A broken bone takes a very long time to heal. The deeper the lesion, the longer it takes to gain full strength again. What if there were something to use to speed up this healing process? Luckily, there is such thing. You can use essential oils for broken bones and get well faster.
In this post, you’ll be reading more about:
- The way essential oils can be used to speed up bone healing. See how you can heal broken bones faster with natural medicine. Understanding how it all works makes things more interesting.
- Some of the best essential oils for bone healing, with pros and cons.
- How to use these aromatic natural medicines. With massage tips that’ll enhance the effects of your oils.
- Practical blend recipes to try as soon as possible on your broken bone, whatever it may be.
- Facts and details about broken bones and some food suggestions that speed up healing too.
- Tips to make it easier for the healing bone and how to avoid future breakage.
Best Essential Oils for Broken Bones, How to Use Them and Recipes
Bones make the skeleton. The skeleton is actually our frame, the one that carries our weight around. When one bone breaks, and it can happen to anyone, nothing is as it should be. Of course, it depends on the broken bone, but however large it is, it still hurts.
Whether it’s the bone of a toe, an arm or a leg, the recovery process is the same. The body starts to heal a bone fracture the same way, every time. And it’s a complicated process, of which I’m going to tell you more in the last part of the post.
What helps broken bones heal faster? Bone healing is a very lengthy process, but fortunately, there are things we can do to speed things up. How? First, the broken bones have to be put back in place. This is where a doctor comes in. Next, you must protect the injury from the effort.
You can also eat right and go for anti-inflammatory and nutrient-rich foods. That’ll help the body work better and concentrate on remineralizing the fracture.
And, of course, you can also use essential oils for broken bones. These bones can be the ribs, metatarsal (long bones that connect with the toes), etc.
Bone spurs are not fractures. They are outgrown calcium deposits that form around the joints. What are some good essential oils for bone spurs? Some of the best are Juniper berry, Wintergreen, and Peppermint. You can read more about this topic here.
How Can Essential Oils Help with Bone Healing?
There are two main things that need to work well to ensure bone healing:
- A good blood flow to the affected area.
- An elevated temperature around the fracture. Heat is known to speed physiological processes.
Essential oils are part of Aromatherapy (a form of CAM). If you want to call them ayurvedic oils, you can do so, but it’s not exactly right. Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine.
Aromatherapy is also a system of medicine, but it’s a newer term. It can be an alternative or a complementary treatment.
In case of bone fractures, it’s definitely a complementary therapy. You apply essential oils for bone regeneration, but you also take supplements, etc.
Essential oils are concentrated liquids extracted from all sorts of plants. The most common extraction method is the steam distillation. They are not greasy or oily like carrier oils. These aromatic oils absorb very fast into the skin and they are volatile. That’s what gives them their strong scent.
Because of that volatile nature, aroma oils can affect the nervous system and the brain. In other words, when you inhale an essential oil, you’ll feel a change in your mood.
A complete healing of broken bones with essential oils is not possible. They’re not miracle cures. All they can do is help the body seal the fracture, relieve the pain, swelling, inflammation, etc.
I happen to think that that is quite a lot, especially when it spares you from taking analgesic drugs.
Essential oils can:
- Help to repair the tissue around the bone fracture.
- Relieve the local swelling and inflammation.
- Relieve pain.
- Warm up the injured area.
- Cause the shrinking of blood vessels (astringent properties).
- Improve the blood flow in the affected area. This is very helpful as it can prevent peripheral cyanosis (in the extremities). An improper tissue oxygenation leads to cyanosis, a bluish discoloration. In severe cases, cyanosis may lead to gangrene and then amputation.
- Inhibit bone resorption. Rat studies suggest that some essential oils and their chemical compounds can do that efficiently. The monoterpene class of compounds is responsible. This means that they can prevent calcium loss from the bones, among others.
All these benefits point in the favor of using essential oils for healing broken bones. But, not all fractures can benefit from the healing properties of essential oils. If you have open wounds around the fracture, you should handle them with care.
You must never apply undiluted oils on such wounds. The same goes for inflamed skin areas. Undiluted aromatic oils can worsen the injury by causing more inflammation.
That said, let’s move on to some of the best essential oils to use for healing bone fractures. They are Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. There are others too, but you’ll get the pros and cons for these three, and the reason will soon be obvious.
1) Sage Essential Oil
Botanical name: Salvia officinalis.
- Sage is very high in monoterpenes (thujone, camphor, cineole, and borneol). As the above-mentioned study stated, Sage can prevent calcium loss from your bones.
- Sage is a very good anti-inflammatory essential oil for broken bones.
- It is also antispasmodic. It can soothe local pain and protect from infections.
- This oil should not be used by people prone to seizures or epilepsy. It can be just as dangerous for people with asthma too. Sage can affect the nervous system.
