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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Treat Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis with Essential Oil



I have been a long time suffer of plantar fasciitis...mostly in my left foot. It hurts when I wake up, it hurts when I stand up after sitting for a long time...it just hurts. Well, for the past 2 months, I've been having pain rising from the arch and heel of my left foot, all the way up my calf and ankle. I wasn't sure what was going on, but it wasn't the same pain from my plantar fasciitis; it was WORSE!

My friends and family know that I am not one to go to the doctor for just anything. I have a high pain tolerance...so when I say it hurts with tears in my eyes... IT HURTS! My family doctor took x-rays just to be sure I didn't have a fracture...turns out I have bone spurs on my heel (heel spurs) and at the top of my heel bone. Here's a picture of my x-ray. See that pointy bone piece on the bottom right side of my heel? That's Mega Bone Spur #1. See the ghostly white fibers on the top left side of my heel? Those are the developments of another heel spur extending from the top of my heel to my achilles and calf muscles. See how much whiter the bone is at stretching between these two spurs? That's not suppose to be like that. This shows inflammation. JOY!




Of course, the doctor told me to stop wearing flip flops and sandals and to start wearing high arch support tennis shoes 24/7. Um! What? Okay, Doc. We get 3 months (if that) of summer in Minnesota. I cannot give up sandals year round! Not to mention I refuse to wear tennis shoes to work or with cute outfits. COME ON! She also gave me gel inserts for my shoes to pad my heel so I could walk properly without putting all my weight on the side of my foot. Then she wanted me to do a cortisone injection. NO! I refused. I have had a cortisone shot before. It hurt to the point where I screamed "F**K!" In the doctors office. Plus, I didn't get any relief. NO THANK YOU!



As soon as I got home, I found my Camp Wander Naked Salve and Birch Essential Oil from Spark Naturals. I took a nickel size scoop of my naked salve, added 2-3 drops of the Birch Essential Oil and started massaging my foot vigorously. Deep massage all over my arch, heel and bottom of my foot. I did this for a good 5 minutes and then laid on the couch with my cold corn bag around my foot for an hour. That night, I did the same protocol. 5 minutes of deep massage with the naked salve and birch essential oil and then wrapped my foot in my cold corn bag for the whole night.



Guess what? IT WORKED! I woke up yesterday with NO pain. NONE! That was the first morning I have woken up with absolutely no foot pain in at least a year.

So, I bet you are wondering why I chose birch essential oil. Birch essential oil is well known for it's ability to break down bone spurs. Check out this very informative article by Organic Facts to learn more about the amazing properties of birch essential oil.

All I can say is AVOID SURGERY if at all possible. When cutting the plantars facia, other chronic pain can arise. It's best to try massage, essential oils, icing, stretching exercises, elevating, and high arch shoes and/or insoles. AND STICK TO IT!!! That's the key to natural remedies. Ready to give this a try?

Here is what you need:
Here is what you do:
  • Take a tablespoon of Camp Wanders Naked Salve or Sweet Almond Carrier Oil into your hand. 
  • Add 2-3 drops of Spark Naturals Birch Essential Oil to the salve or carrier oil. 
  • Apply to your foot and massage deeply (especially paying close attention to the soles, heel and arch of your foot. 
  • Do this for 2-5 minutes.
  • Next, take another tablespoon of salve or carrier oil, add 2-3 drops of birch essential oil to the salve or carrier oil and apply to your achileous tendon area and calf muscle. Deeply massage your calf and achilles tendon area for at least 2-5 minutes. 
Once completing the steps above, apply ice to your foot and ankle area and lay down. Do this right before bed time EVERY NIGHT so you can fall asleep with the ice on your foot.

Here is an awesome video of a licensed massage therapist demonstrating how to correctly massage your feet for relief of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis pain. These are the techniques I have used to find relief!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwUh9xltqVM 



And that's it my friends! I know it seems like a lot of work to massage your feet for as much as 10 minutes at night, but it works! And it's a lot less time consuming then lets say...healing from surgery!

Here's to Happy Feet!

16 comments:

  1. I wish I had seen this last summer before I spent 8 weeks in a cast and had the follow-up surgery in February. I did not know anything about essential oils then. I still have a lot of pain from the surgery sites and will be using this protocol faithfully. Thanks for the information.

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  2. What oil would you substitute for birch if you don't have it, would white fir work as well?

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    1. You can use wintergreen as a substitute if you don't have birch on hand. But, I highly recommend birch as it is fabulous for pain relief and heeling of the bone.

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  3. Would this treatment protocol be effective for plantar fasciitis without spurs?

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    1. You bet! I suggest adding a few drops of lemongrass to the birch and naked salve too. Lemongrass is great for plantars fasciitis along :)

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  4. nice blog........Plantar Fascitis is very common cause of heel pain and felt more on the inside of the feet. And as
    mr.bhargava is specialist in Plantar Fascitis treatment, and can instruct in for various exercise, massage to recruit it
    and also surgery for major cases.

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  5. Hi Bridget, I saw something about digestion using Ginger, Fennel, Myrrh, Lemon and Spearmint. I bought the EOs now I don't see the instructions. BTW, I am also trying you Plantar Fasciitis treatment. I'll let you know how it works! Just finished my Naked Salve recipe!!

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  6. I think you're talking about the Digest post regarding Spark Naturals new digestive blend: http://curlylovesessentialoils.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-spark-naturals-digest-essential-oil.html

    GREAT! Let me know how the plantar fasciitis treatment with birch and massage is working! :)

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  8. I've been suffering since 2007 with Plantar Fasciitis and now a bit of a bone spur? Pain ! 9 Cortisone shot's later and now the option of surgery has me seeking a natural approach since I'm at the end of my rope. Thank you for this information ! I wonder, which sign corn bag do I need? I use frozen peas but , think a corn bag is in order . YAY I'm happy to find something , ANYthing to give me hope.

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    1. Hi Shelly- Order the LONG corn bag. It's the one that is about 2.5 feet long which makes it perfect for wrapping around feet. GOOD LUCK! :)

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  9. THANK YOU!!!! (that's excited!!!)
    ~Tess

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  10. could olive oil or coconut oil be used as a substitute for the camp wanderers salve or sweet almond oil for plantar with or without bone spurs?

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    1. Absolutely! In fact, I recently ran out of naked salve and have just been using my fractionated coconut oil from Spark Naturals (permanently liquid form of coconut oil) instead. You can use just about any oil to rub the birch essential oil into your skin, even lotion if you absolutely have to (natural alternatives like coconut oil are MUCH BETTER).

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  11. I currently have a 2 oz jar of naked salve. I would love to just make a plantar fasciitis jar. How many drops of Birch would you recommend for the whole 2 oz jar? I went to the podiatrist this last week and was diagnosed with this (including the bone spur). I've been suffering for about the last 3 years. I really want this to work.

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    1. A rough estimate, I would suggest at least 40 drops of birch in a 2 oz jar of salve.

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