Best Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils
The number of autoimmune conditions increase every year, partly due to new diseases being identified, but also due to the new scientific understanding of long established conditions.
There are four million people in the UK known to be living with at least one autoimmune condition.
Rising rates of autoimmune conditions are costing the UK billions each year, health experts have warned. Connect Immune Research, a coalition of medical research charities, said many autoimmune conditions are becoming more common, with some increasing in incidence by as much as 9% each year. It has published a report, which shows direct and indirect costs to the UK for just three autoimmune conditions alone – type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis – currently add up to more than £13 billion a year.
Inflammation is at the root of such diverse conditions as; Psoriasis, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Asthma, Acne, Eczema and Anxiety and Depression.
Tragically, the list is a long one, and is set to increase exponentially as a consequence of an ever-increasing toxic burden being placed upon us from environmental factors, many new forms of stress and from experimental medical interventions etc.
The Autoimmune Registry lists 146 autoimmune conditions and estimates that there are between 60,609,372 to 189,557,206 total US cases of the diseases listed.
Reducing inflammation is one of the best means of avoiding life-threatening outcomes from the many toxic burdens which light the touch paper of autoimmunity. Hopefully this article will facilitate the means of reducing and eliminating inflammation for as many people as possible.
It details many natural ways of reducing inflammation in our bodies, and links to other articles which provide more insight into managing inflammation naturally. This article also lists many of the impressive healing benefits of the Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils which many people are already using to counter many sources of excessive inflammation…
I very much hope you find all of the information within this article invaluable, and that you will help to share it with family and friends if you feel they will benefit from it. It was written for all of you.
All of the inflammatory conditions I have listed in this introduction are known as autoimmune conditions. To understand more about autoimmunity, and why it is the real pandemic of our time, please read:
Many doctors and scientists are now predicting an auto-immune explosion due to the Coronavirus vaccinations. We have never needed to know the information contained in this article more than we do now!
Inflammation & Pain
Inflammation is also a major cause of chronic pain, and is responsible for the long-term use of NSAIDs, aka Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which have many unwanted side effects, such as the deterioration of digestive health, ulcers, acute kidney injury and heart attacks.
NSAIDs are one of the most commonly prescribed classes of medication for pain and inflammation. They are responsible for approximately 5-10% of all medications prescribed each year. The prevalence of NSAID use in patients over 65 years old is as high as 96% in the general practice setting.
These alarming statistics are unnecessary, making them even more distressing. There are plenty of natural alternatives, with essential oils being one of the best, most affordable options.
This is because there are a good number of essential oils which reduce inflammation without any nasty side-effects.
In fact, most aromatherapy oils have anti-inflammatory properties to some extent. However, there are a small number of exceptionally efficient anti-inflammatory essential oils which are outstanding in relation to other essential oils.
But, that’s not all… the top 10 anti-inflammatory essential oils featured in this article are such proficient anti-inflammatories that they are outstanding when compared to any other preparation or compound in existence… with no known negative side effects when used as instructed.
They are not known as the best anti-inflammatory essential for no reason!
Essential Oils For Pain Relief
Despite there being a whole raft of evidence-based, peer-reviewed, scientific research supporting the use of essential oils for pain relief, often published on government websites, like the NIH in the USA, (National Institutes Of Health), there still persists a baffling legal anomaly… It is unlawful for anyone in the UK to make any claims about the efficacy of essential oils for pain relief.
Despite this, there is increasing scientific interest in the subject of using essential oils for pain relief, even in the UK…
This is the conclusion of a recent NIH Report which draws on the results of 33 independent scientific studies :: The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
This study found a significant positive effect of aromatherapy in reducing pain. These results indicate that aromatherapy should be considered a safe addition to current pain management procedures as no adverse effects were reported in any of the included studies. Additionally, the cost associated with aromatherapy is far less than the cost associated with standard pain management treatment.
Sadly, I am legally bound to mention the feedback received via the The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, particularly for the reviews relating to the essential oils featured in this article, which all mention pain relief as an outcome of using the various oils.
This is because I am legally obliged to distance myself from these independent reviews, especially as most state that the pain relieving benefits of the essential oils was so effective that users were free from pain for extended periods of time after use. Some testimonials indicate pain relief spanning an entire day after using these anti-inflammatory essential oils.
Obviously, whilst it is incumbent on me to mention these third party, independent reviews which have been left in the Wild As The Wind Online Shop, I must do so to state the following:
I can in no way, condone or corroborate these independent reviews, which describe safe and effective pain management due to the use of Wild As The Wind anti-inflammatory aromatherapy oils. The views of customers cannot be seen as scientific evidence of any medical benefit.
More specifically, I am not at liberty, for the same legal reasons, to use independent reviews, which describe safe and effective pain management due to the use of Wild As The Wind Essential Oils, to make any claims about the pain relieving benefits of essential oils in this article.
Ultimately, like a good number of Wild As The Wind much loved customers before you, you will have to decide for yourself whether you are willing to consider attempting to use essential oils for safe and effective pain relief…
IMPORTANT STATEMENT :: I very much hope that the legal obligation of referencing customer reviews, (which mention using essential oils for pain relief), within this important article, does not deter anyone from leaving feedback on the essential oil product pages of the Wild As The Wind Online Shop Website in future.
Your feedback is always completely welcome, and is received with great gratitude. Your willingness to describe how essential oils and other Wild As The Wind products have helped you is becoming increasingly important.