- It may also cause vomiting and nausea.
- Among the most severe side effects, there is the kidney damage. All these may happen if the oil is used in large amounts, on long periods of time. Talk to your doctor before using Sage oil.
Why I like it:
On top of all its benefits, Sage essential oil is great against anxiety. It can also improve memory, attention, and mood. Sage is great for skin care and of course, for women at menopause. In other words, Sage is all around great to use when you have a broken bone.
2) Rosemary Essential Oil
Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis.
- Rosemary, chemotype 1,8 cineole, contains almost only monoterpenes. This means the oil can also prevent calcium loss and ensure that the bone heals properly.
- The oil of Rosemary is a very good antibacterial and antifungal. It prevents skin and viral infections among others.
- Rosemary can also improve the blood flow at the site of injury.
- It is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
- If you have asthma or seizures, talk to a doctor before using this Rosemary oil.
- Large amounts can affect the nervous system and burn the skin. It can also be toxic to the liver.
- It also has cortisone-like effects. This makes it possible to interact with hormone drugs.
- Rosemary oil also contains ursolic acid. This acid is extremely useful in skin care and not only. The acid can help to form the bone matrix by differentiating the osteoblasts. These are special cells that produce bone material.
Why I like it:
This type of Rosemary essential oil can help with hair growth and skin care too. It smells very fragrant, camphor and eucalyptus-like. You can add Rosemary oil to some dishes as well.
3) Thyme Essential Oil
Botanical name: Thymus vulgaris.
- Thyme is another essential oil high in monoterpene. You’ll have to choose the thymol chemotype for these effects. It contains large amounts of thymol, which help in preventing calcium loss from the bones.
- The oil is a very good antibacterial and antifungal.
- It can also strengthen the immune system, which is always a plus. On top of that, it can help the affected skin become stronger too.
- It’s a great anti-inflammatory and tonic at the same time. It stimulates many physiological functions that can only help your body heal faster.
- Thyme oil improves the blood flow to the injured skin and bone. It can also raise the temperature of the skin where it’s applied.
- Thyme essential oils for broken bones may trigger seizures, epilepsy attacks or asthma.
- It can be toxic to the nervous system and the liver.
- Thyme can also irritate the mucous membranes so it always needs to be diluted before inhalation. By dilution, I mean another mild essential oil. Carrier blends should not be used in a diffuser because they clog the device.
Why I like it:
Using Thyme essential oil for broken bones can also help with digestion. It can relieve nausea and repel insects also. One can diffuse Thyme to prevent viral infections like the flu or colds.
All these oils can maintain the density of your bones and prevent future fractures. However, if you have other health problems and can’t use them, please seek medical advice.
Small amounts may actually help you, but only a doctor can establish that. Always do your research about each new oil you want to use. That’ll help you avoid health complications.
Other essential oils for broken bones:
- Lentisk/ Mastic
- Sweet Marjoram
- Bay Laurel
- Rose Geranium
- Sweet Birch
- German Chamomile
- Carrot seed
- Juniper berry
- Clary Sage
What about Boswellia oils? Does Frankincense help broken bones? Frankincense may also help because it’s a very good anti-inflammatory. It is also antioxidant and can boost the production of collagen.
Bones contain high amounts of collagen fibers. Frankincense helps the bones and the tissue around the fracture heal faster and reduce the risk of an infection.
If you’re a fan of doTERRA, they don’t make special oils that heal broken bones. If you trust the doTERRA company, you can buy from them. Look for any of the essential oils I just mentioned and make sure they’re pure.
I’ve noticed that doTERRA does not post the GC/MS report for each oil on their site. That would help you learn more about the oil’s purity and quality. You could, however, ask for it and they should comply. The access to that information should also be free.
How to Use Essential Oils for Broken Bones
As you can see, essential oils can help with bone regeneration. The question is, how exactly do you enjoy these benefits?
The way you use (ayurvedic) essential oils for bone fractures is very important. They are only for external use. Oral consumption of essential oils should be done only at the advice of a doctor.
The best method to deliver all the properties of your oils to the injured area is by topical application. You can mix up to 25 drops of essential oils for broken bones in an Oz carrier oil.
The carrier (vegetable) oil should also have anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the best carriers to use for bone fractures are:
- CBD Hemp (proven to make rat bones stronger)
Tips for Massaging Broken Bone Injuries
A massage is ideal for broken bones. The right oil blend can warm the skin around the injury. It can also improve the blood flow to the affected areas.
If you have plaster (cast) on, obviously you can’t take it off for a massage. Thus, you’ll have to massage the area around it. Even if you don’t have a cast on, you should still avoid massaging the swollen area directly.
