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Why Your Joints Hurt Before It Rains

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If you live with arthritis, you probably wonder why your joints hurt before it rains. I never really understood how that works so I did a little digging. While I’m not a doctor by any sane stretch of the imagination, I want you to feel better. Knowledge is power and allows you some control over your health and doesn’t that make you feel better already?

In North Carolina, we’ve dealt with a couple of hurricanes this year already – dayum – enough is enough – and you’ve probably been in pain more lately. Here’s why.

Barometric Pressure

A lot of people believe they hurt more when it’s raining, but that’s not really the cause of aching joints. Most likely, you can tell me when the weather changes long before it ever gets here. All you know is that you have knee pain when it rains. Why?

Barometric pressure.

When the barometric pressure is higher, it “presses” in on your body holding your tissues in place. You really don’t feel it, but it’s there. Conversely, when the barometric pressure falls, there’s less pressure on your body which gives your tissues room to swell. And you hurt more.

If you are a weather watcher, then you know the barometric pressure falls right before it rains. That’s less pressure on your body, your tissue swells and your joints ache.

The Arthritis Foundation says this about cooler temperatures and falling barometric pressure:

A study from Tufts University in 2007 found that every 10-degree drop in temperature corresponded with an incremental increase in arthritis pain. In addition, relatively low barometric pressure, low temperatures and precipitation can increase pain. Researchers aren’t sure why this happens. They suspect certain atmospheric conditions increase swelling in the joint capsule.

We’re into October, it’s cooling off and your joints hurt more lately. Yes, it’s miserable and I’m sorry that you hurt.

If you’d like to track this, you can personalize your own weather forecast to connect the dots between falling barometric pressure and arthritis pain. has an Arthritis Index based on the weather. When you go to their site, look toward the top of the menu (I’m working on a laptop) for the medical cross and click on the arrow to the right of the medical cross. You’ll see a dropdown menu and you can pick any number of concerns such as allergies, arthritis, migraines and cold/flu.

If nothing else, you get a heads up to better plan your day around the weather – even if it is unpredictable!

What Can I Do To Feel Better?

If you have chronic pain and/or arthritis pain – and have been diagnosed by a doctor – there are several things you can do to help yourself.

  1. If it’s cold outside, layer up! Most office buildings are freezing cold in the wintertime, so wear a couple of layers such as a camisole or an extra pair of socks to keep your bones warmer. I now have a pair of those fingerless gloves because I’m miserable when my hands are cold! I found a couple of links for you on Amazon (not affiliate links): Half Finger Gloves and Cable Knit Fingerless Gloves.
  2. Wear compression clothing – as in wrap your knee or ankle in an elastic bandage. This compresses the area and helps keep the swelling to a minimum.
  3. You’ll hate me for this one, but mild and gentle exercise is one of the best ways to reduce the stiffness. Swimming in particular is very helpful and doesn’t put any pressure on your already sore joints. Seriously – this alone is worth the cost of a Y-membership!
  4. Take regular Yoga classes. I love yoga. I’ve learned to breathe deeply and stretch my body and my bones. It’s gentle, effective, helps with your range of motion and who doesn’t need some awesome self-care? I absolutely love my yoga instructor at Lovingkindness Reiki and Yoga. If you haven’t tried, now is a great time. One more thing about yoga. You’ll find classes for women – and men – of all shapes, sizes and health levels. GO – today!
  5. Acupuncture has been proven to relieve pain along with many other health concerns. Please don’t use this instead of proper medical care! The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has an excellent article on their website that gives you lots of information.
  6. Allow me to tell you about Flexatoid for Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s one of my most requested products for chronic pain. Flexatoid is warming to your skin and the essential oils in the blend address the pain, inflammation and joint swelling. It’s good for any chronic pain.

I’m a huge fan of Integrative medicine as it incorporates the very best of Western medicine (if there is such a thing) yet looks outside the box for more holistic answers to your health concerns. If you live in or near the Winston-Salem, NC area, there are two practitioners that practice integrative medicine to serve your body, mind and spirit:

  • Robinhood Integrative Health on Robinhood Road. I’ve been a patient there for over a decade and appreciate their care and concern. They have an on-premises supplement shop and you’ll find some Scented Balance products there.
  • Thrive Integrative Health on Reynolda Road. While I’m not a patient here, I have met Dr. Young and appreciate her holistic approach.

Each of these practitioners are concerned about your well-being, not just shoving a pill down your throat. I realize that’s a sharp comment, but if you know me at all, you know the rough time I’ve had with allopathic physicians.

I hope I’ve helped you today because I want you to be informed and have an easier time of taking charge of your own health. If you’re looking for more holistic solutions to your health concerns, please fill out this short contact form and let’s talk – today!



