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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also: Nerve damage.

Note: Some note that oils used with the massage technique for Neuropathy are also effective for swollen ankles from other causes.

Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nervous system.  This system of nerves in the skin, muscles, and internal organs of the body transmit information to the central nervous system that includes the spinal cord and brain.  Damage to the peripheral nerves can come from trauma, infection, nutrition, toxins, or a disease such as diabetes.  The peripheral nervous system includes:

·   Sensory nerves that receive feelings such as heat, pain or touch

·   Motor nerves that control how your muscles move

·   Autonomic nerves that control such automatic functions as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder function

With a wide variety of causes and a number of different nerve types there are a number of different forms of peripheral neuropathy.  For instance carpel tunnel syndrome is one type of this disease.  Another more common form is peripheral polyneuropathy which usually affects the feet and legs.  Common symptoms are numbness or loss of sensation, tingling or burning, pain, or loss of muscle control. 

If the autonomic nerves are affected this causes problems with involuntary functions leading to symptoms such as abnormal blood pressure and heart rate, reduced ability to perspire, constipation, bladder dysfunction (e.g., incontinence), and sexual dysfunction.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Massage Blend, Grounding Blend, BasilC, CorianderC, CypressC, GrapefruitC, LavenderC, MarjoramC, Peppermint, WintergreenC

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: EucalyptusC, LemongrassC

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Suggested protocols:

Essential oils may be used to help with uncomfortable symptoms as well as help strengthen the body's own systems to repair or correct damaged nerve tissue.  For feet and leg problems Dr. David Hill in a lecture suggested the following as helps:

This process is basically creating “angiogenesis”, which is the stimulation and creation of new vascular tissue. It will take several weeks, and maybe even months, depending on the length and depth of the starving tissues affected. You are basically ‘creating’ the need for blood flow to the area’s affected. It is most effective on patients with diabetic neuropathy, but others can find relief from this process. He said three things are important in this process: Exercise (or stimulation for circulation), heat, and massage.

Using fractionated coconut oil to spread, apply a couple of drops of (...) Massage Blend (xxx) essential oil to calf area .Other oils that were recommended are:  Marjoram, Cypress, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Basil, Grapefruit, Lavender. Anything that has circulatory properties can be used. (Each patient may be different) The entire process should only take about 10 minutes each leg.

As you start, you may notice how ‘hard’ the calf muscle is. That is also a sign of neuropathy. Prop the leg up on the edge of your knee. Start at the top of calf, in the ‘hollow’ part of the leg (see diagram).


Massage in small circular motions down the calf towards the foot. Repeat several times on both sides of calf. (you may also use a small hand held massager) You may feel hard crystals, like bumps in area. Try to work those out. It may be painful for patient at First.

Now, flex the foot, and apply oils to bottom of foot. Then massage the areas of the foot show on the diagram below.  Follow the arrows on the diagram.  You may also feel crystals in these areas as well, massage them out.  You will be massaging towards the toes. This routine creates the ‘need’ for blood to flow to these areas.


The top area is at the base of the toes (metatarsal arch).  When you flex the foot, you will see a natural “T” in the area that is where the arrows are.

 After massaging these areas (about 10 minutes) apply a warm compress to the area (such as a rice or cracked corn bag) and leave it on for about 10 minutes on each leg.

Do same application on opposite leg and foot area. The key to success in this application is CONSISTENCY!

He also recommended they take the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) supplements to stabilize the body, as well as placing Basil on the bottom of the feet in the morning. Coriander could also be taken internally to help with blood sugar levels. Those who have severe blood sugar issues should monitor those levels. As with anything, a proper diet, and at least 20-30 minutes of exercise every day is necessary to help body to heal.

thanks to Brooke for the above notes!


Also attributed to Dr. Hill is this more simplified procedure for “neuropathy of the feet”:

·    rub 2-4 drops Grounding Blend into the feet

·    rub 2-4 drops  each of Basil, Cypress, and Marjoram into one foot

·    finish with 2-4 drops Peppermint then cover with hot moist towel and perhaps a dry towel to keep the heat in for the longest time.

·    repeat on other foot.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Deborah - Does anyone know a solution for neuropathy?  My mom has it just beginning in her feet, but her husband had this (quite severe) and she is scared of the road ahead of her.  (This is such a debilitating illness and so hard to treat.  The pins and needles feeling I understand is enough to drive you crazy.)

Pat - I have found this blend to be affective in some case for neuropathy:  2/4 drops each of Grounding Blend, Cypress, Basil, Marjoram and Peppermint.  After applying to the affected area cover the same with a hot moist towel and then a dry towel, leave on until it cools, apply at least once a day (can be more often) and repeat as necessary.

