Controlling Arthritis and Inflammation with Essential Oils

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In this article, you will learn about:

  1. What is Arthritis?
  2. Why the Medical Approach to Arthritis Fails
  3. Pain Relieving Essential Oils
  4. Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils
  5. Arthritis or Fibromyalgia?

For people afflicted with arthritis in some form, pain is a regular, often daily, circumstance. Arthritis, and the hurtful inflammatory conditions associated with it, plagues millions of people in our country and more around the globe.

Handling pain and helping to prevent flare-ups is a constant battle when you have and, fortunately, easy-to-implement lifestyle changes like using essential oils can help to ease the tension of day-to-day life.

What Is Arthritis?

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Arthritis can refer to approximately 100 different diseases that cause pain in the joints, bones, and surrounding tissues. Customarily, we refer particularly to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis when we discuss the topic. Here are some notable facts: (1)

  • Osteoarthritis is known as degenerative joint disease (DJD) because it is primarily related to aging.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition.
  • DJD deposits calcium while RA attacks joints and tissues with painful inflammation.
  • RA is inflammatory, whereas DJD is not.
  • In totally, both affect nearly 1 in 10 adults in the US, and far too many children.
  • Basic lifestyle choices can help considerably for all types of arthritis, such as maintaining a regular exercise regiment, dropping extra weight, and eating a plant-based, whole foods diet.

For inflammatory arthritic diseases, implementing anti-inflammatory strategies such as supplementing with curcumin, eating foods like green leafy vegetables, cutting out sugar and grains and enjoying the benefits of essential oils is exceptionally helpful.

Why the Medical Approach to Arthritis Fails

Pain relief is the most immediate and pressing need for arthritis relief. Struggling against an illness defined by its diverse instances of pain isn’t easy, which is why so many people resort to drugs like NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Excedrin), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve). Namely, because far too many physicians recommend them without second thought. Not to mention, most people don’t realize that natural therapies are as (if not more) effective.

This is key: the medications tied to pain-relief commonly given to arthritis patients are not only completely ineffective at managing the root cause of the disease, they are riddled with side effects. Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admits that, “NSAID medicines may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death!” (2) Other complications include:

  • Anemia (low red blood cells)
  • Asthma attacks
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Gas/bloating
  • Heart burn
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Kidney failure
  • Life-threatening skin reactions
  • Life-threatening allergic reactions
  • Liver failure
  • Nausea
  • Stomach bleeding and ulcers
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • And more!

So the question is: If you could deal with arthritic pain without prescriptions, would you?

If the answer is, “Yes!” you will find essential oils a great therapy to implement immediately!

Top Essential Oils For Pain Relief

Unlike the conventional medical approach, by using natural therapies like essential oils you can effectively sooth sharp pains related to arthritis and relieve secondary conditions like insomnia with virtually no side effects!

The research literature is quite clear that aromatherapy is exceptionally effective at helping arthritis patients and these oils stand out amongst the rest.

Special Arthritis Pain Blend

Traditionally, several essential oils have been used for arthritic pain relief. However, we don’t have too many studies to prove this.

One of the most promising was published in 2005 by Korean researchers who evaluated how this special blend affected arthritis patients: eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, and peppermint (blended in proportions of 2:1:2:1:1). These oils were blended with a carrier oil mixture composed of almond (45%), apricot (45%), and jojoba oil (10%) and then diluted to 1.5% (roughly 9 drops of essential oils per 1 ounce of carrier). After applying the blend topically, the results were outstanding, “Aromatherapy significantly decreased both the pain score and the depression score of the experimental group compared with the control group,” the researchers stated, with no side effects reported! (3)

Best Essential Oils For Inflammation

On the other hand, more studies have been published regarding the anti-inflammatory effects of essential oils; which is a primary cause of pain in people suffering from arthritis. We need to remember that for inflammatory arthritic illness, anti-inflammatory oils, herbs, and foods are a welcome addition.

Be sure to use these anti-inflammatory oils into your regular, daily essential oil routines in order to begin addressing the root cause of the disease.

Frankincense

The pain relieving ability of aromatherapy massage was tested with patients struggling with cancer. They were treated with an aromatherapy hand massage that included frankincense, and their pain was relieved significantly. (4) Because there is a connection between inflammatory processes and pain, oils that are anti-inflammatory (as we will see below) are often analgesic, as well. Frankincense has this dual role.

While the trial may have been directed toward cancer rather than arthritis, the hands are a common site of pain for people with arthritis, and the analgesic effects can be appreciated by all.

These pain-relieving essential oils can be used in diffusers, topical body care products, and can be directly inhaled.

