11 Pain-Killing Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils to Treat Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune diseases occur when a person's own immune system goes a little bit haywire & begins to attack the body's own tissue as if it where foreign tissue or disease. There are a number of different types of autoimmune diseases, but the common symptom amongst most of these disorders is harmful inflammation. Some examples of common autoimmune diseases are: Multiple Sclerosis, Type I Diabetes, Crohn's Disease, Lupus, & Rheumatoid Arthritis.
For those with autoimmune diseases, inflammation is caused by the overproduction of cytokines & chemokines. An example of this in rheumatoid arthritis is when the overproduction of chemokines & the immune system's response is triggered. As more & more chemokines are produced, the immune system produces macrophages & t-cells in the joints which serves to amplify the inflammation response.
The instances of autoimmune disease is on the rise. More-&-more people are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases every year, & more-&-more autoimmune diseases are coming to light. Combating the inflammation associated with autoimmune diseases is key to managing the disorder. There are a number of Essential Oils that can be blended into a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil, for use as a massage oil in order to reduce inflammation.
Essential Oils to Treat Inflammation & Autoimmune Disorders
These Essential Oils have strong anti-inflammatory properties making them effective in treating the inflammation associated with autoimmune disorders.
Basil Essential Oil
Basil Essential Oil is high in natural constituents that make is very effective for treating inflammation. Try blending Basil into a massage oil with Bergamot or Peppermint Essential Oils.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot Essential Oil has a fresh, citrusy scent & has some powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Bergamot blends well with Basil, Cypress, Ginger & Peppermint Essential Oils.
Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress Essential Oil has a lovely, woody scent that blends well with Bergamot, Ginger & Peppermint Essential Oils. Cypress stimulates blood flow & circulation which aids in the reduction of inflammation.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil can be applied topically to treat inflammation of the joints & muscles. It blends very well with Bergamot, Peppermint & Rosemary Essential Oils.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that are effective for joint, muscle & skin inflammation. Frankincense blends will with Bergamot, Cypress, Eucalyptus & Peppermint Essential Oils.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit Essential Oil has an extremely high vitamin C content making is a powerful antioxidant. The oil's naturally occurring antioxidant properties make Grapefruit Essential Oil a powerful anti-inflammatory. Try adding 3-4 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil to 250ml of water every morning. In a massage oil, Grapefruit blends well with Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint & most other Essential Oils on this list.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum Essential Oil is one of the most powerful healing oils. It has powerful regenerative & soothing properties that make it a very sought after oil. Helichrysum is capable of fighting free radicals in the blood which make it a very strong anti-inflammatory agent. Helichrysum Essential Oil blend well with Grapefruit, Lavender & Peppermint Essential Oil.
Marjoram Essential Oil
Marjoram Essential Oil has a spicy & woody scent with strong medicinal properties. It is very effective for treating inflammation related to autoimmune disease or injury. Marjoram blends well with Grapefruit & Peppermint Essential Oils.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil creates a cooling sensation when applied topically that helps with immediate pain relief. 3-4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil can be added to 250ml of water & taken internally to help with inflammation related to autoimmune disorders such as Crohn's or Colitis. Peppermint will blend well with most of the oils on this list & is especially effective when blended with Lavender.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil has a long history of treating inflammation related to arthritis. Rosemary's therapeutic value is in it's regenerative properties which help the body heal. Rosemary blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, Eucalyptus & Lavender Essential Oils.
Wintergreen Essential Oil
Wintergreen Essential Oil is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory oils on this list. While it is not advisable to take Wintergreen Essential Oil internally, it is one of the best oils to blend into a Carrier Oil for use as a massage oil. Wintergreen Essential Oil will blend well with any of the Essential Oils on this list. For a powerfully anti-inflammatory massage oil, be sure to combine Wintergreen with Peppermint Essential Oil.
Creating an Anti-inflammatory Massage Oil to Ease the Pain of Autoimmune Diseases
Try making your own powerful massage oil by blending some of these anti-inlfammatory Essential Oils into a Carrier Oil. When creating your own massage oil, start by blending a small amount of oils together in one teaspoon of Carrier Oil so that you can be sure you are creating a blend that you will enjoy & that will work for you.
Once you have come up with a blend of Essential Oils that you like, start by blending 30 drops of Essential Oil per 100ml of Carrier Oil. You can add more Essential Oils for a more powerful massage oil. Be sure to add additional Essential Oils slowly. While all of these oils have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, adding too much Essential Oil to your anti-inflammatory massage oil could lead to skin irritation.
For further reading on using Essential Oils to treat inflammation, pain & autoimmune disease, read our article about the 7 Best Essential Oils for Treating Autoimmune Disease.