Q&A: Aromatherapy advice for broken bones?

Q&A: Aromatherapy advice for broken bones?broken_ankleQ: I broke my ankle 6 weeks ago and have just had the cast removed. I damaged my ligaments and it's stiff, painful and swollen. Are there any essential oils blends that will help speed my recovery?

A: So sorry to hear that you've had an accident. There are lots of things that you can do now to help stimulate your healing processes, and naturally reduce pain and inflammation. Here are my “top tips” for Breaks, Aches & Pains:


  • First of all, if you've not done it already, take arnica pills (homeopathic remedy for bruising and shock) for 1 week. Arnica cream is also excellent, and I would suggest alternating arnica cream application with your aromatherapy blend (see below).

  • Aromatherapy can be useful to help ease pain and inflammation, whilst stimulating your circulation to help heal the area more efficiently. Massage in the following oil with upward strokes towards the heart and apply 2-3 times daily: 10ml Neem oil, 40ml Olive oil, 20 drops Plai, 20 Lavender, 5 drops German Chamomile and 5 Cypress.

  • Take regular foot baths - if you have a foot spa unit this would be perfect – add 1 cup Dead Sea Salt, 10 drops Lavender, 2 German Chamomile and 1 Eucalyptus.

  • Call BioCare's Helpline on 0121 433 8702 for supplement advice. There are several combinations I would suggest but I don't know your age or general health – so you'll need to check with them first. They do an excellent range of nutrient/herbal combinations - look at CT 241- Ligazyme and Curcumen Plus – to help stimulate your body's healing potential, and reduce inflammation.

  • I would also consider having some regular healing on the area - such as Reiki, to help ease the pain and release shock and tension in general.

  • Traditional Chinese acupuncture could be helpful if all of these options do not show a significant improvement within the next 6-8 weeks.


Best of luck and do come back to us if you need to!

Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

Disclaimer: The information provided on the Base Formula blog is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. We recommend that you consult your GP or nurse if you have any health concerns whatsoever. Our advice has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health problems or are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who will be able to take a full case history and offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Base Formula accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.

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