There is more information clarifying the legal position of the information presented in this article in the disclaimer in the footnotes, and on the homepage of this website.
Root Cause Of Inflammatory Pain
Those suffering from inflammatory conditions understand that it is the inflammation in their joints, muscles and brains etc which is responsible for the pain they feel. However, the pain and inflammation are only symptoms of a deeper issue, which essential oils can be used very effectively for.
However, whilst often targeting the root causes of debilitating and painful conditions, the essential oils used often help to alleviate the overriding symptoms also…
Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils
This article is dedicated to the top 10 anti-inflammatory essential oils which help with the symptomatic relief of, as well as helping to heal a lot of the emotional triggers which cause these illnesses in the first instance.
It details how these exceptional anti-inflammatory essential oils are really proficient at dealing with all forms of autoimmunity.
In addition to the top 10 anti-inflammatory essential oils Wild As The Wind also produce Ease Essential Oil Blend, which is deeply anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
Autoimmune Conditions Are All Inflammatory
Any condition or diagnosis ending with the suffix ‘ITIS’ is an inflammatory condition. Examples are Phlebitis, Meningitis and Myelitis…
Phlebitis is an increasingly common condition where our veins become inflamed due to blood clotting, or because our vein walls are damaged. Superficial thrombophlebitis describes an inflamed vein near the surface of our skin, often a varicose vein, which is caused by a blood clot.
Myelitis is inflammation of our spinal cord. It is a symptom of a range of other conditions, rather than a recognised disease within itself.
However, there are an increasing number of medical professionals who see the diagnoses of inflammatory, autoimmune conditions as misleading owing to the fact they are presently seen as a disease. They believe it is much more helpful to see the inflammation caused by these ‘diseases’ as a symptom of a deeper condition which can be successfully treated.
A lot are looking to failing digestive health and systemic infections from things like toxic mould or parasites as well as emotional trauma as the true precursors to conditions which feature inflammatory pain.
Here’s a list of how inflammation is interpreted by Western Medicine presently.
Dietary Inflammation :: IBS, (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis etc…
Cerebral Inflammation :: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia, and of course, anxiety and depression
Respiratory Inflammation :: Asthma, Pneumonitis and Respiratory Allergies etc.
Skin Inflammation :: Rashes and Acne etc.
Acute Inflammation :: from exercise, and even eating!
Inflammation Doesn’t Have To Be An Issue
As we age, our body starts to slow down, break down, and develop various symptoms, ailments, and diseases. We accept this as a fact without thinking much about it. One of the reasons for age-related symptoms and diseases is inflammageing, a low-grade inflammation that develops with advanced age.
Many don’t know, but you don’t have to accept symptoms of inflammageing as an unavoidable consequence of ageing. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can live a vibrant and healthy life at any age. With proper nutrition and lifestyle strategies, you can slow the inflammageing process and reduce your risk of age-related symptoms and health issues.
Dr David Jockers
One of the best ways to ensure an inflammation-free life is to take care of your digestive health. Read Gut Health to find out how.
The following pointers are important…
- Eating an anti-inflammatory, alkalising diet is key to an anti-inflammatory life.
- Refined sugar is profoundly inflammatory and it is also the most dangerous neurotoxic food there is.
- Deep fried foods are also profoundly inflammatory.
- GMO foods and vegetable fats used for deep frying foods are very bad for our health.
- Avoid conventionally grown and reared foods. Eat organic wherever possible.
- Avoid over-exercising.
- Avoid toxic relationships with yourself and others.
Another way to achieve an inflammation-free body is to work with the following anti-inflammatory essential oils whilst also following an inflammation-reducing diet.
Essential Oils For Inflammation
Essential oils are profoundly beneficial on every levels of our being: physical, psychological and spiritual.
Because there is an inflammatory component to almost all physical disease, as well as many mental health disorders, it is unsurprising that almost all essential oils deliver some degree of anti-inflammatory benefit.
However, some essential oils contain more anti-inflammatory constituents than others.
Whilst this list contains the top 10 anti-inflammatory essential oils, there are, in fact, some other aromatherapy oils which possess impressive anti-inflammatory actions.
Lemongrass Essential Oil and Citronella Essential Oil are two highly regarded anti-inflammatory aromatherapy oils which don’t appear in the following list. They are, nevertheless, impressive anti-inflammatory essential oils which are particularly helpful for skin inflammation and insect bites etc. Plus, they have the added benefit of warding off many biting insects before they get a chance to bite us!
Citronella Essential Oil is one of nine essential oils in the Wild As The Wind Ultimate Insect Repellent Essential Oil formulation for this very reason.
Chamomile Essential Oil and Ginger Essential Oil have received some press attention in recent years for their anti-inflammatory properties. And, some anti-inflammatory essential oils have been adopted in conventional practice like Clove Essential Oil in dentistry, and conventional medical use of essential oils is growing exponentially, especially where the most commonly used essential oils are concerned, such as Lavender Essential Oil.
The founder of modern aromatherapy Rene-Maurice Gattefosse has used essential oils to massage patients during surgery, thus utilizing the medical aromatherapy knowledge of the effect of essential oils on promoting and treating clinically diagnosed medical ailments.
Perhaps the most commonly used anti-inflammatory aromatherapy oil used by Allopathic Doctors is Wintergreen Essential Oil, which is the main active ingredient in products like Deep Heat.
Wintergreen Essential Oil is very aromatically pleasing to most, however, it is an aromatherapy oil which comes with a number cautions and contraindications, so it is not an ideal choice for all, by any means, and so it hasn’t earned itself a place on this list of top 10 essential oils for inflammation.