These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Physician Heal Thyself

Physician Heal Thyself, toxic chemicals in my home, sprayed with pesticidesRemember the old adage physician heal thyself? It’s true. As a certified aromatherapist, I am keenly aware of how well the human body heals itself.

I begin my aromatherapy practice in awe of the amazing healing abilities of the human body.

I cannot heal you. Your doctor cannot heal you. Only YOU can heal you. All anyone can do is offer a tool to help you help your body to trigger its’ own healing mechanism.

So then how do you heal?

You won’t believe how easy it is to heal yourself.

You simply give your body what it needs to flourish which is a whole lot easier than you think.

It starts with your immune system. If your immune system is compromised everything is compromised. Simply eating clean foods will go a long way toward building your immunity.

How Does The Body Heal Itself?

The Center for Nutrition Studies has a really good explanation of how your body heals itself:

When the requirements of health are appropriately provided, the self-healing mechanisms of the body attempt to restore and/or optimize health. Your body’s ability to do this is only limited by your inherent constitution (genetics) and the amount of use and abuse that has taken place.

That “abuse” comes in the form of toxic chemicals in our bath and body products, perfumes/colognes, makeup, hair products, insect repellents, sunscreens (they actually cause cancer!), weed killers, tap water, smog and other airborne pollution and – the very worst – the medications that doctors prescribe for their patients every single day.*

The Environmental Working Group ( is a non-profit watchdog group with a huge and reliable database of toxic chemicals and the research to back it up. Here are just a few of the issues:

  • Toxic chemicals are found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
  • The water you drink from the tap is contaminated.
  • The plastic glass you drink from leaches toxins into your system.
  • One of the most insidious chemicals is phthalates used to make a broad range of everyday products. 
  • Vaccinations are full of toxic chemicals.

Anyone at all who dares go up against the medical mafia and chemical giants are quickly “silenced”. At best, these groups use smear tactics to discredit the scientists and at its worst? Who knows?

Holistic physicians are being “silenced” at an alarming rate and I’ll give you three guesses who is behind it. You need to be very aware that if you are healthy, the medical mafia isn’t making any money. And that makes them unhappy. Very. Unhappy. So unhappy that they will do anything to stop the holistic community from exposing them and their horrendously toxic products that keep us sick.

Allopathic VS. Integrative Doctors

To be honest, I’ve had a VERY rough time with doctors telling me nothing is wrong and yet my adrenal system was completely burned out at one point.

The worst part? That doctor told me everything was perfectly normal and I needed to see a psychiatrist for depression. And then, she simply prescribed a mild-anti-depressant without even checking to see what was going on!

Depression was a symptomnot the underlying cause. Allopathic VS. Integrative Doctors

Upon seeing the sixth doctor, I was finally given a saliva test that proved I wasn’t losing my mind – my adrenal system (part of the endocrine system) was totally burned out. My thyroid function was disrupted from the constant lifetime barrage of chemicals which started a whole cascade of health events.

Throw menopause into the mix along with five doctors telling me I was fine that I just needed to “take this little pill” for depression and you have fun and games all over the place!

I’m sure there are good doctors out there who truly care. I believe the folks at Robinhood Integrative Health are very caring and want me to be healthy. If you are looking to make a change in your healthcare, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine is a good place to find a physician in your area who actually wants you to be healthy.

Unfortunately, the medical mafia has infiltrated (and funds) many (if not all) medical schools and teaches future doctors how to prescribe toxic medications that keep you sick. They don’t want to hear about plant-based medicine that is far better for your liver and kidneys (which filter everything you ingest) and better for your overall health.

What Are The Alternatives?

What I want you to take away from this soapbox rant is to think about the alternatives to traditional medicine. Yes – there is a place for allopathic physicians and chemical-based pills. I get that and I’m on board.

BUT, we’ve gotten so far away from using our common sense and the goodness that nature provides to keep us healthy.

Remember – if we are a healthy society, then the medical mafia and chemical giants are not. You can go here to read an interesting article with facts about the concerted effort to keep America unhealthy in order to create jobs – seriously!

I want you to heal yourself. And you can with the right tools. Through the wisdom of nature using aromatherapy, I have a set of tools that can help you trigger your body’s natural healing abilities.*

Where to start toward a more natural lifestyle? Consider reducing your chemical intake by:

I offer a full array of products to help you reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in your life. Visit the Scented Balance shop where you’ll find handcrafted artisan products for your everyday concerns.

I would love to talk with you about the simple and effective tools I offer. Please fill out this short contact form and let me know how I can help you – let’s get started today.

Here’s to your health.




*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for any health issue.