The Best Essential Oils For Inflammation

March 01, 2017

Inflammation comes in many shapes and sizes, wreaking havoc on the human body. If you’ve ever been stung by a bee or rolled your ankle, you know that inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and infection. From bursitis to bronchitis, we’ve heard your pleas for a solution to these common ailments. That’s why we’ve selected some of the best essential oils for inflammation and swelling.

 Anti-inflammatory EOs

In the medical realm, inflammation is classified as causing pain, redness, immobility, swelling and heat. However, there are certain types of inflammation we cannot see with the naked eye, such as bronchitis and laryngitis. Knowing your ailment and its cause is the first step to figuring out which essential oils are best for your needs.

Peppermint: With cooling, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, Peppermint is a prime pick for reducing inflammation caused by injury. 

Combine 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Lavender and 5 drops German Chamomile with 2 Tbsp of Tamanu carrier oil for a cooling, anti-inflammatory blend. This is a cooling blend, great for inflammation caused by injury, and associated with pain.

Eucalyptus: For respiratory inflammation such as bronchitis, laryngitis, pneumonia, etc. We don't recommend stopping your antibiotics or medications unless your doctor approves. With that said, Eucalyptus is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, a decongestant and mucolytic.

 Mix 30 drops Eucalyptus, 30 drops Spruce and 30 drops Spike Lavender in a 5 ml bottle for a decongestant, mucolytic, and anti-inflammatory blend. Pop in the diffuser for respiratory inflammation. 

Lavender: The mother of essential oils, Lavender benefits respiratory inflammation, as well as inflammation caused by injury and infection. For respiratory inflammation, try Spike Lavender.

Blend 48 drops Lavender, 38 drops Spruce and 38 drops Peppermint in a 5 ml bottle to create an anti-inflammatory stock blend for inflammation associated with respiratory issues, injury and infection.

German Chamomile: When it comes to inflammatory skin problems such as dermatitis, special care is required so you don't negatively affect skin sensitization. German Chamomile is a top choice for skin conditions, with gentle anti-inflammatory properties which improve skin conditions.   

Add 2 drops of German Chamomile to a 10 ml Roll-On and top off with Tamanu carrier oil. After a skin patch test, apply to inflamed skin.

Spruce: The suffix -itis means inflammation, and its no wonder if you’ve had arthritis or swollen joints. When it comes to pain and respiratory issues associated with inflammation, Spruce’s decongestant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties make this oil a go-to.  

Melt 2 Tbsp of Beeswax in a double boiler. Add 2 oz of Avocado carrier oil, 7 drops Spruce, 5 drops German Chamomile and 5 drops Lavender for an anti-arthritic balm. Apply to inflamed areas.  


  • Linda says...

    Does anyone know what is the best essential oil for nerve pain? I am currently on opioids and they are not doing the job. The pain is in my feet and it’s excrutiating! I’ve tried peppermint, wintergreen and helicrysum. They don’t cut it. Any suggestions? Most anti-inflammatories do not help nerve damage.

    On August 04, 2017

  • wayne Farrar says...

    Hello, I just ordered 30 ml of plai oil from you , I decided to give your brand a try some others are so high priced and I can not see that they could be that much better if any better at all it’s greed more then anything plai oil has helped me with pain and I wish to thank you people at edens garden for being able to sale a quality oil at an affordable price most of us out here with this kind of pain can not no longer work
    which puts the very high pried oil out of reach and even if we could afford it why pay 3 times as much for the same quality and usually less oil ? I will order from Edens garden again
    If you have any blends that you would recommend for extreme pain most in the knees please pass it on
    I have only been trying oils for about 8 months and other home made lotions including benzocaine and lidocaine HCl and the base, it seems to me that the oils work better then the lidocaine if I do not kill myself first trying, sooner or later i will kill this pain with something other then narcotics
    I am sure many others feel the same about this not to mention the problems you have to go through to get your prescriptions every month jumping through hoops it seems at lease no one is telling us what and how much essential oils we can buy NOT YET ANYWAY

    On July 23, 2017

  • chris chambers says...

    Has anyone used Cannabis oil for pain relief? If so, can you tell me how you applied it and ratios used ? I have back pain and am hoping that a roll on using the Cannabis oil can help.

    thanks, chris

    On March 30, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Darcy! Yes, it is effective to use just one anti-inflammatory oil for inflammation.

    On March 17, 2017

  • Darcy Koch says...

    On your site there are suggestions for easing inflammation. These say to mix gtts. of a few different oils. Would it be beneficial to just use one—as in just lavender or just peppermint?

    On March 17, 2017

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