EDEMA

ESSENTIAL OILS

Roman Chamomile. Contains anti- inflammatory properties; acts as a disinfectant due to the presence of azulene.

Juniper. Shown to regulate hormone levels and reduce bloating and inflammation.

Lavender. Can lessen swelling in the feet, ankles and legs.

Cypress. Improves circulation, thereby helping reduce edema more quickly.

Research
A 2015 study reported that an inflammatory response in laboratory animals was reduced through the pre- treatment of the animals with lavender oil. The results reveal lavender’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities, as well as demonstrate its therapeutic potential.

Home Remedy
Edema Massage. Mix 2 drops each of cypress oil and juniper oil with equal parts of coconut oil, and massage the mixture onto inflamed areas twice daily. It can also be added to a warm- water bath or applied with a warm compress.

Background
Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid that is trapped in the body’s tissues. It is estimated that approximately 4.4 million people in the U.S. regularly experience edema. Common symptoms include swelling or puffiness of the tissue directly under the skin, skin that retains a dimple or mark after being pressed for several seconds, increased abdominal size and stretched or shiny skin. It can appear suddenly, but usually develops subtly—the patient may first gain weight, or wake up with puffy eyes. Edema can be the result of medication, pregnancy, physical inactivity, sitting or standing for long periods, surgery, heat, birth control pills, excessive salt intake, poor diet or an underlying disease.

Suggested Supplements

» Omega-3. EPA/DHA found in fish oil is beneficial for lowering inflammation, which may improve edema.

» Turmeric + Black Pepper. This combination helps improve blood flow and reduces inflammation.