High levels of stress and the constant on the move vibe that’s become the norm has driven us to sicknesses that never used to plague the masses. People didn’t used to have piles of stuff to do or round the clock meetings. Food used to be wholesome and untouched by toxic pesticides and other poisons. I’m not saying life used to be easier (far from it) but what I am saying is there has never been such a time in human history where so many illnesses are so preventable.
Inflammation is no exception.
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. Certain essential oils have been documented to be excellent for reducing inflammation.
Inflammation is commonly associated with pain though, in reality, it is our body’s natural response to injuries, as well as from bacterial or viral infections. The pain and discomfort often associated with inflammation can come hand in hand with the body’s attempt to heal itself.
There are dozens of over the-counter pain relievers, but almost every single one has some kind of side effect including bleeding in the stomach and concerns about overdose. Why bother with those chemical pain relievers when you can simply turn to natural essential oils instead?
Many essential oils contain analgesic compounds, meaning they reduce or relieve pain. Still others have anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, or anti-spasmodic compounds to fight other types of pain.
Never fear, my list of anti-inflammatory essential oils will help you!
Lavender Essential Oil-
Great for: It’s anti-inflammatory properties and soothing scent
Uses: Good for general pain relief, reducing inflammation, minor burns, and sunburn, just to name a few.
Lavender essential oil is good for general pain relief, reduces inflammation, minor burns, and sunburn, just to name a few. Lavender essential oil almost seems magical in that it helps with such a variety of different things. Great for fighting inflammation, for relaxation, for comfort, and for help in relieving colds or others illness. Lavender oil also seems to reduce pain and prompts the body to heal efficiently and effectively while allowing for much-needed rest and sleep.
Lavender essential oil has a number of therapeutic benefits. As well as being a great oil for sleep, its cicatrising property, for one, is useful for healing wounds, burns, and a host of skin disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and scabies (also making it great for natural shaving). As an anti-inflammatory solution, lavender is great for joint and muscle stiffness. To use as massage oil, add 5 drops to 10ml of a carrier oil such as wheat germ oil. A lavender bath or compress are also effective for aching muscles. You can use also lavender oil to treat swelling and inflammation in feet, ankles and legs. Take a wide vessel or bucket and fill it with warm or cold water.
Tea Tree Essential Oil-
Great for: It’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties
Uses: Good for reducing inflammation and preventing infection
Tea Tree essential oil is known as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory remedy to bring healing and fight bacteria. Just a little bit of this oil goes a very long way and it can be used in a variety of ways to fight or prevent skin infections such as gum disease, acne, burns, scrapes and cuts. Tea Tree essential oil contains anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which reduce the inflammation that leads to the swelling caused by bacteria of the skin. Tea tree oil is extensively used to prepared anti-acne or anti-dandruff products. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which make it highly effective against dandruff and acne. Surprisingly, tea tree oil can also be used to treat inflammation. You can apply tea tree oil directly on the skin without diluting unlike other essential oils which needs to be diluted with any carrier oil before application. Take few drops of tea tree oil in your palm and massage the affected area. Massage this way 2 times a day to witness a speedy recovery from inflammation. You can also take a small piece of cotton wool, dip it in the oil and wipe the area of concern. If you have an extremely sensitive skin, dilute the oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil).
Eucalyptus Essential Oil –
Great for: It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for nerve pain and muscle pain
Uses: Good for easing and cooling joint and muscle pain
Eucalyptus essential oil is known as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory remedy to bring good relief of muscular aches and pains and neuralgia. Another versatile oil, eucalyptus essential oil has decongestant and antibacterial properties that are useful for treating respiratory problems, infections and asthma. It will clear out your sinuses at the same time, which can offer you relief from sinus headaches. Eucalyptus is also known as an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic, making it great for easing muscle and joint pains. You may rub this essential oil onto aching areas directly or mix it with another oil.
Peppermint Essential Oil –
Great for: Easing and cooling joint and muscle pain
Uses: Good for relief of headaches while soothing tensions.
Peppermint essential oil is wonderful for reducing pain and inflammation, while being refreshing and uplifting. Useful for headaches while soothing tensions. Because peppermint oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, it not only can relieve pain and inflammation but can also calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps. To use, add 5 drops to 10ml of a carrier oil such as wheat germ oil.