Anti-inflammatory Essential Oils

18 anti-inflammatory essential oils for autoimmune diseases


I read about some new research study weekly that tells of the detriments of inflammation on the body.

Inflammation is not good for anyone but it is definitely not good for a person with an autoimmune disease!  It is a battle that daily needs to be waged.  Never fear, my list of anti-inflammatory essential oils will help you!

But how to do it ?  That is the question!

It is important to realize that the world we live in is full of contaminants.  Many people can battle these man made substances successfully but not the person with autoimmune disease.  Our exposure to heavy metals and environmental pollution overload our immune system.  Some people can battle with pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, industrial wastes, cigarette smoke, and automobile exhaust but the autoimmune person’s body views any foreign substance in our body as an enemy and gets confused and our body starts attacking ourselves!  Our air, water, and food in the United States are full of toxic substances. We must be vigilant where others can be less so.  There is no doubt that these toxins play a role in immune dysfunction. Even substances considered by most people as safe impair immune function. Even my beloved sugar wreaks havoc on the ability of white cells to destroy what it is supposed to destroy.   Sugar in any form is bad for the individual with autoimmune disease.


Autoimmune diseases are characterized by the body’s immune responses being directed against its own tissues, causing prolonged inflammation and subsequent tissue destruction. Autoimmune disorders can either cause immune-responsive cells to attack the linings of the joints (resulting in rheumatoid arthritis) or trigger immune cells to attack the insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas (leading to insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus).

A healthy immune system recognizes, identifies, remembers, attacks, and destroys bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, cancer cells, or any health-damaging agents not normally present in the body. A defective immune system, on the other hand, wreaks havoc throughout the host by directing antibodies against its own tissues.

Any disease in which cytotoxic cells are directed against self-antigens in the body’s tissues is considered autoimmune in nature. Such diseases include, but are not limited to, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, pancreatitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and other endocrinopathies. Allergies and multiple sclerosis are also the result of disordered immune functioning.

Thanks to Life Extension for this excellent explanation of autoimmune disease.


Now what to do about it…


Today, we will address only one area of helping the person with autoimmune disease.  How to reduce the inflammation in your body using essential oils.   Each oil provides the living essence of its source, gently distilled from plants that are nurtured and carefully harvested.  Essential oils can be used individually or blended for personalized essential oil therapies.

Let me tell you my own testimony about how essential oils have helped me.  I have had some autoimmune diseases my whole life…I just was not diagnosed.  About a year and a half ago I had a HUGE Autoimmune flare up.  It put me flat on my back, in bed and out of commission.  I went to my Rheumatologist every two weeks for months and nothing was improving.  I couldn’t take the drugs they wanted to put me on because of my glaucoma.  I started to research…reading tons of medical research!     That was the beginning of my LOVE for essential oils.   To say I am thankful for my essential oils would be an understatement!  I call it hope in a bottle because it has given me hope that I don’t have to live in pain…I am helping myself with my symptoms as well as addressing the root issues of autoimmune disease!  Check out my DAILY ESSENTIAL OIL ROUTINE.


18 Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Blue Tansy
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen



I use most of these oils topically and through the use of a diffuser.  I use several internally and for the record Peppermint is my “go to” oil!  





What is your favorite anti-inflammatory essential oil?






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*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. essential oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of essential oils.




  1. Mama2eight says:

    Ginger is my favorite anti-inflammatory oil. I use it on achy joints, overuse injuries and hives. It’s also anti-wrinkle.

  2. Terrie says:

    I have been Diagnosed with Crohns since December 2014 since we have gained control how ever a whole new problem seems to appear side effects meds for that and now joint pain I can’t take these made any longer and desperately seeking natural healing help I know nothing about it thank you so kindly for your time

  3. DeAnna says:

    I have a thyroid issue and some other autoimmune issue that hasnt been diagnosed yet. Got to dr next month again for a high ana result. Last time re run of test was negative. Stopped thyroid meds because thought they were cause of hives. Nope came back. Went to allergist and put me on meds. Starting to not be as effective as when i began 2 months ago. Looking for oils to help and how to use them. Thanks

    • Janelle Esker says:

      Hi DeAnna,
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Boy, do I understand what you are going through…I have been through very similar circumstances. I believe the doctors want to help but they address the symptoms and not the root cause. Usually inflammation. When our bodies are inflamed it can do all sorts of weird stuff like hives and thyroid. I still take my synthroid every day. Thyroid is one of those areas that is very hard to control with out meds. However, the meds affect your bone density so eat a diet high in calcium. It is also common that meds diminish in effectiveness over time especially with autoimmune disease. As far as essential oils go I would suggest 3 to start out with. Peppermint, Frankincense and Helichrysum. These are anti-inflammatory and have helped me on a daily basis. I use frankincense on a daily basis! If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me

      • Dava says:

        Is there a recipe that you use in a roller ball so that it is easier to do? If I have to get out all my oils everyday, it just doesn’t get done. How much of each do you use and where do you put it on your body?

