Sorry you are hurting, Carol. It sounds awfully painful. Sorry you didn't meet any cowboys to massage your knees. I have a good recipe for arthritis massage oil that I make sometimes and give as presents and I learned it from a paraplegic who worked in a health food store. Here goes:
1 small bottle vitamin e oil (acts as a preservative for your base oil--1 or 2 oz)
1 pint of grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, light sesame oil or any light body oil type oil
wintergreen oil, add by tbsps to reach desired strength
fragrance essential oil, add as you see fit, not too much at first maybe tsp to start
The wintergreen contains the active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, which is in many arthritis creams and has the dual benefit of producing a camphor type feeling and a sweetness to the overall smell of the oil. It works really good on arthritis without being really greasy or stinking like bengay. And if you do find that cowboy....
Just need to keep it out of reach of kids as wintergreen oil is poisonous. Another good one is Absorbine horse liniment or any horse liniment. I had horses and used to rub them down all the time and that stuff is way better than what we can get and often a lot cheaper and less stinky. Hope you feel better soon.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
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