essential oils

How to Heal Tendinitis and tendinopathies with specific oils

Tendinitis can be very painful condition and is seen a lot in overuse type injuries such as in sports where they are doing the same motion over and over again. It can also be seen in the workplace where there is a repetitive motion. Whatever the case conservative management of this condition is well documented with certain exercises and stretches. Combining certain oils with a treatment plan can help increase the success rate of the tendon healing.

One of the greatest oil to use for tendon injuries is lemongrass. This oil has been used for a long time in the flavoring industry but has great properties that allow it to heal tendons. It consists of Geranial, Neral, Geraniol, and Farnesol. Those are some fancy words! Specifically Geranial and Neral are compounds that have potent anti-inflammatory effects on tissues. This means decreased inflammation in the tendons that are being overused so that they can heal.

Another oil that has great benefits for the tissues of the body is helichrysum. This powerful oil has neuroprotective affects on the nerve tissue. The tendons that are inflammed are hitting on the nerves surrounding the sheath which causes pain. This can further damage the nerves as well as the tendons. By using this oil it can protect and provide some pain relief to the nerves.

Mixing the oils:

Using both of the oils in a mix can greatly improve the health of your tendons along with a stretching and treatment program. This will speed up recovery so that you can get back to doing what you love.

I mix 10 drops of each oil in a little baby food jar and fill it up halfway with MCT oil. This will dilute is so that it is easier to apply and the oil will last longer. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Cheers!

Dr. K

What I do to heal tendons and ligaments

I use my hands a lot not only in my practice treating people but I like to garden which includes pulling a lot of weeds. Not a fun part of gardening but worth the sowing. So as you can imagine my hands develop a lot of tenderness and the tendons and ligaments can become inflamed and hurt. Quite a bit sometimes. So what are my go to remedies for this type of condition? Essential oils. I will talk about how I do that and what oils to use. You can use this on any part of your body where tendons and ligaments are at.

The anatomy of tendons and ligaments differ from muscle in that they don't contract much. they inhibit movement or help guide it. So they have to be pretty strong. If you have ever had tendinitis or have torn a ligament, like myself, then you know the pain and discomfort that it causes. So here are a few oils that I go to every day to help with my hands. 

Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is all things tendon and ligament. It has properties that help them heal and regenerate so that they are healthy. It smells similar to lemon but with a little different scent. It has an uplifting type of scent that is good to diffuse as well. I use 2 drops on my hands 4 times a day. It can turn your hands a little yellow from doing this but if you don't mind that then it is a wonderful way to heal your tendons. 

Marjoram

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Next on the list is marjoram. Marjoram is a part of the mint family usually grown in Europe but found elsewhere as well. This powerful plant and the essential oil packs a punch when it comes to muscle spasms and nerve pain. I often will mix 2 drops with 2 drops of lemongrass to combat two different conditions of muscle and ligament pain in my hands. Again you can use this anywhere in the body that you are experiencing pain. In can assist in calming nerves down so you don't experience pain. 

Helichrysum

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The last one on this list is helichrysum. This oil is from the family daisy and has many properties of healing. The oil itself is a little pricier but you won't want to be without this oil because of the many benefits. What I use it for is for regeneration of unhealthy or damaged nerves. This can work anywhere and especially well near the spine. It works great for healing the nerves that may have been damaged when the tendons and ligaments have become thickened in the hands or anywhere in the body. An example would be carpal tunnel syndrome. This tunnel becomes narrower due to thickening of the fascia in the wrist. This oil will help to heal the nerve damage. Apply 1 drop to area in need of nerve regeneration twice a day. 

So there you have it a short little list of what I do to keep my tendons and ligaments especially in my hands healthy and functioning the right way. Let me know if you have any questions I would be more than happy to discuss it!