How To Choose The Best Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oil From The Top 10?
It is difficult to decide how to choose the best anti-inflammatory essential oil for you as an individual, because there are just so many different aromatherapy oils to choose from. Narrowing the list down to the top 10 essential oils for inflammation is, therefore, very helpful.
You can further narrow down your selection based on budgetary restraints, and aromatic preference. So this article will attempt to keep things simple, whilst also providing budgetary and aromatic insight for you.
This way you will learn how to choose the best anti-inflammatory essential oil for you!
- £ = Low Cost
- ££ = Medium Cost
- £££ = Expensive
- * = Aromatically Mild
- ** = Aromatically Medium
- *** = Aromatically Strong
Using Several Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils
If you budget allows, you may wish to try several aromatherapy oils in the Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils List.
This is recommended for two reasons:
- Essential oils boost the healing potential of other oils when blended with each other
- It is always best to trial a small number of essential oils, side by side, to see which ones suit you best as an individual. We are all different, so there is a different combination of oils and healing protocols in general which will work best for you.
Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils
Some of the best anti-inflammatory essential oils are very little known. And some of the best anti-inflammatory essential oils are known by different names. This will be explained in more detail within the individual descriptions of these anti-inflammatory essential oils.
- Helichrysum Essential Oil
- Cananga Essential Oil
- Copaiba Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
- Hemp Essential Oil
- Gurjum Essential Oil
- Cistus Essential Oi
- Yarrow Essential Oil
- Hyssop Essential Oil
- Iary Essential Oil
Wild As The Wind supply more than one option of some of these essential oils. They are listed here for ease of access, for checking pricing information etc…
Helichrysum Essential Oils
- Helichrysum Essential Oil
- Organic Helichrysum Essential Oil
- Wildcrafted Organic Helichrysum Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil
- Frankincense Serata Essential Oil
- Frankincense Carteri Essential Oil
- Organic Frankincense Carteri Essential Oil
- Organic Frankincense Serata Essential Oil
- Olibanum Carteri Essential Oil
Hyssop Essential Oil
Yarrow Essential Oil
Cistus Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Wildcrafted Frankincense Sacra Essential Oil is coming very soon.
Wildcrafted Frankincense Sacra and Frankincense Carteri Gum / Resin are also coming soon.
Anti-Inflammatory Carrier Oils
As a bonus to the top 10 anti-inflammatory essential oils, here’s three very important anti-inflammatory carrier oils for you to consider. You will need a good carrier oil whether you are going to take your anti-inflammatory essential oils internally, or if you are planning on diluting your anti-inflammatory essential oils with a suitable carrier oil to make a massage oil.
Find out more about taking essential oils internally.
There are, of course, more than three anti-inflammatory carrier oils, but the three anti-inflammatory carrier oils listed are probably the three best, all-round anti-inflammatory carrier oils.
Organic Evening Primrose is another great choice, as is Organic Sweet Almond Oil. But, as with the Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils List, keeping the choice restricted to three anti-inflammatory carrier oils is designed to make your life easier.
However, St. John’s Wort makes things slightly more complicated because is contraindicated with a number of prescription medications, including the heavy-duty anti-inflammatory medication Methotrexate.
However, a little chat about Methotrexate is probably a good idea because a lot of visitors to this page are either already taking this problematic medication, or are considering taking it.
What Is Methotrexate?
Methotrexate is prescription drug which is not available over the counter… for good reason!
Methotrexate is prescribed to adults and children for inflammatory conditions, despite a long list of dangerous side-effects.
Methotrexate is widely prescribed for autoimmune conditions which include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Arthritis: Psoriatic Arthritis + Reactive Arthritis + Enteropathic Arthritis + Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
- Systemic Sclerosis + Multiple Sclerosis
- Lupus (SLE)
- Juvenile Dermatomyositis
- Localised Scleroderma
Methotrexate is contraindicated for the following
- Pregnant & nursing women
- Those trying to get pregnant
Methotrexate is also contraindicated if you have any of the following
- A recent vaccination
- Liver or Kidney disease
- Severe mouth ulcers
- Stomach or Bowel ulcers
Methotrexate is so potentially harmful the following protocols are required:
- Blood tests to check blood count, kidney and liver function before starting Methotrexate.
- Regular blood tests while taking Methotrexate as it can damage Liver & Kidney function & can diminish blood cell production.
- Initial blood tests are needed every two weeks, but once ‘a stable dose of Methotrexate‘ is determined blood tests are only required every two to three months whilst taking Methotrexate.
- A chest x-ray and breathing tests to check your lung function.
- Depending on your overall health, other tests may be required before Methotrexate is prescribed.
Methotrexate side-effects include:
- Shortness of breath
- Mouth ulcers
- Hair loss / thinning hair
All of the above side effects are identical to:
- Toxic shock
- Toxic poisoning
Methotrexate Versus Natural Essential Oils
There is no contest between using beautiful, aromatic essential oils to help mitigate the symptoms of autoimmune conditions and the use of Methotrexate.
Essential oils and carrier oils, when used as instructed, are non-toxic and have no negative side effects.
*Those with a nut allergy should avoid using nut oils like Organic Sweet Almond Oil
List Of The 10 Best Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils
The anti-inflammatory essential oils in this list are in no particular order.
