Inflammation

Inflammation is sometimes thought to be similar to an infection. It is true that an infection can lead to inflammation however inflammation is not an infection. Inflammation is the body’s response to what it things is a harmful substance. It specifically the immune-system’s way of trying to treat a threat to the body such as a bad bacteria, allergen, virus, or fungus. Now not all threats are really bad such as an allergic reaction however your body treats it as if it is.

Inflammation is not really a bad thing. It is what the body does to protect itself. However there are times when the body may harm itself because of inflammation such as a high temperature fever or chronic conditions. Chronic inflammation is what extends over weeks or months.

Types of inflammatory response are abreviated PRISH. This refers to these five signs:

Pain – inflammatory mediators increase sensitivity to touch (pain) to help protect the area
Redness – with the increased blood supply to the capillaries
Immobility – there may be some loss of function
Swelling – from the increase of fluid
Heat – more blood in the area makes it feel warm

Not all inflammation will develop any of the five signs. With internal inflammation it may be difficult to see any of the five signs.

Suggested Oils to Use

Most Mentioned: Frankincense, Helichrysum, Myrrh
Often mentioned: Basil, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen

Also consider: Blue Tansy, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Geranium, Jasmine, Lemon, Oregano, Roman Chamomile, Thyme, Ylang Ylang, Cilantro, Citrus Oils, Clary Sage, Coriander, Fennel, Lemongrass, Melaleuca, Melissa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood

 

Suggested Ways to use

Inflammation conditions are less severe are mentioned on other pages found in Health & Uses page of this website. In general using topically or internally the oils listed above are recommended.

In cases of chronic inflammation a creating a foundation of balanced nutrition with vitamins and adequate hydration can help. For ongoing support use essential oils as a massage daily to weekly may help with inflammation. Specific chronic conditions are explained in the Health & Uses section of the website.