As the seasons change, the look and feel of fire may be appealling. But on a metabolic scale, fire–in the sense of inflammation–is being identified as the core cause of more and more maladies.

Essential oils for inflammation have actually been part of human healing history for eons. Until recently, the word “inflammation” was not used. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine has identified excess heat–otherwise known as fire, or inflammation, as a systemic health concern since the age of Confucius. Excess heat, associated with overabundant Yang or elevated masculine energy, is linked in Traditional Chinese Medicine to a broad range of conditions ranging from indigestion and acne to uncontrolled anger and the loss of pigment in the hair.

Containing the flames and cooling down the overall system to a comfortable, steady, life-giving burn is the goal, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Ayurveda, and in the contemporary use of essential oils for inflammation today.

Some expressions of inflammation are immediately obvious. A body temperature higher than 98.6 F indicates fever or infection, with high white blood-cell concentration.  Skin or tissue which looks red and feels hot, tight and sensitive would be considered inflamed.

However, many scientists and health practitioners today hold the opinion that not all inflammation is immediately obvious. Subtler inner inflammation may be the source for myriad diseases, such as diabetes, and perhaps some cancers, according to some theories. Emerging research also is uncovering potential links between inflammation and dementia, early memory-loss, Asperger’s syndrome, autism, ADD/ADHD and other brain-related conditions which appear to be on the rise.

Differing traditions achieve this cooling effect in different ways. Essential oils for inflammation are botanical sedatives, which may be used in harmony with deep relaxation in combined techniques to lower inflammation which may lead to disease.

LAVENDER has been identified for centuries as a soothing agent, beginning with the skin. European traditions use the oils pressed from the Lavender flowers as soaks and compresses for burns, bruises and capillary damage. On a slightly more esoteric level, the fragrance of Lavender has been used to calm the nerves, relax the mind and invite restful sleep, making it a standard floral presence in ladies’ boudoirs and baby’s bathwater.

Scientists today study the possible link between the inhalation of specific essential oils for aromatherapy and the patterns of beta waves in the brain, linked with lowered blood-pressure, lowered and more efficient heart-rate, lowered levels of cortisol (the stress-hormone) and less erratic central nervous system activity.