INFLAMMATION

ESSENTIAL OILS

Frankincense. Encourages circulation and helps decrease symptoms of joint or muscle pain.

Turmeric. Helps relieve inflammation in the entire body, including joints and gut.

Patchouli. Can address internal inflammation and conditions such as arthritis and gout.

Ginger. Contains zingiberene and gingerols, which have potent anti- inflammatory properties.

Research
Frankincense has been shown to be a potent inhibitor of 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme responsible for inflammation in the body.

Home Remedy
Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relieving Rub. Mix 1⁄2 cup of coconut or jojoba oil, 10 drops of helichrysum oil and 10 drops of lavender oil in a bottle and massage it into inflamed area

Background
Inflammation is your body's response to stress—whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment— that results in an inflamed or heated area. When you catch a cold, you may have inflammation in the form of a fever as your body heats up to eradicate the effects of the invading virus. This kind of inflammation is acute and beneficial, but the modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in your body. When your body's systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease.135 Over time, dietary and environmental toxins build up in the body, turning on the immune system and keeping it highly reactive and in an inflamed state. Other causes of inflammation include stress, leaky gut and chronic food allergies or food sensitivities. Essential oils can work together with healthy diet and lifestyle choices to reduce inflammation and help prevent disease.

Suggested Supplements

» Omega-3. EPA/DHA found in fish is nature’s anti- inflammation prescription.

» Proteolytic Enzymes. Enzymes (bromelain, papain and actinidin) help our bodies respond to inflammation by breaking down inflammatory proteins and toxins.