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 at this (nearly) 3% dilution. It's also great for lower back pain. You can double the recipe for a 6% dilution for the first several applications if pain is intense.

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.

Made it for my son in law. He was training for an Ironman when he hurt his rib. Even had difficulty breathing. He swears by it, he applied it faithfully twice a day. He completed the Ironman and truly believes he wouldn’t have been able to do it at all without these oils.


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 or Trauma oil 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 the lotion or oil.
  3. Shake well before using to be sure the essential oils are evenly distributed, or use a glass stirring rod to stir.


This recipe is safe for:

  • children over age 2 years*
  • for breastfeeding women

This recipe is not safe for pregnant woman as is, but replacing the Myrrh with another one of the essential oils will make it pregnancy safe according to our list here.

* The Ylang Ylang in this recipe should not be used topically on children under the age of two. 

This recipe contains the best anti-inflammatory essential oils working in a synergistic way, but I understand some are difficult to obtain. It won't be as effective, but you can leave one one or two essential oils and substitute with more of some of the other essential oils you do have.

Ylang Ylang III is best for this recipe, but you can use other Ylang Ylangs nearly as effectively.

You can substitute a carrier oil for the lotion in this recipe if you wish. 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. 

Topical Traditions Arnica lotion. Unscented is also ok.

Herb Pharm Trauma oil on amazon.

2 ounce bottles with lotion cap.*

*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.

My opinion on brands can be found here.

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