Lavender

Generally used to improve sleep or treat the skin, lavender essential oil once again displays its wide range of results when considering its therapeutic benefits for arthritis.

As an anti-inflammatory oil, lavender can help to relieve the painful swelling and inflammation that arthritis, in its various forms, creates. Lavender is an analgesic as well, tackling arthritic pain from multiple angles. (5)

Since lavender can be used for anxiety and depression, it may also help to relieve secondary issues that arise in a life of a person in chronic pain. Its gentle nature makes lavender a reliable choice for most people's use and application.

Chamomile

Roman chamomile essential oil is regularly used for its calming, soothing, and anti-inflammatory effects. (6) As a whole herb, chamomile is renowned for its healing, soothing, and calming effects. The essential oil isolates some of these abilities, especially as an anti-inflammatory substance.

To work the anti-inflammatory compounds into the skin and onto joints and other sites of pain, add roman chamomile to topical massage oils. You can also diffuse chamomile for relaxing an anxious or depressed mind.

Yarrow

Yarrow is a soothing and healing herb, and its essential oil also carries anti-inflammatory components that can be beneficial for arthritic ailments. Yarrow essential oil is used in many anti-inflammatory preparations, and is part of the Ayurvedic tradition. (7)

Topical preparations of yarrow can help to improve anti-inflammatory and pain relieving combinations. Making the most of synergistic reactions – oils working together to make each other more effective – creates special blends that help to relieve pain and inflammation for your specific arthritis conditions.

Wintergreen

Wintergreen oil, another traditional analgesic that has helped countless arthritis patients, is known as “liquid aspirin.” Used with peppermint, it is particularly effective in reducing inflammation. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine states,

“The predominant natural ingredient in wintergreen oil is methyl salicylate, which is a compound closely related to acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin. When applied to the skin, including tissues at the site of pain, wintergreen oil has analgesic properties… A combination of wintergreen oil and peppermint oil is commonly used because it is believed to give far better pain relief than either wintergreen oil or peppermint oil alone. In addition, the combination of the two oils may potentiate the individual effects of each oil, thus enabling the use of lower doses of each, which, as a consequence, is likely to produce fewer side effects.” (8)

Arthritis vs Fibromyalgia

Discovering the kind of inflammatory joint disease you have is important for choosing treatment options. For example, if you have osteoarthritis, your body is likely depositing calcium around joints, probably a specific joint; and has gotten worse with age.

On the other hand, you may have fibromyalgia (FM), which is not inflammatory by nature, and primarily affects women. Thankfully, clinical research has been tested how specific essential oils can help people suffering fibromyalgia with great results. Each active ingredient has been evaluated for pain relief and may be the solution that you’re looking for!

In 2013, the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal published a study that detected blending these essential oils has “significant effects on improving the symptoms of FM compared to conventional drug or placebo:” (9)

It is important to remember that the specific approach that will work for an inflammatory arthritic illness might not be the same as for a non-inflammatory arthritis. Taking some of the oils discussed in this article and trying to discover different blends that respond well to your body’s chemistry is key. Always dilute with a carrier oil, try to have fun with the process and listen to your intuition. You body is the best doctor you can ever have so pay attention to what it’s saying!

Safety & Contraindications

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When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

CLICK HERE to download my free EO Roller Bottle Dilution Chart! 

As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.



This post currently has 63 comments.

  1. Ann
    June 13, 2017

    I am new to EO, I am hoping to find some relief of busitis in my hip joint. Are there oils that may help this condition?

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  2. Heather
    May 24, 2017

    Hi, I am looking for night time pain relief due to fibromyalgia. I love peppermint buy it’s a stimulant, and the citrus oils above are supposed to be uplifting. Even lavender I’ve discovered acts as a stimulant on me. Are there some pain relieving oils you can suggest that will be calming as well?
    Thanks so much!

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  3. Betsy
    April 5, 2017

    Do you have a particular recipe you can give out for inflammation support? Maybe a rollerbottle or made up with coconut oil?

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  4. LRA
    January 7, 2017

    My 94 year old mother is suffering with severe pain from an arthritic shoulder and torn rotator cuff. Strong anti-pain meds don’t touch it. Will essential oils work along with such drugs as oxycodone, fentanyl. And Celebrex.

    She is also taking some cancer meds but her cancer isn’t the source of her pain according to her oncologist. Many docs aren’t big on EO, but I feel we need to look at something other than traditional pain relievers.

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  5. Diana
    December 14, 2016

    I have ankylosing spondylitis and fibromyalgia. What do you recommend?

