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Bursitis

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

Summary

see also Arthritic Pain, Back Pain, Joint Pain, Muscle Pain

Bursitis is a condition that occurs when a small liquid filled sac near a joint becomes inflamed.  The sac known as the bursa contains a fluid that helps lubricate the joint and it lies between the tendon and skin or bone near the joint.  The inflammation can be caused by an injury, an infection, gout, arthritis or simply overuse.  Overuse many times may come from small repetitive motions that put strain on a joint. 

The common joints that may sustain bursitis are the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip.  The foot (a form of bunion) and the Achilles tendon may also be locations of bursitis.  Bursitis is more common among those over 40 years old as muscles, tendons, and joints become less tolerant of unusual stress.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Basil, Birch, Cypress, Deep Blue, Ginger, Lemongrass, PastTense, White Fir

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Marjoram, Wintergreen

Suggested protocols:

Topically apply combinations of the following oils 3 times a day until the pain is reduced then taper off the application frequency.  PastTense, Deep Blue, Birch, or Wintergreen for pain and inflammation.  Cypress to increase circulation and speed healing.  Lemongrass or Marjoram for healing damaged tissue. 

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Brooke  -  My 15 year old volleyball player has developed what we think may be bursitis in both of her knees.  We've ruled out a torn meniscus - but we aren't sure. She is in a lot of pain, and can barely walk.  It hurts to sit in class at school sometimes.

I had bursitis in my hip last year and it was only the oils that helped me. I just thought I'd check and see if anyone had other experience with this. It is very painful, and takes a long time to heal from what I've read so far.  The one doctor I called just wanted to give her cortisone shots in her knees!  I just don't feel comfortable with that at her age - or their other suggestion was to take 12 ibuprofen a day.  ghhh!

Pat - How sad at that young age to suffer like that. If it were me I would be using Birch and Lemongrass. Lemongrass is great for repairing ligaments and tendons and the Birch keeps the inflammation down and alleviates the pain.

 

RSMom - I have a friend that is suffering from Bursitis of the hip. Any suggestions for what oils are best?

Cristi - I have bursitis and have gotten relief from using PastTense on it.

Pat - Try PastTense and if that doesn't give you the relief you need, go to Deep Blue.

Thauna - Deep Blue worked like a dream on my bursitis. The first time I used it the pain was gone for two days and I used it every other day for a couple weeks. Then every 3 or 4 days, now I hardly ever need to apply it on my hip.

Meredith - I had hip bursitis but had to have surgery for it. Still have pain at times, Deep Blue works best.

Julie Ann - Just read your post and want to tell you that I was loosing critical bone mass in my right hip due to an injury and I was told to double up on the CRS capsules from the LifeLong Vitality supplements.  I did increase to 6 capsules daily, and I am taking the MJ Assist, and all the while doing the ATT oils on myself every single day.  I now have NO PAIN period in that hip.  

Wendy - How do you do ATT on yourself? I would like to learn that. I don't like to bother other people to do it for me. Wendy

Julie Ann - I simply use the oils in sequence up my spine with my hands.  I put them on the bottom of the spine and work them to the top, and make sure they are on the big toe of each foot.  Just put them on and breathe them in.

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

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What Science & Research are saying

 

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