Chronic Inflammation

There are many Essential oils that can be used to treat Chronic Inflammation.

Because they are derived directly from natural plants, oils contain antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties and are used by pharmaceutical companies to develop the medicines they market for inflammatory and other health issues.

Essential Oils provide you with the opportunity to avoid many side effects of over the counter medication by going directly to the source.

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How Can Essential Oils Assist?

Essential oils are readily absorbed through the skin and carry with them the anti-inflammatory ingredients which can go to work immediately to relieve issues or symptoms at the site.

Many inflammatory conditions such as arthritis can receive relief through the usage of essential oils without having to resort to medication which may have serious or unfavorable side effects.

My recommendation is to first consult with your medical professional before relying on any home remedy, in case there is some underlying risk in not pursuing medical diagnoses and treatment.

Discuss your unique situation with him/her. Perhaps s/he will approve your use of oils or reduce your medication in order to accommodate them.

Having said all that, let's look at some ....

Single Oils For Chronic Inflammation

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil has been known to treat chronic inflammation in many situations. For example it can:

  • decrease colitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the colon) spasms.
  • decrease fluid retention, a common cause of carpal tunnel as well as the pain associated with it.
  • stimulate blood flow to reduce inflammation.

Blend the oil with carrier oils like fractionated coconut in a 50:50 solution and massage effected areas.

This solution can also be taken internally using a Gelatin Capsule available from Amazon

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Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil has incredible ability to lower chronic inflammation and accelerate the healing process.

Research has shown it to be effective in reducing or eliminating scarring. 

Frankincense essential oil can be consumed in a veggie cap to relieve inflammation from arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma.

Massage your lower abdomen with Frankincense and carrier oil at a 50:50 ratio to help ease painful menstruation and to strengthen your uterus.

Control inflammation in your skin, joints and muscles by massaging Frankincense and a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut in a 50:50 blend.

Cuts and scrapes can be cleansed and healed using Frankincense undiluted.

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Geranium Essential Oil

More and more, Geranium Essential Oil is being researched for inclusion in the development of safer anti-inflammatory drugs.

A 2013 study determined that, due to its ability to reduce chronic inflammation, Geranium Oil is more effective and safer than cholesterol lowering drugs and joint pain medications (both of which involve inflammation). 

Mix 20 drops of oil with fractionated coconut and rub it into your joints to ease arthritis.

Add 2-3 drops to fractionated coconut oil and consume in a gelatin capsule.

Geranium Oil also has antiseptic properties which speed up the healing process and can treat many skin problems such as:

  • athlete's foot
  • burns
  • eczema
  • frostbite

Geranium Essential Oil is also a cicatrizant so it works on blood circulation to cause scars to fade and spots to diminish. 

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Ginger Essential Oil

It is concluded that ginger volatile oil could effectively reduce symptoms of experimental colitis in a dose-dependent manner.

Gingerol, a main ingredient in Ginger Oil, has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As a result, Ginger Essential Oil has been found to be quite effective in treating chronic inflammation.

In a 2014 study, researchers found Ginger oil reduced the symptoms of ulcerative colitis which is an inflammatory bowel disease.

Another study indicated that it may also have a protective effect on renal inflammation.

In addition to its anti-inflammatory abilities, Ginger has other medicinal benefits which can assist with nausea, digestion, as well as respiration.

Ginger is known to help relieve inflammatory pain from conditions such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. 

Ginger oil can be added to your cooking wherever the recipe calls for fresh ginger. It is quite powerful so one drop is probably all you need.

Add a couple drops to a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut in a gelatin capsule and take daily.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties which work well together at relieving allergic reactions such as skin rashes, eczema, nasal congestion and headache.

Because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, Lavender Essential Oil is well known for its ability to treat chronic inflammation such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis when applied topically.

If you have an eye infection mix True Lavender with a carrier oil 20:80 and apply 2-3 times daily around your eye but not on the eye or eyelid.

Lavender Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties which work well on a sore throat that is due to viral or bacterial infections.

