PLANTAR FASCIITIS

ESSENTIAL OILS

Rosemary. Reduces cortisol levels, which helps to relieve pain and oxidative stress.

Marjoram and Lemongrass. May reduce muscle spasms and muscle pain.

Thyme and Turmeric. Help relieve pain. Increase circulation; may speed healing.

Wintergreen and Peppermint. May help temporarily relieve pain.

Research
Researchers found that thyme oil can suppress the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme in a manner similar to resveratrol (protects the body against damage). The chemical carvacrol found in thyme and oregano oil was primarily responsible for this suppressive activity.

Home Remedy
Warming Heel Rub. Warm up a tablespoon of coconut oil and add 2 drops each of rosemary, thyme and turmeric oils. Deeply massage the mixture into your heel.

Background
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue (called the plantar fascia) that connects the heel bone to the toes. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen and irritated or inflamed. As a result, your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk. This inflammation is the most common cause of heel pain. Around one in 10 people will develop plantar fasciitis at some time in their life, and it is seen regularly among middle-aged people, athletes or people who are on their feet a lot. It is twice as common in women as it is in men. You are also more likely to develop plantar fasciitis if you have pronated feet, high arches, are overweight or wear ill fitting or worn out shoes. Pain is the main symptom, and it is often at its worst when you take your first steps after getting up in the morning, or after long periods of rest where no weight is placed on your foot.

Suggested Supplements

» Magnesium. An essential mineral for bone formation and the utilization of calcium. Muscle and tissue relaxer. Required for protein synthesis, nerve function and the production of the antioxidant glutathione.

» Vitamin B5. Helps the body avoid nerve damage and impairment. Also known to accelerate the healing process.