Insist on the meridian path of the injured area and stimulate a few acupressure points. Use your fingers to press down on extremity points like the fingertips or toe tips. This will stimulate the circulation and the nerve endings. Avoid sitting still or if you have to, make sure there is enough blood supply to the area.
Apply your essential oil mixture to the injury, 2 – 4 times a day. Get enough rest and eat well so your body has everything it needs to heal properly.
How long does it take to recover from a broken metatarsal? I’ve seen many people asking this question. Metatarsal broken bones (in the feet) heal just like any other bone fracture. Depending on the type of fracture and its location, healing may take 3 – 6 months.
A bone fracture will swell a lot. If you want to know what essential oils are good for reducing swelling, you can read this article. You’ll find lots of details about reducing swelling with essential oils like Juniper, Cypress, etc.
Essential Oils Recipes for Broken Bones
Here we are, at the practical part of this post. Choose your favorite recipe and make it in a roll-on bottle, if you have any. They’re very practical and don’t make a mess either. They’re easy to carry around. You can apply controlled amounts on the injured area with them.
Simple Essential Oil Recipe for Broken Bones
- Thyme essential oil: 6 drops
- Sage essential oil: 6 drops
- Arnica oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Give the blend a good shake before each use. Apply small amounts on the affected area and avoid massaging it directly. Use circular movements around the injury. The oils will absorb into the skin and reach the injury. Repeat 3 – 4 times a day.
Essential Oil Recipe for Broken Ribs
- Rosemary essential oil: 7 drops
- Helichrysum essential oil: 8 drops
- Cinnamon essential oil: 5 drops
- CBD Hemp oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Give it a good shake before each use. Apply around the affected area with gentle circular movements. You can repeat 3 – 4 times a day.
Aromatherapy Bone Regeneration Recipe
- Rosemary essential oil: 6 drops
- Thyme essential oil: 6 drops
- Turmeric essential oil: 6 drops
- Olive oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Follow the same directions as earlier. You can also diffuse the essential oils (without the carrier). They’ll give your body more energy and your mood a lift among others.
Broken Bones Facts, Foods that Speed Up Healing and Tips
Our bone structure is made of water, calcium, and collagen (about 90%). Collagen fibers are strong and give the bones their tensile strength. This refers to their resistance to breaking. Extreme external pressure and tension may break a bone.
Bone density can also decrease with age. The collagen production starts to decrease after 30, so the bones become weaker with age.
Some drugs can also decrease the bone density, as well as the drop in estrogen. Diseases like RA, IBS, and cancer can also contribute to bone density loss.
Compared to other processes, the bone tissue renews very slowly. However, when a fracture occurs, this normal process becomes faster.
A broken bone can be:
- Closed – no open wounds and no protrusion.
- Open – skin protrusion and open wounds. High risk of infections.
- Displaced – moving broken bone pieces. These fractures don’t look straightly lined up.
- Nondisplaced – the broken bone retains its alignments, though it may break in several places.
The cause(s) of broken bones can be anything. It can be any one or more of the following:
- External tension (injury, accidents, sports, etc.)
- Improper balance (a fall).
- Disease (osteoporosis).
- A diet poor in calcium and vitamin D, etc.
How does a bone fracture feel and look like?
- Red and inflamed.
Bone Fracture Healing Foods
Like I said, a balanced diet can mend broken bones or maintain their integrity. What’s the best food for mending broken bones? You obviously need more calcium and vitamin D. How much is enough, though, that’s for your medic to establish!
Here’re a few examples of foods and supplements that can speed up the healing of your bones:
- Green vegetables (high in vitamin K), fish, yogurt, sour milk, and kefir.
- Good quality proteins from lean meat.
- Fresh fruit juices (carrot, celery, spinach, beetroot).
- Bone broth is also very good at fixating collagen in the bones. It also helps to remineralize the fracture.
If you’re wondering what bone fracture healing supplements you should take, there are a few options. You can go for calcium and vitamin D. The latter helps to synthesize the first.
Vitamin C can also help your immune system work more efficiently. Keep in mind that essential oils are not a source of minerals and vitamins!
In such cases, you should talk to your doctor first. You’ll need a careful consultation and maybe some blood work too. Only then, he can establish what minerals and vitamins would be best for you.
If you already have high amounts of certain vitamins or minerals, taking more will not do you any good. It may even cause health complications.
Broken bones happen; sometimes they can be avoided, other times they can’t. When they do happen, you have a few options to manage the situation. First, a doctor’s consultation and some X-rays are necessary.
As a complementary therapy, you can use some great essential oils for broken bones. Apply a very gentle massage around the affected area regularly, 2 – 4 times a day. Try to eat balanced and move around, without forcing anything.
What are your tips for those with broken bones? Have you tried other methods of speeding up the bone healing process? Please share with us.