This is a neuropathy blend that I have used for diabetics and non-diabetics. They have experienced great results. The LLW pack helps also, and I have been told that the Massage Blend Technique is also very helpful for this condition.

Rob - I helped my own neuropathy after a hemorrhagic stroke and damage to nerves in my right leg and foot.   Consider aggressive, consistent, daily massage to peripherals using; Grounding Blend, Cypress, Lemongrass, Thyme, Marjoram, Helichrysum and Massage Blend.  Also for Neuropathy I would get on the Lifetime Wellness pack right away.  I would also diffuse Calming Blend at night to ease what is usually a stressed nervous system.  Eat healthy, whole and raw foods... it is a change that must be made now. 

Finally, I would consider using daily massage applications to the feet and lower legs using Geranium, Peppermint and Lavender.  Also consider Grounding Blend augmented with Helichrysum or Clove.  Be consistent morning and night or more. Change up oils or blends every so often.

Christina - My dad suffers from this and swears by Soothing Blend and lots of it! He is very sensitive to touch so could never use the towel method; he just gently applies generous amounts for pain relief, swelling and circulation.

Nancy - I attribute Dr Hill with this procedure for “neuropathy of the feet”.

·    It starts with 2-4 drops Grounding Blend, rub into feet (then I usually cross right hand to left foot and left hand to right foot and hold until I feel a 'connection')

·    Next, on one foot, add the next three oils, either separately or combined: 2-4 drops Cypress,2-4 drops Basil, 2-4 drops Marjoram

·    Finish with 2-4 drops Peppermint

·    Finally cover with hot moist towel and perhaps a dry towel to keep the heat in for the longest time.

Repeat on other foot. The time varies on relief, and some day’s response is better than others, but keep using it and you should notice a difference.


Chelsea - A woman had a recent surgery that created a complication called "dead foot". It was apparently a potential side effect that she was warned about but it was actualized for her. Her foot has no feeling left and she can't walk on it. They have braced it as much as they can to help give her support but apparently the prognosis it that people who do intensive therapy might get their feeling back after about 1 year. Not so promising I think. My thoughts are limited but I thought that if circulation was an issue Cypress and/or Massage Blend topically would serve. However, would you put it from the knee down? What if there is actual nerve damage?

Julie Ann - I had a different situation but in actuality similar.  A gentleman came to one of my seminars...had a situation where his feet, legs were going to be amputated.... he had not had feeling in them for 13 years and although they were not black the doctors had suggested taking them off....I was flabbergasted to say the least.   We started to apply the Massage Blend oils one at a time ...then I had him walk in place after each one.   With Grounding Blend alone he said that he had tingling in his feet.  When we got to Melaleuca he had tingling up his legs, with the remainder of oils he had feeling in his legs up past his knees.   Now I would tell you to do the same.   The Massage Blend is the most amazing system for helping the body restore health and healing to itself that I personally have observed in all the years I have been doing this kind of work.    You can't go wrong with the Massage Blend!


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Pat - I am helping a 65 year old man with neuropathy related to type 2 diabetes. He started on the LLW pack. I told him he had to commit to three months on it, along with using the oil blend consistently and aggressively. I attribute Dr. Hill with this procedure for neuropathy of the feet (and legs). It starts with 2-4 drops of Grounding Blend on each foot. Try to apply the right foot with left hand and left foot with right hand. When you hold each foot with the oils, hold onto the feet for a period of time. Next, on one foot, add the next three oils, either separately or combined: 2-4 drops Cypress (or Coriander), 2-4 drops of Basil, 2-4 drops of Marjoram; finish with 2-4 drops of Peppermint and cover with a hot moist towel, cover with a dry towel and leave on fool until cool. Repeat this procedure on other foot.

He also takes a capsule of Basil everyday as well. After two weeks we have seen amazing results. It is also helpful to use Lavender on the feet every evening.


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      Shoshana (rvreflexology)

Shoshana - Thanks so much for the information on neuropathy.  I suggest Reflexology in addition to the use of the oils.  Before I knew about Soothing Blend, clients with neuropathy improved with regular reflexology treatments.  One client had lost the feeling in one foot to the extent that she did not know whether she was stepping on the gas or the brake pedal, so she called me for help.  We have done 2 sessions per week for a month and feeling is returning so much that the doctor was able to measure the improvement.  We added Soothing Blend cream after approximately two weeks later (when I received my first order of this wonderful cream!)  10 days later she is beginning to apply the Soothing Blend EO on her own and we have high expectations.  Thank you

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