Essential oils have been praised for their healing ability but can essential oils dissolve bunions? If you are new to oils or are looking for a natural, soothing solution to your bunion pain, we hope to help guide you in the right direction.
People have been using essential oils from ancient times as home remedies. There are a lot of essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties that may ease the pain and resolve the swelling with bunions.
Massaging the bunion allows the synovial fluid to move around the joint and dissolve the excess calcium hardened in the bunion, potentially shrinking its size.
What are Bunions?
A bunion is a deformity of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. Scientifically speaking, bunions are characterized by medial deviation of the first metatarsal bone and lateral deviation of the big toe.
The exact cause of bunions is unknown: some medical professionals say that it’s caused by long-term use of shoes, especially the tight-fitting ones with pointed toes.
Others say it’s caused by genetic factors, worsened by wearing tight-fitting shoes for extended periods of the term.
Bunions occur when pressure is applied to the side of the big toe, forcing it inwards, leaning on the other toes. Because of this pressure, the tissues surrounding the joint often become swollen, tender, and painful.
Research shows that people from cultures who do not wear shoes do not suffer from bunions at all. That’s why bunions are majorly linked to wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes.
Signs and Symptoms of Bunions
If you have a bunion, you might be experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Joint between big toe and foot protruding outwards
- Big toe shifting or slanting against the other toes
- Joint redness and pain
- Pain when walking
- Blisters around bunions
- Tenderness around bunion
- Calluses along the feet when the bunion rubs against your shoe
How do Essential Oils Help Bunions?
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquid plant extracts that have powerful therapeutic properties. They have a wide variety of properties that are beneficial in giving relief to bunions and helping them reduce in size and disappear.
Some of these properties include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial, and more. Essential oils promote blood circulation, reduce inflammation, prevent blisters from forming, numb down pain, and heal the tender tissue.
Best Essential Oils for Bunions
1. Lavender Essential Oil
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).
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
This 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.
3. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
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.
4. Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is often affiliated with the relaxation of the mind and body. They are known to have sedative properties to them, 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.
5. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon oil itself is not necessarily affiliated with pain relief or anti-inflammation. They are 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 your bunion pain.
It is recommended that one mixes lemon oils with other essential oils to create an enhanced, clean, and fortified oil mixture.
How to Use Essential Oils for Bunions
The best way to use essential oils for bunions is through gentle massage. Dilute one or more of the essential oils above in suitable carrier oil and gently massage it on the affected area
Bunion Massage Blend
What you need
- ½ cup fractionated coconut oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus radiata oil
- Add 10 drops german chamomile essential oil
- 10 drops sweet marjoram oil
- 10 drops lemon oil
- 8 drops wintergreen oil
- 4 oz amber dropper bottle
- Small funnel
- Using a small funnel, pour ½ cup fractionated coconut oil into your amber glass dropper bottle.
- Next carefully add 10 drops each of eucalyptus radiata oil, german chamomile oil, sweet marjoram oil and lemon oil. Also add 8 drops of wintergreen oil.
- Close the bottle and shake well to combine everything. Store in a cool dry place.
- To use, gently massage about 1 tsp onto your bunion and big toe twice daily. Do not expose the oiled area to harsh sunlight as lemon essential oil is photosensitive. You can also use this massage blend only at night time to avoid sun exposure.
Foot Soak for Painful & Swollen Bunions
What you need
- Foot soak tub filled with hot water
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- 10 drops peppermint oil
- 10 drops lavender oil
- Fill a tub with a gallon of hot water. Not very hot but hot enough that your skin can handle.
- Now mix 10 drops each of peppermint and lavender oil in ½ cup Epsom salts.
- Disperse the Epsom salt-essential oil mixture in the warm water.
- Soak your feet for 15 minutes or more.
- You can do this three times a week or more if necessary.
Through and through, essential oils are certainly not going to evaporate your bunions into nothingness. However, being that surgery is invasive and time-consuming post-operation, essential oils are a great way to seek out some relief from those agitating bunions.
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