Anti-Inflammatory Lotion – a recipe for inflammation relief

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No More Flames anti-inflammatory lotion recipe

This blend of essential oils is helpful for all types of pain stemming from inflammation: sore backs, sore necks, achy muscles, tendonitis, and more. I created this blend for a family member who was suffering from severe inflammation (tendonitis), and it was very effective. It's also great for lower back pain.

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Because inflammation is often a fairly acute condition, I created this blend at a 3% dilution according to my dilution chart here: Properly Diluting Essential Oils.

As a head's up…this lotion isn't the most pleasant smelling. It uses a lot of strongly-scented essential oils. But they do the job – which is the point, right? You do get used to the aroma over time.

No More Flames anti-inflammatory lotion recipe

No More Flames anti-inflammatory lotion recipe


  • 7 drops Patchouli Pogostemon cablin, Pogostemon patchouly
  • 7 drops Ylang Ylang III Cananga odorata
  • 6 drops German Chamomile Matricaria recutita (replace with Roman Chamomile if using drugs metabolized by CYP2D6)
  • 6 drops Ginger Zingiber officinale
  • 6 drops Spikenard Nardostachys grandiflora
  • 4 drops Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum, Helichrysum angustifolium, Helichrysum stoechas
  • 2 drops Myrrh Commiphora myrrha, Commiphora molmol (omit if pregnant)
  • 2 ounces lotion - Use Arnica lotion for extra therapeutic properties. Unscented also okay.


  1. Add the essential oils to an empty 2 ounce squeeze bottle (I prefer the ones with a lotion cap like this one 2 oz HDPE bottles with lotion cap).
  2. Fill to the shoulder of the bottle with lotion.
  3. Shake well before using to be sure the essential oils are evenly distributed. Or use a glass stirring rod to stir.


Questions you may have about this recipe

Q: I don't have all the essential oils in this recipe – what can I leave out?

A: Well I hate to mess with a good thing, but I did add the Patchouli and Ylang Ylang as much to mask the strong aromas, although they also have anti-inflammatory properties of their own. I believe all of these essential oils work well in a synergistic way, and removing one might make it not as effective. But you can try! Make the recipe with what you have, making sure you still end up with 38 drops (technically a 3% dilution is 36 drops…).

Q: Does it have to be Ylang Ylang III?

A: Ylang Ylang III is the best for this purpose, but other Ylang Ylang's will work if that is what you have.

Q: Can I use something other than lotion as a carrier in this recipe?

A: Yes, If you want to use this recipe in a carrier oil, not lotion, that is fine. Just know that a lotion acts more quickly to provide relief, as lotion contains water, and the water evaporates. Oils take longer to “sink in,” but they do stay on the skin longer, and therefore hold the therapeutic properties on the skin longer. Play around with different carriers to see what you like. I have a huge post on different carriers here: Choosing Carriers for Essential Oils.

Q: Where can I find the arnica lotion you prefer to use?

A: You can find the arnica lotion I like here.

Q: What kind of pain will this help with?

A: This recipe is geared to help relieve all types of pain associated with inflammation. Back pain, neck pain, muscular pain, carpel tunnel, tendonitis, and any kind of joint pain.

Q: Can I make a stronger dilution?

A: I do find 3% is a great dilution which works for most people with bad pain. You can certainly double or triple the dilution for the first few applications, but I would not suggest a high dilution for long-term use. For more information about dilutions read: Properly Diluting Essential Oils.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use during pregnancy?

A: Myrrh is not recommended for use during pregnancy. You can eliminate the 2 drops of Myrrh from this recipe to make it pregnancy safe. For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Pregnancy.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use if I breastfeed?

A: Yes, the ingredients in this recipe are safe to use if you are breastfeeding. For more information on essential oil safety for breastfeeding moms read: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use on children?

A: I would not use a recipe at this high a dilution for children, but all of the essential oils are safe for use on children over the age of two with the exception of Ylang Ylang, which should not be used topically on children under the age of two. Although I did not create this recipe with children in mind (I would have probably chosen other essential oils), it technically can be used if diluted properly. The dilution to use depends on the age of the child, but for children over the age of 6 a topical dilution of 1% is generally recommended. For more information on essential oil safety with children read: Essential Oils and Children.

Q: You recommend a plastic bottle. Shouldn't I use glass so the essential oils don't eat away the plastic?

A: Pure essential oils should be stored in glass, but when essential oils are diluted in a recipe like this, you can use plastic. PET plastic is ideal. You can certainly use glass, but if so, I suggest a lotion pump cap.

Q: What essential oil brands do you recommend for this recipe?

A: I personally use several different brands of essential oils with great results (you can find my opinion here. You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match 🙂

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