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Best Essential Oils for Swollen Feet and Ankles!

I guess you are here because you are looking for essential oils for swollen feet and ankles! If that is true, then you are at the right place.

We are going to discuss the essential oils that help to reduce swelling in the legs and ankles and how to use them in this post! So keep reading!

Swollen feet and or ankles can be painful and discomforting. However, swelling is not really a disease in itself.

Rather it is often a symptom of a disease or an indication that something is NOT functioning properly in your body!

Best Essential Oils for Swollen Feet and Ankles

My feet usually swell up when I sit in a confined position for a long period of time… most often when I go on a long journey sitting for hours in an airplane or bus/car.

I have come to realize that my swollen feet are as a result of poor circulation because of limited mobility on board an airplane or bus/car.


Possible Causes of Swollen Feet and Ankles

There are also several reasons why your feet or ankles can swell and they include:

5 Best Essential Oils for Swollen Feet and Ankles

#1. Cypress

Cypress is a good essential oil for swollen feet and ankles because it helps to regulate blood flow. Remember that poor circulation is one of the reasons swelling occurs.

Not only does cypress has astringent/styptic properties that stimulate blood flow, but it also contains a hemostatic agent that speeds up blood clotting to stop excessive bleeding.

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As an astringent, cypress helps to stimulate the contraction in the muscles and blood vessels, thereby promoting blood flow.

The astringent and hemostatic properties of cypress oil work together in synergy to help maintain normal blood flow. This consequently helps to reduce swelling.

This makes it particularly helpful for swellings caused by caused varicose veins!

Cypress also acts as a diuretic, which is helpful for getting rid of excess water and toxins from your body, thereby helping to reduce swelling.

Another attribute that makes cypress helpful for swollen feet and ankles is the fact that it has a sudorific effect. This simply means that it helps to stimulate sweating, which is also helpful in reducing swelling.

Cypress also relieves muscle spasms, which makes it beneficial for Restless Legs Syndrome as well as leg cramps.

#2. Lavender

The health benefits of lavender essential oil cannot be over-emphasized! In fact, it is one of the most common and versatile EOs because of its many uses and benefits. Lavender has calming and soothing properties that make it ideal for relieving stress, anxiety and pain.

Lavender EO can be used for arthritis pain, muscle aches and pains, backache and many other types of pain. It is one of the best essential oils for swollen feet and ankles because of its ability to stimulate blood flow.

#3. Peppermint

Peppermint has an icy-hot cooling sensation that has soothing and calming effects on the body, thus making it great for reviving pains.

It is also a strong penetrating essential oil that reduces inflammation and improves circulation, which is helpful for reducing swelling.

This is why it can be used as a natural treatment for swollen feet and ankles.

Other benefits and uses of peppermint include soothing sore muscles and joints, clearing mucus and congestion as well as respiratory support.

Peppermint also helps to relieve fever, support digestion and ease nausea among other benefits.

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#4. Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry has antiseptic, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, it works pretty well as a natural pain reliever.

It also acts as astringent, stimulates warmth and boosts circulation, thereby helping to reduce swelling and great for cold hands and feet.

Juniper is also helpful for relieving muscle cramps and other conditions associated with poor circulation such as arthritis. Other benefits of Juniper include clearing infections (colds and flu) and respiratory support, especially for congestion.

#5. Helichrysum Italicum

Helichrysum Italicum has cooling and soothing properties that heal and restore our body from the inside out!

This is because it heals both emotional and physical wounds. It calms inflammation, soothes skin irritation and calms the mind. Helichrysum is known to fight inflammation, relieve pain, increase circulation, reduce swelling and soothe sore muscles.

How to Use Essential Oils for Swollen Feet and Ankles

There are two steps to using essential oils to treat swollen feet and ankles and they are:

  1. Foot Soak
  2. Massage

Foot Soak Blend Recipe


Dilute the essential oils in a small amount of carrier oil. Pour warm water into a bowl (enough to cover your ankles).

Put a few round small pebbles in the water and add the essential oil blend. Gently roll your soles over the pebbles for a few minutes (this helps to stimulate circulation). Then soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. Dry your feet and use the blend below to massage your feet!

Massage Oil Recipe for Swollen Feet and Ankles


Blend the carrier oil and essential oils together in a glass bottle. Use a small portion to massage your feet and ankles starting from your feet, to your ankles and up to your knees. Resting with your feet up after the massage will be very helpful!

