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8 Powerful Essential Oils For Broken Bones

In the United States alone,  6 to 7 million people are forced to seek medical attention for broken bones every year.

It is easily one of the most common orthopedic injuries and you are probably reading this because you or a loved one is dealing with a bone fracture right now.

The pain and discomfort that accompanies a broken bone is a major nuisance that may have you feeling anxious about ways to reduce the associated pain or even speed up the healing process so you can get back to doing the things you love.

This is where essential oils come in.

In this article, we'll break down the top 8 essential oils for broken bones and how to get the most out of them to get you back to full health as quickly and comfortably as possible. 

Afterward, we touch on some extra tips and information to help you better understand and treat broken bones.


Can Essential Oils Really Help Heal a Broken Bone?

First, let’s be clear that there aren’t any essential oils that can fix a broken bone on their own.

You’ll need a doctor to re-align or set the bone back into place but essential oils can (and should) be used to support the process of healing and alleviating a lot of the associated pain.

By using select essential oils you can help eliminate, or at least reduce, the acute, sub-acute and/or chronic pain that comes with having a broken bone.

Acute pain refers to the pain felt immediately after the fracture; sub-acute refers to the pain experienced in the following weeks during healing and chronic pain refers to pain that may linger after the injury has healed.

Essential oils can also help to accelerate the healing process by stimulating blood flow (to carry the necessary nutrients and minerals to the injury site), enhancing tissue and nerve repair, preventing calcium loss etc.

Without further ado, here are the 8 best essential oils for bone fractures and how to use them:

This oil has been proven to significantly reduce pain from fractures when inhaled.
A potent anti-inflammatory and pain relieving oil with a minty aroma.
Accelerates nerve and tissue repair around the fracture.
An excellent pain reliever with multiple applications. Also provides quality sleep which is necessary for fast, efficient healing.
An amazing anti-inflammatory that relieves pain; Also combats swelling and fluid retention.
Warm spicy oil that improves circulation to carry nutrient-rich blood to the injury site more efficiently to accelerate healing. Also anti-inflammatory.
Similar to black pepper in that it shuttles nutrient-rich blood to the fracture in order to speed up healing and also relieves pain. The aroma is different, however, with cypress being more fresh, clean and woodsy. It is also milder so those with sensitive skin may prefer cypress.
Awesome pain reliever and mild sedative for quality sleep to improve healing.


1. Wild Orange Essential Oil

wild orange oil fractured limbs study provenWild orange oil, also called sweet orange or just orange oil, is extracted by cold expression from the rinds of the fruits of the citrus sinensis tree.

It is one of the most affordable essential oils, while also being extremely versatile and effective.

This intersect makes it one of the best selling oils on the market.

One of its main uses is relieving pain and there was even a 2017 study completed specifically investigating its use for pain from fractures.

In the study by the Arak University of Medical Sciences, patients with various fractures experienced significant pain relief upon inhalation of the orange oil vs those who didn’t inhale anything (1).

Four drops of orange oil were poured on a pad and pinned to the patients’ collar and changed every hour for at least six hours and for the at least the first four hours, pain intensity improved significantly (readings beyond the first 4 hours weren’t included in the study but it can be assumed that the trend continued).

You can use the same method but diffusion or inhaling directly from the bottle every 30 minutes may be much easier and more effective.


2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

doterra eucalyptus oil relieving pain from broken bonesExtremely popular in Brazillian folk medicine for decades (if not, centuries), this essential oil is a great candidate for the inflammation and pain that comes from broken bones.

Eucalyptus oil is a world renown pain reliever that is so effective, it's used in many commercial muscle rubs and scientists have even suggested that it be included in prescription level painkillers.

Upon topical application, it provides a cooling sensation and its minty aroma makes it an excellent decongestant for when you are dealing with a cold, or have trouble breathing.

To use eucalyptus essential oil to relieve pain from broken bones, combine about 7 drops with a carrier oil and massage into the area.

Take a whiff of the oil directly from the bottle as well for best results.


3. Helichrysum Essential Oil

doterra helichrysum essential oil nerve and tissue repairThis oil is known for relieving pain and assisting with the repair of bones.

It accelerates the healing of all types of injuries, improves circulation and helps reduce pain in muscles.

Helichrysum is particularly great at relieving nerve pain and accelerating the regeneration of nerve and connective tissue around the fracture which makes it an ideal candidate for fractures.

To use, apply to the area over your broken bone and to the bottoms of your feet or your wrists 4 to 6 times per day (depending on the location of your injury).

If you’re suffering from stress and body aches, also place 1 – 2 drops at the very base of your neck.


4. Lavender Essential Oil

doterra essential oils for bone fracture lavenderLavender oil improves the function of the brain, soothes headaches and has amazing relaxation properties that relieve anxiety and stress.

According to 2016 research, lavender oil also has incredible wound healing potential (2) and promotes deeper sleep – a factor that promotes faster bone healing.

The main strength of lavender for broken bones, however, is that is an excellent analgesic. An analgesic is a substance or compound that helps to relieve pain, and lavender oil is world renown for this. 

