What are the top five anti-inflammatory essential oils and should you use them?
Inflammation is a major health issue leading to countless debilitating diseases.
I have a chronic inflammatory illness called vasculitis.
The medications to treat inflammation often fall short.
To reduce inflammation – and in an effort to reduce the dose of anti-inflammatory drugs and get off said drugs – an anti-inflammatory regimen is key.
This month for Vasculitis Awareness Month, I’m going to share delicious, simple anti-inflammatory recipes and various natural remedies to reduce inflammation in our bodies and improve our health. See also: Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods and Anti-Inflammatory Exercise.
So today, I want to share the top five anti-inflammatory essential oils with you. I was skeptical about essential oils but I’ve had some really great results so now I’m a fan!
There are more anti-inflammatory oils, as all oils have many benefits, but these are the best five for inflammation, according to Dr. Axe, whose opinion I greatly respect, among other things, he is an essential oils expert. And none of us need to be spending money on twenty oils when five are enough!
How to use essential oils:
Using an aromatherapy diffuser, diffuse essential oils on a table next to your bed while you sleep, or during the day, or both. I really like diffusing while I sleep.
The oils can be blended together: 3-5 drops of each oil added to your diffuser.
Using aromatherapy jewelry is another really nice option, especially when traveling. Use high quality jewelry that won’t corrode. There’s some good deals out there! (Some links at the bottom!)
You can also use the oils topically by adding a few drops to a carrier oil, such as fractioned coconut oil, and applying directly to areas where you have inflammation/pain. Be careful to avoid contact with your eyes.
Bonus: these oils also help alleviate pain and improve sleep, among many other health benefits.
Bonus #2: they smell wonderful! Best room freshener ever!
Note: Not all essential oils are created equal. You need to use high quality therapeutic grade oils.
Top 5 Anti-inflammatory Essential Oils:
- Ginger – potent anti-inflammatory/pain reliever
- Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties
- Frankincense – anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety
- Orange – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties
- Myrrh – powerful antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, expectorant, and antispasmodic properties
Enjoy! Follow my blog for upcoming anti-inflammatory recipes and remedies. Here’s to improved health ♥️
Dr Josh Axe, Dr Joseph Mercola