Think you might be dealing with a bunion? Here’s everything you need to know about this all-too-common foot condition and how to use essential oils for bunions.
What Is a Bunion?
A bunion is a hard bump at the joint below your big toe. It causes discomfort because it pushes your big toe against your second toe. You may also find that the skin on your bunion becomes red and raw if it doesn’t fit into your shoes properly.
What Causes Bunions?
More often than not, bunions are caused by uncomfortable shoes. Wearing tight or narrow (or both!) shoes can cause you to develop bunions. This is why it is so important to wear practical shoes. While most of us have our shoes to blame, it is also possible for bunions to be caused by inherited issues in the structure of your foot, as well as other medical conditions like arthritis.
How to Know If Have a Bunions
There are a few different signs and symptoms of a bunion. First of all, of course, you will want to look for a telltale bump at the base of your toe. Some are bigger than others so pay close attention. Do an image search online to look at different examples. Looking through a variety of different cases will help you get an idea of what to look for on your own foot.
While each foot is different, it is likely that you’ll see some swelling or feel a bit of soreness. You may even develop a callus where your first and second toes hit each other.
Of course, the best way to know if you have a bunion is to talk to your doctor. When essentials oils for bunions are useful for everyday pain relief, only your doctor can offer you long-term solutions.
How to Use Essential Oils for Bunions
Foot Massages for Bunions
One of the best ways to use essential oils for bunions is to massage your feet. This feels great after a long day of walking and standing. There are a few different oils that can be good for your feet so choose your fave.
Peppermint essential oil and tea tree are perfect when you are looking for an invigorating effect. Juniper essential oil for bunions is popular because it’s an anti-inflammatory. Of course, lavender is always a good pick when you want something that’ll help you relax.
When using essential oils for bunions (or any other purpose), it is key to blend your oil. Using any undiluted essential oil can cause skin irritation.
For a top quality pick, we love Nutiva coconut oil. It is organic, cold pressed, unrefined, virgin coconut oil from fresh, non-GMO, sustainably farmed coconuts. When you are making your own massage oil, just use one drop of essential oil for each tablespoon of coconut oil.
Foot Soak for Bunions
If you have a bunion, it is a good idea to invest in a high-quality foot tub that comfortably fits your feet. Foot baths with essential oils for bunions can be a daily source of incredible comfort.
To upgrade your experience, we love Hangsun Foot Spa Bath Massager with Heat and Water Jet FM180. It helps to keep your water comfortably warm and provides a massaging bubble action.
Here’s how to get set up.
Fill your foot bath with very warm water (use as hot as your feet can handle without discomfort). Most hold around a gallon of water so just fill it up until it’s near the highest possible level.
For your bath, use half of a cup of Epsom salt and 20 drops of essential oils for bunions. We love a blend of peppermint oil and lavender oil for a mix that is both soothing and anti-inflammatory.
Soak your feet for about 15 minutes or until the water goes cold. Repeat as often as possible for a simple and comfortable solution to bunions.