Top 8 Essential Oils to Treat Swollen Ankles and Feet
For those of you who have not yet been acquainted with edema, it is a condition where fluid collects in your limbs and remains trapped there. This means proper circulation is hindered which results in your feet, ankles, and legs to become swollen.
While this condition by itself is not considered severe, it may stem from a more serious health issue. That’s why, if you find yourself experiencing this, you should never hesitate about consulting with a doctor.
The good news is that most often swollen limbs are nothing to worry about and can be treated easily at home. One great method is a nice massage using a number of useful essential oils.
But keep in mind that each person is different, and this method may not work equally as well for everyone.
So, pay attention to how your body reacts when trying this out for the first time. Without further ado, let’s move on to your choice of essential oils for this task.
1. Chamomile Oil
This oil possesses anti-inflammatory abilities, which makes it a great treatment option against poison ivy. That’s not its only use though: it’s also useful for treating any swollen limbs!
Simply pour a few drops of this oil onto the affected area and rub it in by kneading. Another method you can try is adding the oil to a damp cloth and using it to rub your legs and feet. The pleasant, relaxing scent which chamomile offers is also a plus.
2. Lavender Oil
This oil can also serve to reduce any swelling once you massage it in. Once you’ve applied a few drops to the area in question, use slow and moderately strong moves for massaging. Do this until you feel the pain and swelling subside.
3. Tea Tree Oil
The advantage of using this essential oil is that, unlike many others, you don’t need to dilute it or use it alongside a carrier oil. It can be applied directly onto your affected area. It’s best to massage using outward strokes.
That means you should start at the feet and move up to your knees, thus allowing any trapped fluids to spread out. Use two times each day for best results. Do this until the swelling and pain have subsided.
4. Juniper Oil
Another excellent choice of essential oil for any possible swelling problem you might have. It eases the inflammation which usually occurs as a result of all that fluid retention.
You can add half a tsp. of this oil to a foot tub filled with warm water and treat your feet to a nice soak. Remember, too much of this oil has been known to create skin irritation, so never overdo it.
5. Fennel Oil
Another effective method against swollen limbs is the fennel essential oil. It can be mixed with many other types of essential oils. One highly-recommended mixture is 15 drops of fennel oil and cypress oil (each), mixed with 30 milliliters of evening primrose oil.
Not only does massaging this mixture ease any discomfort or pain, but it also reduces inflammation!
6. Wintergreen Essential Oil
Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of the name before; you’re not the only one. Even though this is an essential oil which is far less popular than the others on this list, it doesn’t make it any less potent and valuable.
It is truly an effective natural painkiller, and not just for feet and ankles, but for any sore areas on your body. You can complement it with lemon grass, peppermint, cypress, lavender or geranium essential oils.
Add some of this oil together with an oil of your choice from the given options in a warm foot tub (or bath tub) and soak any sore areas. You should do this for about 10 minutes or until the water remains warm. Do this 2 or 3 times a day until all the pain and swelling has disappeared.
7. Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lemon Blend
Instead of talking about each of these essential oils separately, we have decided to inform you of the best way to use them: together instead of individually. These three complement each other perfectly, and all three have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s advisable to use them alongside a carrier oil, an ideal example being coconut oil. Massage this wonderful mixture directly onto the affected area (or areas) and rub it in by massaging it for 5-10 minutes.
This treatment also works best if done 2-3 times each day until the wanted result is achieved.
8. Geranium Oil
Last but not least, this oil, also known as rose geranium oil, does wonders by balancing one’s oil glands which are one of the main culprits for skin inflammation. Simply add a few drops of it to your bath and soak in it for instant relief from any swollen limbs.
But were you aware that this oil has many other uses? Some of which are getting rid of:
- Bug bites
- Cold sores
Some Additional Tips
Here is some advice on what other measures you can take to relieve lower limb swelling:
- Flush out the excess salt from your system by staying well-hydrated
- Steer clear of tight clothes as they tend to restrict the natural blood flow to the limbs
- Try and avoid foods rich in sodium, as the more you consume, the more your chances of swelling increase.
- Indulge yourself in an Epsom salt bath once in a while. It’s perfect for reducing any swelling as well as inflammation.
When to Ask for Medical Assistance
If combined with other symptoms, swelling may be an indicator of liver, heart or kidney problems. You should see a doctor if you also experience chest pain, breathlessness, and fever along with any swelling.
Also, if your swollen areas are warm when you touch them, this may also represent a cause for concern. Better safe than sorry, right? Always stay healthy, dear readers.