Bone spurs (osteophyte) is the growth of the bone that forms on your joints. It usually forms when your body attempts to repair itself by making an extra bone. People usually picture it as something spiky or sharp. However, it’s an extra bone attached to your joints. In standard cases, pain is not felt, and you may only see one sprouting through an X-ray or MRI.
You might feel like a lump or a bump underneath your skin. It might be a problem if the spur rubs against other bones or tissues like ligaments, tendons, or the nerves in your body. If that’s the case, you’ll feel stinging pain whenever you move that joint of the body.
The most common cause is aging; they develop as you age because it’s a long-term process. It forms in response to pressure applied to that joint or constant rubbing and stress. You can treat this issue quickly at home using essential oils for bone spurs and similar exercises.
Essential oils contain anti-inflammatory properties that not only help soothe the pain but also treat insomnia and anxiety in surgical patients(1). They’re natural and easily attainable.
Essential Oils For Bone Spurs
1. Application of Essential Oils
The oils in this blend are peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil, which has a cooling menthol effect. When applied to a warm swollen bone spur area, it can cool it down. Other oils include frankincense, lavender, and Marjoram. You may also use helichrysum, cypress, thyme, and wintergreen. Collectively, they all contain anti-inflammatory properties which prove beneficial for bone spurs(2).
- Take four drops of peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and wintergreen oil. You may also add marjoram oil, cypress oil, helichrysum oil, and frankincense oil.
- Add ten drops of coconut oil or emu oil.
- Blend them well.
- Apply it on the affected area and massage it smoothly.
- After the oils have been applied, cover the area with a plastic bag and a warm towel to keep it warm. This will enable a speedy recovery.
Apply this blend two times daily for about two weeks to three months. If you do not see any results, you may consult your doctor for further treatment.
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2. Epsom Salt Soak with Essential oils
Epsom salts help in treating heel spurs. It softens your heels and reduces swelling and inflammation(3). Epsom salt also helps in relieving your stress and helps relax you after a long day. It’s also one of the most effective remedies for heel spurs. Epsom salt baths work because they have magnesium sulfate. Magnesium has properties that involve bone formation and calcium utilization.
- Take a small tub, small enough for you to dip your feet in after filling it with warm water.
- Take Epsom salt and add about two to three tablespoons into the water.
- Keep your feet soaked in the water for over 10-15 minutes.
- For better results, massage your feet while they’re soaked.
- Dry your feet and use essential oils to moisturize and massage them after the bath. It is preferable to use lavender oil. Massaging it after moisturizing will help relieve pressure and pain in the heels.
It is preferred that you do this before going to bed until you experience relief from your pain. Keep your allergies in mind before choosing the right oil to massage your feet. Allergic reactions to the oil will cause more harm than benefit to your problem.
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3. Lavender Oil Massage
Studies have proven the fact that lavender oil contains anti-inflammatory properties. It is considered to be one of the best treatments for inflammation pain. It has features that can dissolve bone spurs and release stress and anxiety. Lavender oil helps relax.
- Take lavender oil and warm it up slightly
- Massage the oil on the affected area to soothe the pain.
- Make sure you absorb the oil on the area and moisturize it thoroughly.
You may try this daily for over two weeks till you see results. It can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions to people allergic to lavender. Do not continue using this if you’re allergic to lavender. It’s best you consult your doctor before going through with this.
4. Rosemary Oil Massage
Rosemary oil helps reduce joint inflammation and helps in relieving pain(4).
- Take a fair amount of rosemary oil and warm it slightly on a mild flame.
- Apply the oil on the affected area and massage it gently.
- Absorb the oil entirely and moisturize it for optimum results.
Massage the affected area daily until you feel relief from the pain. However, if you do not experience any results, then you may consult your doctor for further treatment. It may cause allergic reaction and redness of the skin, so avoid using it if you’re allergic to it.
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5. Rosemary and Flaxseed Oil Blend
The blend of rosemary and flaxseed oil is beneficial for heel spurs. Rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties, and flaxseed oil is an antioxidant. It’s anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.
- Take two to three drops of rosemary oil and three tablespoons of warm olive oil and mix them well.
- Add rosemary-flaxseed oil mix in warm water.
- Dip a cotton towel and wrap it around your heels to keep it warm.
- Place a heating pad to keep the affected area warm.
- Stay still for 30-45 minutes.
You may try this three times in a week. Do not apply flaxseed oil for more extended periods; it can cause allergic reactions to the skin.
If not cured on time, bone spurs may need to removed surgically if they cause limited mobility in your joints. Essential oils are proven to be the most effective home remedy for bone spurs. They have anti-inflammatory properties that can help in relieving your bone and heel spur pain. However, some oils can cause allergic reactions when in contact with the skin.
You should consult your doctor before trying them out. You can even change your lifestyle and attend to your problem using specific home remedies according to the severity of your problem. And in case of extreme joint stiffness (which can be extremely dangerous), contact your doctor.
1. Are There Other Non-Surgical Methods for Heel Spurs Excluding Essential Oils?
Yes, there are. You can try going for physical therapy. You can decide to treat it with stretching exercises or adjusting your shoe for less strain on the heels when walking.
2. When Do I Consult a Doctor for My Bone Spurs?
If you experience stiffness or swelling in your joints and you face trouble walking, you should see your doctor about it.
3. Are Essential Oils Safe to Use?
They can only cause harm if you’re allergic to the ingredients in it. It is recommended you perform a patch test before applying the oil.