Cananga Essential Oil is probably the least well known of all of the anti-inflammatory essential oils in this list. It is a very close cousin to the much better known Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, but it is vastly more anti-inflammatory than Ylang Ylang Essential Oil owing to it’s beta-caryophyllene, aka BCP, content.
Cananga Essential Oil is comprised of c. 50% beta-caryophyllene, and it is this constituent which makes this very affordable aromatherapy oil so anti-inflammatory.
Aromatically it is similar to Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, but is nowhere near as strongly scented and is less intensely floral. It is slightly more woodsy with floral overtones.
Cananga Essential Oil is suitable for many inflammatory conditions, and it also provides emotional benefits.
Copaiba Essential Oil is also known as Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil.
Copaiba Essential Oil is another exceptional anti-inflammatory essential oil containing BCP. In fact, Copaiba Essential Oil contains an equivalent amount of BCP as Cananga Essential Oil.
Copaiba Essential Oil is the least aromatic of all of the essential oils in this list. It has a warm, slightly sweet, woodsy scent which is very faint, and imperceptible to some. In this respect it is very similar to Gurjum Essential Oil.
Copaiba Essential Oil is the most universally tolerated aromatherapy oil and is considered safe for use with babies over the age of 6 months old. It is often used for things like teething, aiding sleep and improving breathing etc.
Copaiba Essential Oil is also very proficient in dealing with adult inflammation from auto-immune conditions.
Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil Versus Cananga Essential Oil
As Copaiba Essential Oil shares the same level of the anti-inflammatory constituent, BCP, as Cananga Essential Oil the following review of both aromatherapy oils is very helpful.
This feedback, (originally submitted via the review section of the Cananga Essential Oil page in the Wild As The Wind Online Shop), vouches for the efficacy of both aromatherapy oils, but defines the subtle differences.
Cananga Essential Oil is a fantastic addition to the ‘Wild’ essential oil collection. It is very helpful for pain relief just like copaibia but with an uplifting mood effect as an added bonus for us.
The pain my wife suffers from is early osteoporosis and a frozen shoulder, I have a stiff hip that manifests after too much physical hard work.
My wife has really appreciated the massage oil, which has really aided her frozen shoulder, either made with 2 drops of copaibia essential oil or cananga essential oil. Both are as equally good as each other.
Also, when taken orally, 2 drops morning and night, we found that the copaibia essential oil is more calming emotionally whereas the cananga essential oil provides more of an up mood.
Thank you, again, Rachel
Amie, Dorchester, Dorset
Just like Cananga Essential Oil, Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil interacts with our Endocannabinoid system, pairing itself with the CB2 receptors located in our peripheral organs and immune system, particularly in the digestive tract.
By contrast Hemp Essential Oil also interfaces with CB1 receptors which are mainly in the brain.
Nevertheless, Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil and Cananga Essential Oil have been shown to positively affect mood and psychological conditions, along with a long list of other benefits.
Helichrysum Essential Oil is also known as Immortelle Essential Oil or even Everlasting Essential Oil.
Helichrysum Essential Oil is considered by many to be the ultimate anti-inflammatory essential oil, but owing to it’s price it isn’t always everyone’s first choice. It is recommended for both muscle and joint inflammation from both injury and autoimmune conditions.
It is also thought to have wound healing abilities and to support emotional wellbeing also.
It is somewhat difficult to describe Helichrysum Essential Oil aromatically, especially as all three versions of this aromatherapy oil available from Wild As The Wind have distinct aromatic differences. Plus, it is aromatically quite unique, but is well loved by many.
It is regularly used in perfumery for it’s slightly seductive, exotic aroma, which is also rich and somewhat spicey rather than herbaceous. It is almost a dry smelling scent which is very clean and clarifying.
Frankincense Serata Essential Oil is also spelt Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil
Frankincense Serata Essential Oil is the variety of Frankincense Essential Oil which has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic healing traditions, from the South of India, to treat inflammatory conditions like Arthritis and Rheumatism.
For this reason Frankincense Serata Essential Oil is also known as Indian Frankincense Essential Oil.
In my personal experience two oils excel for respiratory inflammation. These are Frankincense Serata Essential Oil and Helichrysum Essential Oil.
I have witnessed many Asthmatics very quickly recover normal breathing when inhaling Helichrysum Essential Oil, (usually only needing two, three or four deep in breaths to restore their breathing to normal), and I have witnessed Frankincense Serata Essential Oil do the same for many, many allergy / hay fever sufferers.
But like Helichrysum Essential Oil, Frankincense Serata Essential Oil is a brilliant anti-inflammatory from every angle. It is the aromatherapy oil which complements St. John’s Wort in the very much loved Wild As The Wind product, the aptly called Frankincense & St. John’s Wort Preparation.
In order to appreciate just how efficient Frankincense Serata Essential Oil as an anti-inflammatory aromatherapy oil, then a quick read through the feedback on the Frankincense & St. John’s Wort Preparation product page will be very revealing.
Frankincense Serata Essential Oil is also much loved aromatically. This resinous aromatherapy oil is used by several of the major religions for devotional purposes. It is used by the Catholic Church during mass and by Buddhists for meditational purposes, for example.
Frankincense Serata Essential Oil is profoundly appreciated for it’s emotional support, especially where endurance and stamina are concerned, and mental support for providing clarity and focus, as well as it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
When Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil and Cananga Essential Oil don’t quite deliver optimal results, then there’s always Wild As The Wind Hemp Essential Oil waiting in the wings. These two oils are excellent in almost all applications, but because Hemp Essential Oil interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors, and not just our CB1 receptors which the other anti-inflammatory oils interact with, Hemp Essential Oil is more comprehensively beneficial than the other, more affordable, anti-inflammatory aromatherapy oils; namely Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil and Cananga Essential Oil.
