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plantar fasciitis

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


see also Bone Spurs

The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot.  It lies just below the skin layers as it passes over the arch of the foot.  A common ailment called plantar fasciitis is the result of this ligament becomes inflamed.  This can Foot anatomyhappen from injury, physical stress, or sometimes for no obvious reason.  The most common point for this inflammation is where this ligament joints the heel bone.  Typical symptoms are the pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel usually most intense in the mornings when arising or after a long period with little movement.  The pain typically diminishes with movement.

Many suffering from plantar fasciitis have heel spurs.  Even though they are in the same area they are unrelated and the heel spurs do not cause the plantar fasciitis.  Most times heel spurs will not cause pain and in many go undetected unless they have an x-ray for some other reason.  See more on bone spurs on a separate page.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Basil, Birch, Cypress, Soothing Blend, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Peppermint

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Lavender, Myrrh, Wintergreen

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Suggested protocols:

Topical application of either:

  Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Wintergreen

  Soothing Blend with Lemongrass

  Peppermint with Helichrysum

Apply to the area on the bottom of the foot as well as the calf of the leg  just before retiring and first thing when arising in the morning (more often if severe).  It is also suggested:

  when retiring drive in the oils with a warm compress or some suggest wrapping in a paper towel, saran wrap, and cover with a sock.

  when arising take time while sitting to bend the toes forward and backwards or other techniques to loosen the muscles, etc. after applying the oils.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Vicki - My 35 year old son has had plantar fasciitis on his foot for the last 3-4 months. This condition is the inflammation of the wide band of tissue that holds up the bones on the bottom of the foot.  He still plays basketball and football and I'm afraid he will submit to steroid injections to relieve the pain. Because of his love for sports, I don't see him giving it up if there is any way for him to continue playing. Please advise me which essential oils can help him with this problem? Thanks.

Pat - Have you son lay down where his feet can be in front of you. Have the following oils ready and a hot moist towel. With some carrier oil in the palm of you hand, then drop some lemongrass, wintergreen and Peppermint. Gently rub the oils on the bottom of the foot and run your hands up the back of the leg. Wrap the hot moist towel around his foot. Now pull the toes toward you with one hand over the base of the toes so you can pull in forward, with the other hand push the heel back. His foot will be in the position as if he had high heels on. Hold the foot like that until the heat is gone from the moist towel. Do this to both feet it needed. Repeat a couple of times a day and if he can't do the pulling and pushing at least put the oils of the feet.

Julie Ann - We have had great success with Birch, Lemongrass and Basil layered and at night. Put them on, wrap the foot with a paper towel and then wrap that with saran wrap and put a sock on.   Works wonders.

Amelia - I have Plantar fasciitis myself and to be honest I found something helpful (kinda by mistake). I had made a mixture/blend of 20 drops Lavender and 6 drops Frankincense with 4T(2 oz) EVOO (or fractionated coconut oil)...and it has totally worked for this pain. My husband also has trouble with this and I did the same blend for him and he swears Lavender has morphine in it because it takes the pain away so quickly and somehow heals it as well. I guess the saying "when in doubt use Lavender" is too true. Oh yeah, and I have another friend that also has this plus a torn Achilles tendon and I gave her some of this blend and she uses it every day as well.  She has even been able to return to working on her feet for 3-6 hours a day when she couldn't do that before.  So you may want to try this blend and even add lemongrass (regenerates cell growth) and do the wrap each night. He may achieve amazing results doing this. Blessings!


Vicky - I know a therapist who is suffering from Planters Fasciitis What is the suggestion please?

Karen - I have dealt with this problem myself. It can be very frustrating to get results!  One thing to remember is that plantar fasciitis can also stem from tight calf muscles, so when you apply oils, make sure you apply them to the calf also. When my feet flare up I use lemongrass and Peppermint with good results. I use the (...) lotion as a carrier oil so it doesn't leave my feet oily. I add a couple drops each of Peppermint and lemongrass and massage it into my feet and calves. It feels awesome!  I also freeze a bottle of water and roll it on the bottom of my feet after a long day at work standing on my feet. Another thing that is very important is making sure you stretch your feet and calf muscles a few times a day.   Other alternative oils are Cypress and wintergreen. Sometimes I use those instead. Good luck!

Chrystal - For the muscles I use equal parts of lemongrass and myrrh and then layer with Cypress.  I pulled my plantar tendon a couple of weeks ago and this helped me immensely to walk and the pain went completely away after a couple of days.  Understanding the oils and how they work to heal your body is also a very good idea because you can find solutions with them that isn't in any book by using the information you know and your logic skills. I think the Cypress made all the difference in my pain easing though when I pulled that tendon.


Bentley - I don't know if I spelled this right - Planters Fasciitis, pain in the foot.  Any hints on to take care of this?

Pat - Lemongrass repairs ligaments and has been helpful with planters fasciitis. If you are a women wear high heels it will stretch the right muscles and ligaments.  If you a man wear high heels just don't go anywhere.

Jan -  I occasionally get pain in my feet as well, but I'm wondering about that wearing of the high heels, cause every time I do, the pain comes back. I do use the lemongrass though and Soothing Blend when I feel the ache coming on.

Lil - Peppermint oil with a drop of helichrysum. Rub on bottom of foot before bed and when you get up, sit on the side of your bed and bend your toes front wards and backwards. This will stretch out the area and make a HUGE difference, quickly. I had it pretty bad and now it's gone.


Pam - I have someone that is looking for some help with Plantar Fasciitis. What oil would help it?

Pat - I just put oil on my sister-in-laws foot, she is also suffering from planter fasciitis. I used Soothing Blend and lemongrass, she actually had relief within an hour and it lasted till the next day. She will continue to use this until the tendon heals. Lemongrass heals the tendon and gives the relief.

Sharon - Very painful!  Frankincense is great for the inflammation.  A good massage therapist is also helpful, but not during the acute phase.  Lemongrass is helpful, and Peppermint and wintergreen warm things up if you use it before getting out of bed. Hope it feels better soon!

Jamice - My cousin has a very severe case of planter fasciitis, and she has found Wintergreen, Lemongrass and Soothing Blend to be very helpful.


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