Lavender oil also has the effect of increasing blood circulation and its pain relieving, anti-inflammatory properties make it a "go to" oil for healing hemorrhoids.

A couple drops of oil applied directly to the area can provide instant relief but sometimes you may experience some skin irritation. In that case you should dilute with a little carrier oil such as fractionated coconut prior to application.

Apply one drop to small areas of concern or dilute with a carrier oil for larger areas. Indirect application is also effective when you massage a drop on the bottoms of both feet. This method has the added benefit of providing you with a good nights sleep.

Add 10 drops of oil to a cup of Epsom Salts and take a nice warm bath. Relax for at least 30 minutes to let it do its work. The combination of hot water and Lavender Oil will ease inflammation and reduce/eliminate the pain.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint has analgesic, anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties which have a calming and numbing effect on areas of inflammation.

It is well known to provide relief for chronic inflammation and pain (especially migraines), fever, stiffness and inflammation associated with arthritis.

Dilute with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and apply directly to areas of concern. For children dilute 2-3 drops 50:50 and apply to the spine and neck.

Take a warm bath with 10-15 drops of peppermint and a cup of Epsom salts

Peppermint oil is one of the most highly recommended natural cures for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Peppermint oil has been used effectively to block channels that transmit pain signals to your brain. Dilute 50:50 and massage around your head and neck. Works well for headaches and bone pain.

For sunburn, mix some Peppermint Oil with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut & apply gently to ease inflammation and cool your skin.

Peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties which can treat inflammation of the membranes in your nostrils, relieve nasal congestion and enable smooth air flow.

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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile Essential Oil is great for chronic inflammation.

It has been proven to be one of the best remedies for healing hemorrhoids. It's natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties prevent itchiness and pain from occurring while at the same time encouraging the swollen blood vessels to retract.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be combined with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and massaged into painful areas to ease arthritis pain.

It can also be used in a relaxing bath. Just add 10 drops to a cup of Epsom salts and add to the water while the tub is filling.

This oil is naturally soothing and has anti-inflammatory properties which can relieve dryness, itchiness, dandruff, psoriasis and dermatitis when massaged directly on your scalp.

Chamomile oil also contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which are known to relieve neuralgic pain.

Diffuse twice a day or apply a couple drops on a tissue/cotton ball and inhale directly.  

To treat small areas of concern Roman Chamomile Essential Oil can be applied undiluted. For larger areas you should combine it with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut in a 50:50 blend.

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Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme Essential Oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and acts like an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to lower inflammatory levels in your body.

Mix Thyme Essential Oil with a carrier oil in a 1:3 blend and massage your muscles and joints to treat the chronic inflammation pain of gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, sciatica and sprains.

This will also work with general pains and sports injuries.

Add a drop to a cup of tea or mix with a carrier oil and massage it into your skin. (you can also consume the mixture in a gelatin capsule)

Thyme Essential Oil applied in a 1:3 blend with a carrier oil can stimulate poor circulation to assist with edema and obesity.

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Wintergreen Essential Oil

Topical application of Wintergreen Essential Oil is very popular for a number of ailments/conditions and it is used often for both hot and cold therapies.

For chronic inflammation such as arthritis, rheumatism and tendinitis, rub 2 drops combined with 5-10 drops of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut into your joints and bones to reduce pain and swelling.

Dilute 50:50 with a carrier oil and rub into the problem area or into reflex points on your feet.

A drop of Wintergreen Oil in a single application of shampoo will decrease or eliminate your dandruff problem.

Wintergreen can become quite hot when applied to wet skin, or when water/sweat is added later. If it gets too hot, add carrier oil to calm it down. 

note: It is not recommended to consume Wintergreen orally. 

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Recommended Oils for Chronic Inflammation:

There are many essential oils that can help you with your chronic inflammation and we have already discussed a few of them. The following is an expanded list so you can choose some that may also serve you in other areas of your life.

Blends that can Help

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I will soon develop pages with suggested blend formulas to match the above list. As I do the items in the list will become links.

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