Dissolve Bone Spurs Naturally with Therapeutic Essential Oils

by Cynthe on May 25, 2010

Bone spurs may cause folks considerable, even disabling, pain when they irritate nerves or other tissues or form on a weight-bearing joint like the heel. The following article gives a brief overview of what bone spurs are along with a compilation of personal testimonials from folks who have been managing their own health using essential oil blends to dissolve bone spurs naturally.

Bone spur on heel xray

Xray image of bone spur on heel

What is a bone spur?

“A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth formed on normal bone. Most people think of something sharp when they think of a “spur,” but a bone spur is just extra bone. It’s usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or nerves in the body. Common places for bone spurs include the spine, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet.”

What causes bone spurs?

“A bone spur forms as the body tries to repair itself by building extra bone. It generally forms in response to pressure, rubbing, or stress that continues over a long period of time.

Some bone spurs form as part of the aging process. As we age, the slippery tissue called cartilage that covers the ends of the bones within joints breaks down and eventually wears away (osteoarthritis). In addition, the discs that provide cushioning between the bones of the spine may break down with age. Over time, this leads to pain and swelling and, in some cases, bone spurs forming along the edges of the joint. Bone spurs due to aging are especially common in the joints of the spine and feet.”

SOURCE: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/bone-spur-topic-overview

Continuing from another article: Bone Spurs (Osteophytes)

“Behind each [spinal] disc and under each joint are openings that allow a part of nerve roots to leave the spinal cord to go to other parts of the body. The opening (foramen) that encloses the nerve is just large enough for the nerve to go through.

Bone spurs can be a problem if they develop in the openings for the nerve roots. They make the space narrower (foramen stenosis) and press on the nerve.

SOURCE: http://www.csmc.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Bone-Spurs-Osteophytes.aspx (READ MORE on Symptoms, Causes & Risk Factors, and Conventional Medical Treatments in the original article.)

Heel bone spur illustration

Heel Bone Spur Illustration showing pain location

Therapeutic Essential Oil Blend Used by Folks to Dissolve Bone Spurs Naturally

8-31-03 Rub [the anti-inflammatory essential oil] blend on the location as often as you can think of it. There is not protocol for how long it may take: 30-60-90 days in some cases. Some results are seen quickly, even immediately upon first application. Some take more time [even up to a year]. The best thing to know is it works!  Be patient…for all bodies are different and they all have their own schedule for healing.
Be well
~ FS

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[The anti-inflammatory essential oil blend] on my heel worked beautifully to get rid of my bone spur. First I put [a frequency balancing essential oil blend] all over the bottom of my foot and then I rubbed [the anti-inflammatory blend] on the heel. Within a week the pain was gone and a month later the xray showed the bone spur was gone.

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Another essential oils testimonial from a close friend’s discusses how her mother dissolved a bone spur:

“My mom called and said that she had suffered from a bone spur on her foot since April. She consulted the Essential Oil Desk Reference and used [the anti-inflammatory essential] oil blend combined with Wintergreen (for pain). She applies it right on the painful area. The spur has been dissolving ever since and was almost gone (in October…bone changes take months) when I spoke with her.”
~ JP

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The following is a personal email discussion I had with a friend, who didn’t feel confident about essential oils healing capabilities or her body’s own ability to heal itself with the appropriate holistic support.

Her comments:
About the oils ~  I am on the fence, yes. I wonder why the oils would dissolve a bone spur, but not other bone or tissue as well? I will continue to consider them and will let you know if I decide to try them. I wish I had asked for an xray, but since I didn’t I am flying blind as to exactly what has taken place in my foot. I basically don’t have pain any more, but part of the bottom of my right foot has gone numb. I don’t want to get an xray at this point as the resulting diagnosis may impact my ability to get health insurance. I am not annoyed by your suggestions of the oils…or your sharing testimonials, and hope it doesn’t annoy you that I am not quick to try them…

My reply:
Your question “…why the oils would dissolve a bone spur but not other bone or tissue as well?” is a good one. One that never even occurred to me.

What I think people come to realize through experience is that our bodies & minds have a natural intelligence (or wisdom, for lack of another word) that recognizes what tissue is healthy and what is unhealthy. For example: the blood automatically coagulates when you have an open cut, in a healthy body, just at the wound site and not throughout your circulatory system.

When one nurtures the body with nutrition, essential oils, positive attitudes, directed intent ~ whatever you want to call it ~ the dysfunctional focus area begins to heal. We ~ and our bodies ~ know that we’re not intending to destroy what’s already healthy and functioning well. What wisdom would there be in that?

