Botanicals and Essential Oils for Surgery and Procedures

The following herbs and botanicals are often recommended in herbal medicine and aromatherapy for managing anxiety that may come before surgery. We have also included some oils known to help heal wounds, reduce inflammation and reduce risk of infection. Do not put pure essential oils on the skin.  Follow manufacturing directions and dilute with carrier oils as instructed.  Please see additional notice below for precautions. The majority of our herbal and botanical recommendations come from the National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs.


Chamomile (Essential Oil, Tea)

Lavender (Essential Oil, Herb, Tea)

Lemon Balm (Essential Oil, Herb, Tea, Tincture)

Wounds, Bruises and Swelling

Arnica Oil (Creams, gels, ointments and salves) – Do not use on broken skin or near the mouth or eyes.

Calendula (Soaps, creams, ointments, salves, lotions)

Gotu Kola (Creams)


Rosemary (Diffused oil) – Can cause seizures and is toxic if taken internally.


The links to essential oils above are not affiliate links. We do not receive any money for your purchase of oils. Floracopeia is our preferred essential oil company because they do not engage in pyramid marketing and they provide organic and sustainable products as well as great service.

Important Notice: Talk to your doctor and/or a qualified herbalist before beginning use of supplements or botanicals. Supplements are botanicals in highly concentrated form and can interfere with other medications and have undesired side effects. The botanicals listed above can cause drowsiness and are likely to impair your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. We do not recommend taking ANY essential oils internally. The supplement and botanical industry is not well regulated at this time. Ask a trusted source for recommended brands and choose organic options when possible.