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 an 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 an 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 results 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 an 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.
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!
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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.
Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.