Bunions are not only cosmetically unpleasant, they can also cause a great deal of pain.
A bunion occurs when the joint where the big toe meets the rest of the foot becomes inflamed and finally deformed. Bunions often look like a bony lump to the side of the big toe and they are very painful, especially when walking and wearing shoes.
Some doctors believe that bunions are caused by genetic factors and one's own anatomy. Many others say that the culprit is poor fitting and pointed toe shoes that, upon wearing, cause excess pressure to the side of the big toe. Those who suffer from bunions are often most interested in finding relief, and using essential oils for bunions can do just that.
Here are some of the most effective essential oils for bunions
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil is known for its analgesic properties when it comes to effective pain relief. It is also anti-inflammatory, making it a great choice for issues of the joints.
Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil
Sweet marjoram essential oil provides relief from inflammatory responses within the body. It is a gentle essential oil and many find relief after applying sweet marjoram to the affected area.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is not only anti-bacterial, but it is anti-fungal too, making it a great addition to any foot treatment. Lemon essential oil can be added into a blend with the other oil choices to provide an uplifting scent and relief from problems plaguing the feet.
German Chamomile Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Many people know lavender essential oil for its relaxing properties, but it also is great for pain relief as well as the relief of inflammation. Lavender is gentle on the skin and will bring relief when applied directly to the bunion or added to a foot soak.
There are several ways that these oils can be used to provide pain relief from bunions. They can be applied with the hands directly to the skin after they have been diluted in a carrier oil. They can also be added directly to a foot bath to soak the affected area in. Lastly, the oils can be mixed with a carrier oil in a glass roller bottle, making application to the bunion a breeze.
Get rid of those pointy shoes and give these essential oils for bunions a try! Be mindful when using essential oils around children and animals. Essential oils are very potent, and though they are natural, they should always be used with care.