You may also consider wearing compression socks because they help to increase circulation and reduce swelling.

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We hope you found the essential oils for swollen feet and ankles and the recipes here helpful. We will love to hear your feedback!

If you suffer from swollen feet and ankles, you need to look at these home remedies made with essential oils. Foot soaks and massages are natural ways to help reduce swelling in your feet and legs when combined with Eos and other natural ingredients. #swollenfeet #feet #tiredfeet #essentialoils #cypress #helichrysum #juniper #lavender #peppermint

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Recipes adapted from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.

This post is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease.


  1. Cathie says:

    Great info. Thanks

    • Patricia DiGiacomo says:

      I can hardly wait to try these essential oils. I may add this combination into my sugar scrub to use on my feet. Unless you say that’s not good to do. I wont sell it. Just for my own use. I already use my sugar scrub on my entire body once a week. I like the peppermint.

  2. Sarah says:

    Only one foot/ankle is swollen.
    It is not related to bloodflow (to doctors’ dismay as they can’t prescribe anything), nor heart or cholesterol etc.

    It’s not painful, just a pain in the rear when trying to buy shoes that fit a size 8 and 9 or 8 and 10, depending on style.

    I can give these oils a try, but I’m looking for a resolution, not a temporary fix.

    • Linda says:

      If it is your right foot, treat your liver. I have had a very bad fluid retention problem. I remover gluten and sugar from my diet and that has helped a lot, about 80% of the problem. I still have a problem so I am treating blood sugar and liver. For liver take Dandelion and Milk Thistle. For blood sugar reduce carbs. Hope this helps.

    • Cindy says:

      This is a very good recipe. My friend feet and ankles were swelling real bad, she asked me to make her a blend. I followed this one and within an hour a two she was calling and thanking me for it. Thanks.

      • Carol Dike says:

        Hi Cindy,

        I’m happy to hear that the essential oil recipe for swollen feet and ankles worked for your friend.

      • Carla says:

        I have ms and my feet swell. I use lavender essential oil on toes and ankles to keep inflammation down then cover feet with copper fit socks. Keeps my toes from looking like sausages.

    • Fran says:

      Sounds like this person has a condition called lymphodema which is caused by a sluggish lymphatic system not blood circulation.

    • Patricia says:

      Sarah you may never find a permanent solution. I haven’t yet. But use essential oils and soak my feet 3 times a week. Much improvement. And I wear compression socks every day. All this is what my Aunt that is 91 does with the compression hose or socks. Thats what her cardiologist told her after having a stroke. Good luck. Prayers for all that have this problem.

  3. Pamela Richardson says:

    I want try it because my feet stay swollen

  4. Dori says:

    Thank you for sharing the recipe and complete instructions!
    I have been suffering with swollen feet, ankles and calves for a while.
    I can’t wait to use this!!!

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Dori,

      Sorry to hear about your health issue. I hope you find the swollen feet essential oil recipe helpful. Come back and tell us how it goes.

  5. Valecia says:

    Magnesium flakes are a good foot soak and good to add these essential oil to your foot soak

  6. Ana says:

    What can be substituted to helichrysum in the massage oil recipe?

  7. Nneneka Scale says:

    Very good, I will try these oils, I have swollen ankles time to time. Carol, can you recommend oils for healing that can be used internally or insert into my jaja for surgery wound. Also for hormone balance.

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Nneka,
      Sorry to hear that you have swollen ankles from time to time. Unfortunately, I do not recommend ingesting essential oils internally, unless you are doing so under the supervision of a certified aromatherapist.

  8. Gail Conder says:

    Will these combination of oils help with swollen knees? When I do my walking with hills, my knees tend to swell my left more than my right.

    Any suggestions would be great.


    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Gail,
      Sorry about your knees. I really wouldn’t know if these oils will work on your knees as I don’t know the root cause of the swelling. However, you have nothing to lose by giving the oils a try. They definitely aren’t going to make the selling any worse. Please let us know how it goes if you decide to give it a try.

      • Karen says:

        I was told by an aromatherapist to take equal amounts of lemongrass EO and peppermint EO and organic castor oil (50% EO – 50% carrier oil) mix in a 10 ml glass roller ball and apply to entire, front & back, knee. Massage and then wrap knees in plastic wrap and leave and leave it on over night. Crazy as it sounded, I tried it and it works! Next day my knee pain had vanished.