To use lavender oil for pain, combine 4 – 5 drops with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil. Apply the oil to affected areas daily with your fingers or a cotton ball.

You should also diffuse the oil into the air, or inhale directly from the bottle for maximum results (highly recommended).


5. Peppermint Essential Oil

doterra peppermint oil for bone healingPeppermint oil has amazing anti-inflammatory and cooling effects.

When a broken bone gets “hot” or starts to swell, peppermint oil can help clear up the swelling and heat by countering it with a cooling sensation that’s very soothing.

You should also use peppermint oil to relieve the pain of strains associated with broken bones and headaches that can manifest because of the pain. It also reduces the retention of fluids and can assist in regaining your full range of motion after your broken bone heals.

Overall, it's a natural painkiller.

To use, mix with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil. Add 10 drops of peppermint and massage into the affected areas.


6. Black Pepper Essential Oil

Doterra Black Pepper Oil circulation boneBlack pepper oil is a unique oil for broken bones because of what it does for your injuries.

Apart from being an anti-inflammatory, this warm essential oil helps to improve circulation which can then speed up the healing process by shuttling nutrient-rich blood to the injury site more effectively.

To use black pepper oil for your broken bones, combine a few drops with a carrier oil and massage in and around the injury site.

If the injury is inaccessible (for example, because of a cast) apply the solution to the bottom of your feet or your wrists (whichever is closer to your injury) and base of your neck.


7. Cypress Essential Oil

doterra cypress essential oil for broken bonesCypress for broken bones has a similar mechanism to black pepper oil, except it has a different (milder) aroma.

It works primarily by stimulating blood flow to the injury site in order to bring nutrient and oxygen-rich more efficiently, thereby promoting fast and healthy healing. 

Cypress essential oil is also a capable decongestant and antispasmodic agent which is also used to treat different respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.

To use cypress oil for the improved healing of broken bones, combine about 3 to 4 drops with about 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and apply to the location of the fracture 4 to 6 times per day.

If the injury is inaccessible (for example, because of a cast) apply the solution to the bottom of your feet or your wrists (whichever is closer to your injury) and base of your neck.


8. Chamomile Essential Oil

doterra roman chamomile inflammation sleepChamomile oil has two varieties: Roman and German; and they have nearly an identical impact on our health.

Chamomile has analgesic properties that are helpful for healing broken bones because it reduces pain and joint swelling. It also relaxes muscles and relieves tension.

According to a recent study, chamomile helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis by stimulating osteoblastic cells (3).

Further studies on this are sure to continue, but we shouldn’t ignore this oil’s ability to act as an anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiseptic.

To use, combine 5 drops of chamomile with a carrier oil, then gently massage into affected area to reduce pain and promote healing.

You should also inhale the aroma of the oil whether directly or by diffusion. 


Creating Essential Oil Blends For Bone Healing

You can create your bone healing dream team of essential oils by creating your own blend with your preferred scents and functions.

For example, you can combine an analgesic such as lavender or eucalyptus with a circulatory oil such as cypress to not only speed up healing, but make the experience much more bearable.


Types, Causes And Symptoms of Broken Bones

A broken bone occurs when excessive force is applied to a bone and exceeds the bone’s endurance. Bone endurance is impacted by such factors as:

  • Bone size
  • Bone age
  • Overall hardness/density
  • Activity intensity

The common causes of broken bones vary from person to person, but are most commonly caused by accidents, falls, collisions or excess use of the body (this is common for physical laborers and athletes).


Breaking Down the Types of Broken Bones

There are 4 main categories of broken bones.

These are:

1. Open: This is the most dangerous of all broken bones. In this injury, when a bone breaks it pushes through the skin and causes an open wound.

2. Closed: In a closed bone break, the bone breaks internally but does not push through the skin. There is no open wound.

3. Displaced: This break requires an X-ray to properly identify. A displaced bone injury means that a bone breaks into several pieces (2 or more) and moves internally. The bone is no longer aligned.

4. Non-displaced: The break is either partial or complete but the bone remains in proper alignment.


What Symptoms Will I Experience When a Bone is Broken?

When a bone fracture happens, you’ll feel a lot of pain surrounding the bone and in the bone itself. Often, you’ll hear a snapping or popping sound the moment the bone suffers a break.

Some of the symptoms you’ll experience when a bone breaks include:

  • Bruising and/or swelling of the bone (that you can feel)
  • The skin around the break may bleed or bruise
  • The affected appendage bends at an angle that’s not typical
  • Pain increases when you try to move or apply pressure to the wound
  • In open breaks, you may see some of the bone protruding

Remember that just because you can still move the joints near the break doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered a broken bone.

The tendons and muscles in the joints are still able to move the joint even if a bone break has occurred.


Final Thoughts

While there are several other natural ways you can promote the healing of your broken bones, these 8 oils are a great place to start.

You should also ensure that you’re getting the proper nutrients necessary to allow your body to do what it needs to do in a timely fashion.

These nutrients are protein, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.