Updated: May 3
Inflammation is a normal process that occurs when your body launches a series of immune reactions where white blood cells and chemicals are sent to the injured area to protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. Essential Oils for inflammation can help when your inflammatory responses exceed what is necessary.
Oils for Inflammation
While some level of inflammation is necessary to help protect and heal your body from an injury or infection, our inflammatory responses often exceed what is physiologically appropriate, contributing to damage to the tissues of the joints, the arteries, the organs, and, perhaps most concerning, the brain.
Chronic and Prolonged Inflammation Can Contribute to Disease
If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to excess inflammation in your body, this inflammatory state can trigger conditions such as asthma, leaky gut, allergies, autoimmune disease like multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, or rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s or cancer. Some examples of inflammation correlating with disease include:
Inflammation of your heart (myocarditis): Shortness of breath or fluid retention
Inflammation of the small tubes that transport air to your lungs: Asthma attack
Inflammation of your kidneys (nephritis): High blood pressure or kidney failure
Inflammation of your large intestine (colitis): Cramps and diarrhea
Inflammation of the Small Intestine (Leaky gut): Food Allergies
Inflammation of the Brain (Neuro Inflammation): Dementia
When inflammation becomes chronic, there are often no symptoms until a loss of function occurs. This is because chronic inflammation is low-grade and systemic, often silently damaging tissues.
What Causes Inflammation?
Chronic inflammation can be caused by a malfunctioning, over-reactive immune system, or it may be due to an underlying problem that your body is attempting to fight off. This process can go on for years without noticeable symptoms, until a disease develops. Many of these “problems” are actually due to an unhealthy lifestyle. The following can increase your risk of chronic inflammation:
Eating a poor diet
Blood Sugar Dysregulation ( including Hypo- glycemia, Insulin Resistance or Diabetes)
A sedentary lifestyle
Smoking, Alcohol or Processed Foods
Essential Oils to Help Heal Inflammation
1) This anti-inflammatory blend is designed to soothe inflammation and to assist in the regeneration of damaged or stressed connective tissue. These oils blended together work by drawing on the theory of dissonance to cancel out inflammation in the system. Several of these essential oils are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. This will help reduce inflammation, re-balance the brain, and encourage regeneration of damaged or stressed cells and tissues that have been chronically inflamed or acutely inflamed. Blend 5 drops each, of these oils into a 5mL roller bottle, and fill with FCO. Apply to areas of the body that are where inflammation is experienced or suspected, including the base of the skull, spine, or bottom of the feet.
Dill: Medieval knights would place dill seeds on open wounds to speed up healing. It has helped some people lower glucose levels by helping the pancreas function properly, which will normalize insulin levels in the blood. Due to its calming properties, it may help support heart issues, can help people break addictions, curb the appetite and relax.
Frankincense: This sedative oil helps you treat anxiety, anger, nervous tension, and stress-related conditions. It can help fortify the mind, calm respiratory conditions and repair skin problems. It can also enhance introspection and insight.
Ginger Root: Can help alleviate fatigue, nervous exhaustion, and tiredness. It stimulates circulation and the immune system helps reduce swollen glands and drainage from a runny nose or excess mucus. It can also support and minimize spinal and joint pains.
Grapefruit: Stimulates the liver, gallbladder and helps the lymphatic system function properly. Grapefruit can help treat headaches, ease muscle fatigue and stiffness, increase circulation and relieve nervous exhaustion and performance stress. On emotional and spiritual levels, grapefruit is said to address a person’s self-acceptance and release self-abuse patterns.
Ylang Ylang: Calms the mind and soothe the nervous system. It has strong antidepressant properties and it helps to bring the emotions into proper balance. It helps relieve mental fatigue, anxiety, and tension headaches and help balance the equilibrium and function of the heart and lungs, slowing down fast breathing and heart palpitations.
2) This next blend when applied to the vagus nerve, behind the ear lobe on mastoid bone, stimulates the vagus nerve and improves vagal tone.