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    • Customer Support
      December 27, 2016

      My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving medical advice over email. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar illnesses as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

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  6. Jan
    November 30, 2016

    I have arthritis in my ankle. What is the best EO for inflammation and pain?

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    • Customer Support
      December 9, 2016

      DR. Z has created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar questions as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

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  7. Diane
    November 28, 2016

    Hello ~ which Essential Oils do you recommend that will not interfere with Homeopathic medicines?

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    • Dr. Z
      December 7, 2016

      Hi Diane, as far as I understand, there is no interference.

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  8. notenell
    November 20, 2016

    I have inflammation in my Achilles tendons and wonder if these oils would help get rid of it.

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    • Dr. Z
      November 20, 2016

      They very well could! Keep us posted and let us know how they help!

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  9. Betty
    November 16, 2016

    I am just getting started using EOs. I plan on making my own hand lotions for Christmas. I have an 89yo friend with who has arthritis & I’d like to make some special lotion for her. I saw your Korean “recipe” (I believe doubled would be 3%) & wanted to use that. However, I don’t have any marjoram oil, so I wondered if I could substitute Frankincense to help with the inflammation?

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  10. Dawn H
    October 9, 2016

    Dr. Z,

    Hello there! I am brand new to the idea of EO’s, so pardon me if I sound like a noob 🙂 but I have a question…When you refer to a 2:1 dilution, do you mean, as an example, 2 drops of coconut fractionated oil to 1 drop of lavender oil? And how does that change when you add in more than one EO? If I were to do a combo of oils, do I do 2 drops to each 1 drop of each oil? If that makes sense? As I said, brand new here…Thank you in advance!

    Dawn

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    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hey Dawn,

      The key is the 1.5% dilution (roughly 9 drops of the pain relieving essential oil blend per 1 ounce of carrier).

      The Korean researchers I quoted used eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, and peppermint (blended in proportions of 2:1:2:1:1). As they multiplied the blend, they added according to these ratios.

      To test this out for yourself, I’d recommend adding this into a small bottle.

      – 2 drops of eucalyptus
      – 1 drop of lavender
      – 2 drops of marjoram
      – 1 drop rosemary
      – 1 drop peppermint

      This is your “blend.” Now, you make a 1.5% dilution (9 drops/ ounce – or 4 drops/0.5 ounce, etc.)

      If you find good results, you can keep this ratio and make a larger batch:

      – 20 drops of eucalyptus
      – 10 drops of lavender
      – 20 drops of marjoram
      – 10 drops rosemary
      – 10 drops peppermint

      Hope this makes sense.

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      • Kathy
        October 11, 2016

        I want to make an 8 Oz jar using a whipped coconut oil for inflamation and pain , how many drops for blend should I use? Thank you!

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      • Robin Powell
        October 24, 2016

        This info was very helpful. I too am new to oils and learning to blend is very confusing. Thank you for explaining.

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        • Customer Support
          October 24, 2016

          You’re most welcome, Robin!

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  11. yvonne denby
    October 8, 2016

    i make oil blends one for pain, one for exzema/skin problams. each has 18 essential oils in their, diluted into a carrier oil, to give about 4%. these work brilliantly. so my question is im not overdoing it to a place where it might be harmful? using so many oils in a mix. i have researches and cant find any contradictions that the oils have, they are all similar in their objectives
    thankyou

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    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Yvonne,

      The key is not the amount of oils, but the % dilution.

      4% is high, but it’s not dangerously high. Sounds like it’s working for you, so I’d go for it!

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  12. Linda Pylican
    October 5, 2016

    You differentiate between the 2 types of arthritis at the beginning, then just use the word arthritis in the rest of the article. I have Osteoarthritis in my hands, neck & back. So are these oils & blends for Osteo or Rheumatoid arthritis?

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    • Dr. Z
      October 5, 2016

      Hi Linda,

      Both have an inflammatory & pain components to them, so these oils apply to both. 🙂

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  13. Violet B
    October 2, 2016

    Hi Dr. Z
    I have RA and fibromyalgia. I’ve been using 2-4 drops of frankincense oil with magnesium oil for pain and it totally relieves the pain in my knees and reduces the pain in hips and shoulders. The magnesium happened to be what I grabbed rather than coconut oil and I’m not sure if it helps or not, but very happy with this regimen. I’ve been experimenting with different oils and highly recommend them for inflammation.

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    • Dr. Z
      October 3, 2016

      Praise God! Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Lumi
      October 3, 2016

      Hi Violet,

      I was recently diagnosed with RA and Fibro and the Rheumatologist prescribed Prednisone and Plaquenil. I know their side effects and just looking into alternative ways for treatment. Are you taking similar medications and add these alternative med. or just relying on alternative? Just looking for any advise based on your experience.Thank you!

