
Essential oils based
products: Life Long Vitality supplements,
GX Assist, PB Assist, ZDC/Zedocrine
FennelE, RosemaryE, Roman
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
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For immediate pain relief:
few drops each of Frankincense and Basil to the painful
area. After application cover with a hot towel
compress. Repeat 2-3 times daily.
Other oils combinations are also recommended with the same
procedure. Lemongrass and Wintergreen or single oils
Basil, Deep Blue, or Peppermint.
For long term prevention:
• 2 -
4 drops of Lemon in a glass of water 2 - 3 times daily.
Consider cleanses especially those that focus on the kidneys
and other cleansing organs. See the
doTerra Zendocrine cleanse
under the Nutritional Cleanses. Also consider the GX
Assist cleanse followed with PB Assist.
Life Long Vitality
supplements provide the balanced nutrition necessary.
stress the importance of dietary considerations. The
following comes from MayoClinic.com:
Limit animal protein. Avoid or severely limit high-purine
foods, including organ meats, such as liver, and herring,
anchovies and mackerel. Red meat (beef, pork and lamb),
fatty fish and seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster and scallops)
are associated with increased risk of gout. Because all
animal protein contains purines, limit your intake to 4 to 6
ounces (113 to 170 grams) daily.
more plant-based proteins. You can increase your protein by
including more plant-based sources, such as beans and
legumes. This switch will also help you cut down on
saturated fats, which may indirectly contribute to obesity
Limit or avoid alcohol. Alcohol interferes with the
elimination of uric acid from your body. Drinking beer, in
particular, has been linked to gout attacks. If you're
having an attack, avoid alcohol. However, when you're not
having an attack, drinking one or two 5-ounce (148
milliliter) servings a day of wine is not likely to increase
Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water. Fluids can help
remove uric acid from your body. Aim for eight to 16 8-ounce
(237 milliliter) glasses a day.
Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Some studies have
shown that drinking skim or low-fat milk and eating foods
made with them, such as yogurt, help reduce the risk of
gout. Aim for adequate dairy intake of 16 to 24 fluid ounces
(473 to 710 milliliters) daily.
Choose complex carbohydrates. Eat more whole grains and
fruits and vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates, such
as white bread, cakes and candy.
Limit or avoid sugar. Too many sweets can leave you with no
room for plant-based proteins and low-fat or fat-free dairy
products — the foods you need to avoid gout. Sugary foods
also tend to be high in calories, so they make it easier to
eat more than you're likely to burn off. Although there's
debate about whether sugar has a direct effect on uric acid
levels, sweets are definitely linked to overweight and
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Denise - My dad is
suffering from extreme gout. Because of his terrible pain,
he finally seems ready to try essential oils if they will
help. How do I administer them?
Dr. Hill, in a recent seminar, advised using Birch oil
and suggested the best model for application of Birch is
topically. So your dad may have to buck up and have it
rubbed on the affected area. The good news is that Birch
smells incredible. I would also use a
carrier oil for
application because Birch can be a little irritating to
sensitive skin if applied
Joyce - Can anyone
tell me the best thing to do for Gout!
Stephanie - This is what I found.
Birch, Wintergreen, Deep Blue, Peppermint, Lemongrass, these
are your first choices. You do not need all of them just one
to start. After you apply the oil, cover it with a hot moist
towel, leaving it on until it cools off. Repeat this
procedure every couple of hours.
Other things that aren't oils but can be helpful:
Celery juice and apple juice combined, drink every hour,
sour cherries or sour cherry juice, and anything to rid the
body of extra uric acid and that helps the kidneys. Get
circulation to the area by soaking in cold water and then
applying Wintergreen or Peppermint and a warm cloth over the
top. The pain is caused by crystals of uric acid and
hydranga, a root, dissolves stones and crystals.
Celery seed or autumn crocus also help. While having a
flair-up avoid high-purine foods such as organ meats
(kidney, liver), red meat, fish, poultry, legumes and
Energy4life - I would start on the
Lifelong Vitality immediately. Gout is a form of arthritis,
and the LLV really helps to relieve systemic inflammation.
Doing the GX Assist/PB Assist cleanse for 3 consecutive
months would be advisable as well.
Brooke - We have an 86 year old friend
that has had a great deal of relief from the sharp pain by
just drinking Lemon oil in his water throughout the day.
April - My
husband has gout in his ankle which comes and goes. Does
anyone know what I should do to relieve his pain and help it
go away for good? I rubbed Deep Blue and Purify on his ankle
but it didn't seem to help at all. Any information would be
Tim and Smokey - Tim has gout on his
elbow, which comes and goes. The first time we used
Deep Blue and Peppermint and it helped a lot, but did not
get rid of it. The next time it flared up, we used
Frankincense and Basil. We applied them with a hot
towel compress and the results were amazing. We talked
to a friend that also used Lemongrass and Wintergreen with
Au - I know it sounds outlandish, but
try DigestZen with doTERRA’s amazing Wintergreen topically
Meredith - Which
oils work best for Gout?
Teresa - I would venture Lemon and then
support the kidneys with Lemongrass and Rosemary.
Drink BLACK Cherry juice, no sugar, get plenty of probiotics
(PB Assist), drink plenty of water, avoid red meat.