Hemp Essential Oil, is therefore recommended for those with complex and chronic conditions, where conventional interventions have spanned decades. When someone has been treated with modern medicines for serious conditions for a number of decades, they are usually on a whole array of medicines, often to counter the side effects of other drugs, which were themselves taken to deal with side-effects of the original medicines, and so on and so forth…
A lot of allopathic medicines are very toxic, and can have a devastating effect on our health. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that modern medicine, taken as prescribed, is the third cause of death in the world. (This statistic was proven prior to the release of the coronavirus vaccine. As death and injury rates for this are off the charts, there is a very real danger that Western Medicine, when taken as prescribed, will be declared the biggest killer in the world before too long.)
As Hemp Essential Oil, as well as Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil and Cananga Essential Oil all interact with our endocannabinoid systems, this is another area where these essential oils are so beneficial.
The ‘endo’ portion of the term endocannabinoid is the shortened version of ‘endocrine’. Our endocrine system is the medical term for our hormonal system.
The CB1 and CB2 receptors, mentioned earlier, which Hemp Essential Oil interacts with, are more specifically hormone receptor sites. This means that Hemp Essential Oil is particularly beneficial as an anti-inflammatory aromatherapy oil for conditions with an hormonal component.
Hemp Essential Oil Versus CBD Oil?
Hemp Essential Oil contains CBD, which has risen to almost blanket recognition within the UK.
Wild As The Wind Hemp Essential Oil contains the natural form of the constituent CBD, which, when it remains within Hemp Essential oil, the CBD is completely in it’s natural state. This essentially means, the CBD found in the Wild As The Wind Hemp Essential Oil has not been isolated from this 100% natural product, and is thus still amid all of the other, deeply healing, cannabinoids, found in the Wild As The Wind Hemp Essential Oil.
Not only are all of these other cannabinoids very beneficial, in and of themselves, but they are also incredibly important where the assimilation of all cannabinoids, including CBD, are concerned.
When CBD is extracted as an isolate from Hemp Essential Oil, it is necessary to take much higher doses of CBD isolate to achieve the same benefits obtained from the natural version of Hemp Essential Oil.
However, certain Hemp Essential Oils are produced with higher levels of banned substances, like THC, than are legally permitted. Thus, in these cases, the CBD is extracted as an isolate so that the harvest is not lost. Whilst this protects the profits of the producer, it is not the ideal solution for those seeking anti-inflammatory support.
This is why Wild As The Wind receive feedback like this…
I’ve tried several CBD oils and this is by far the best. I’m a professional gardener so I get a lot of aches and pains and when I stop taking this oil my pains increase!!!!!
I initially started taking Hemp essential oil every day to help with the pain in my hands. My knuckles [used to] swell up and I found everyday things to be a struggle. Since taking the oil the pain has definitely eased enormously.
I have tried two other makes of CBD, but this is the only one that works for me. Makes me feel more energetic and less achy.
Another reason why Hemp Essential Oil has been slightly eclipsed by CBD Oil is because many CBD Oils available on the market today are synthetic. This effectively means there is nothing natural about these CBD Oils at all.
These synthetic CBD Oils are simply engineered in a lab from unnatural chemical components, and are another reason why Wild As The Wind receive the kind of feedback duplicated above.
It is much cheaper to produce synthetic CBD Oils from unnatural chemicals than it is to grow a crop of plants, which are then harvested and steam distilled into Hemp Essential Oil.
Lab based, pharmacological CBD Oil often comes from established, conventional medical labs, which have all of the financial backing, earned from huge pharmacological sales of synthetic meds, to market and sell CBD Isolate Oil.
It is also the likely reason why so many people report that their anxiety and depression worsens instead of improving after taking these synthetic CBD Oils.
However, conventionally grown plants, where many chemicals are used will also present an issue. When conventional plant material is used to make Hemp Essential Oil, many of the toxic chemicals will make their way into the essential oil.
Hemp Essential Oil, Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil and Cananga Essential Oil all have positive impacts on our emotional health.
I find taking Hemp Essential Oil has really helped balance out my hormones, I am definitely less moody!!
[Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil] has helped me with my current lifestyle stress. I take a drop of this wonderful oil in the morning and night and it has transformed me into a calm and clear thinking person. I also sleep pretty much uninterrupted for a solid six hours which I haven’t for many years. I thoroughly recommend and will be purchasing again.
Tracy, Chertsey, Surrey
Gurjum Essential Oil is also known as Gurjun Essential Oil.
Gurjum Essential Oil is also referred to as Indian Copaiba Essential Oil owing to it’s anti-inflammatory benefits and it’s very mild aroma and taste.
Gurjun Essential Oil is also a balsamic essential oil, like Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil, and so it’s full title is Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil or Gurjun Balsam Essential Oil.
Another way in which Gurjun Balsam Essential Oil is similar to Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil is that it is suitable for todlers, when diluted at the correct amount to a good carrier oil.
Aromatically, Gurjun Essential Oil is mild, sweet and balsamic, with nutty, woody and slightly camphorous notes.
