Inflammation can be caused by several different factors, but is generally the result of injury or infection. The side effects—redness, swelling and pain—can be minimized using various methods.
One great way to reduce swelling is through applying ice. You can either fill a towel with ice, applying indirectly; or as is common among athletes, take an ice bath. After using ice, it is recommended that you apply a compress and elevate the affected area.
In addition to these measures, there are also essential oils you can apply topically. As I’ve discussed before, Copaiba Balsam is a great oil for inflammation, as is our Muscle Ice Blend (also available in Roll-On, Healthy Spritz and Bath Salt). Here are 3 more oils perfectly equipped for the task!
This oil improves circulation, thus alleviating mild muscle pain and stiffness. Cinnamon is able to provide this relief due to the fact that it contains blood-thinning properties.
The two chemical compounds that make Rosemary a top-notch pain fighter are Carnosol and Carnosic; they help reduce inflammation in the muscles and joints, while also acting as antioxidants.
The anti-inflammatory ability of this oil is due largely to its calming and soothing properties. Vetiver is beneficial in aiding the circulatory system and can help in times of extreme weather exposure. It is great for relieving mild pain associated with joint discomfort.
Below is a recipe for an anti-inflammatory bath scrub. Use this invigorating scrub in the morning to relieve mild muscle and joint pain, and awaken the mind and body.
Anti-Inflammation Sugar Scrub
- 1 c. Brown Sugar
- ½ c. Coconut Oil
- 6 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 8 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- Sealable glass jar
Place brown sugar and coconut oil in a blender. Add essential oils one drop at a time. Blend until smooth and completely mixed. Transfer mixture to jar and seal tightly. To use, scoop a small amount onto hands and gently massage into skin, avoiding sensitive areas, and rinse. Scrub will leave skin feeling smoother and improve circulation. Use as needed, up to a few times a week. Store jar in a cool, dry place to prolong shelf life.