Inflammation is part of the body's immune response that acts as a defence mechanism that recognizes damaged cells and irritants, and begins the healing process. Inflammation is categorised into acute or chronic inflammation.
TYPES OF INFLAMMATION
Acute inflammation is caused by harmful bacteria or tissue injury that arises after a cut or scrape in the skin, a sprained ankle, acute bronchitis, a sore throat, tonsillitis or appendicitis. Some of the signs are Pain, Redness, Immobility, Swelling and Heat (summed up by the acronym PRISH). It is short-term and the effects subside after a few days.
For chronic inflammation, it occurs deep inside of the body with symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain and abdominal pain that is usually long term. Pathogens that the body cannot be broken down and remains in the systems are mainly the cause of chronic inflammation. Habitual or environmental factors, such as poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are also other causes leading to chronic inflammation.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR INFLAMMATION
To treat inflammation in the natural way, essential oils are useful in reducing inflammation, relieve pain and itchiness. Few ways to use this oil is to add a few drops to your bathtub or use them in massage blend. Here are some essential oils for your consideration:
Peppermint: The pick for reducing inflammation caused by injury with its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties.
Rosemary: Cure pain related to rheumatism, arthritis or inflammation.
Chamomile: Contains active compounds such as chamazulene that is useful for limiting inflammatory enzymes. It also reduces the production of nitric oxide to relieve pain.
Eucalyptus: With its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial function, it is suitable for respiratory inflammation such as bronchitis.
Lavender: Benefit respiratory inflammation, and injury and infection causing inflammation, and speeds up recovery.
Sandalwood: Anti-septic and astringent properties, it is used to ease and reduce concentration of inflammation
Clary Sage: Calming effect on our nervous system, relieving pains, fatigue and reduces intensity of pain in the muscles.
Ginger: Miraculous benefit to treating inflammatory conditions such as sprains and muscles pain, reducing intensity of pain.
REDUCE INFLAMMATION WITH THE RIGHT DIET
- Substitute vegetable oil with olive oil that is rich in oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that helps to minimize inflammation.
- Reduce red meat intake that is higher in cholesterol and can trigger inflammation.
- Avoid processed food that is high in unhealthy fats, salts and sugar that can trigger inflammation.
- Relax and rest more. Without enough sleep, it weakens the immune system and hence trigger inflammation.