▷ Natural Recipes for Getting Rid of Bunions

Natural Recipes for Getting Rid of Bunions

By Sabrina Wilson / August 10, 2015
Bunions severity

What are bunions?

Bunions aren’t something only grandma gets and complains about; they can appear on anyone’s feet, regardless of age.

A bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. A bunion forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore.

- Definition by Mayo Clinic

So they are unpleasant inflammations (salt deposits, in reality!) which appear on your feet, usually because of ill-fitting footwear that is tight and uncomfortable. However, they can also appear because of poor nutrition, tonsillitis, rheumatic infection, gout, influenza or a poor metabolism.

How can bunions be treated?

Bunions are not only a problem when it comes to shoe-shopping, but they are also unappealing, aesthetically speaking, which is why most people (especially women) usually try to get rid of them. There are some devices available on the market that do help, like a good foot spa. Fortunately, there are natural ways to achieve that, through recipes for treatments you can do in your own home:

#1 The first thing you need to do is take a grater (like the one you would use for cheese, for example) and shred or grate some soap. Then, take the pieces and place them on your bunion, massaging it lightly at the same time. Then, you can rinse the area, dry it off and don’t forget to apply a little iodine.

The easiest and least messy way to apply it is to draw some lines, vertical and horizontal, across the problematic area. The solution must be allowed to dry, before putting on socks. You can also create a solution using iodine and lemon juice, mixed in equal parts. Use this remedy daily, for a month.

#2 – Take some bay leaves and crush them in small pieces; make it a tablespoon’s worth.

Bay Leaves

#3 –Then, pour some water over it (about 300ml) and put it over heat to cook it for around five minutes. The resulting solution should be kept warm overnight (preferably in a thermos) and then strained the following morning. Make sure to drink this tea throughout the day, but only take it in small sips, not all in one go. Note that some medications can interact with bay leaves so they are best avoided if you're taking certain prescription drugs.

You should finish what’s in your thermos by the end of the day, and make a new one at night, in order to drink the next day. Employ this remedy for three consecutive days, and then take a seven-day break, before starting again. You will notice that you might be going to the bathroom more frequently, which only means that the treatment is working properly and it is dissolving the salt in your body.

Extra tip: Repeat this treatment for around two months, and you will get rid of both bunions and any accompanying joint pains.

As you can see, you don’t have to quietly suffer because of your bunions. There are very easy and effective treatments you can employ right at home. You just have to take a few minutes to prepare them and make sure to administer them consistently, and your problem should soon disappear.

About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

Sara - April 26, 2017

Thanks for share this article, it very useful for me.
I look forward to your new article.

Victor Taylor - May 6, 2017

Will this iodine lemon juice treatment work for folks with type 2 diabetes too?

Nicole Smalls - August 6, 2017

I just made the bay leaf concoction. So tomorrow I will start the treatment. I will check back in to let everyone know if it worked. Wish me luck!

    Irenef - October 4, 2017

    Hi Nicole, was the treatment effective?

    Fannie Fairfax - October 13, 2017

    I am wondering if this worked? My husband has a terrible bunion, and I would like to have him try this!

    Dotty - March 22, 2018

    Hi, I was wondering if the bay leaf tea actually works?

    Lorraine - May 2, 2018

    It is now the end of April and I am wondering if the treatment for bunions worked or not.

Hazel Stenson - September 2, 2017

Please can you tell me. If, in the morni g, after the leaves have steeped, I dilute it iño my 3 litres of water I drink a day, will it still be as effective?

Sariah - October 11, 2017

I have a bunion and it’s giving me foot pains every now and then. I’m looking into bunion treatment but I’m not yet sure if it’s the best option for me. You mentioned in this article some natural recipes to get rid of it though. Thanks!

Julie - October 25, 2017

Has anyone had success with the bay leaf tea? I have read two similar articles… One says to do this for 3 consecutive days, then stop for 7 days and start up again. The other says to do this for 7 days and repeat after one week. Does that mean 7 days on and 7 days off.. for two months? If anyone knows, and could please comment, I would appreciate it. Last, is there any risk of kidney damage? I only ask because it says not to drink all at once, but to instead take small sips throughout the day.

Cathy quek - February 28, 2018

Thanks for d bay leaf tea recipe..will try soon since I’m also suffering from bunions..

Kristina - April 6, 2018

Hi there, my father in law has bunions and I have suggested number 2 bay leaf tea (which is on organicdaailypost) to drink. He did exactly what it said and after few sips he felt light headed and upper chest pain. He didn’t continue drinking it as he got scared.
Did someone else experience this?
Thank you

    Sabrina Wilson - April 6, 2018

    Check the WebMD link in the article for side effects, it does interact with some medications.

MaryAnne G. - May 11, 2018

I tried the tea. I like it. No side effects. Was wondering if I could do it daily without the 7 day break in between.

Emily - January 17, 2019

Sabrina, I notice that in the above article you give the usual list of causes for bunions. Consider adding poor posture to it. I don’t know why most everyone seems to miss it. It’s the reason I developed bunions – walking with my feet pointing out, along with walking with a slouch. Katy Bowman’s book “Every Woman’s Guide To Foot Pain Relief” taught me that.

Dee aaron - March 28, 2019

I heard that bay leaves are supposed to reverse bone growth or something. I personally have found that getting a good pair of comfortable shoes that are wider than normal has at least allowed me to function somewhat normally

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