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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{ 80 comments… read them below or add one }

Dipika April 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Hi, I have heel spur under both of my heel I serch and found out that RC and valor essential oil help to dilute the heel spur but I don’t know how to apply it on heel spur and I have also question that why it’s only dilutes heel spur not other borne can anybody explain me this thanks

Cynthe April 27, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Dipika ~ Those heel spurs are quite uncomfortable. Have you read the comments from other readers and my replies? You will find the answers to your questions there. If you need more information, please comment again.

Thomson M Christopher May 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Hello, I have severe arthritis and heel spur, as a result I am out of work, my podiatrist has given me four cortisone injections but still I am not in good shape to work, it hurts me lot and my activities are limited please help me. This is since thirty years . I thank you for your help sincerely thomson

Cynthe May 12, 2015 at 10:21 am

Thomson ~ Severe arthritis is difficult to cope with. It may have various causes, depending on what type of arthritis you are suffering from. What does your doctor think the cause is? Essential oils could very possibly make you more comfortable by reducing inflammation and pain. Since arthritis is a complicated inflammatory response, looking into and researching options would necessitate a paid ‘Aromatherapy For You‘ consultation.

The heel spur may be easier to resolve with regular applications of the ‘RC’ essential oil blend and some patience, if you have had the heel spur for some time, as discussed in our article. It would also be important to assess what may be causing the heel spur to develop and eliminate the localized irritation. If you read through my comments to other readers, you will see several possibilities of issues that can stimulate heel spurs to occur.

Also, every body reacts differently and heals uniquely…so doctors and other health professionals cannot absolutely guarantee a cure. Take care and let me know if you would like to have a consultation.

alex May 23, 2015 at 8:05 am

I have read now several times that birch oil works wonders as an antiinflammatory and for help with heel spurs. I have “Heberden nodules” on the joints of my fingers. They are still forming and do not hurt but are unsightly. Since I am only in my 40’s and they nodules just started to appear within the last few months, I was really excited to read about the heel spurs. I guess you could say that heberden nodules are to the fingers what heel spurs are to the heel. I am using a lemon cuticle balm every night and I am anxious to await the delivery of my oil to try out some birch instead of the lemon. What is your thought on this?

Cynthe May 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Alex ~ Apologies for my delayed response…we are moving into a new house starting today and this is my first time to get to the computer.

I’m not familiar with “Heberden nodules,” but am curious to know more. So will do some research on-line. I’ve read Birch oil is a wonderful pain reliever, but have not used pure Birch oil myself. Where have you ordered your Birch essential oil from? Also, what are you using the lemon cuticle balm for? To make your cuticles less dry or for fewer hang-nails? Just curious.

alex May 24, 2015 at 8:20 am

@Cynthe: It all started out several years ago, when I wanted my hands to be softer and nails longer. I bought the hand kit from Burts Bees, Love that stuff, but it is so expensive. Fast forward to me signing up for pinterest. Found a recipe that is similar to burst bees lemon balm or Lush’s lemon flutter. Up until a few months ago, i did not even think much about lemon oil in it. But my nails and the skin around it is terribly dry. I work in a medical office and have to use sanitizers and hand soaps., so that balm is quite good to keep my cuticles from looking bad. About 6-12 months ago, I noticed some bumps on finger joints, asked my doctor, and was not given a satisfying answer. I googled and found that this resembles Heberden Nodules. then i came across a thread for heel spurs and birch oil… I am expecting my first order this week, I ordered it via SN since I could not find it onYL. I would like to make the same balm i use for the cuticles but use Birch instead, or maybe make it into a roll on. Sadly I have those nodes on most of my fingers, (some more than others). I think the forming of them was supprressed when I was taking an anti-inflammatory for my back or Ibuprofen for my headaches. I have not had to use those meds in about 2 years or so. I don’t know, I just want to avoid knotty and crippled fingers and surgery. Your post on Birch Oil and heel spurs gave me hope

Cynthe May 24, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Hi again, Alex ~ Is there any chance ingredients in those hand sanitizers could have initiated the nodules? Those chemicals sanitizers are pretty toxic if used regularly. Google info about them to learn more.

Lemon or any citrus EO are all highly anti-microbial/anti-infectious, so you could make yourself a 10% dilution using jojoba oil (1 drop citrus EO + 9 drops jojoba mixed in a larger quantity in a small bottle) and use that instead. Also, many EOs are highly anti-inflammatory…like the RC we write about and others. Regular use may be very helpful. Keep us posted on your experience, please.

Bebe May 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm

What does RC stand for? and is birch and wintergreen essential oils used for the same things?