  4. Dale says:

    Can you help me? I have at least 2 autoimmune diseases. One is CIDP and the other mayostia Gravis. I have been sick for 39 years and have tried both holistic as well as western medicine. Not sure if you can help but appreciate anything you can do for me. Thanks!

    • Janelle Esker says:

      Hi Dale,
      Thanks for your comment. I recommend a combination of diet and natural medicine moving onto to drug therapy in rare cases. For nutrition I encourage people to practice a Gluten Free diet and then moving on to the Autoimmune Paleo Diet. These have been a help to me as have essential oils. Essential oils have helped me relieve symptoms. If you would like to email me at I can give you more specifics. Praying for you as you battle on!

      • Rebecca says:

        Hi Dale,
        My son has CIDP and was completely paralyzed a year ago. I started giving him Copaiba, a couple drops a day internally, and while his progress has been slow, in the past few weeks he has begun walking again. I also use a lot of the ones Janelle mentioned, and one of my favorite combinations for my son, both for nerve regrowth as well as nerve pain has been Basil, lemon, helichrysm, black pepper, and geranium. I put it in coconut oil and would massage his legs every time he complained of pain. He began sleeping through the night for the first time in forever!

  5. Deborah says:

    Thank you for your information. I have psoriasis and PA. Our oil we go to for most pain issues is lemon grass. We are pretty new into the oil but boy have we been amazed by them.

  6. Jimmy Ray says:

    Hello Janelle,

    May I ask you, how do you use the essential oils daily? How many times do you apply? And do you use all of the essential oils all together? Because i think i have gout or maybe rheumatic symptom around joints and muscle in the hips, legs and also my feets. Thank you soo much for your time. May God Bless you 🙂

    • Janelle Esker says:

      Hi Jim,
      Thank you for your kind comment. I use essential oils in two ways. One is my morning routine where I do use multiple oils on different parts of my body. Always remembering that “less is more” when applying essential oils. The other way I use essential oils is the relieve symptoms and I use them as needed. I use an essential oil blend called deep blue that helps with joint pain. It is made by doTerra. I think the Young Living also has a similar oil blend (I am just having trouble remembering the name 🙂 ). Please let me know if I can be of any further help and I pray you will be pain free soon!

  7. Paulette Ponton says:

    I have Hashimotos and read earlier comments regarding use of peppermint, frankincense and helichrysum. Are there specific areas you apply oils for optimal results?

  8. Latha says:

    I want to know which you use internally. I am a fibro warrior now dealing with osteoarthritis as well. I have started reading and know copaiba and and grapefruit will be good. I really appreciate it. Feel free to email me.

    • Janelle Esker says:

      I like peppermint for an anti-inflammatory essential oil. It is my favorite! I apply it to the painful area as well as take it internally. (If you are taking essential oils internally make sure the brand that you are using states that it is OK for internal use. A lot of brands of essential oils state on the bottle NOT FOR INTERNAL USE.) I also like a product called Deep Blue by doTerra that helps with pain. I hope this will be of some help on your journey towards health!

  9. Anne says:

    I see you recommend frankenscence and helichrysum but when I look them up on Rocky Mountain oils website there are two different types with prices differing greatly. Any advise? I am looking for help with autoimmune issues.

  10. Janelle Esker says:

    Hi Anne,
    I use doTerra oils however, I have heard great things about Rocky Mountain Oils. I just hopped over to their website and read the differences. For the helichrysum, I would start with either one and see what works best. For the frankincense, I would recommend the sacred…which happens to be the more expensive. I hope this helps!
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  11. Cherie says:

    I am confused. I’ve read that any oils that say they are antibacterial, antioxidants, or antimicrobial support the immune system. And are bad for autoimmune problems. For 2 wks, I’ve been taking 16 types of cooking spice oils, plus lavender & geranium. I take a couple drops of each from 8 of them in the am and then the same from the other half in the pm (energy am / stress relief pm). Now, I’m getting worst. I’ve had full body spasms and now they are painful. So many of them say they are antinflammitories, but also (the above). An immunity blend has cinnamon, lemon and clove. But they’re all anti-inflammitories. I don’t know what to take. Should I just quit for a while and let my body calm down? Which ones are safe?