Gurjun Essential Oil has been used in Eastern healing traditions, as well as Ayurveda, (from Southern India), for thousands of years, to treat a very wide variety of conditions. Again, like Copaiba Essential Oil, Gurjun Essential Oil is a very broad spectrum healer, with antiviral + antiseptic + anti-anxiety + anti-asthmatic + antibacterial + anti-depressant + anti-fungal + antimicrobial as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Gurjun Essential Oil is the natural choice for inflammatory conditions with a bacterial element, but only Copaiba Essential Oil has anti-parasitic benefits. Thus, if your inflammatory condition is likely to have a parasitic constituent, then Copaiba Essential Oil is definitely the better choice out of these two anti-inflammatory aromatherapy oils.
Gurjun Essential Oil is by far the most affordable aromatherapy oil on this list, and it is one of two of the least aromatic. This makes Gurjun Essential Oil a great start-point for most people.
However, if Gurjun Essential Oil doesn’t deliver the full benefits you are hoping for, then it’s time to incorporate another oil into the mix… perhaps choosing Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil or Cananga Essential Oil is the way to go?
Please read the section below on combining essential oils for more information about how blending essential oils broadens the healing potential of the oils and also boosts the healing potential also.
Cistus Essential Oil, aka Rock Rose Essential Oil, is an alluringly beautiful, and richly aromatic aromatherapy oil with really comprehensive healing benefits.
*Wild As The Wind Also carry an Organic Cistus Essential Oil
Cistus Essential Oil is better known for healing respiratory conditions and for its wound healing abilities, but, it is one of the best anti-inflammatory essential oils there is.
The energetic properties of Cistus Essential Oil are also deeply helpful for chronic nature of autoimmune conditions.
Rock Rose is a Mediterranean plant which often grows in harsh rocky environments where there is little shade or water.
Consequently, the enduring energy of Cistus Essential Oil is one of resilience and endurance.
Frankincense Aromatherapy Oil is another oil which does this. Frankincense Essential Oil is made from the resin harvested from Boswellia trees, which tend to grow in harsh dessert regions, again with little shade or water.
Essential oils made from plants which grow in these kinds of conditions tend to confer these kinds of benefits to those who use them.
All unprocessed emotions are stored energetically within our bodies. This is a fact which has been understood by ancient healing traditions for millennia, and has now finally been acknowledged by Western Medicine.
If stored emotional pain remains in our energetic fields for long enough it will eventually turn into physical pain. And, long-term inflamed thinking will turn into chronic, painful inflammatory autoimmune conditions also.
However, sometimes we develop painful autoimmune conditions as a consequence of experiencing random, acute traumatic events like car accidents, or a fall which leads to a serious head injury.
Cistus Essential Oil is a very helpful oil no matter the cause of the trauma. This is because it is thought to help alleviate shock from traumatic events and accidents.
It’s also thought to soothe our heart after a crisis, especially when the trauma has left us feeling ‘beside ourselves’ with grief. In these instances we are apt to feel empty and numb, which are the short-term protective mechanisms in place to shield us from the full impact of tragedy and trauma.
Using Cistus Essential Oil in these instances can help avert getting stuck in a startled and numb emotional state, thereby helping us to avoid a depressive episode in response to trauma.
Depression is now recognised as an inflammatory condition.
There is now an extensive body of data showing that depression is associated with both a chronic low-grade inflammatory response, activation of cell-mediated immunity and activation of the compensatory anti-inflammatory reflex system (CIRS), characterized by negative immunoregulatory processes. New evidence shows that clinical depression is accompanied by increased oxidative and nitrosative stress (O&NS) and autoimmune responses directed against O&NS modified neoepitopes
Cistus Essential Oil is only one of several aromatherapy oils in this list which can avert a depressive episode. In fact, all of the 10 anti-inflammatory essential oils in this list will help in this respect.
However, we are all individuals. So, one person will respond really well to Cistus essential Oil, and another will respond a lot better to Cananga Essential Oil.
One of the best ways to establish which essential oils to work with is through finding out which oils you are most aromatically drawn to. Our noses know what we need!
Yarrow Essential Oil is profoundly anti-inflammatory. Like Cistus Essential Oil, it is particularly helpful for autoimmune conditions which also have an emotional or trauma component to them. This includes conditions like Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS.
*CFS often starts with a viral infection, but is usually accompanied by either trauma or tragedy also. Trauma of tragedy don’t have to be simply being involved in an accident, or losing someone close to us. It can be a consequence of having to leave an area to get a new job, or it can be losing a job we love.
A lot of people have been traumatised by the circumstances imposed upon them due to coronavirus; not being able to meet and have the support of friends and family, or watching the health of an elderly relative significantly go down hill owing to long-term isolation.
These feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness in terms of not being able to do anything to help ourselves and others is deeply traumatising.
Trauma can lead to developing an autoimmune condition, as every Fibromyalgia sufferer knows!
Three of the best essential oils for trauma are:
Hyssop Essential Oil
Yarrow Essential Oil
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Unsurprisingly, all three of these aromatherapy oils are on this list!
Yarrow Essential Oil is especially good for re-centring our energies and helping us to transition from one phase of life to another.
This is perhaps what we would expect from an essential oil which reduces inflammation in our muscles and joints, thereby permitting us more flexibility from a physical perspective. It is this physical flexibility which is needed for us to move on.
Conditions which make us physically less flexible have usually started metaphysically as a mental and emotional inflexibility. If we don’t process or resolve these forms of emotional inflexibility it is only a matter of time before they show up in our physical bodies.
Yarrow Essential Oil is particularly helpful for those who need encouragement to be clear about their objectives and their boundaries etc. It is very supportive of our Throat Chakra.