What if I told you that applying this next blend on the vagus nerve three times a day could improve your digestion, immunity, adrenal function, cardio vascular health, brain health and detoxification – all by improving your Vagal Tone. Sounds almost too good to be true, right?
I thought the same thing until I read this fascinating new research study, where a New York neurosurgeon, Kevin Tracey, started surgically implanting pacemaker like devices to stimulate the vagal nerve and found that it significantly reduced systemic inflammation and the pain associated a arthritis. Cool, huh?
Now, surgically implanting a device might be a little extreme, so we recommend other options, like meditation, to improve vagal tone. Fortunately, that is exactly what this next blend is designed to do as well, when applied to the vagal nerve.
The research found that inflammation in body tissues was being directly regulated by the brain, with the vagal nerve serving as the on/off switch. When the vagal nerve was stimulated, it blocked inflammation elsewhere in the body.
Inflammation can show up as everything from allergies, ADD/ADHD, eczema, anxiety, depression and fatigue to auto immunity, pain, gas, bloating, IBS, mood swings, brain fog and headaches.
The vagal nerve starts in the brainstem, just behind the ears on the mastoid bone, and travels down each side of the neck, across the chest and down through the abdomen, connecting the brain with the stomach and digestive tract, the lungs, heart, spleen, intestines, liver and kidneys, as well as the nerves involved in speech, eye contact, facial expressions and the ability to tune in to other people’s voices.
It is made primarily of sensory fibers, allowing it to serve as a two-way messenger, passing electrochemical signals between the organs and the brain that keep our bodies healthy.
In addition to playing a critical role in the parasympathetic “rest and digest” nervous system, the vagal nerve helps reset the immune system and switch off production of proteins that fuel inflammation. To do so effectively, the vagal response, known as vagal tone, needs to be strong. Low vagal tone makes this regulation is less effective which can lead to excessive inflammation.
Why Does Vagal Tone Matter?
Stronger Vagal Tone means that signals from the brain and body are better received allowing the body to relax faster after a stress.
Vagal Tone can be determined by using an electrocardiogram to measure heart rate. Every time you breathe in, your heart beats faster in order to speed the flow of oxygenated blood around your body. Breathe out and your heart rate slows. This variability is one of many things regulated by the vagus nerve, which is active when you breathe out but suppressed when you breathe in, so the bigger your difference in heart rate when breathing in and out, the higher your vagal tone.
Research shows that a strong vagal tone makes your body better at regulating blood glucose levels, reducing the likelihood of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Low vagal tone has been associated with chronic inflammation.
How to Keep Vagal Tone Strong?
We thought you’d never ask….
Health experts like Christiane Northrup and Datis Kharrazian have long been suggesting protocols including deep breathing, humming, and gargling to keep vagal tone strong. I wonder if singing counts?
Research has shown a strong decrease in inflammatory symptoms from stimulation of three minutes a day. This is due, in part to the fact that the vagus nerve communicates directly with the immune system, and the body’s inflammatory response, through a neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Consequently, stimulation of the vagus nerve can help treat diseases triggered by an inflammatory response.
We recommend applying the blend to the vagus nerve three times daily (ideally before meals). Research also shows that vagus nerve stimulation seems to restore the body’s natural balance. It reduces the over-production of the chemical messenger that causes chronic inflammation but does not affect healthy immune function, so the body can respond normally to infection. SCORE!
Other researchers are now looking into using vagus nerve stimulation for a range of other chronic debilitating conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and obesity.
Clove Bud: Stimulates the vagal nerve to trigger the digestive cascade. Can also stimulate circulation to help increase energy and relieve fatigue. It can also help you boost your mood and relieve memory deficiency. It can be used to support headaches, fevers, digestive problems and increase milk supply for lactating mothers.
Lime: Lime oil is stimulating to the brain. It clears thought and aids concentration. It helps relieve apathy, anxiety, and nervousness. Because it refreshes a tired mind, it is a top essential oil to use when treating depression and listlessness. It is uplifting and stimulating.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
*Lime essential oil can be photosensitive, which makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburns.