Essential Oils for Inflammation

Inflammation may manifest as redness, swelling, heat and pain in some part of the body. It’s an automatic protective reaction of the body to survive. Without inflammation, the body would actually never heal. Inflammation may be localized or more seriously, it can be systemic. Some serious examples include allergies, asthma, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, bronchitis and diabetes. The list is actually quite long since inflammation is the cause of all illness in the body. So how can anointing the body with essential oils decrease inflammation?

A study conducted several years ago found that certain essential oils can actually lower the inflammatory response. Nitric oxide is released in the inflammatory process, inflaming tissue and causing tissue damage. If a substance can inhibit nitric oxide, it could be hailed as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. A number of essential oils have shown to be highly anti-inflammatory. They are copaiba, octotea, oregano, Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia), dill, nutmeg, lemongrass, and peppermint.

Now if we looked at “traditional” healers, copaiba and octotea essential oils have been used for centuries in South America for their anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Rosalina in the melaleuca family of oils has been used by traditional healers in Australia. The same can be said for traditional healers in Europe and Asia who used oregano, lemongrass and peppermint. As we moved into modern medical practice, we let go of the more traditional methods in favor of pharmaceutical interventions which all cause side-effects calling for more drugs.

Want to learn more about essential oils and how they can help you stay healthy? The Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy teaches classes throughout the United States on both aromatherapy and spiritual healing. I’d like to invite you to explore our educational offerings. From Linda L. Smith, Director of the Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy, a national program in Christian healing.