Some essential oils, such as Gaultheria procumbens, contain methyl salicylate, which is a cyclooxygenase inhibitor. As a result, some believe it may be of some use to treat tendinities (e.g., (1), although it is quite debated (2,3)).

The simplified mechanism is as follows (source: (4)):

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Is there any way to improve the penetrability of oil used to treat a tendinitis (e.g., diluting the oil with some cream)?

I am mostly interested in the lateral epicondylitis of the humerus.

(1) Corrand, Laura. La place des huiles essentielles dans la prise en charge des douleurs articulaires et musculaires à l'officine. Diss. 2013.

(2) Matthews, P., et al. "Topical rubefacients for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain in adults." (2011).

(3) Do local applications or ingestion of Gaultheria help treating a tendinitis?

(4) http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/booth/painpag/topical/topintro.html

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