Inflammation-Away Lotion – anti-inflammatory relief in a bottle

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We recently had a member of the Learning About EO’s Facebook group ask what she could use on her husband’s sore back. So this is for you, Peg!

This is the recipe I use on my husband’s back. The first time I made this, I first applied it on his feet and calves. As I moved to rub Inflammation-Away into his back he remarked how he couldn’t even feel his legs since they were totally pain-free. We now jokingly refer to this as the “leg remover” lotion :D

Warning: this does not have the most pleasant of aromas due to the powerful anti-inflammatory action of the essential oils used. Another nickname we’ve used for this blend is the “stinky stuff.” That said, you will get used to the aroma.

Inflammation-Away Lotion
3% dilution

Add the following essential oils to an empty 2 ounce plastic squeeze bottle with lotion cap:

  • 7 drops each: Patchouli, Ylang-Ylang III
  • 6 drops each: German Chamomile, Ginger, Spikenard
  • 4 drops Helichrysum
  • 2 drops Myrrh

Fill to the shoulder of the bottle with unscented lotion, or even better, use Arnica lotion (I use Tropical Traditions Arnica Lotion). Arnica lotion provides a carrier oil with therapeutic properties of its own for extra oomph.

Shake well before using to be sure the essential oils are evenly distributed.

Variations: use Arnica massage oil as a base instead of lotion.

Note: The Patchouli and Ylang-Ylang III were added as much for helping to mask the strong aromas of German Chamomile, Ginger, and Spikenard, as they were for their own anti-inflammatory properties. If you must do without two essential oils in this recipe, you can do without these two…although this blend works so well I hate to change it at all!

And since I know you will ask, “what brand do you recommend?” my answer is: probably anything you can get! We are finding almost every brand we have tested so far has come back good – you mostly want to steer clear of fragrance oils.

So far the brands we have tested which have passed are found on the right sidebar of this website. I’ll also list them here:


Lea Harris is a Certified Aromatherapist with Advanced Graduate training from Aromahead Institute in July 2013, but she is not a doctor. Please consult a trained aromatherapist or your doctor before using any of the suggestions on this website, as the user's age and health conditions must be taken into account before using. The information contained in this website is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.


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