Inflammation can be caused by a variety of conditions, including bacterial infection, poor diet, chemicals, hormonal imbalance and physical injury. Certain essential oils have been documented to be excellent for reducing inflammation. German Chamomile contains azulene, a blue compound that is highly anti-inflammatory.
Other oils that are anti-inflammatory are peppermint, melaleuca alternifolia, clove, mountain savory, dorado azul, palo santo, and wintergreen.
Some oils are better suited for certain types of inflammation.
Myrrh, vetiver, cistus and helichrysum work well for inflammation due to tissue/capillary damage and bruising.
German chamomile and melaleuca alternifolia are helpful with inflammation due to bacterial infection
Ravensara, hyssop, myrrh and thyme are appropriate for inflammation caused by viral infection.
Single oils – Clove, Nutmeg, lavender, ravensara, thyme, German chamomile, Roman chamomile, cypress, myrrh, hyssop, peppermint, wintergreen, helichrysum, palo santo and copaiba.
Blends: Purification, PanAway, Aroma Siez, Melrose, Relieve It, Deep Relief Roll-On.
Ortho Ease and Ortho Sport Massage Oils
At the 2005 Young Living convention Sue Chao did a presentation on the anti-inflammation properties of essential oils. At that time they had been doing studies on 77 single oils for their anti-inflammatory action and here are the top 6 – Oregano, Nutmeg, Lemongrass, Melaleuca ericifolia,
Dill and Peppermint.
Palo santo and copaiba weren’t listed because that was before Young Living had been farming and distilling oils from ecuador.
Below is a list of the top anti-inflammation oils. There are more but these have the highest anti-inflammation properties.
Western Red Cedar
Three oils that aren’t on that list because they weren’t available at that time are:
One reason I decided to put this information together on inflammation is because I recently injured my left knee and it was causing me a lot of pain. Since painful injuries are full of inflammation I decided I needed to remind myself of the oils that are helpful for inflammation.
I have been really impressed with the anti-inflammation properties in Dorodo Azul, Palo santo and Copaiba. I really noticed improvement after I started using these oils.
Sulfurzyme is a great supplement for inflammation, and another excellent one is BLM – for bone, ligament and muscle.
From the book The Inflammation Syndrome – highly recommended reading. Inflammation is the body’s response to infection. Inflammation is the body’s response to injury. Inflammation consists of swelling, redness, pain, loss of function, heat. Heart disease is inflammation of blood vessels. Asthma is inflammation of alveoli. Alzheimer’s is inflammation of key nerve pathways.
Oil protocol from Gary Young – 20 drops Vetiver, 6 drops of Balsam Fir and 5 drops of Peppermint premixed and applied on location followed with Ortho Sport. He uses this formula in premix and also uses them internally. He mentioned that this protocol works for nerve pain, for reducing inflammation, for bone, ligament and muscle tissue and also for sciatica and herniations of discs.
“I couldn’t live without BLM and Sulfurzyme. I have chronic pain and these two, plus AlkaLime at bedtime, all really help. I also use Idaho Balsam Fir, Copaiba, RutaVaLa, Aroma Siez and Relieve It regularly. Sometimes I use Debbie Hurley’s LEW protocol (Lemongrass, Elemi and Wintergreen, layered in that order). I drink 1-2 ounces NingXia Red, tons of water and walk 3 miles every day. Hope this helps and thank you for ALL you do to keep this group a happy, kind, generous spirited place.” — Rachel
“In addition to my cleanse (which I was doing anyway) I added BLM and Sulfurzyme internally. I can also suggest Cypress (for circulation) on the area where the pain is, followed by Peppermint (to take down inflammation.) The problem is that if you have a high level of toxicity in your body from foods and your environment, oral supplements and oils will take a lot longer to work. Cleaning up nutritionally will help you get more benefit and faster.” — Carla