    • Trish Robertson says:

      Hi Gail,

      I myself use Copaiba Oil with a carrier oil on my swollen ankle & knee. Fantastic relief. Hope this helps & good luck.

      • Judy says:

        All’s i can say is wow, my ankle stopped hurting within 3 mintues. I have asked my doctor repeatedly about this, his answer was move more. I cannot tell you how much i am feeling better. Oh my gosh, maybe now i can move more. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. ?

  9. Heather bessant says:

    My 8 year old has edema with her left foot, she has been to every specialist u can imagine. She has has nuclear molecular scans, she has a unknown auto immune disorder,gerds disease , asthma,hypertension, yet no diagnosis. She is swollen from head to toe but tgey say nothing is wrong with her kidneys or her heart. Please my daughter has been hospitalized 18 times. Please any suggestions

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Heather,

      I’m really sorry to hear about your daughter’s health problems. Unfortunately, I’m not a medical doctor so wouldn’t really know what is wrong with her. I would suggest you look for a good naturopathic physician around you – may be they will be able to find out the root cause of her problem.

  10. Carol Smith says:

    What can be used instead of juniper berry. I have all the other essential oils.

  11. Pamela K Dorsey says:

    I have had a total knee replacement in Dec and I still have swelling of evening. I think alot of it his I have a desk job and sit alot. Do you have recommendation on oils for message to use?

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Pamela,

      I’m sorry to hear about your health challenges. I am NOT a medical doctor, so wouldn’t know the reason behind the swelling. However, as you mentioned that you have a desk job, I’m guessing it may be a circulation issue. So you can try the blend in this article and see if it will help.

    • Janine says:

      I had knee surgery and ended up with leg swelling. Turns out that I now have lymphedema due to damaged lymph node in the knee area. You might want to check and see if this might be your problem also

  12. Luz Aristizabal says:

    Hi Im having tendonitis in my knees,I used the oils befoore reading this recomendation. The results are incredible,help me with pain and swollen,I recomend eucaliptus and lavender.❤️ Hope you can use it

  13. Pennie Engelhorn says:

    I have never used EO’s however I do know about them as many of my family uses them but I have no idea what a carrier oil is can you advise me?

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Pennie,

      Carrier oils are used for diluting essential oil. Essential oils are so potent that they can cause burns if used topically without dilution. Some of the carrier oils to use are fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil and avocado oil.

  14. Carla says:

    I am wondering why in one place you used lavender oil but it wasn’t in the ingredients for the recipe. Would you please tell me how much of the lavender to use.

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Carla,
      If I understood you correctly, you want to know how much lavender to use for the massage oil recipe. The massage oil recipe doesn’t require lavender, so you don’t need to use it. You only need lavender for the foot soak.

  15. Mary Beth Wilson says:

    I have been battling cancer (Chronic Mylogious Leukemia), my chromosomes are messed up. Do you have any suggestions?

  16. Mary Beth Wilson says:

    I read that you do not treat diseases. I suffer from many ailments. Question:. You say not to take internal but how do I treat my liver externally? I apologise but I am baby stepping thru EOs.

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Mary,

      No need for apologies, I’m here to help as much as I can. I’m sorry to hear about your health issues. And you are right, I do not treat diseases and do not recommend internal ingestion of essential oils unless you are doing so under a certified professional. So, I would suggest that you consult with a naturopath or certified aromatherapist.

  17. Thais says:

    I don’t have juniper berry or black pepper oils, is there anything else I could substitute?

  18. Margaret says:

    I have peppermint oil lavender oil my left foot ankle be swollen and the top of my foot can you tell me which one to use for

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Margaret,

      I would suggest you use the swollen feet and ankles massage oil blend recipe provided in the article.

  19. Dee says:

    I used lavender oil, Epsom salt, green tea (make the tea in boiling water and add), and coconut oil. It helped the swelling in my feet when nothing else would. I’m not an expert, I just like to experiment.

  20. Josephine Jennifer Crawford says:

    I absolutely love essential oils. Peppermint can be quite calming and refreshing after a hard day at work. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Lana says:

    Thank you so much for all your hard work to get and share this information. This is THE MOST informative, concise and well written information that I have read on EO’s. I will be sharing this on FB which is something i dont usually do. But I think this is going to be helpful to many people. Thank you again.

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