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Aromatherapy Oils and Inflammation
 

Chronic inflammation can lead to a significant number of chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, digestive disorders and tendonitis. Although you may not realize, inflammation is a natural part of your body’s healing process. It is response triggered by your immune system to help your body remove harmful stimuli so that healing can begin. The process involves the increase of blood to injured tissues, which is why you will often notice redness, swelling, pain and heat in an affected area. These are symptoms of acute inflammation. Inflammation becomes chronic when the immunes system fails to turn off this process, in which case inflammation will eventually begin to damage your body.

An enlightening article, published in the Journal of Lipid Research in 2010, shows the results of a study on the anti-inflammatory effects of certain essential oil. The results of the investigation show that many of the essential oils blends currently available for the relief of inflammation can significantly reduce pain and inflammation by suppressing an enzyme in the body known as COX-2 pro-inflammatory enzyme.

The following oils were shown to be effective for reducing inflammation:

  • Thyme has been used since ancient Egyptian times. As well as reducing inflammation, this sweet smelling oil boosts the immune system, alleviates depression, improves circulation and relieves the pain of arthritis, gout, sports injuries, sprains and rheumatism.
  • Clove is a warm, spicy essential oil that is beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism and gout. It is a volatile oil and should be handled carefully. If applied to the skin in a lotion, cream or carrier oil, the concentration should be less than 1 percent. You should avoid using clove oil during pregnancy.
  • Fennel has an aroma similar to anise. As well as helping to relieve inflammation, fennel is also beneficial for digestive complaints, nausea and toning the liver.
  • Bergamot has a sweet, citrus smell and blends well with other essential oils. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is also good for skin conditions such as psoriasis or acne. If applied to the skin in a lotion, cream or carrier oil, the concentration should be less than 1 percent.
  • Cinnamon bark oil has a musky smell and a golden color. It can be used for the relief of rheumatism and arthritis and also makes a good pick-me-up if you’re feeling depressed or exhausted.
  • Damask rose essential oil has a rich, floral aroma. As well as reducing inflammatory agents, rose oil helps to hydrate and moisturize the skin, increase feelings of well-being and reduce skin redness and swelling in acne or psoriasis. Although it is non-toxic and non-sensitizing, it is recommended that you discontinue using it if you are pregnant.

Corinna Underwood

 


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