OSTEOPOROSIS

ESSENTIAL OILS

Cypress and Helichrysum. Can strengthen bones and reduce discomfort.

Fir Needle. Can assist in bone repair.

Clary Sage. Helps maintain healthy estrogen levels.

Myrrh. Contains compounds that support hormones.

Research
A scientific review concluded that conifer oils such as cypress and fir needle oils may be able to assist in bone repair.

Home Remedy
Bone Aid. Apply a few drops of fir needle oil to the problematic area three times per day; dilute it with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin

Background
Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone, which causes bones to become weak, brittle and easily fractured. Today, 44 million Americans have osteoporosis. It affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian women—especially older women—are at highest risk. The main causes of osteoporosis include inactivity, aging, hormonal imbalances, long-term use of certain medications, steroid use, low vitamin D levels, emotional stress and nutritional deficiencies. There typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. Over time, symptoms include fractures in the hip, wrist or spine; gradual loss of height; stooped posture and back pain. Certain essential oils may increase bone density and speed fracture healing.

Suggested Supplements

» Magnesium + Calcium. Required for proper calcium metabolism. Take 500 to 1000 milligrams daily.

» Vitamin D3 + K2. Fat-soluble vitamins necessary for healthy bone formation.