Sunday, August 16, 2009

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs, Foods, and Beverages

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • White Willow Bark
  • Pineapple
  • Red Wine*
  • Stout Beer*
  • Dark Chocolate*
  • Fish Oil*
  • Coconut Oil*
  • Olive Oil*
  • Butter*
  • Potatoes*

* In moderation


  1. Thank you for this list! I am going to start incorporating these ingredients into my cooking and homemade beverages. Anti-inflammatory is the key to relief from my costochondritis! Here is a list of essential oils that are anti-inflammatory:

    Cypress oil - helps promote circulation (relieves my costochondritis when I place it directly on the area of discomfort).

    Basil oil - powerful muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory agent.

    Tea-tree oil - often used to help with skin issues, it’s less known that tea-tree oil can aid muscles.

    Wintergreen oil - often used for arthritis and muscle and nerve pain. Wintergreen, along with peppermint and spearmint oils, is also used in reducing inflammation often associated with injury.

    St. John’s wort oil - promotes circulation, loosens muscles, helps muscle cramps and strains, and more. When you have muscle cramps, try mixing 5 tbsp of St. John’s wort oil, 1 tbsp arnica, and 1 tsp each of eucalyptus and rosemary oils. Gently massage oil mixture into sore muscles after a workout.

    Frankincense - relaxes muscles and reduces inflammation.

    Ginger oil - anti-inflammatory, often used to reduce muscular aches and pains. It also promotes physical energy and circulation.

    Marjoram oil - often used for arthritis, muscle and nerve pain, muscle inflammation associated with injury, and circulatory disorders.

    Mandarin oil - relaxes muscles and relieves muscle cramps

    Spruce oil (and other evergreens)

  2. Thank you also for this list of essential oils. ;-)