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My Broken Toe Loves Wintergreen Oil

Author: Maryann M.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 09-26-2010
Views: 7,458
Word Count: 367
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 4634-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 4

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My kiddos are not the best at putting away dishes. You probably know the routine: open cabinet door, insert item (in this case a stack of cookie sheets), then close it quick before they fall out.

One day as I was preparing supper, I figured one of those cookie sheets would come in handy. You guessed it: I opened the door and they fell out and the corner of the stack crashed down, right on the joint of my right big toe.

I didn't say anything for several minutes after that. The pain was intense. I limped to the bathroom, pulled out a bottle of Wintergreen oil, found the nearest chair and collapsed.

The foot felt like it was made of lead as I tried to prop it up. I opened the Wintergreen and poured some on, not even counting the drops at that point.

My friend asked if I wanted to go the ER. I shook my head. "What would they do? Take x-rays, and maybe wrap it up and send me home. And how much will THAT cost?"

At least I could talk by that time. It took about ten minutes, and I could feel the pain abating. So I put on a few more drops. Every 15 to 20 minutes or so, I applied a couple more drops of the Wintergreen.

By the time I went to bed that night, it was obvious that the toe nail was not as firmly attached as before. It would look really pretty by morning.

Next morning, the toe was throbbing, but not nearly as painful as I thought it might be. The nail was definitely going to be lost. I applied a few more drops of Wintergreen and went about my daily duties.

Whenever it felt uncomfortable (oddly it never really became painful again), I applied the Wintergreen oil and carried on. It never hurt again after that.

About a week later, the nail did indeed fall off, but underneath, a beautiful healthy nail was already halfway grown. It took another few weeks to grow in fully, but now one could never tell that I lost it at all.

Whenever anyone speaks of bone pain or broken bones, I tell them about Wintergreen oil.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: bones-/-osteo — "Common herbs, essential oils, and monoterpenes potently modulate bone metabolism.... we investigated several common herbs rich in essential oils (sage, rosemary, and thyme) and essential oils extracted from these herbs and other plants (oils of sage, rosemary, juniper, pine, dwarf pine, turpentine, and eucalyptus) as well as their monoterpene components (thujone, eucalyptol, camphor, borneol, thymol, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, bornylacetate as well as menthol) and found that they inhibit bone resorption.... Our study demonstrates for the first time that essential oils and monoterpenes are efficient inhibitors of bone resorption...."Link
2.Associated topics: bones-/-osteo — "Results of bone density, bone mineral content, bone tensile strength and histological analysis also showed similar trend of results, which supported initial observations of this study. It is proposed that hydroalcoholic extract of dried clove buds has bone-preserving efficacy against hypogonadal [hormonally deficient] osteoporosis."Link
3.Associated topics: finger-/-toe-nails — "Tea tree oil contributes to the successful treatment of toenail fungus [onychomycosis]."Link
4.Associated topics: finger-/-toe-nails — "Topical therapy, including [tea tree oil].., provide[s] improvement in nail appearance and symptomatology.... The use of a topical preparation [such as tea tree oil] in conjunction with debridement is an appropriate initial treatment strategy."Link

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