Another way to reduce inflammatory damage is to boost the body's repair crews. Rachel Galli, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Simmons College in Boston, has been measuring compounds called heat-shock proteins in the brain. "Think of them as the body's duct tape," she says. "They help cells repair the damage from oxidative stress, inflammation, and toxins." As you age, you produce fewer of these protective proteins. Galli has seen blueberry-fortified diets remedy that situation in the brains of aging rats, who responded to inflammatory challenges as ably as much younger animals.
For most pain, you can mix 10 drops of your choice of essential oil with two tablespoons of a good base oil such as coconut oil , sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or borage oil. Mix well, then gently massage on the affected areas. You don’t need to use ALL of the oil if it is not necessary. For example, for headaches , all you really need is a dab on each temple and perhaps another on the back of the neck to get relief from your pain. However, if you are massaging the entire back of a large man, for example, you might need to double this mixture in order to get proper coverage.