Inflammation is our body’s response to infection and injury. Its purpose is to clear out foreign cells and dead cells from the local area. Inflammation is characterized by increased redness, heat, pain, and swelling to an area. Anti-inflammatory herbs reduce inflammation in various ways. For example, spices like turmeric, ginger, rosemary, black pepper, and clove may help with internal inflammation. Herbs like comfrey, juniper, lavender, and peppermint have been useful in topical remedies. More human studies are warranted.
Edema is not necessarily the same thing as inflammation. Edema is when there is excessive fluid in the tissue.
By: Kathy Sadowski
Last Updated: 7/15/19