Herbs that can be used as an anti-inflammatory

What are anti-inflammatories?

Anti-inflammatory action is a process that involves the reduction in inflammation (swelling, redness, and pain) that might be a response to infection. It is a well-recognized fact that inflammation involving innate and adaptive immunity is the body’s natural response to any irregularity. However, if it remains untreated, it may lead to autoinflammatory disorders (autoimmune disorders), neurodegenerative disorders, or even cancer. 

A variety of safe and effective natural remedies are available that impart anti-inflammatory action which helps reduce the expression of pro-inflammatory mediators, block lymphocyte trafficking into tissues, diminish B-lymphocytes, or inhibit the binding of monocyte-lymphocyte costimulatory molecules. Anti-inflammatory agents are fervently employed in treating rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease. 

What are the benefits of anti-inflammatories? 

Anti-inflammatory action helps reduce the cardinal signs of inflammation, including:

  • Redness (rubor)
  • Swelling (tumor)
  • Heat (calor)
  • Pain (dolor)
  • Loss of function (functio laesa)

As for internal body inflammation, this action supports the treatment of:

  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Psoriasis
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Depression

3 Herbs Recommended as an anti-inflammatory

Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop is a true anti-inflammatory star. It does not just reduce the inflammation of airways during asthmatic and cough attacks, but also keeps check on the unattended inflammation in the body, thereby reducing the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, and other body aches. Its regular intake as tea or tincture for a defined period (not prolonged) can reduce your risk of catching inflammation-driven disorders.



Basil is a versatile herb that offers a myriad of fringe benefits. Apart from its extensive pharmacologic effects on various systems of the body, it also works as a fine anti-inflammatory agent. Its tincture contains a fair content of eugenol, linalool, and citronellol, which helps reduce inflammation in the body. Consume its half to a full dropper up to 3 times a day to ward off infections and inflammation. 

Birch Polypore

Birch Polypore

Birch polypore is an immune-boosting mushroom that comes with various benefits. It corrects the functions of the gut by rectifying the integrity of the immunity that governs the gastrointestinal tract.

Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory content reduces swelling and redness, deters the harm caused by free radicals and foreign organisms, and even prevents the overactive proliferation of cancer cells. Use Birch Polypore Tincture at least 3 times a day, in water or tea, and reap the most of its benefits.

Other Medicinal Plants that Support inflammation