LUPUS

ESSENTIAL OILS

Frankincense. Reduces inflammation and immune reactions.

Helichrysum. Supports the nervous system.

Lavender and Geranium. Used to lessen skin inflammation.

Ginger and Turmeric. Support gut-immune response—a cause of autoimmune disease.

Research
In clinical studies, an active constituent in frankincense has been shown to be potent against 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme responsible for inflammation in the body.

Home Remedy
Take 3 drops of frankincense with water, three times daily. Sweeten the mixture with honey if desired. You can also apply 1 to 2 drops of helichrysum, lavender, turmeric and frankincense to your neck area to help ease some of the symptoms associated with lupus.

Background
Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. This attack leads to inflammation and chronic pain in the skin, joints and muscles. Lupus can also cause sun sensitivity, weight loss, hair loss and digestive problems. In 50 percent of cases, lupus causes a rash on the face known as a butterfly rash, which can get worse with sunlight and also appear on other parts of the body. Research indicates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Potential causes include allergic reactions, viruses, emotional stress, estrogen disruption due to pregnancy or birth control, hormonal imbalances, poor digestion and metal toxicity. Natural remedies for lupus—including an anti- inflammatory diet, exercise and essential oils for pain and stress reduction—can help manage symptoms and prevent further complications.

Suggested Supplements

» Omega-3. EPA/DHA in fish is critical for reducing systemic inflammation. Take 1,000 to 12,000 milligrams daily.

» Bone Broth Protein Powder. Contains type 2 collagen, along with the amino
acids proline, glycine and glutamine, which support the gut and immune system.