A Look At The Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory Properties Of Essential Oils And Aromatherapy

essential-oils-manyBy Jennifer Goodwin

For much of mankind’s history, people have made use of herbal solutions to reduce pain and treat inflamed muscles, joints, and connective tissues. A tree had been the source of aspirin to alleviate pain, due in-fact to its inflammation-reducing action. Now, many expert natural health therapists and lay-practitioners are instead making use of aromatic oils for their anti-inflammatory properties, and addressing the painful symptoms of inflammation.

The oils used in aromatherapy give an easy means of reaping the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that holistic treatments can provide. All you have to do is mix a few a little essential oil in with a carrier or “base” oil and massage in to get nearly instant, sometimes long-lasting, pain alleviating results.

A look at the latest data uncovers a long list of abstracts where researchers have confirmed the anti-inflammatory effects of therapeutic essential oils. The oils used in therapies have been meticulously extracted to keep their medicinal potential. There’s a wide difference in aromatic oils in terms of their medicinal action, and one need to find therapeutic quality essential oils to realize this property.

The essential oils that comprise aroma therapeutic practices are really quite diverse natural chemical structures. Based on the plant from which they’re distilled, may provide a potent inflammation-reducing action which puts a halt to the formation of pro-inflammatory molecules in joints and muscles. There are a few oils where their activity might even be guessed, being extracted from herbs which have always been used for this particular purpose. Ginger and turmeric are two excellent examples.

Carbon-dioxide distillations (the latest, cold-process method of making essential oils) of both these plants are found in patented inflammation-reducing recipes. These CO2 distillations are readily available for any practitioner to utilize their profound therapeutic properties in their own formulations.

Just released are the data from a study done in Japan which confirm the anti-inflammation properties of a number of aromatherapy oils. These results affirms the inclusion of authentic essential oils in pain and inflammation relief formulas. The therapeutic essential oils proven to lessen the inflammatory response from occurring work by means of stopping production of the COX-2 pro-inflammatory enzyme. The essential oils examined in the research included oils from edible herbs like oregano and fennel, and a wide array of others such as oils from flowers, fruits, and tree leaves.

Certain oils considered by natural health practitioners to provide the most potent inflammation reducing actions employed in aromatherapy practice were not even examined. The implication is that there are naturally several of compounds present in aromatic plant oils which have inflammation reducing activity.

The greatest inflammation relief in the research was imparted by the the pure oil distilled from the aromatic herb “Thymus vulgaris“. The research continued using individual constituents of the oil, and it was learned that carvacrol demonstrated the most profound effect. This molecule is found in many other plant oils as well.

And that’s just a quick take on the subject, divulging anti-inflammation activity of essential oils. The important thing to note is that essential oils can offer a very effective, inexpensive means of treating inflammation, especially the ones which result from rheumatism and other physical pain related to aging. One of the most important aspects, too, of real essential oils is that they usually aren’t simply relieving the pain, but are often actually treating the illness, so that the symptoms might be eliminated even without their use.

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You can learn a great deal more of helpful information regarding the uses of essential oils as medicines. You’ll find an incredible amount of helpful information found at the index of over one hundred oils at The Ananda Apothecary (anandaapothecary.com). And if youre interested, you can learn about individual oils such as pine needle oil (anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/pine-essential-oil.html).

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