The problem with modern AMA therapies is that the holistic component has been removed for the most part: Pharmaceuticals have been distilled into individual chemicals (not the integrated, balanced compounds as nature made them) or AMA techniques are too intense / concentrated, much more than most sensitive immune systems can cope with ~ as in the case of chemotherapy or radiation so common prescribed in cancer treatment.

Other sites recommend nutritional support for healing bone spurs, especially whole food multi-minerals and vitamins. Read more information & testimonials at:
Dr. Mercola’s site ~ http://products.mercola.com/multivitamin-vital-minerals/
Vital Minerals – Bone Spur info: http://www.bonespur.com/neck_bone_spur_info.html

And for those of you who may need surgical intervention, here’s a personal recounting by a fellow who is very pleased with the results of his neck surgery:


Do let us know via your comments what route you decide upon for your bone spur issue and what helps you regain your well-being and range of motion. We’re particularly interested in your therapeutic essential oil experiences.

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Heel Bone Spur Xray image: pic.hkcos.org.hk
Heel Bone Spur Illustration: www.heelpedia.com/heel-spurs/

Cynthia Brush, Young Living Oils Distributor #168709Cynthe Brush ~ Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist, Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used therapeutic essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

Peggy Causey May 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

Where would you apply RC oil on a bone spur on your ball joint of your hip. Would it be the front or side or side?

Cynthe May 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

Peggy ~ Does your doctor know what’s causing the irritation and inflammation causing the bone spur to form? Hopefully, your water is not fluoridated….which is known to damage bones and joints. Athletic activities and/or shoes – foot issues can stress the hip joint, too.
If I were dealing with a bone spur on my hip, I’d apply anti-inflammatory essential oils to the front and side of my hip, morning and evening….more frequently when I could. Hope you will experience some relief using therapeutic essential oils.

Denise McQuinn July 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I am curious, my daughter suggested RC oil (YL) for her possible bone spur. I checked my YL essential oil pocket reference book and RC blend suggested uses are respiratory, bronchitis, etc. why for bone spurs ?

Cynthe July 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Hi Denise ~ ‘Why for bone spurs?’ The simple answer is, that for many folks, it works! The reason: The RC blend is a combination of many strongly anti-inflammatory essential oils. Bone spurs are one of the body’s inflammatory responses to an injury or on-going irritation. It would be important to ask your doctor to figure out ‘why’ the bone spur has formed and to eliminate the stressor, while using RC to support the body’s healing response.

Have a client-friend who uses RC and Lavender on her upper spine (shoulder-neck area). She definitely gets relief from the oils and also has a CranioSacral treatment once a month. Best wishes to your daughter.

Graham Lonsdale October 26, 2014 at 11:53 am

My horse cut his leg and its heald with a hard lump, like bone or hard tussue i have heard arnica and lavinder will dissolve it could you advise pls………….graham

Cynthe October 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Hi Graham ~ Thanks for stopping by. I don’t have much experience with ARNICA. My husband has used Arnica for ‘shock’ when an injury first happened to him. Worked in seconds!
A quick web search shows ARNICA may be helpful with Muscle Pain & Stiffness | Swelling from Injuries | Bruising. So, it might be excellent for your horse. LAVENDER essential oil in general, is good for skin issues, injuries, helps minimize scarring, and also good for pain.
I sell a custom essential and massage oil blend Bonz™ for Broken Bones, Joint Sprains & Strains” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Bonz™ which has helped people healing from broken bones reduce hard tissue spots and regain flexibility. It might be great for your horse.

Glenn Schmotter January 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm

I read all these articles about dissolving bone spurs on the feet. I have a spine that is covered with bone spurs. My neck is off the chart for bone spur growth. What can I do to dissolve them before they dissolve me?

Cynthe January 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Hi Glenn ~ Dealing with all those bone spurs sound AWFUL! Any idea what’s causing them? As I shared with Denise a few comments earlier “Bone spurs are one of the body’s inflammatory responses to an injury or on-going irritation. It would be important to figure out or ask your doctor to ‘why’ the bone spurs have formed and to eliminate the stressor.” In your case, I’m wondering if there’s a genetic factor involved?

We have several customers who use RC essential oil blend, which is strongly anti-inflammatory, for spinal bone spurs. One friend adds Lavender essential oil on her upper spine (shoulder-neck area). She definitely gets relief from the oils and also has a CranioSacral treatment once a month.

There may be other essential oils that would be suitable to try as well, but researching those would require a paid consultation, if you find the RC+Lavender combo doesn’t bring relief.

