Ah… inflammation! Did you know inflammation is actually a good thing for you? It’s your body’s natural way of protecting you and also healing you. But sometimes, we get inflamed too long and may need to reduce the inflammation and the pain that often comes associated with it. You’ll learn more about what inflammation is and how essential oils can heal inflammation, swelling, and the pain that comes with it.
About Inflammation & Swelling
Inflammation and swelling are often thought of as the same thing – and though they often occur together – they’re different things.
Inflammation is when your body protects itself when you have injured yourself or you have an infection, among other things. For example, if you sprained your ankle, your immune system will respond with inflammation in the area. You can tell you have inflammation when the area is in pain, is red, is hot, it swells up and you’re unable to use the body part 100%. It’s your body’s way of protecting the area and healing it, however sometimes inflammation persists for too long which causes issues.
Swelling is often a consequence of inflammation. Again, if you sprained your ankle, it will very likely increase in size from swelling. You can have swelling without inflammation as well. Either way, swelling and inflammation can cause a tremendous amount of pain – and essential oils can be used to treat those symptoms.
Inflammation can be something that goes away on its own in a few days or week or it can be chronic and lasts for months and longer. You may want to see your doctor for both types of inflammation, but especially if you have chronic inflammation because it’s a longer term issue that likely needs more attention.
What Causes Inflammation and Swelling In Your Body?
There are many things that cause inflammation in your body. Certain types of foods you consume can cause inflammation, autoimmune disorders causes inflammation, infection in your body (like a sore throat) causes inflammation in that area, a blow to your body (like playing sports) can cause inflammation, or a cut to your skin can also cause inflammation.
It’s important to know that you inflammation is your body’s natural response to protecting you and then self healing. So it’s a good thing under normal circumstances. Reducing inflammation CAN be helpful, and it can certainly take away pain. If you suffered a knee injury, you’d likely want to ice your knee to prevent swelling from getting out of hand as well as take some of the pain away.
How Essential Oils Help Ease The Pain Of Inflammation and Swelling
Two very popular over the counter drugs for general inflammation pain are NSAIDs (Advil) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol). These are obviously drugs and taking too much of them can cause side effects you don’t want.
A better solution is to try essential oils, or at least test them to see if they can help you first – since essential oils have natural chemical constituents that will help alleviate inflammation as well as pain associated with swelling.
Essential oils are extracted from seeds, roots, stems, leaves, petals, etc. These plants have natural healing abilities that exist in their oils. Smelling these oils and absorbing these oils through your skin is the essence of how you’ll benefit from their natural healing abilities. With that said, let’s get into my top 5 essential oils good for inflammation and swelling.
5 Best Essential Oils For Swelling an Inflammation
At the top of the list is peppermint, because it’s awesome at almost everything and is a top 5 essential oil. Peppermint oil contains menthol which is very cool and soothing – perfect for applying to an inflamed and swollen part of your body.
If your inflammation is respiratory based, eucalyptus oil is especially good for these types of ailments because it is very anti-inflammatory and decongesting – though this oil can be helpful for any type of inflammation.
Eucalyptus oil has a cooling sensation when applied on skin. Pain and swelling on your joints and muscle can get relief using this oil as well. Creating a compress with this oil is a phenomenal way to get inflammation relief.
Rosemarie oil has a very warming affect on your body that can help ease pain. Rosemarie oil also helps promote healthy circulation in your body which can help alleviate pain if you’re suffering from a sprain or muscle strain that’s causing inflammation.
Rosemarie oil is also great at fighting infections because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It’s a very popular oil for it’s powerful anti-inflammatory abilities as well, perfect for treating various kinds of inflammation in your body.
Lavender essential oil, perhaps the best essential oil purely for its wide array of uses, is a staple in virtually everyones essential oil collection. It’s one of the first essential oils you should buy if you are beginning your essential oil journey.
Lavender has many many uses as I stated earlier. With that said, in terms of reducing inflammation, lavender oil is useful for all types of inflammation. You may find it especially useful for treating swelling caused by a blow to the body, like a knee injury for example. It’s also great for respiratory related inflammation.
Lavender is regarded as a generally safe essential oil, however if your injury or illness is serious, you’ll want to visit your doctor because you may need immediate attention or actual drugs. And it would be a good time to ask your doctor about using essential oils along with your meds if that’s a route you want to take. This is general advice for all essential oils and medical issues!
Frankincense is highly anti-inflammatory and suits well for treating many types of pain from inflammation, including arthritis.
Frankincense is an all round powerful oil that belongs in every essential oil users cabinet. This oil can also tone skin, alleviate colds and issues related to it, and calm anxiety.
If you’re want to reduce inflammation as well as calm and relax yourself, frankincense as well as lavender oil are two excellent choices.
Over to you….
What essential oils have you used for inflammation? There are many that work for different ailments, since many essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties that ease inflammation. Let me know in the comment section below!