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  14. Robin
    October 2, 2016

    What about inflammation and pain occurring with bursitis?

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    • Dr. Z
      October 3, 2016

      Same – you just need to experiment to find the right blend for you. 🙂

      Praying for COMPLETE recovery!

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  15. Joanna
    October 2, 2016

    Hi- I was dx a few months ago with possible PMR I has stiffness for about a year before dx. I play old lady hockey..I’m 53 and it seemed to start with a knee injury could not straighten out…then PT and I feel I injuredon’t myself doing the exercises and leg press. A little after pt started my sx changed to stiffness etc. After finally getting good some blood work and a few apps I agreed to a low dose od steroids…I had redused…my pcp wanted to super dose me which made me nervous . Anyway I only took for another 2 months. I feel pretty good but wish I knew the root of the issues and thought the oils could help. The rheumatologist said he can not say I actually had/have pmr. Thank you

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  16. Vickie
    September 30, 2016

    Dr. Z I was just diagnosed with frozen arm that developed after a injury to my shoulder. I was wondering what oils would be the best for me to rub on my shoulder to relieve the inflammation and pain?
    Thank you in advance.
    Vickie

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    • Dr. Z
      October 2, 2016

      Hi Vickie,

      It’s so hard to say specifically without conducting an exam or health history, but the ones listed in this article are a good place to start.

      Praying for COMPLETE healing! 🙂

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      • Vickie
        October 4, 2016

        Thank you!

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        • Carol
          February 13, 2017

          Vickie, its been a few months… what ever happened to your issue?

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  17. Kelly
    September 30, 2016

    My husband had a kidney transplant 8 yrs ago and is on immneosupressent meds with lots of side affects. Most serious/painful is gout in his feet and joint pain/arthritis. Would a oil blend be safe / affective for his use? What is the dosage? Which blend would you recommend?

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    • Customer Support
      November 28, 2016

      My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving medical advice over email. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar illnesses as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

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  18. KellyKKelly
    September 22, 2016

    Thank You Dr Z for your incredible website and the amazing work you do in the EO world. I began using oils topically for arthritic spots that prevented mobility – foot & knee. As months went on I ordered more and more and used a drop or two of all with coconut oil. I know know the concentration was way too high – likely at 20-30%. In month 6 I got bronchitis and began to take immune system builders in a veggie cap. I did this about 6/10 days and the cap would be full of one drop of a dozen different oils. Immediately all my taste and smell was gone which was attributed to the illness. A month after illness gone and I still did not have the senses I began an EO cleans which sent me into great physical distress. I felt like i was being poisoned. Being told it was detox I persisted until the pain and spacial issues were too great. Finally 2 months after I had bronchitis I quit all the oils and a few weeks later began to have some smell and taste. Now one single drop of ANY OIL will remove all taste and smell. Have you ever heard of this? I want to continue using oils because it helped the arthritis pain but if I’m losing senses what else is it doing? Do you think this is a permanent sensitization or temp – and if temp how long should one stay away before trying again. Ive waited 2 weeks between trials and its not enough. thanks so much
    Kelly

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    • Dr. Z
      September 22, 2016

      So sorry to hear to KellyKKelly…

      It could very well be a permanent sensitization reaction that your body developed because you overdid it. I’d stay away from oils and seek out a certified aromatherapist to help sift through this with you. 🙁

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    • Michelle
      September 30, 2016

      Contact David Crow at Floracopea in USA. He is aromatherapist and in his trainings he teaches EOs are not to be taken internally. Very dangerous practice.Permanent damage to mucous membranes of body…internal ulcerations….damage to nervous system. Only apply topically in carrier oil and in proper dilutions otherwise skin damage. EOs are 1000 times stronger than the herb or raw material they are extracted from. Please study them with a qualified aromatherapist not Dr. Google. Hope you heal soon.

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      • Dr. Z
        October 2, 2016

        Michelle, this is not true. There are others in the aromatherapy field that hold different views, and it’s important to recognize that this the internal use debate is far from over. 🙂

        1) EOs are not 1000 times stronger than the herb or raw material. This amount varies considerably from plant to plant.
        2) Internal use is not very dangerous and permanent damage only occurs if used unwisely.
        3) Please check out this article to explain how to use EOs internally safely and effectively. http://drericz.com/are-essential-oils-safe-for-internal-use/

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  19. Lori
    September 7, 2016

    How are the oils applied, I have pain in my hips is that the area I massage it in to?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 7, 2016

      Yes, apply diluted oils over areas of concern like you would Bengay or Icy Hot.

