Healing 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 healing bone spurs naturally using Young Living brand essential oil blends to dissolve bone spurs.

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

Young Living’s therapeutic RC essential oil blend has been used for Healing 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
~ Frank Seeley NCTMB, CMT, CRP

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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.
Debbie Hurley

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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.”
~ Jane Pritchard

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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 Young Living & Original Swiss Aromatics essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosemarie August 8, 2012 at 6:13 am

Cynthe, thank you so much for the tip – I was following the directions on the bottle which says dilute 50/50 with evo. I will let you know if/when I see results re the bone spur.
Now a question about ordering RC – you are directing people here to the young living website. This surprises me as I thought you might get some monetary benefit if we ordered from you.
And I didn’t say anymore about my Dupuytrens, because about a year ago I came upon a suggestion to apply vitamin E and castor oil onto the area (I rub in the vitamin E, then soak a small cotton pad with castor oil, place it on the area, cover with piece of plastic and wrap with bandage). Tip: the soaked cotton pad can be used over and over. But I use vitamin E in softgels to have them fresh each time…I did this every night and the two knots I originally had flattened out to just a little thickened skin after about 6 months. I’m still doing this to keep it that way.
Again, Cynthe thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.

Cynthe August 8, 2012 at 7:03 am

Hi Rosemarie ~ Encouraging info about the Vitamin E + Castor oil on your Dupuytrens knots! Has your doctor noticed how well it’s worked? Some MDs welcome healing alternatives. Others dismiss healing responses as coincidental. (sigh)

RE: Ordering RC from Young Living
I often sell RC to folks directly from my personal stash, usually to people who aren’t ready to make the $150 commitment for being a YLO distributor. In all honesty, with the initial back-and-forth communications, handling, shipping, driving to the post office, and bookkeeping…there’s hardly room for ‘profit.’ In truth, it likely factors out as a loss…but it does get folks to use the essential oils, empowering them to heal using natural alternatives. Which may encourage them to use therapeutic essential oils for other health issues.

If a person is going to be using YLO’s essential oils on a regular basis, it’s best for them to order directly….ideally signing up as a YLO distributor for discounted pricing in my Young Living Essential Oils group. (TIP: Use my full name: Cynthia Irene Brush and YLO distributor #168709). The point of being in a YLO group is to form personal relationships where we mentor / share our essential oils knowledge with each other…and spread that knowledge about these incredible essential oils to others in our wider circle of family & friends. And augment one’s income with modest commissions on those sales.

I find many Young Living Essential Oils customers / distributors don’t have direct contact or on-going dialogues with the YLO folks they originally signed up under. A surprising number come and ask questions here. YLO members may choose to shift their connection to distributors of their choice, if they don’t have an emotional bond or like-minded connection to their current upline. But it would be unethical for me to ask them to do so. Thanks for asking about this, Rosemarie.

Noel G September 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

Will RC Essential Oil Blend dissolve and damage the Heel bone in addition to dissolving the spur.

I have read that this Essential Oil is good for dissolving spurs but I wonder if it will dissolve the Heel bone as well.

Cynthe September 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

Thanks for writing Noel.

Others have wondered about this question, too. No. RC will not dissolve the heel bone. Bone spurs are an inflammatory reaction of the body. RC, a young Living essential oil blend of anti-inflammatory, analgesic essential oils, address that issue along with giving pain relief. Our body’s natural wisdom knows how to use the essential oils (all natural substances) to heal.

Noel G. Arroyo October 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hi Cynthe,

Is Copaiba oil safe to eat or drink?

Now Im a little confused because I read an article on the internet recommending not to ingest essential oils orally.

Cynthe October 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Hi Noel,

“Safe to eat or drink?” ONLY 100% pure, therapeutic-quality (organically grown) essential oils are safe to ingest (eat / drink). I only trust products from specific companies, especially here in the United States where aromatherapy essential oils are virtually unregulated. Most USA suppliers adhere to the safest legal position of advising against ingesting essential oils or applying them undiluted on the skin. And, it IS “best practice” to use the smallest dose possible to get the desired healing results.

What health issue are you considering ingesting copaiba essential oil for?

Leslie November 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

I am a nurse and spend a great deal of time on my feet. I have heel spurs that have changed my walking gait which has in turn caused me a great deal of back pain. I’m finding I can hardly move without major pain, but I can’t just not work.
I’ve been intrigued by RC and Valor for some time….can you tell me if they are safe for pregnant women to use topically?

Cynthe November 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

Leslie ~ Ouch, those heel spurs sound painful. Do you use orthotics to keep your feet aligned properly along with gel shoe inserts to provide cushioning? I have ‘fussy’ feet, too. (No bone spurs thankfully!) It’s terrible not to be comfortable on your feet.

Here are RC’s ingredients: Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, myrtle (myrtus communis oil), pine (pinus sylvestris) leaf oil, marjoram (origanum majorana) leaf oil, eucalyptus radiata leaf oil, eucalyptus citriodora leaf oil, lavender (lavandula angustifolia) oil, cypress (cupressus sempervirens oil), tsuga (tsuga canadensis leaf oil), and peppermint (mentha piperita) oil.

And here are Valor’s ingredients: Spruce (Picea mariana), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) and frankincense (Boswellia carteri) in a base of almond oil.

RE: pregnancy ~ The essential oils I would be a bit concerned about are tsuga (in RC) and blue tansy (in Valor). Valor is diluted in almond oil, so the % of tansy is likely low. Tsuga (in RC) is the 2nd to last ingredient, indicating that it’s likely used in a very small % too. I’m sure there are many Young Living essential oils users who have used EOs during their pregnancies. Some essential oils are considered excellent to comfort the mother or to help during and after labor. Have you read our article: Essential Oils for BABIES (and their Moms)?

