Dissolving 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 Young Living’s RC 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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[Young Living's blend] RC on my heel worked beautifully to get rid of my bone spur. First I put VALOR all over the bottom of my foot and then I rubbed RC 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 Young Living Essential Oil Desk Reference and used RC 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…

Cynthe’s 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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{ 44 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 ~ I’d apply it to the front and side of your hip, morning and evening….more frequently if you can. 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. Hope you will experience some relief using the RC.

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: Young Living’s 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 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.

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