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  20. Yiyi Diaz
    September 3, 2016

    Hi Dr. Z! I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when I was 15. Symptoms stayed for a few months. None at this time. I’m 46. Should I use essential oils as a prevention, or that won’t really make a difference in preventing RA from coming back?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 20, 2016

      Hi Yiyi,

      Using essential oils is not as much for prevention as it is for managing symptoms. Like the saying goes – “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” 😉

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  21. peggy
    August 13, 2016

    How about Copaiba? I have read that it is the MOST anti-inflammatory.

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    • Dr. Z
      August 19, 2016

      It’s great, but THE most anti-inflammatory. That’s impossible to measure, so I’m skeptical to give it the distinction just yet…

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      • Luz
        September 1, 2016

        RELEASE oil what is it for?

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  22. Marie
    May 22, 2016

    Hello Dr Z

    I think your web site/newsletters are full of great information! What makes it even better is you are not educating us to sell oils.Thank you for what you do! One question, have you seen any contraindications from ingesting oils? The ones that are “therapeutic, FDA Approved”
    Thank You,
    Marie

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  23. Nancy
    May 22, 2016

    Are there any essential oils that cannot be mixed together. Thank you. I love your website

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    • Dr. Z
      June 10, 2016

      Hi Nancy,

      The main concern is more how EOs react to drugs and other chemicals that people use.

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  24. LuAnne
    May 21, 2016

    Dr.Z my 8 year old was diagnosed with Hoshimotos. I occasionally use lavender lemon and peppermint in fractionated coconut oil on her feet at night for allergies sleep etc. her endocrinologist said not to use lavender as it is has estrogenic activity and hashimotos is associated with high estrogen levels. Is this true?

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    • Customer Support
      November 28, 2016

      My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving medical advice over email. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar illnesses as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

        Reply
  25. Gail
    May 21, 2016

    After reading your article would it be best to make a mixture of all the oils mentioned in the article along with fractionated coconut oil to apply topically?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 26, 2016

      Hi Gail,

      It really all depends, but no rules apply. Most people like to mix and match and find what works for them. 🙂

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  26. Beckie C
    February 21, 2016

    I suffer Gulf War Illness, a subset of CFS, caused by vaccines, aggravated by battlefield exposures. Among numerous types of unmanageable pain, I suffer Fibromyalgia. I also suffer vaccine-derived atypical heart diseases. My GWI doc & I have researched all prescription drugs for treating Fibro: ALL contain ingredients that trigger Long QT Syndrome, Short PR, tachycardia, racing heart, and Tricuspid Valve Disease – regurgitation. So, I take prescription-strength controlled substances without any aspirin. Controlled drugs do about half the job of pain relief. I ingest as many essential oils as are healthy, while treating Leaky Gut Syndrome and “Hep-B- vaccine-derived pancreatitis”: Thus far, Peppermint oil, turmeric oil, cloves bud oil, Omega 3 oils. Is there such a thing as prescription drug for atypical heart diseased patients suffering Fibro or other vaccine-derived pain?

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    • Dr. Z
      February 21, 2016

      Hi Beckie,

      My sincere condolences that you’ve suffered such trauma. Your condition is quite rare and, unfortunately, I have not seen research about it. If I stumble upon something, I’ll let you know…

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  27. Carol
    February 20, 2016

    What are the best oils to buy? Some are for external use only others can be used internally

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    • Dr. Z
      February 21, 2016

      Hi Carol, please note that the information published on my website is for educational purposes only, and I do not sell supplements & essential oils. To ensure that I can continue to provide unbiased, evidence-based material I must remain “brand neutral,” and I cannot recommend specific companies to purchase products from. I trust that you understand. 🙂

      With that said, there are several quality, therapeutic grade brands out there. Here’s what I do:

      1. Ask the company that you’re interested in for a report of their sourcing and quality standards. (indigenously sourced, sustainable, organic, non-gmo, etc..)
      2. Check online for some positive and negative reports – be careful to not let MLM propaganda get in the way of truth. (EVERYONE’s brand is the best, right? Especially, when they’re selling something).
      3. Contact the company and see if their grade is safe for internal use.
      4. Try a couple, and test for yourself.
      5. Lemon, lavender and peppermint are common and relatively inexpensive and you should get a good gauge to see if this brand is for you or not.
      6. Remember, many of these companies get their oils from the same supplier. They just private label them.

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  28. ginette
    February 18, 2016

    How much

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    • Dr. Z
      February 20, 2016

      A 2:1 dilution (carrier to essential oil) is a good start. 🙂

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