Essential Oils for Inflammation
Folks ask me about using essential oils for inflammation quite a bit. Inflammation causes all sorts of problems especially if left unchecked.
So just what is inflammation? Healthline.com gives a really simple explanation of inflammation:
Inflammation occurs in the body when the immune system is activated. Inflammation can have many different causes, such as from an infection or even a reaction to a food allergy. The body senses that something is wrong, so it sends blood cells to that area to help heal what’s wrong and kill off any “invaders.”
Chronic inflammation can be even more damaging as left unchecked, your immune system is always on guard. Eventually, your immune system gets “tired” and you get sick. According to Facty Health, some things that cause inflammation are:
- Digestive troubles
- Emotional stress
- Physical stress
- Insulin resistance
- Hormonal imbalance
- Synthetic fibers (i.e. latex)
- Poor diet
- Food allergies
- Trigger foods (i.e. corn, safflower oil)
No matter what, there will always be a bit of inflammation in your system – this is good. It’s when the inflammation is not kept in check by a healthy diet and lifestyle that it becomes an issue.
- Fatty fish
- Whole grains
- Dark leafy greens
- Nuts such as walnuts and almonds
- Beets and beetroot juice
- Garlic and onions
- Olive oil (Make sure it’s REAL olive oil!)
- Berries and tart cherries
A 2010 study found that there are some essential oils that really do inhibit inflammation, especially thyme. But to be honest, I don’t think essential oils should be your first line of defense in this situation.
With that said – using essential oils for inflammation can be a huge help but only if you are making healthy lifestyle choices to supplement and help them. There’s a lot you can do to help yourself by taking advantage of aromatherapy.
If you think you are dealing with inflammation, the first thing you need to do is talk to your healthcare professional to get to the root cause. If you don’t do that, then anything you do to relieve the inflammation is simply putting a band-aid on the situation. It’s the same thing as disconnecting the check engine light on your car. The problem is still there, you are simply ignoring it. Eventually, the engine will stop running. By paying attention to your body (your engine) now, you greatly increase your chances of healthy living.
Using Aromatherapy to Address Inflammation
So the question becomes: do essential oils really help with inflammation? The short answer is yes, but. Yes, they do help with inflammation – there have been many studies confirming this. But use them in addition to healthy lifestyle choices. Inflammation doesn’t appear in your body overnight and essential oils alone won’t make it go away overnight.
If you have occasional issues with inflammation, you can use this blend to assist you:
Blend listed essential oils in 1 oz. of Trauma Oil. Apply gently to inflamed area 5-6 times daily.
If you don’t have these oils on hand, I make this blend for $36.95. You can choose Custom Blend in the shopping cart and I will send an invoice to you for the balance of the payment. Or you can simply send an email to me and I’ll take care of you in one easy step.
I want to help you take charge of your well-being. It’s not hard to do and yes, aromatherapy can make a major difference.
Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or go here to fill out a contact form.
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PS – the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.