    • Janelle Esker says:

      Hi Cheri,
      First, I am so sorry to hear that you are suffering! I have been there! I am not a medical professional but I would always advise listening to your body. It could be a lot of different issues. You could have an allergy to certain oils…could be how the oils were distilled? To many anti-inflammatories can cause the opposite result when dealing with autoimmune diseases. I would recommend seeking out the help of a certified naturopath with the cooperation of your general practicioner. This is personally how I work my health. I do not know where you are located but I see Dr. Trudy Piper in Johnstown OH. She may be willing to do a phone consult?
      Janelle Esker recently posted…FREE Beginner’s Guide To Essential OilsMy Profile

  12. jeannie says:

    Hi. I have hash and am on synthroid. I spent 5 years on tamoxifen and am now off of that. in the course of the 5 years around year 3 my gums started getting really bad- i have very clean mouth, see my dentist 3 x a year, etc, but i could not control the blisters that would form on my gums, blocked salivary glands, painful burning when i would break the blisters- i told my dr last that i might have sjorgrens? I was also just treated for lyme- dont know if this is hormonal, from the tamoxifen or auto immune – i eat GF, organic, dairy and sugar free, vegetarian.
    I juice, eat well drink water etc- is there an oil that can help me?? I am a Christian and i am trusting in the Lord to do for me what no one else has been able to do.

  13. Janelle Esker says:

    Hi Jeannie,
    Sounds like you are doing everything right. I am not a doctor just a fellow autoimmune sufferer. If I could recommend one oil. I would start with frankincense. I also love peppermint. Check out the research on both these oils before proceeding. Thanks for stopping by!
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  14. DeSonya says:

    I have a question about Frankencense. I too have Hashimotos. I have heard that Frankencense is good for Hoshimotos patients, but is also an “immune booster”. If Frankencense is an immune booster, how does it keep from causing an auto-immune response for those who suffer from auto-immune disorders?

    • Janelle Esker says:

      That is a great question. We absolutely have to be careful about over stimulating the auto-immune response. I am not certain why frankincense is ok and why other things like echinacea are not ok? I am under the care of a naturopath who does most of the research on what reduces inflammation but does not cause an autoimmune response. I personally use frankincense, Pau Darco tea, red clover tea and colostrum on a daily basis. The problem as I see it, is that each one of our bodies are made differently. Please proceed carefully! I will try to research this more in the future so stay tuned…thanks for your comment.

  15. Cinda says:

    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9 years ago. I take a nerve suppressant that helps some, but I still have residual pain. I am allergic to narcotic pain medications (I consider that a blessing and a curse) so I have had to find holistic ways to treat my pain.

    A large part of my treatment plan includes essential oils. I too use DoTerra oils and I use them four different ways; topically, internally, diffuse and for soaking. I use a blend topically on a daily basis that includes frankincense, lemongrass, and wintergreen. I take peppermint and deep blue internally. If I’m flaring and need something a bit stronger, I will take a detox bath using Epsom Salt, baking soda and sea salt along with frankincense, lemongrass, white fir and cypress. I diffuse frankincense and lavender. I also use On Guard from DoTerra, I find that it keeps me from getting sick even when everyone around me is sick.
    I started getting Chinese fire cupping done right around the time I was diagnosed with fibro. I go for a treatment about every six weeks. This, along with essential oils, has helped me to live a much fuller life than I was living before I started using them.

    • Janelle Esker says:

      Hi, Cinda…thank you for this GREAT advice! Essential Oils have been such a blessing to me as I journey towards better health. I wholeheartedly agree with your suggestions. Thanks for taking the time to share this information with my readers. I know it will be a great help to someone!

  16. Callie Sederquist says:


    Your blog has been really helpful. My daughter was just diagnosed with SJIA. Which is an autoimmune disorder and inflammation. I want to create a rollerball essential oil mixture for her. What do you recommend for this? I did look at the two lists you have for this but seems like a lot.

    • Janelle Esker says:

      Hi Callie,
      I am so thankful you have found The Peaceful Haven helpful! I would suggest trying individual oils first to see what feels best to her. Then use three to make a blend. For me, My big three essential oils for inflammation are Peppermint, Frankincense and Helichrysum. Please keep me posted on your daughters journey!

  17. Jill says:

    Copabia is a great essential oil for inflammation. I put 2 drops under my tongue twice a day. Copabia also helps drive an oil deeper so if you put on lemongrass and wait 5-10 minutes and then put on copabia, then it will drive lemongrass deeper into the cells. Deep relief works great for pain. I also use Immupower with fractionated coconut oil and rub on my liver nightly to boost my immune system. Taking tumetic twice a day helps with inflammation. Epsom salt baths are great. Hydrotherapy is helpful. Using ice packs instead of heat is extremely helpful. Going to a chiropractor to align your body is extremely beneficial so that your oils and supplements transition through your body with minimal interruption. Adding milk thistle 200-300 mg daily to detox the poison from our body. That’s just a start, but maybe it can help someone.

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