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!
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.
There are also several reasons why your feet or ankles can swell and they include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two steps to using essential oils to treat swollen feet and ankles and they are:
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!
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.
We hope you found the essential oils for swollen feet and ankles and the recipes here helpful. We will love to hear your feedback!
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.