Inflammation Fighting Essential Oils

After accidentally eating a bite of sweet potatoes that had been cooked with ghost pepper (one of the hottest peppers on planet Earth) at a restaurant, I was in serious need of these inflammation fighting essential oils powerhouses. I don’t eat nightshades, and was left with joint pain and stiffness along the right side of my body for 3 days after. Since then (about a month ago), my joints are still having small flare ups.

If you’re not on the Autoimmune Protocol, you may not know what nightshades are. They’re fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, some spices like paprika, eggplant, white potatoes, and more) that contain little compounds called lectins and saponins that can cause intestinal permeability, inflammation and, most commonly with autoimmune disease sufferers, joint paint.

If you’re someone with autoimmune disease, you try to avoid inflammation as much as possible! That is why nightshades are removed from the diet during the AIP elimination phase, and only reintroduced and tested once your body has healed and is in a stable place. Even then, most peeps still can only handle small amounts at a time.

While I used these blends because of an autoimmune response, they can be supportive for anyone with joint pain/stiffness, or pain from inflammation.

Inflammation Busting Roller Bottle Blend

This blend of oils has been a lifesaver! As soon as I roll it on it works within minutes to clear up any joint pain or stiffness. I’ll usually layer this with a drop of yarrow pom, too.


  • fractionated coconut oil
  • 10mL roller bottle
  • 5 drops turmeric
  • 5 drops copaiba
  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops clove

First, fill the bottle about 1/4 the way with fractionated coconut oil. Add all essential oils, then fill to the top with more coconut oil. Gently roll the bottle between your hands to mix.

To use:

  • Roll on pain points when inflammation starts. Layer yarrow pom on top.
  • During times of flare ups, roll on the bottom of your feet before bed.

Anti-Inflammatory Gel Caps

During bad flare ups (like the one with the ghost pepper) I’ll take the oils below internally in a gel capsule.

  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 5 drops copaiba
  • 2 drops yarrow pom
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 3 drops turmeric
  • 2 drops clove

During the first wave of inflammation, right after eating the pepper, I took the gel capsules (above) a couple times per day. When I take any oils internally, I make sure to take them away from any prescription medications to avoid absorption issues. Always double check for any contraindications when using essential oils, especially internally. Here is a great resource for that.

Once the initial, consistent pain and stiffness had subsided, I used the roller bottle blend topically for any flare ups. I’ll also use this blend on the bottom of my feet if I feel a flare of fatigue coming on.


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