How to Treat Swollen Ankles, Legs, and Feet with Essential Oils

Swelling of the feet, ankles and legs are quite common.  Your feet and ankles swell when fluid in the blood escapes from capillaries and accumulates in tissues, a condition known as peripheral edema.

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The fluid buildup can be a result of weight increase, pregnancy, weaknesses of the leg veins, heart or kidney problems and even lymphatic drainage problems.

Other causes of swollen feet could be foot infection, nervous system problems, fractures or leg or foot injuries.  Because your feet are so far away from your heart, it takes them much longer to heal than other parts of the body – this is because it takes much longer to circulate blood from your heart to your feet.

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Essential oils can work in different ways to stimulate blood flow in the veins as well as lymph movement in the lymphatic system. Often called tonics, essential oils that increase blood flow and also help to shift toxin build-up in your body.

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How to Treat Swollen Ankles, Legs, and Feet with Essential Oils

These three essential oils contain properties that help reduce inflammation of the skin in only a few minutes.

Juniper Essential Oil

Research shows juniper berry essential oil contains over 87 different active constituent compounds, including strong antioxidants, antibacterials and antifungals. Juniper essential oil has haemostatic and astringent properties which lead to the contraction of blood vessels. This in turn stimulates blood flow. Because of its ability to stimulate blood flow, juniper is used by many as a home remedy for varicose veins. By topically applying juniper, proper blood flow from the legs to the heart is restored.

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress essential oil can relieve water retention and other swelling-related issues. According to Oriental medicine, cypress oil works by helping enliven and regulate the blood flow in your body. It has restorative and toning effects on your veins, which is due to its astringent quality.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has the ability to sooth and calm. Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin

Recipe One


  • 10 drops Juniper essential oil (where to find)
  • 10 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 30ml carrier oil


Make this recipe up into a small 30ml amber/blue bottle and massage up your legs from the ankle.


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