Essential Oils for Inflammation

Essential Oils for Inflammation

Inflammation is caused from various conditions: bacteria, poor diet, chemicals, hormonal imbalance, or physical injury. When blood vessels leading to the heart are damaged and clogged, a protein is released into the bloodstream called C-reactive protein. The level of this protein indicates the degree of inflammation in the linings of the arteries. Certain essential oils have been documented to be excellent for reducing inflammation.

A teaspoon of Wintergreen is the equivalent of almost twenty-two adult aspirin, so you’d only need to use only a drop with a carrier oil. Oregano has been shown to reduce inflammation by 94%. Myrrh oil is rated as the second best anti-inflammatory essential oil. Frankincense resin is the best treatment for arthritis. These oils can be mixed with neutral oils such as Grape Seed oil or Olive oil and be applied directly to part of the body suffering from inflammation. They can also be used in diffusers for a constant stream of low levels of oils into the brain and body as a whole. Best of all, there are no side effects from the use of essential oils.

There are different types of inflammation for which one oil might be better than another:

  • Tissue and capillary damage, bruising or loss of oxygen: Myrrh.
  • Inflammation due to bacterial infection: Roman Chamomile and Lavender.
  • Inflammation caused by viral infection: Ravensara, Hyssop, and Oregano.

Single Oils:

Wintergreen/Birch with Helichrysum, Frankincense, Hyssop, Myrrh, Marjoram, Ravensara, Lavender, Oregano, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Peppermint, Spearmint, or Spruce.

Mountain Savory, Clary Sage, Lemongrass, Sandalwood, Rose, Acorus Calamus, Valerian, Spikenard, or Fir.

Melaleuca alternifolia with German Chamomile, Tangerine, Thyme, Hyssop, Eucalyptus radiata, Jasmine, Pepper, Petitgrain, Idaho Tansy, Tarragon, Yarrow, Citronella, or Coriander.

Recipe 1:

10 drops Fir essential oil
6 drops Melaleuca Tea Tree essential oil
4 drops German Chamomile essential oil
2 drops Peppermint essential oil
2 drops Lemongrass essential oil

Recipe 2:

6 drops Frankincense essential oil
6 drops Fir essential oil
6 drops Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil
4 drops Ravensara essential oil
3 drops Wintergreen/Birch essential oil
1 drop Peppermint essential oil

Mix in ½-1 ounces massage oil or massage oil base. Apply on location.