Yarrow Essential Oil is an expectorant and is thus excellent for helping us to clear our throats before we speak!
Hyssop Essential Oil is well known for being a very effective antimicrobial agent, particularly for infected and inflammatory skin conditions. And, of course, it is also known for it’s rejuvenating skin benefits, like reducing the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles.
But, it is a little less well known for it’s exceptional anti-inflammatory benefits. Hopefully this article will change all that!
Hyssop Essential Oil is especially helpful when the inflammatory condition being targeted is coupled with issues of trauma. For this reason it has a natural affinity with Arnica Carrier Oil.
Hyssop Essential Oil, like all of the anti-inflammatory oils in this top 10 list, offers support for, body-wide inflammation, skin inflammation and respiratory inflammation. It is helpful for symptoms of cold and flu, and other inflammation-inducing viral infections.
However, Hyssop Essential Oil, can also be used to alleviate serious inflammatory respiratory illnesses, such as Asthma.
Hyssop is essentially a warming plant which is great when used in a chest and back rub to benefit our lungs and upper respiratory system. As well as helping with colds and flu etc, it also helps in breaking down hard phlegm, reducing catarrh and easing and reducing coughing.
Hyssop Essential Oil is also excellent for muscle spasms and cramps, as well as acute abdominal cramping. And, of course, Hyssop Essential Oil is excellent for chronic autoimmune conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout and multiple sclerosis.
However, where Hyssop Essential Oil really comes into it’s own, is for autoimmune trauma conditions like Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, aka CFS. In this respect is very similar to Yarrow Essential Oil and Helichrysum Essential Oil
There are less options of Hyssop Essential Oil in the Wild As The Wind Online Shop than many of the essential oils in this anti-inflammatory essential oil list, with only one in each category. However, these are more than enough! All are of exceptional quality.
*Wild As The Wind used to carry an English Hyssop Essential Oil, but because it is aromatically inferior to the French ethically sourced Hyssop Essential Oil, it was felt there was no need to continue carrying it.
Wild As The Wind Iary Essential Oil is a deeply effective essential oil for the symptomatic relief of autoimmune conditions and other inflammatory illnesses and injuries.
This very pleasing aromatherapy oil is also known as Arina Essential Oil.
10. Iary Essential Oil Skincare Uses
Iary Essential Oil is a little known healing powerhouse, with a great aroma. Like all of the best anti-inflammatory essential oils it helps with systemic, skin and respiratory inflammation.
Wild As The Wind Iary Essential Oil has a very pleasing, subtle smell, which is earthy and resinous, whilst also woody with a hint of evergreen and camphor.
It is exceptional for skin function, and can be used effectively in facial oils as well as massage oils.
Iary Essential Oil is very appeasing for our skin and exerts anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory benefits. This makes it an ideal choice for fighting skin infections and irritations.
Like Frankincense Essential Oil, Iary Aromatherapy Oil has a very high terpene content, which means both of these oils share wrinkle smoothing benefits in common. But, of course that’s not all…
Native to Madagascar, it is referred to as The Tree Of Life by the Malagasy. They use the leaves and buds of Asteraceae to treat sore throats, coughs & bronchitis, as well as for skin issues. It is also used in insect repellents and to relieve skin disorders, particularly those which involve persistent itching.
The Malagasy also use preparations of Psiadia altissima to keep certain parasites away.
Iary Aromatherapy Oil on an energetic level it is thought to help us to connect with our Life’s purpose through a process of heightening our perception. This really makes Iary Essential Oil a more affordable option to Frankincense Essential Oil… and it’s certainly a lot more affordable than the other oil used for mental and spiritual development through meditation, Sandalwood Essential Oil.
Bonus Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oil
No list of anti-inflammatory essential oils would be complete without mentioning Rosemary Essential Oil. And, no mention of Rosemary Essential Oil can be made without mentioning one of the leading causes of inflammation in our modern world… It’s an important entry for this point alone…
Rosemary Essential Oil, like Gurjum Essential Oil, is a profoundly healing aromatherapy oil which is really very affordable.
This is why Rosemary Essential Oil is thought to be the best aromatherapy oil for protecting us against the pro-inflammatory effects of microwave technologies within our environment. Non-native, synthetic microwaves are bombarding us 24 / 7, and have been scientifically shown to cause clumping of blood cells (which is ALWAYS a bad thing) as well as causing inflammation etc.
Non-native EMF has also been linked to inflammatory neurological disorders, including Autism, ADD and ADHD, and is thought to contribute to things like Early On-Set Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s etc. It is also linked to infertility and cancer.
Because Rosemary Essential Oil has been scientifically shown to protect us at a DNA level, it is the obvious choice for protecting us against Non-Native EMF. Plus, Rosemary Essential Oil is also known as the aromatherapy oil for supporting a good memory, so it is again a great choice for any inflammatory condition with a neurological element.
As with many of the essential oils in this anti-inflammatory essential oil list, there are several choices of Rosemary Essential Oil in the Wild As The Wind Online Shop:
Combining Essential Oils For Optimal Results
Essential oils, when used in a blend, help to elevate the potency of the oils they are mixed with. So, whilst it’s important to test your chosen anti-inflammatory essential oils individually, it is also important to experiment with blending them.
All of the lower cost oils, such as Iary, Copaiba and Gurjum, for example, all blend beautifully to create a more potent version of the three individual oils.
