I’ve gotten emails with questions about how I healed my knee injury naturally ever since this post was shared in 2014. Since then, I’ve re-injured, recovered and now my husband is recovering from the same injury.
I thought I would take a moment to update this post and share what I’ve learned about how you can heal a knee injury naturally.
Please note that this is my personal experience and not intended to me medical advice. Always consult your health practitioner.
If you’ve been following for long, you may remember that when Skye was about two months old, I had a severe knee injury. I couldn’t walk and getting up and down was so difficult that I wasn’t able to lift her from her cradle by the bed into the bed to feed her. Vincent had to get up at every feeding and hand her to me. During the day, I was parked on the much lower couch.
Having a new baby is never easy. But having one and losing your mobility is devastating.
I felt lost and scared, as I watched my weight creep up a bit. (Up until that point I’d been doing well with my weight loss.) Nothing like sitting on the couch all day to stop any movement on the scale.
Since I had free time on my hands, I begin to read up on how to healing knee injuries naturally.
Can You Heal a Knee Injury Naturally
I tried everything. Ice. Heat. Ice and heat rotating. I ground of Fenugreek seeds into a paste and wore them under a wrap all day. (It looked like something from Skye’s diaper, but I was desperate.) I wore a brace. I tried castor oil packs.
Despite everything, I still couldn’t bend my knee, which meant that most rehab exercises were out. The swelling was so bad that only my loosest pants around the knees or shorts would work.
I was told that surgery for my ACL and MCL tear was the only solution.
Since I was nursing, I didn’t feel that was a viable option, so I suffered on. This went on for months.
I was miserable. Fortunately, Skye wasn’t mobile, but taking care of her was still harder than it should have been. I’d always been blessed with extreme flexibility and the ability to sit on the floor comfortably as an adult. Both of those things were gone, which meant playing with her was a struggle once she started sitting up.
I can’t tell you how this impacted me emotionally. All three of my children needed a healthy mommy! This knee injury was throwing me into a very deep depression.
About that time, I started hearing a lot about essential oils. Could they be part of the solution? Could essential oils help me heal my knee injury naturally?
I decided to try it. I was still hobbling around with a swollen knee covered in poop-look-alike (fenugreek paste) hoping to at least ease the pain, so if someone had suggested walking on hot coals would help I would have gone for it.
Initially, I went with the products of a popular MLM, but then I learned that they used questionable ingredients in many of their personal care products. This, combined with some very poor treatment from the company, lead me to look for other alternatives when I reinjured my knee.
Here are the essential oils I’ve used along the way!
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Essential Oils to Heal Knee Injuries Naturally
Wintergreen: Contains 99% methyl salicylate, which gives it cortisone-like properties. Supports discomfort that is related to inflammation of bones, muscles, and joints. (Wintergreen should be avoided by anyone with seizures.)
Peppermint: Anti-inflammatory properties helps damaged tissues. Has a soothing and cooling effect.
German Chamomile: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
Helichrysum: May help clean the blood and improves circulatory functions. It is a potent anti-inflammatory.
Lemongrass: which supports inflammatory response, ligaments and tissue regeneration.
Frankincense: which is also an anti-inflammatory and immune support that is good for general healing.
How I Use Them
I made a rollerbottle with 5 drops each of wintergreen, peppermint, German Chamomile and Helichrysum. I applied that to the area 3-4 times a day. I layered on the Lemongrass and Frankincense two to three times a day.
How I Progressed
Truthfully, I was just hoping for a little relief. I’d already accepted the fact that surgery was going to be in my future. In fact, we’d planned to leave the beach and return to Scottsdale because I felt more comfortable with the doctors there than in the tiny beachside town we were in. (I’ve had surgery twice in my life and both times have had issues with anesthesia that turned what should have been day stays into three or more nights in the hospital.)
What happened was nothing short of astounding.
After the first few days, I was able to move my knee a little better and was more comfortable. This led me back to these knee exercises, which I’d been attempting without success for months.
They weren’t easy, but for the first time, I was able to push through them. I felt hope.
I can’t say that it happened overnight, but I began seeing consistent improvement, and that was enough for me. All in all, I went from unable to walk to 80% over the course of two months. It was another three months before I was at 95% and could say that I had healed my knee injury naturally.
- You must be consistent. This isn’t the kind of thing you can do when you remember and hope for the best. If you can’t be consistent you need to accept that natural remedies may not work for you.
- Consider your diet. Diet is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL to healing. I recommend a clean diet that eliminates inflammation as much as possible. No processed food. Stay away from triggers. (Mine are gluten and soy.)
- You Can’t Skip the Exercises. Everything else can help to reduce inflammation to the point that you can rehab your knee, but you are still going to have to do the work.
Other Things I Use On a Regular Basis
Turmeric: The curcumin contained in turmeric is can help to reduce going pain and swelling. Long-term studies have shown that it can reduce blood levels of inflammatory chemicals.
Ginger Extract: Ginger is a great way to decrease pain and inflammation. I take 250mg of ginger extract four times a day to help with knee pain.
Glucosamine Sulfate: This is found naturally in the fluid around the joints. It can help to rebuild lost cartilages and prevent the breakdown of cartilage and fluid in joints.
Epsom Salts: I use Epsom salt baths on a regular basis to help to relax tight muscles. It has detoxifying powers which can work to ease joint pain. Try two cups of Epsom salts in a warm bath.
Arnica: Arnica has anti-inflammatory compounds as well as a compound called helenin which is a natural analgesic.
These days, I’m able to work out without restriction, and I believe the oils have strengthened my joints so that I’m able to avoid re-injury. I honestly never thought I’d do a lunge or squat again. I can. Recently, I added Kettlebells to the mix.
I am so glad I said no to surgery and healed my knee injury naturally!