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.  


  • 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

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Kathy! Creating an account is not necessary to order from us, but there are benefits to setting up an account. Click “My Account” in the top right-hand corner and then “Don’t have an account? Create one!”

    On March 16, 2017

  • Kathy Olson says...

    How to I set up an account so I can purchase from you?

    On March 16, 2017

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