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


BunionA bunion is a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe or in some less common cases on the outside of the small toe.  The protrusion at the joint of the base of the toe can become irritated, swollen and painful.  As the protrusion becomes larger the toe bends toward the second toe causing further sources of irritation.  There appears to be multiple causes of a bunion.  Genetically the foot may be shaped such that normal activity puts excessive pressure on the big toe eventually causing a bunion.  Some suggest footwear that does not fit properly may also put excessive pressure and cause a bunion.  The protrusion may be excessive bone structure or a fluid sac called the bursa that becomes inflamed.  In any case the deformity of the toe makes it difficult to find proper fitting footwear, is not a pleasant sight, and can be very painful.

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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Massage Blend, Grounding Blend, LemongrassC, Wintergreen

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: Respiratory Blend, CypressC, Soothing Blend, Anti-Aging Blend, Tension Blend

Suggested protocols:

Apply Lemongrass with Massage Blend and Wintergreen to the area for pain and healing. Follow the oils with a warm washcloth then covered with a plastic bag then a towel or sock for 1-2 hours to keep heat in.  Healing varies from a few weeks to months. Cypress improves circulation and LLV encourages the healing process.

One very experienced oils user has had success using Grounding Blend topically on the bottoms of the feet and on the back of the neck at least 2 time daily. Respiratory Blend, Soothing Blend, Anti-Aging Blend and/or Tension Blend may also be used for pain.

Healing varies from a few weeks to months. Cypress for increased circulation to speed the process. Plus the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) will give balanced nutrition and speed the process.

If the bunion is the result of an inflamed bursa of the toe then consider the essential oils suggested for bursitis.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Mel – My aunt has two big bunions on her foot and was going to have surgery.  I asked her to give the oils a try first, I want to send her a package and looked in the book at it only has Cypress, I looked up Cypress and it doesn't really seam like that would be the one I would choose, I was thinking more along Lemongrass? Does anyone have any experiences/testimonies for anything for bunions with protocols and about how long it took before there was a change in them?

Pat - You are basically asking the oils to dissolve bone? The Lemongrass might do some of it but it will take a long time. Hope someone has a success story to add.

Sharon - I have friends that use other oils and recently heard something about scoliosis and how the oils can help to move bones.  I would think (...) oils would do the same for bunions or not?  Maybe someone knows what oils are used.

Pat - The movement of the bones is actually the oils taking care of major inflammation and repair of tendons and ligaments so the bones can go back to the way they were supposed to be.

Christine - I have a friend who is a massage therapist and she tells of applying Lavender on a gal's spine with scoliosis and literally watched the spine straighten.  Those were not even (...) oils, so how much better will (...) work.

Tamalu - One of the reasons Cypress is listed for bunions is its ability to help the body's circulation.  Circulation is crucial for healing.  I have successfully used the oils to eliminate bunions by using Grounding Blend, Wintergreen, Lemongrass, Massage Blend and/or Respiratory Blend, and Soothing Blend, Tension Blend or Anti-Aging Blend if there is a lot of pain associated with the bunions.  I use the Grounding Blend on the bottoms of the feet and the back of the neck, and generally clean all of the oils off the hands after application to the feet by wiping them on the back of the neck, as well.  (If you look at your chart in your reference book, you will see that the area of most bunions corresponds with the neck region. It is fun to see what happens with the neck and spine as you work on the bunions consistently.)  Do this at least twice daily.  It can take months, or it can take a week to see a difference in the size of the bunions.  We are all different.  Some are more aggressive than others.  Adding Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) to your program will stimulate quicker effects. Covering the feet with socks after applying the oils will amplify the effects of the oils and speed things up.   Always, ALWAYS drink much more clean water. I'm excited for your aunt to have this experience.  Hopefully you will keep us updated on her progress!


Janine - Hello! Any success stories with bunions?

Pat – I would go with the recommended Soothing Blend, Basil or Cypress plus Lemongrass added to it.

Janine – Will it make them go away or just relieve the pain?

Pat – Should do both, however it will take time and patience and above all be consistent.

Jeannie -  I used Cypress alone for a very very long long time BUT it worked! no more bunion.  It wasn't a huge one and I didnt' want to go to that point however it hurt like the dickens.  I also went to more sensible shoes and only where my cutsies on special occassions.


Cheryl - My friend had bunion surgery almost a month ago and still has swelling in her foot. She was skeptical about EO's but was desperate and let me put a few drops of Grapefruit and Lemongrass on her toe, foot and behind her knee.  We applied them at 4pm for a "test drive" to see how she reacted.  Nothing really happened so I came back at 9 pm to apply for bedtime.  I added a few drops of Helichrysum because she mentioned her doctor. said she might have the start of phlebitis.  She said at 10:30 pm, 1 am and again at 4 am she had a burning sensation internally all the way from her toe up to her knee.  She was not happy.  Does anyone know if this is a common reaction or if I should have done something else?

Brooke - I have personally experienced something similar, and I recently met someone who had a similar story.  Helichrysum is a very unique oil.  I personally had pulled all the tendons or ligaments or something on the top of my foot when I fell down some stairs a couple of months ago.  I couldn't even put on a shoe!    I used several oils (Lemongrass, Marjoram, White Fir, and a couple of others), and they worked great!  Within three days I was fine. Well, last week I got up wrong, and the top part of my foot pulled again.  

This time, I put Helichrysum on the top of my foot right before I went to bed.  It started hurting SO bad.  I put Soothing Blend (which has Helichrysum in it) and a few others on thinking it was just crazy it would start to hurt!! (because it hadn't before)  It took about an hour, but the pain finally subsided, and I went to sleep.   The next morning I woke up, and my foot did NOT hurt at all.  It was perfectly fine, and I had no pain from the re-injury to the top of my foot.

The same thing happened to to my friend - she had hurt her foot doing fitness stuff, went to her first oils meeting and they applied Helichrysum.  It hurt so bad all the way home - she thought they were crazy using oils.  Until the next morning when the pain was GONE!!She became a believer in oils.  My understanding is the Helichrysum is able to go in and basically "re-knit" tissues together.  Sometimes there is pain associated with that, sometimes there isn't.  Don't give up because, maybe that is what the oils were doing - their JOB!  It takes time to figure out what works best for everyone, and if they will be patient, the oils can and will work!

I hope this helps your friend.  I am so grateful I have been persistent, because it is paying off!


Editor - A positive experience about bunion surgery.  Note the doctor's reaction.

Bev. G. -  I have a good experience to share.  My sister recently went through 2 different bunion surgeries (about 7 weeks apart).  After the first week (because her foot was wrapped), she put Soothing Blend all over her foot (except where the incision was.  She put Frankincense or Helichrysum on the scar). At her first appointment with the podiatrist, he was in shock.  There was very little bruising and no swelling. "I've never seen anyone heal so fast!  Whatever did you do?"  She showed him her Soothing Blend roll-on.  He was flabbergasted, "I've never seen anything like it in all my years of practice."  She was thrilled.  I thought I would share, in hopes that it might help someone else out there.

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