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Effective Essential Oils

Inflammation
A natural response produced by the body’s immune system. It occurs when the immune system is activated by a foreign invader, such as a virus or bacteria. The white blood cells in the body rush to the area that is infected to fight off the organism, which can cause inflammation at the site. Common symptoms of inflammation include:
• Redness
• Joint pain
• Joint stiffness
• Loss of joint function
• Swelling

Autoimmune Diseases
Some diseases can cause the immune system to activate even when there is no foreign body to fight off. The immune system will fight against its own tissues, causing damage. This happens as a result of an autoimmune disease. Some common autoimmune diseases include:
• Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
• Multiple sclerosis (MS)
• Type 1 diabetes
• Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
• Lupus
• Celiac disease
• Graves’ disease

Chronic inflammation due to these diseases can be debilitating. They can affect organs such as the heart, kidneys, and lungs. Most cases of inflammation can be treated with rest, exercise, and medications. But when it comes to alternative therapies to treat inflammation, essential oils can be used to reduce some of the symptoms that can cause discomfort.

Essential Oils For Natural Relief
People have been using essential oils to treat everything from insomnia to constipation. They can be effective at treating different ailments due to the compounds they contain. Many essential oils have compounds that be used to treat migraines and headaches. Others have properties that relieve stress and help you sleep better.

When it comes to treating inflammation, many have been known to have a positive effect. There are several essential oils that have anti-inflammatory properties. One study shows that the following can be used to effectively reduce inflammation caused by the COX-2 enzyme:
• Thyme
• Clove
• Fennel
• Bergamot
• Rose
• Eucalyptus

These are not the only essential oils that can assist with inflammation reduction, but it is a start.

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