Consider essential oils for addressing arthritis pain and inflammation, naturally. Essential oils contain many different medicinal properties that are documented to help the physical and emotional bodies.*
Essential oils easily penetrate the skin and are carried throughout the blood and tissues within minutes as they bypass the digestive system. Also, they help with sleep, stress, and anxiety, which is key to keeping inflammation in check.*
Reduce Arthritis Pain and Inflammation with Essential Oils
Many essential oils contain high levels of COX-2 enzyme inhibitors and Nitric oxide (NO) inhibitors. COX enzymes are responsible for the inflammatory process in the body. COX inhibitors suppress this process and relieve pain and inflammation.
Essential Oils That Are COX-2 Inhibitors
Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Celebrex (and the former Vioxx) are all COX-2 inhibitors. The most popular COX inhibitors in essential oils are: Thyme, Myrrh, Fennel, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Eucalyptus (variety of types), Bergamot, and Rose.*
One Japanese study found that a combination of these essential oils reduced COX enzymes as much as 75%. Thyme was found to be the most effective in inhibiting COX-2 enzymes responsible for inflammation.
Essential Oils That Are Nitric Oxide (NO) Inhibitors
There are also essential oils that reduce Inflammation created by Nitric Oxide. In the inflammatory process, nitric oxide is produced by numerous cells in the body, and inflames and damages tissue.
However, when abnormal production of NO occurs, it greatly affects blood flow and other vascular functions in the body. This contributes to inflammation, which is attributed to heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
Essential oils documented to inhibit NO are: Oregano, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Melaleuca ericifolia, Nutmeg, and Dill. Other Essential oils were shown to have intermediate nitric oxide inhibition: Lemon, Frankincense, Tangerine, Myrtle, Lavender, Patchouli, Eucalyptus polybractea, Juniper, Clove, and Orange.*
Safety Rules When Using Essential Oils for Inflammation
If you choose to use essential oils for inflammation, remember these safety rules:*
1) Never take essential oils internally.
2) Avoid the eyes and mucous membranes.
3) Do not use essential oils undiluted on the skin. Rather, be sure to dilute them with carrier oils such as grape seed OR sweet almond oil.
4) Do not use essential oils if you are pregnant; or have epilepsy or high/low blood pressure.
5) Use half the recommended dose for the elderly, convalescent and children.
6) When creating a blend, use three or less essential oils.
7) Dilute 3 to 4 drops essential oils to 2 teaspoons of carrier oil, cream or lotion.
8) Apply the diluted essential oil to the body area which is intended for a particular purpose. Consult with an aromatherapy reference book, aromatherapist, naturopath or holistic health practitioner to determine which essential oil or combination is most effective for you.
–Lezlie Cebulski, ND, EFT
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