Essential Oils for Lupus

The use of aromatherapy for treating medical ailments has been around for hundreds of years.

While there are those in the medical field that do not view aromatherapy as a valid medical treatment, those that have used it are believers in the natural healing powers essential oils have to offer.

For those that suffer from Lupus, the chronic autoimmune disorder, there are even a few essential oils you can use to help alleviate some of the symptoms that accompany this condition. In this post, we are going to take a look at a few essential oils that have been shown to provide some relief from Lupus symptoms.

What is Lupus


Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes the bodies immune system to attack healthy tissues organs that affect over 5 million people globally.

This causes extreme levels of inflammation within the body and can affect the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, stomach, lungs and joints. Basically, Lupus can cause system-wide issues within the sufferer’s body.

Symptoms of Lupus


Since Lupus can affect nearly every part of the body, the symptoms can be numerous. Here is a list of some of the more common symptoms of the disorder:

  • Insomnia
  • Blurry Vision
  • Fever
  • Memory Loss
  • Rashes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Joint Pain
  • Muscle Aches
  • Swelling and Stiffness
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

Essential Oils for Lupus

Best Orange Essential Oil Pure Certified Organic Therapeutic Grade 60ml
Orange Essential Oil
Our organic Orange essential oil is certified by Oregon Tilth to ensure the absence of harmful pesticides as well as the proper handling of the oil in all stages of production.
Mentha piperita Peppermint is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs, and we are learning more every day about all of the amazing things that this oil can do!* Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
Boswellia Renowned as one of the most beneficial essential oils, frankincense is truly a gift of nature. It brings a range of splendid advantages and it’s truly precious, to say the least. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
Thymus vulgaris Recognized  for centuries for its purifying properties, thyme has many uses beyond the kitchen. Use it in numerous ways to cleanse all parts of your life. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
Pelargonium graveolens Derived from the edible leaves of the geranium plant, this essential oil comes packed with a range of different benefits. Used to promote healthy-looking skin and hair, it’s the ideal substance for various beauty care products. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
Helichrysum italicum Deriving from the beautiful flowers of a small perennial herb, helichrysum essential oil is renowned as tremendously beneficial product. From skin benefits to improved metabolism, the advantages are certainly various. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  



1. Orange


The first essential oil we will take a look at is orange.

Orange has been studied thoroughly for its anti-inflammatory properties and can help to provide those that suffer from Lupus some relief when flare-ups occur.


Directions for use

To use this essential oil, you have a few options:

  • You can mix the orange essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it directly to your skin. Carrier oils are basically vegetable oils that are used to dilute essential oils. Once applied, the carrier oils help carry the essential oils into the skin when it is absorbed.
  • The next option for administering orange essential oil is by inhaling it. Simply place a few drops of the essential oil on a tissue or cloth and breath in. You can also place the oil in an aromatherapy diffuser, that you can wear and have with you while traveling or in a vaporizer.
  • If you are not a fan of placing oils or lotions directly onto your skin, you can simply take a bath. By placing several drops of the orange essential oil into your bath of warm water, your body can absorb the beneficial oil without leaving an excessive oily residue.


2. Peppermint


Peppermint Essential OilPeppermint essential oil can also help reduce inflammation but also has other beneficial factors for helping with Lupus symptoms.

Peppermint can help alleviate nausea that is oftentimes associated with Lupus and ease the stomach.

For muscle aches and headaches, the oil can be mixed with a carrier oil and used as a topical ointment for pain relief. 

Directions for use

As with orange essential oil, you have a few options for the administration of peppermint oil:

  • As we already stated, you can combine the peppermint with a carrier oil to create a topical ointment to help with muscle, joint and headaches.
  • Drop a few drops into a cup of warm tea or water and drink it. This is the best method for helping with nausea.

Place a few drops in a diffuser. An alternate method is to add a few drops to a pan of boiling water or a vaporizer.

The aroma from peppermint essential oil is very strong and you will only need a few drops.

According to a study at the Wheeling Jesuit University, peppermint aroma can assist with memory, reasoning and attention span.


3. Frankincense


Frankincense Essential OilFrankincense not only can help with anxiety, stress, memory.

And rashes but it can also provide the immune system with a much-needed boost by helping to destroy harmful bacteria and germs.

Directions for use

Unlike the previous essential oils we discussed, frankincense essential oil should not be ingested since it may have toxic effects on the body.

Here are the best methods for using this oil:

  • You can mix frankincense with your preferred carrier oil and use it as an ointment. This ointment can be used to help with muscle aches and stiff joints that accompany Lupus.
  • The next option available for using frankincense oil is by inhaling it. Simply place a few drops of the essential oil on a tissue or cloth or place it in an aromatherapy diffuser.
  • Placing a few drops in a bath of warm water is a great method for administering frankincense essential oil. Not only does it get absorbed through the skin, but it is also inhaled via the vapors from the warm water.


4. Thyme


Thyme Essential OilThyme is another essential oil that can be used to help with Lupus symptoms.

This perennial herb possesses antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiseptic and sedative properties that can help alleviate many of their symptoms.

Thyme oil can also provide the immune system with a boost to help fight pathogens.

Directions for use

  • You can add thyme essential oil to your diffuser and inhale the vapors. This method is preferred for helping to clear the lungs of phlegm or any lung issues stemming from Lupus.
  • By mixing thyme essential oil with your preferred carrier oil, you can make a massage oil that adds a kick to your immune system.
  • You can add thyme oil to your personal diffuser to help with anxiety. By having it with you, you will be able to utilize the herbs properties whenever anxiety starts to flare up.


5. Geranium

Geranium Essential OilGeranium essential oil possesses anti-depressant, antiseptic, nonirritant, non-sensitizing and nontoxic properties.

Possessing so many beneficial properties, it’s no wonder this oil made the list for helping with Lupus.

Directions for use

To administer geranium essential oil, use the following methods:

  • Add a few drops of this essential oil to your diffuser. Not only does it have a pleasant scent, but it can also help alleviate anxiety.
  • Mix with your preferred carrier oil and massage it over aching muscles.
  • You can add one drop of this essential oil to a glass of almond milk to take orally. However, children under the age of five should not ingest geranium essential oil.


6. Helichrysum


Helichrysum Essential OilWhile it may be difficult to pronounce, helichrysum has been used for thousands of years in Spain and Turkey, as well as other countries, for its medicinal attributes.

Helichrysum has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that make it ideal for helping with Lupus symptoms. (1)

Directions for use

As with most essential oils, you have three options for administering helichrysum essential oil:

  • You can mix the oil with your preferred carrier oil, favorite lotion, or favorite cream and apply it topically.
  • You can make a drink containing helichrysum essential oil. Simply add one drop of the oil to four ounces of liquid.
  • If you prefer aromatically, you can add the oil to your diffuser or a steamy bath.




As you can see, using essential oils to help with the symptoms of Lupus can help you to live with this disorder a little easier.

However, we do recommend that you consult with your doctor prior to ingesting any type of essential oil.

There are some that, while perfectly safe to apply topically or to inhale, are not safe for consumption.

We hope this post has provided you with some helpful information.

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