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 yarrow pom.
- 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.
- Roll on pain points when inflammation starts. Layer yarrow pom on top.
- During times of flare ups, roll on the bottom of your feet and along your spine before going in a sauna or showering, periodically throughout the day, and before bed. Follow up with yarrow pom.