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Bone Spurs

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

see also plantar fasciitis

Bone spurs, also know as osteophytes, are common in the foot although they can and do occur anywhere in the skeletal system.  A bone spur is formed as the body tries to repair itself by added more bone growth to a normal bone area, often at the edge of a bone structure.  The spur is typically smooth rather than a sharp “spur” and often goes undetected unless it rubs or presses on nearby ligaments, tendons, nerves, or other bones.  Common places for bone spurs in addition to the feet are the spine, shoulders, hands, hips, and knees.

The abnormal bone growth can result from a number of problems such as abnormal movement in a joint over time or unusual tension where tendons or ligaments attach to the bone.  Even “wear and tear” from everyday activities can form bone spurs.  Some common activities that may form bone spurs in the feet are running, dancing, stress from being overweight, and shoes that are too tight.  Bone spurs in the shoulder may also occur with repetitive stress and strain.  The normal process of aging can also cause bone spurs.

 

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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:

Healing - Cypress, Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Thyme

Pain relief - AromaTouch Technique, Deep Blue, Wintergreen

 

Essential oils based products: Life Long Vitality supplements

 

Also consider: Breathe,

Suggested protocols:

Bone spurs blend:

·    4 drops Wintergreen

·    4 drops Eucalyptus

·    4 drops Marjoram

·    4 drops Cypress

·    4 drops Helichrysum

·    4 drops Peppermint

·    4 drops Frankincense

·    10 drops coconut oil carrier

Apply blend to affected area 2 times daily till bone spur gone, continue thereafter for 2 weeks. Speed results by wrapping with a warm cloth after oils are applied and then wrapping this with plastic bag and additional towel to keep heat in.

 

Alternative bone spur blend:

·    5 drops Eucalyptus

·    5 drops Marjoram

·    5 drops Cypress

·    5 drops Lavender

·    5 drops Thyme

·    5 drops Basil

·    30 drops of coconut carrier oil

Apply blend to affected area 2 times daily till bone spur gone, continue thereafter for 2 weeks. Speed results by wrapping with a warm cloth after oils are applied and then wrapping this with plastic bag and additional towel to keep heat in.

Reported results took 2 weeks to 3 months.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

A submission directly to  EverythingEssential.me.  Our thanks to:

      Kathy Longhurst
      sandhollow@aol.com

Kathy -
I had a  dramatic experience with the AromaTouch Technique class in St. George, Utah.  I had a lump (bone spur?) on the top of my right foot about 2" from my 4th toe - it was on the top part of my foot and looked gross, like a volcano about to blow, it kept growing higher and higher and the night before the class it was hurting so bad I could hardly sleep.  It protruded between 1/2 to 3/4 inch high.  About 8 in the evening, after I had received the AromaTouch Technique, I kicked off my shoes and looked down at my foot and the lump was almost completely gone, it was just a mass under the skin, like a puddle.  The next day the mass was gone, it completely dissolved - I was amazed!  Since the class it has grown back and I am anxious to have another AromaTouch Technique to see if it reduced again!  

 

Samara - My husband just called from the doctor's office and he has a bone spur in his heel.  That explains the pain he's been having, but is this something that oils can help?  

Robert - I had a vicious bone spur on my elbow.  It would send shooting pains up my arm if I was laying in bed and put pressure on my elbow to roll over.  After some studying on effective essential oils and blends that people had used on bone spurs, I came up with the following blend.  I don't know if its the best one, but my bone spur is gone.  I took a couple weeks before it stopped hurting during pressure, and I continued a couple drops morning and night for another 2 weeks.

Bone spurs blend:

·    4 drops Wintergreen

·    4 drops Eucalyptus

·    4 drops Marjoram

·    4 drops Cypress

·    4 drops Helichrysum

·    4 drops Peppermint

·    4 drops Frankincense

·    10 drops coconut oil carrier

Also supplement with magnesium and doTERRA Life Long Vitality supplements!! (Magnesium will help dissolve bone spurs.)

Other blends and oils to consider;

·    Deep Blue

·    Aroma Touch

BK - I've had a bone spur on the bottom of my right foot for several years.  I mostly controlled any pain by having good shoes, and padded commercial soles.  But if I got up out of bed at night or was getting ready for the day in the morning without my shoes on... I would sometimes put pressure on the right place, and I might as well have stepped on a scorpion.  Awful pain shot up my leg.

I also had a small bone spur or calcium growth on the palm side of my pointer finger knuckle on the carpal’s bone, right next to the metacarpals bone. (right hand, and I'm right handed)  It bothered me sometimes, but I just lived with it.  It felt like it was a half size marble under my skin.

Back a few months I started using a blend of Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Cypress, Lavender Peppermint, Thyme and  Basil. 5 drops each in an 15ml bottle then match the amount of essential oil with coconut oil. I would rub this blend on my right foot every morning and night. Without fail for 3 months.  One day it was strange, I realized that it was almost gone!  It seemed almost overnight or I just hadn't been paying attention. I continued for another month or six weeks, and here's the funny thing... I realized one day that the bump on my hand was gone too! I LOVE THESE OILS!!

Pat - Cypress with Wintergreen seems to work well for some, also Deep Blue for the pain and believe it or not Breathe which I know is a respiratory blend has been suggested to dissolve bone spurs. Use each time area is painful, it can be used often.

 

Tinas - My Dad has bone spurs in his back, recently his back has gotten really bad and he thinks a bone spur is pinching a nerve.  He lives in Canada and he can't get to the doctor and will have to wait for surgery for a long time.  

Pat - I would use the Lemongrass topically, along with Deep Blue and Peppermint for the pain. The Lemongrass should dissolve the spurs, he needs to be consistent!!

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

 

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