are the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone in
the human anatomy. Tendinitis is the condition when
these cords become inflamed and painful. The soft
tissue of the muscle typically tapers at the end and
transitions into the tendon that is a much stronger, thick,
and fibrous material. Since the tendon is not as elastic as
the muscle when there is a distorting injury it is the
element that is most prone to tear and hence become
inflamed. This can also happen when there is repeated
stress to the tendon that causes microscopic tears that can
become inflamed and painful over a period of time.
These types of injuries are more prone to those 40 – 60
years old since their tendons are not as flexible as they
were at a younger age.
Tendinitis can occur with any of the hundreds of tendons
in the body but is most apt to occur in the tendons that we
use the most, especially if we put repeated strain on them.
Common areas of strain are elbows (tennis elbow), shoulders
(swimmer’s shoulder), hips, wrists, knee (jumper’s knee),
ankle, or heel.
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Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Massage BlendC, Basil, Birch, Cypress, Soothing BlendC,
HelichrysumEC, LavenderC, LemonC,
LemongrassC, OreganoC, PeppermintC, WintergreenC
Essential oils based
Apply oils topically to the area 2 or 3 times per day
until pain is reduced. 2 -3 drops of Birch or Soothing Blend for
inflammation and pain followed with Lemongrass for helping
mend damaged tissue. Layering with Peppermint after a
few minutes will help "drive" the oils deeper into the
tissue. Or use a warm compress. Cypress will
increase circulation and speed healing.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Kathy - My friend
has tennis elbow and also gets almost migraine headaches
from the pain.Her doctor wants to give her cortisone for her
elbow which she doesn’t want to do that. I heard that
Birch is like a natural cortisone but it is not available. I
also heard to consider Wintergreen. Does anyone know the
best way to use it and how often can it be used safely?
I did rub some Birch on her elbow and she said it felt
really good so I am hoping Wintergreen will also be good.
Sharon - Tennis Elbow is basically just
tendonitis. My husband has the same thing the and he uses
Marjoram and it is working very well.
John - Hi Kathy some years ago I had a
build up of calcium on my deltoid muscle and the doctor
wanted to give me cortisone. Instead I used
Wintergreen layered over with Peppermint twice day. On
alternate days I used Pan Away (similar to Soothing Blend) and
again layered after with Peppermint. Within a few days I was
using the arm again.
Jess (2011) - I had the fortunate
opportunity to talk with Dr. Hill recently. I've been
suffering from Tennis Elbow for months. Soothing Blend didn't
really help much. I asked Dr. Hill what I could use instead
and he suggested I try Oregano (remember to dilute it) and
Lemon together and applied externally. Seriously? Better
than any pain pill and so much more effective. It's been
almost a month and my arm hasn't bothered me for about 4
Natalie – Any ideas
how to treat calcific tendonitis? (Calcific tendonitis
is a condition that causes the formation of a small, usually
about 1-2 centimeter size, calcium deposit within the
tendons of the rotator cuff.)
Pat - If you would like to take care of
it quickly, I would suggest Lemongrass and Melaleuca on the
affected area. After applying the oils then put a warm moist
cloth over the area.
Bonnie - I have 2
questions. 1) What are the specific oils for tendonitis? I
wonder about Massage Blend/Marjoram? 2) Are there any oils
that would improve very dry, (sometimes bleeding) cracked
John - The obvious one for tendinitis
would be Soothing Blend, however I would try Birch if it is
available for anything that needs an anti-inflammitory!
Also Marjoram, Peppermint and Basil.
Pat - Lemongrass does a great job of
healing tendons, you might want to try that. You could be
missing something in your diet that is causing the cracked
heals. Try the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) pack.
Dry cracked heals?
Loryjean - I'm using Melaleuca and a
good moisture cream, with socks, for my heels.
Rob - I had a friend that found out by
accident that Peppermint healed dry, cracked heals. Apply
neat in the mornings, apply with VCO or coconut oil at night
and sleep with socks on. Be consistent for and patient, it
might take a while.
Jan - A great heel healing balm for
cracking heels. 1tblspn EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil) 10
drops Geranium 10 drops Peppermint 10 drops Melaleuca.
Rub on heels every morning and night.
Jan - Dry, cracked heels are often
caused by some sort of fungus. Whether that is the cause in
your case or not, Jan's suggestion of VCO, Geranium,
Peppermint, and Melaleuca would be great!
Sue - Does
anyone know what to do for tendonitis? My daughter is
hurting pretty badly. She has a band on it and I think she
is taking medicine for the inflammation, but she said it is
getting worse and is very painful. It is starting to keep
her awake at night.
Lil - Birch oil will do wonders.
Also Lemongrass, Wintergreen, and Soothing Blend.
Jan - Yes, yes, yes! Lil's advice sounds
right on to me!!! "itis" means inflammation. Birch is
fantastic for inflammation. I have used on my
chronically mis-aligned and inflamed lower back with more
success than anything else I've ever found! In the
case of tendonitis, I'd use all the oils Lil mentioned plus
Cypress to help with circulation.
Jan – Also if someone is asking for
something to replace aspirin, while dealing with the joint
pain. My experience is after 10 days to 2 weeks of
being on the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV), I no longer
woke up every morning with achy joints and my circulation
had increased to a much better level. Therefore I
would suggest the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) (Tremendous
support for the circulatory system as well as the whole rest
of the system), Birch applied topically (super
anti-inflammatory), and MJ Assist as needed?
Dian - My husband takes the MJ Assist to
replace any other pain relievers for his joints.