Barbara Boudreaux February 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm

I have walnut size protruding heel spurs on the back of both heels.
I have a high in-step and think I might have caused this damage by wearing flat sandals last summer.
I have been using a essential oil blend for a month now and the pain and inflammation has subsided . My question is will the oils dissolve the heel spurs over time ? I apply the blended oils two and three times daily . Due to the size of the bone spur was wondering if it will dissolve and how long will it take for the size spurs I have ?

Cynthe February 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Barbara ~ It’s unlikely the heel spurs were caused by flat sandals UNLESS they had straps that rubbed against your heels. And did those large spurs develop over just one summer?!! If so, that makes me wonder if some other health issue is going on…? Have you seen a podiatrist? It may be helpful to get a medical diagnosis, just so you know. Read my comment to Glenn for a bit more info.

Glad to hear the essential oil blend is giving you relief from the discomfort. If the inflammation has reduced, then you can be fairly confident eventually the bone spurs will dissolve using your application frequency…generally in the same amount of time it took them to form.

laura March 7, 2015 at 6:19 am

I have a ball shaped thing in the ball of my foot, right now it is not painful but highly uncomfortable, it just started a couple of weeks ago, I can feel it when I deeply rub my foot, something is in there, what do you suppose that is? I walk at least 5 days a week and wear good sneakers, though the track I walk on at work is cement, been walking on it for years but more so in the last year. I am using panaway and now I see that RC can help too, so I will try that also. Any suggestions?

Cynthe March 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

Hi Laura ~ Sounds like you may be developing a cyst…being that it’s come up fast and is ball-shaped. I’d definitely apply RC (it’s anti-inflammatory) two x day (am/pm) or more often, if you can. Also, find a good podiatrist – look for patient reviews on-line – and have the MD do a diagnosis. Then you’ll really know what you’re dealing with and perhaps can find out what has caused your body to react like that. Once you have that info, you can research ways to heal your foot.

Charlie Edward March 12, 2015 at 11:37 am

What essential oil, or oils combination, should I use to assist the body in removing a bone spur on the back of my cervical spine? I suffered a head injury and my neck was injured as well when 19. I will be 63 this coming May 2015 and it has probably formed over the years due to the weakened condition of the C5 and C6 area. In the last 4 months it is causing pain in my neck and head. The rest of my spine I was told by the neurologist is fine and is pretty healthy like that of a 40 year old.
Thank You!

Cynthe March 12, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Hi Charlie ~ Please read my reply to Glenn Schmotter several comments earlier, where I’ve made suggestions of essential oils you could use. If you are not irritating that portion of your spine with any on-going activity, then it’s probably a slow developing effect….and remember to be patient with giving your body time to heal.

norma Vargas March 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Hi…i have fingers spurs what oil do i need please email me

Cynthe March 30, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Norma ~ Please read my replies to the other visitors. My advise to you is the same as I have given them….at least as the oils to begin with.

Jay Cowley April 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

X rays show calsification in my back,resulting in pinched nerve pain,Can you get calsification out of my back?



Cynthe April 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Hi Jay ~ Calcifications are similar to bone spurs in that they’re an inflammatory reaction in the body. In your situation, I would definitely consider giving the RC blend a try for several months to see if you can get some relief. Does your doctor have any idea why your body is making these calcifications?

jay cowley April 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Nanobacteria builds plaque is one answer given,the other is that calcium from diet is not absorbed by body,collecting in bones…like rust clogging gears in a bike.

EDTA=chelation ,has been suggested vs surgery,but even that is a maybe?

Why do your oils work to dissolve calsification…say right shoulder,causing pinch nerve?

Cynthe April 2, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Here’s why steam-distilled essential oils may have a healing effect on calcifications / pinched nerve discomfort:
1) If the cause is nanobacteria…essential oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic properties and support the body’s immune system in dealing effectively with infections of all sorts.
2) Plaque build-up, I’m fairly certain, is considered an inflammatory reaction. (Ask your MD for confirmation.) The essential oils in the RC blend (a Young Living Essential Oils product) are strongly anti-inflammatory.
3) If the issue is one of ineffective digestion / improper mineral absorption…one can make dietary changes to help with that. There’s lots of information on-line. You may also want to consult with a licensed nutritionist for more info.
4) I do not have expertise on chelation or its effectiveness in this sort of situation, so cannot comment further on that option.

Whatever option you choose, keep in mind that individuals and their response to therapies, treatments, and medications vary…so no one can predict ‘exactly’ how your body will respond.

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