Blended essential oils are thus, the epitome of one the most famous sayings of Aristotle… that being:
The power of the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts
Finding The Best Essential Oils For You
It is extremely helpful to trial a single essential oil for a week, whilst also documenting your findings, before trialing another essential oil the following week, whilst again keeping notes.
Sometimes, a single essential oil will be all you need, alongside certain lifestyle changes, (to improve digestive health etc), but quite often, because we are all different, a combination of essential oils, alongside lifestyle changes, is going to deliver optimal results for you as an individual.
Most of the essential oils on this list are eminently affordable, and it’s worth trialing several of them to discover your optimal combination of essential oils.
Living with the symptoms of autoimmune conditions is debilitating and depressing. If a combination of two or three essential oil can be used to liberate you from many of these symptoms, then experimenting with the different options to find what works best for you as an individual, has to be worth it.
Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils Under £10.00
- 10ml Gurjum Essential Oil
- 10ml Iary Essential Oil
- 10ml Rosemary Essential Oil
Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils Under £15.00
- 10ml Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil
- 10ml Cananga Essential Oil
- !0ml Hyssop Essential Oil
- 5ml Frankincense Essential Oil
Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils Under £20.00
- 10ml Frankincense Serata Essential Oil
- 5ml Cistus Essential Oil
- 5ml Yarrow Essential Oil
- 5ml Hemp Essential Oil
Anti-Inflammatory Carrier Oils
In this section I have included St John’s Wort, which is a macerated oil, aka as an infused oil. St John’s Wort is only suitable for external application, whereas one of the other carrier oils mentioned, Organic Nigella Sativa Seed Oil is a food grade organic carrier oil.
The Wild As The Wind Organic Sweet Almond Oil is not officially a food grade carrier oil, but it is a very high grade cosmetic quality oil.
Food Grade Organic Nigella Sativa Seed Oil has earned itself the name of: “the cure for everything but death”.
It’s great for inflammatory skin conditions, and is also brilliant for supporting weight loss. Studies even suggest it is effective at regulating blood sugar when taken internally.
Food Grade Organic Nigella Sativa Seed Oil is possibly the best choice as a carrier oil anti-inflammatory essential oil preparations. However, Organic Nigella Sativa Seed Oil has a notable aroma of it’s own, and would still be discernable when used to blend some of the aromatically mild essential oils in the top 10 essential oils for inflammation list.
Nevertheless, some will consider this a bonus rather than a detractor. For those that don’t, then Organic Sweet Almond Nut Oil is a better option as long there’s not a nut allergy to consider.
Wild As The Wind Organic Nigella Sativa Seed Oil is a food grade oil and is, therefore, suitable for internal consumption.
*Those with a nut allergy should avoid using nut oils like Organic Sweet Almond Oil.
Organic Sweet Almond Oil is possibly the most popular carrier oil of all time. It makes for a great massage oil, and because it has no discernible scent of it’s own, and is very well absorbed by all skin types it is hard to fault it.
One of it’s lesser known benefits is that Organic Sweet Almond Oil is an anti-inflammatory oil, which makes it even more ideal as a carrier oil for anti-inflammatory essential oil preparations.
Organic Sweet Almond Oil is the more affordable carrier oil out of the anti-inflammatory carrier oils listed here.
Most people have heard of St. John’s Wort owing to it’s antidepressant qualities. But, just as the top 10 anti-inflammatory essential oils in this list offer emotional support as well as physical support, so does St. John’s Wort Oil.
Organic St. John’s Wort Oil is a popular remedial oil which is used for a number of healing purposes in Eastern Europe, particularly in the Balkan region.
It is variously used to treat myalgia, neuralgia, minor wounds and burns (including sunburn), as well as abrasions, bruises, contusions, ulcers etc…
It is thought to be exceptional for conditions such as Sciatica.
St John’s Wort Oil is one of a good number of infused, or macerated, anti-inflammatory base oils.
As mentioned earlier, St John’s Wort Oil is contraindicated with Methotrexate, and a good number of other prescription drugs.
However, St John’s Wort Oil is the best carrier oil when it comes to chronic inflammation and nerve damage, particularly of the Sciatic Nerve.
Nevertheless, Arnica Oil is better for inflammation caused by injury / trauma. Plus, it really helps to heal bruising also.
St John’s Wort Oil is a very important base oil for the Wild As The Wind product Frankincense & St. John’s Wort Preparation. This is an extremely popular product, with a lot of very positive feedback
- Essential Oils For Internal Consumption
- How To Use Essential Oils
- Symptoms & Effects Of Non-Native EMF
- Science Direct
- Connect Immune Research
- The Autoimmune Registry
- Medical News Today
- Dr. Jockers :: How Inflammation Ages Us and What To Do About It!!
- WeMD :: Essential Oils for Knee and Joint Pain
The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.
Deepen your knowledge by using the Wild As The Wind Recommended Resources
Another resource you may find useful can be found by following the link below. *Please note, I use sources from the Recommended Resources list as well as sources from the Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources list when researching articles for the Wild As The Wind Blog.
Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which essential oil formulas to put together for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.
We use the industry ‘bible’ on essential oil safety: Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals [2nd Edition] by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, to establish the safety of the Wild As The Wind formulations.
We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Valerie Ann Worwood, and Julia Lawless.
Many of the scientific studies used to inform the claims made on this website are via GreenMedInfo, as well as via the Dr. Josh Axe website.
Other resources include:
- Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young
- Dr. Robert Pappas
- Dr. Maria Lis-Balchin
- Robbi Zeck
- Dr. Mercola