Essential Oils For Bunions
Bunions are no fun. With causes ranging from foot stress to arthritis, bunions can be quite disruptive in your everyday life. Bunions typically form when the big toe is leaning, or being forced to lean, inward towards the next toe (the long toe).
When this inward leaning becomes prolonged and exacerbated, the bone connecting the big toe to the foot protrudes in a fashion that leaves a bump on the inside of the foot, at the base of the big toe.
This is where the pain originates, with that bump constantly being irritated by shoes or the simple stress of walking. Anyone who has had a bunion, or bunions, certainly would desire to relieve this pain that tags along with the condition.
Bunions, with their causes not totally understood at times, are treated in a manner that places importance on prevention instead of cure.
Surgery is the only method by which bunions may be corrected, however, this surgery requires months of recuperation and staying off of the healing joint. Who ever has the time to take months off of their feet?
Alleviating the Pain
With prevention being the focus instead of cure for most medical experts, it can be difficult to find a relieving strategy for managing bunion pain. What if I told you that bunion pain could be alleviated by the application of essential oils?
It is not as far-fetched, or out of the realm of possibility, as you may originally believe. In fact, there are a host of essential oils that provide benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties, analgesic properties, anti-fungus properties, and even nerve, muscle, or joint pain relief properties.
One such essential oil that has a healing effect on bunions is the oil of the marigold plant. Its scientific name being “Tagetes minuta,” is used in a wide variety of applications.
The oils and extracts from the TM are used in food colorants, in herbal teas, and even for remedying cold or respiratory problems. TM is also scientifically calculated to provide anti-inflammatory properties, using various methods to reach such a conclusion.
Using the TM as an example, one can see that essential oils can have a list of uses that is very extensive and wide reaching. This is the case for many essential oils, with their properties being applicable to a host of situations. But you want to know how to use these oils for your bunion pain relief.
How to Use Essential Oils on your Bunions
1. The most highly recommended application method for essential oils to a bunion afflicted foot is the massage method. Simply take your diluted essential oil mix and begin massaging the feet.
Of course you want to be sure that you are applying the oils to the correct area for best results, so aim to massage the bunion afflicted area slightly longer than the rest of the foot.
This method has the added benefit of massaging the muscles of the feet that can grow pained and stressed by a day of walking and standing.
Massaging the foot muscles, particularly with lavender oils, is a great way to relax the foot muscles and receive pain relief that way.
2. A second method for applying essential oils to the bunion-afflicted foot/feet is a foot soak. This is essentially a bath for your feet.
There are foot bath massagers and foot bath apparatuses with water jets and the whole kit and caboodle.
Of course you can always create a foot tub for yourself, without shelling out the extra expense for a foot bath massager.
The first step of creating a foot bath is to fill a tub with warm water. This water should be as warm as your feet can comfortably handle.
Using about a gallon of water, you will also need a half of a cup of Epsom salt. Add in your 20 drops of essential oils and your mixture is ready to go.
You should then soak your feet for about 20 minutes or so, or until the solution is no longer warm. This process can be repeated as needed for a convenient and comfortable remedy to bunion pain.
3. Another method one may use to apply essential oils is direct application to the area where the bunion is located.
This can be done by diluting your essential oils with a carrier oil (more detail to follow) and using a dropper to drop a few drops of the tincture onto the bunion spot.
As one would do with the massaging method, rub the oil gently in a circular, massage-like manner. Also, instead of applying oil directly to your skin you may drop a few essential oil droplets into/onto a foot cream before applying.
4. A final method one may use to apply essential oils for bunion pain relief is to obtain a 10 milliliter roller bottle. In this bottle, you will want to mix about 10 drops of one oil, 10 drops of a second oil, around 8 drops of a Lemon oil (for cleanliness and smell), and around 8 drops of a fourth oil.
In addition, you want to top the bottle off with either fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil. Once you have your oil blend, you can apply by rolling the the roller bottle on the bunion afflicted area and big toe up to three times daily.
A recommended blend is 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil, 10 drops of Rosemary oil, eight drops of lemon oil, eight drops of Chamomile oil, and topped off with fractionated coconut oil.
This blend will provide a strong anti-inflammatory effect and, due to the Eucalyptus, will specifically provide joint relief. The Chamomile will act as a soothing oil and the Lemon will keep your foot area clean.
Any of the the four listed methods for applying essential oils to your bunion-afflicted foot will serve your purpose. It is up to you to decided which method provides you with the most benefits and relief, as every individual is different and can have more or less of a reaction to specific oils.
Essential Oil Types for Bunions
For bunions, there are a set of oils commonly applied and specific reasons for doing so. Some of the commonly applied essential oils are:
- Lavender Oil – Known for its pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties
- Peppermint Oil – Described as aiding bunion pain relief
- Rosemary Oil – Known to be an analgesic and has anti-inflammatory properties (the German government has even approved Rosemary for pain relief applications)
- Eucalyptus Oil – Known for nerve, muscle, or joint pain relief properties
- Chamomile Oil – Known to aid in reducing inflammation and pain
- Lemon Oil – Used as a bonus, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, oil
Let’s break some of these oils down a bit further.
Lavender is known primarily for its anti-inflammatory properties. If you notice that your bunion is swelling and you need a small bit of relief, you can apply a couple of drops of essential oil to a foot cream and work it into the pained area.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender is highly soothing to our senses of smell. As an added benefit of lavender oil, you may find yourself de-stressed (due to the soothing smell).
Peppermint oil is a combo oil, meaning that it packs a punch in more ways than one. Peppermint oil is an anesthetic, an antiseptic, and also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
This combination of effects will surely provide a sense of relief when it comes to your bunion pain. Peppermint is also known to reduce arthritic pain, which , as mentioned, can be one of the causes of bunions.
Peppermint is a nice two for one oil, or three for one, and a necessary oil for any bunion-sufferer.
Eucalyptus is an essential oil that works well for combatting bunion swelling, pain, and redness in the afflicted area.
While Eucalyptus is commonly applied as a decongestant and is helpful for sore throats, its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can be of great aid to bunion relief.
Like most essential oils, use it on its own or combine it with others to increase benefits.
Chamomile is often affiliated with relaxation of the mind and body. Chamomile is known to have sedative properties to it, which is the main reason that it can aid in bunion pain relief.
These sedative properties can soothe pain in joints, muscles, and bones. Soothing joints, muscles, and bones will go a far way in relieving the nagging bunion pain.
Lemon oil itself is not necessarily affiliated with pain relief or anti-inflammation. Lemon oil is a great addition to your essential oil collection because it is a great “piggy-backing” type of oil.
Lemon oil possesses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which will certainly help to keep your feet clean and smelling nice while tending to you bunion pain.
It is recommended that one mixes lemon oils with other essential oils to create an enhanced, clean, and fortified oil mixture.
Combining your essential oils is a great way to receive multiple benefits simultaneously. It is recommended that one use anti-inflammatory oils together, boosting their effects.
Similarly, it is recommended that you combine non-similar oils to create an enhanced, or more well rounded, mixture of oils with added benefits.
Interestingly, essential oil professionals recommend using a carrier oil when applying any of the aforementioned oils to the skin.
This is a process that aids in diluting your essential oils so that they are safe for your skin (undiluted essential oil can be a skin irritant!). In addition, by using a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba oil (which specifically aid in the reduction of inflammation), you are able to blend two or more oils to enhance their effects.
Essentially, Essential Oils are your Pain Relief Solution
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