Cynthe May 26, 2015 at 6:22 am

Bebe ~ RC stands for ‘Respiratory Conditions’ as this anti-inflammatory blend was originally created for acute lung / breathing issues. Folks have discovered the wonderful essential oils relieve all sorts of body inflammations like bone spurs and swollen joints (which is what I use it for when my fingers flare up occasionally).

Birch and Wintergreen essential oils both may be used to for pain relief. Don’t have my essential oil reference books at hand as I am moving into a new house. Will take a look later today and see if their uses are similar…and if their chemical compounds are related.

John May 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

What does this “blend” consist of?



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

Cynthe May 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Hi JW ~ RC is a propriety pure essential oils blend made by Young Living. Click the link to read the ingredients on the YLO site.

Laura June 4, 2015 at 4:24 am

I have a smooth bone, about the size of a grape, protruding from my ankle. It doesn’t cause me pain but can make a little difficult to walk and I’m afraid it’s going to get bigger. What is the best oil to dissolve this? Thank you.

alex June 28, 2015 at 7:31 am

Update on the Heberden Nodules on my fingers. Since my initial question about a month has past and I have been using the birch oil every night on my fingers. I made a cuticle balm type base and added some birch oil to it. I rub it in every night, on the days I am at home all day, I try to use it more often, but that usually does not work. ..but I digress… I am happy to report that the nodules are getting smaller. I have monitored this on the right ring finger, since that nodule was really big and it has decreased in size considerably. I would say it is about 25% of its former size. I am using the balm on all of my other fingers as well, I massage it in for a bit. My left thumb also has a big one, but it is not as visible. that finger actually had started to hurt a bit. But since using the birch oil, it has gone down, the pain as well as the size. I am only using the birch oil on that area, and no other EO. If i was not a believer in EOs, I am most certainly now. It eliminated oral medications and surgery. I will continue the treatment until all nodules are gone and plan on a once or twice weekly treatment thereafter. I am so glad I have found your post where you shared the bone spurs, and doubly glad that I thought, if it works for this , why not give it a try. I had looked at medical research, I asked my provider (I work in a family practice) and could not get any other answer beside “You have to live with it,” or “surgery might be the only option”. Glad I chose to give this a try….Thanks

Cynthe June 28, 2015 at 9:09 am

Alex ~ What GREAT results you’re experiencing! Thanks for coming back to share your happy news with us…and giving other readers ideas about how to treat themselves with similar issues. Looking forward to your next update to see if those nodules can be healed completely.

Wanted to ask about one of your earlier comments: when you said you purchased Birch EO from SN, what brand is that?

Cynthe June 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

Laura ~ Missed seeing your question. My apologies! We were moving into a new house that week and it’s been a bit intense getting settled.

Any anti-inflammatory essential oil may help with daily use for several months or longer depending on how long you’ve had the ‘bump.’ RC blend from Young Living discussed in this article is one option. (My comment to JW has a link.) Read Alex’s comments on this post about Birch EO for another possibility.

Scott July 17, 2015 at 10:17 am

I have a couple bone spurs in my shoulder joint. I have RC, but not sure what is the proper way to use it on my shoulder. Thanks.

Cynthe July 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Scott ~ There’s not really a ‘proper’ way other than using the essential oil blend regularly….say morning and evening, when dressing and getting ready for bed. Drip several drops over the area, where you know the bone spurs have formed, and rub the blend into your skin until it’s absorbed….less than a minute. Please keep us posted on how your body responds to it.

Heather Busse August 14, 2015 at 5:47 am

I recently purchased RC. Received it today and couldn’t be more excited. Originally was for my husband to try and eliminate shoulder pain that doctors can’t alleviate and are thinking his small bone spur may be the cause. However I woke up sore and stiff from a long day of extracting honey. Put some on and BOOM feels so great! So the second Mr skeptical walked by I rubbed two drops into his shoulder. Very hopeful he can get some relief.
At just 38y my spine is covered in bone spurs. Can I mix my RC in something to make a lotion? I am facing surgery.

Cynthe August 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

Hi Heather ~ GREAT to hear that RC is helping you so quickly! If you use RC for bone spurs, you need to be patient. Give it time to work. It took time for those bone spurs to develop and it will take time to see if your body can heal them with the RC as well. If I were in your situation, I’d try that for several months before doing surgery. You could dilute the RC with organic jojoba or coconut oil for application to your spine…IF you want to. Or you can use the RC straight. It won’t be a problem. BTW, what has caused all those bone spurs to develop?

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