Although I am a certified medical aromatherapist, I’m not considered a ‘licensed’ medical practitioner in the USA, and therefore cannot ‘prescribe.’ What I don’t know is how a pregnant woman’s body processes topically applied cosmetics / pharmaceuticals like lotions, deodorants, shampoo & conditioner, commercial perfumes, etc. many of which contain detrimental ingredients. Why don’t you ask your OBGYN? Or research which cosmetic ingredients / medicines you are to avoid using while pregnant, especially in the first trimester?

Do let us know what more you find out. Thanks for stopping by our EOH blog.

Rebecca Goldfarb June 25, 2013 at 1:03 am

I am 43. 2 years ago I jammed my right big toe into the stone stairs in my house as I was running upstairs. At the time it really hurt but eventually felt normal. For work I wore heels but not all day, just for meetings a few hours a few days a week. Eventually my foot really hurt but ironically felt better in heels instead of flats. Months later that changed and heels hurt more. I went to the podiatrist and he made custom orthodics and told me I have a bone spur (I saw it on the X-ray). It is on the top of my foot where my big toe bends and meets my foot. It is just to the inside (towards my first smaller toe). I’ve been wearing the orthodics for over 6 months and doing acupuncture for about 2 months (right after acupuncture or icing it while its elevated are the only times it feels better). I don’t take anti-inflammatories, I have resisted getting a cortizone shot and I as long as I’m not walking it doesn’t usually hurt. But it had drastically impeded my life. I am trying to get pregnant via IVF and I am very weary of additional products although I can’t imagine essential oils hurting anyone. Can you please tell me 1) do you think your product will help me and 2) exactly what are the ingredients so I can make sure with my doctor and Chinese medicine doctor that its okay for me to take it. 2) exactly which product is for bone spurs and what is the link to order it? Thank you.

Cynthe June 25, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hi Rebecca,

Ouch! What a stubbed toe saga. I have chronic foot issues, too (inherited)…and understand how sore feet limit one’s lifestyle.

To answer your questions: the therapeutic essential oil blend that some folks have used to dissolve bone spurs is RC. You may read the list of essential oils used as ingredients in the RC blend at the link. These particular essential oils work in harmony to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and for a number of folks to dissolve bone spurs…though because everyone’s body chemistry is different, dissolving the bone spur can’t be guaranteed. RC would have to be used daily (am / pm) for several months to a year, since bone spurs take time to form – and time to heal. I do know of clients that feel relief immediately, within days.

If you decide to give RC a try, sign up as a Young Living member / retail customer to order. Please use my name: Cynthia I Brush and YLO Distributor #168709 as your referring sponsor. Let us know what you decide. And if you do use the RC, share what your experiences are. Hope it helps your foot heal.

Annie December 8, 2013 at 4:09 am

Will these oils help for bony growth on arthritic fingers? Are the oils available in the UK?

Cynthe December 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Hi Annie ~ Glad you stopped by. The essential oils blend that’s best for bony growths (like bone spurs or swollen joints) is Young Living Essential Oils’ RC. A number of folks have used it for that purpose with good results. It may take several months, up to a year, depending on how long your finger bones have been inflamed. On the other hand, you could get almost immediate relief as some of our readers have.

Yes, these excellent essential oils ARE available in the UK! The link I included above goes to the UK site. If you decide to purchase some, please call Customer Service to sign up and use my name: Cynthia Brush and YLO Distributor #168709 as your referring sponsor. Once you become a customer or distributor (better prices if you’re going to use the oils regularly), then please feel free to ask me any questions you may have on how to use them….or what oils can be used for which health issues. They are what my husband and I use for our first aid and minor chronic health issues since 1999.

Alissa padgett December 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

What would your protocol and application areas be if the spur is I the cervical spine? This is fascinating information!

Cynthe December 8, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Alissa ~ Thanks for stopping by. Read the protocol suggestion from Frank Seeley right under the illustration of the foot with an inflamed bone spur.

I have a client-friend who uses RC and Lavender on her spine. She definitely gets relief from the oils and also has a CranioSacral treatment once a month.

Let us know what you decide to do and what effects you experience.

Annie December 10, 2013 at 2:35 am

Thanks for your reply Cynthe, I have just placed an order – fingers crossed!

Cynthe December 12, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I hope RC helps you. Use it regularly and be patient. Please keep us posted on how your body responds.

Chris March 5, 2014 at 8:31 am

I am on my second bone spur in the same spot. I am getting a bottle of RC.

I have a question though .. A very good friend of mine had surgery in his neck some bone was taken out on left side .. Right side swells and is painful to him when he has to work over head and gets severe neck pain that will go to headaches .. This will last for .. Will this work for that too?

Chris March 5, 2014 at 8:42 am

I am trying the RC due to a second bone spur

My question is, a friend had neck surgery and gets severe neck aches that go to bad headaches and takes Vicodin for the pain. When they did the surgery, they took out bone on the left side.. Right side swells with this pain. Will RC work for this?

Cynthe March 5, 2014 at 8:45 am

Chris ~ Thanks for stopping by with your question. Your friend’s situation sounds miserable. How recent was his surgery? Seems like circulation (lymph or blood) is being cut-off when he holds his arms up OR the damaged area has scar tissue that’s getting inflamed and irritating nerves. Has he spoken to his doctor about this? If your friend can get a diagnosis, then I’ll have more information to make suggestions about which essential oils might help. The RC blend is strongly anti-inflammatory and several of the essential oils in the blend are analgesic (pain-relieving), too.

With your bone spur….what’s causing the irritation? Spurs are the body’s protective reaction to an on-going irritation.

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