What is inflammation?
Inflammation happens when our immune system is activated, it is a process by which our body's white blood cells kick into action to fight external invaders, like bacteria and viruses all in the name of protecting us! The most common reasons for chronic inflammation are autoimmune disorders, exposure to toxins, for example pollution or industrial chemicals. Acute inflammation is the short-term form of inflammation that occurs when you get an injury or infection. Untreated acute inflammation can be a result of an infection or injury for example. Some of the main sign ns of inflammation are pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function.
CBD and Inflammation
CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory therapeutic properties for our skin and body, and it can help with pain relief in 3 ways. It tackles inflammation which contribute to pain, it reduces anxiety which is often experienced alongside chronic pain and it interrupt’s the ‘I’m in pain’ messages our body sends to our brain diminishing our perception of the pain.
All types of inflammation, including digestive disorders and arthritis, may be improved through adding CBD to your day-to-day health care routine. CBD also helps support our immune system, it can decrease anxiety as well as being an influential neuroprotectant, defending and supporting our brain function.
How does it work?
CBD is absorbed by our skin and the mucous membrane tissue in our mouth. CBD stimulates a natural system within our body called the endocannabinoid system. Within the endocannabinoid system CBD activates a series of actions beneficial to our health.
How can essential oils help with inflammation?
Because inflammation can affect the whole body, essential oils can be used in a few different ways to treat it and diffusion or massage can be the most effective methods of treatment.
A diffuser will allow the therapeutic essential oil compounds to disperse directly into the air. Inhaling the aromatic scents may help you relax and reduce stress which can help reduce inflammation as inflammation can commonly be stress related. You can also apply diluted essential oils directly to the inflamed area to help reduce swelling and pain.
5 Best essential oils recipes for inflammation
Ideally massaged into tired muscles post workout to prevent inflammation setting into the muscles. Arnica oil is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory within this recipe.
Inflammation Muscle Rub
50ml Sesame Oil
50ml Arnica oil
10 drops Kunzea essential oil
10 drops Spike Lavender essential oil
5 drops Black Pepper essential oil
C Section Scar Blend
Inflammation and swelling post-surgery is common and can increase the pain and slow recovery process. Ensure to consult your doctor before using plant medicine when under their care.
50ml Arnica oil
30ml Papaya oil
20ml Trauma oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Rock Rose essential oil
5 drops Chamomile Roman essential oil
5 drops Yarrow essential oil
Muscle Soreness Massage Oil Recipe
Having a ready to go aromatherapy massage blend to massage into your sore and tired muscles is one of the quickest and most effective ways to tackle inflammation.
70ml Jojoba oil
29ml Arnica oil
4 drops Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Myrrh essential oil
2 drops Helichrysum essential oil
Joint Rub for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Combine the anti-inflammatory power of ginger essential oil with the other three essential oils to offer support the synergy of the blend as an antispasmodic, cooling and inflammation reducing solution.
50g Cocoa butter
15 drops Ginger essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
20 drops Lavender essential oil
7 drops Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil
Post Injury Tissue Repair Recipe
This Post Injury Blend is a mossy green balm full of soothing anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, antiseptic oils which are kind to the skin. The rich, fatty and penetrating base balm ensures a slow constant release of healing components to the targeted area and is soft enough to gently absorb easily into an area which is tender to touch. The recipe is made as a soft balm for easy application over injury site.
25ml Coconut oil
25ml Hemp carrier oil
12 drops Balsam Copaiba essential oil
12 drops Black Pepper essential oil
8 drops Yarrow essential oil
8 drops Helichrysum Bracteiferum essential oil