Natural Remedies for Bone Spurs: Ginger, Turmeric, ACV & Castor Oil

| Modified on Dec 16, 2023
Eucalyptus Oil
Posted by Terri (Tyler) on 10/26/2023

Eucalyptus oil dissolves bone spurs

How I dissolve bone spurs. I massage my feet at bedtime & after my morning shower with coconut oil & Eucalyptus oil.

I had been using only the coconut oil for years, but when I added the eucalyptus oil, I started getting relief w/in a few days.

1/4 tsp coconut oil + 5 drops of Eucalyptus oil. For any bone pain (osteoarthritis), I add 2 drops lavender oil. Rub palms to mix, then massage the whole foot sole, especially where the spurs/pains are. Cover w/ankle socks until absorbed (about 10 min). If I'm up walking around afterward, I wear crocs.

It takes 1-2 months to totally dissolve bone spurs!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Siobhan (ireland) on 06/18/2023

10 years later but maybe the message is of some value to those visiting after.... it was the vitamin c. It can contribute further to bone spurs. A big no to vit c supplements with any kind of kidney involvement/high uric acid/oxalate sensitivity. Turmeric is also high in oxalates and while it is highly anti inflammatory, not in powder form for those with bone spurs.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
Posted by Leslei (Alaska) on 11/03/2022

I had bone spurs in neck and both sides of spine between shoulders, upper spine. Chiropractor said he could no longer adjust me. I searched and found ACV and baking soda. I take every day, 2 or 3 times. First thing in morning. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1 to 2 tablespoons of Organic ACV with the mother and then ad 6 Oz water and drink it. I also ad 1/4 teaspoon sea salt at night and helps me sleep. The spurs are gone. My back can be adjusted by a different chiropractor. Good luck.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by tara (us) on 09/13/2022

In the US they label Cassia as 'cinnamon'. Dismayed to see 'cinnamon' aka Cassia encapsulated & sold as a supplement. Liver damage be damned. True cinnamon doesn't damage the liver when used medicinally. True Cinnamon farmers in Sri Lanka sell freshly harvested sticks on etsy & ebay. I buy mine from Distacart with other Ayurvedic remedies. You probably already know this BUT when someone says, they take 'cinnamon' medicinally, I feel the need, to speak up about liver damage. Thank you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Julia (Ohio) on 02/24/2022 4 posts

I have been taking apple cider vinegar for 3 months to help with arthritis and bone spurs in my hip. The pain just seems to be worse than before I started. I was wondering I'm just “detoxing” for 3 months or is Apple Cider Vinegar not the thing for me??? Is it true that it can be too acidic for my body? I thought it was to help me and that it is an alkaline ph. I'm just confused. Thank you in advance for any comments you may write to help me.

Castor Oil
Posted by Gary (Kitchener On) on 01/29/2022


The best results to remove Bone Spurs

is Castor Oil .. put Oil on a small cloth and cover with plastic and apply heating pad for 1-2 hours, a few days of doing this it should be gone.

It is a Blessing Oil..check it out


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 04/08/2021

Dear Sandy,

A neighbor introduced me to a salve that I have been using for everything! It has comfrey root in it, which I think it why it is so helpful. I have been using it on my hip bones when my bursitis flares up. I used it on my son's knee that he injured falling out of a tree, and on my toe that I dislocated. It has been helpful for all.

Have you ever tried the borax protocol?

And, of course there is always castor oil to massage into the feet and knees at bedtime.

Epsom salt baths at the end of the day might also be helpful and a nice reward for your walking and gardening.

Do you have good shoes? A supportive comfortable shoe is important.

I hope you will find one or more of these helpful! Keep me posted!

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sandy (Illinois) on 04/06/2021

Hello Mama to Many,

For the past three days, I have severe pain in the left side bone of my left foot, and sometimes even my big tow is hurting. There is no pain the entire day but by end of the day, it is hurting making me difficult to walk. It started the day I did some yoga for feet, watching a video. I just did it because now during summer I have lot of work in my vegetable patch and I also go for long walks. So I thought I should make my feet stronger. My knees have been hurting since 5 years and when I started taking ACV, my knee pain vanished. but since everyone around me started telling me that I lost a lot of weight and the skin on my face also started becoming loose, and some said I am looking older than the older people around me. So I stopped taking Apple Cider Vinegar for the past couple of months. and my knees were also fine. But now knee plus bone in my feet are hurting. But it happens only by the end of the day.

Please suggest some remedy as you have always been suggesting very good remedies for my health problems and also for so many readers you have been helping.

Posted by Raindear (Pahrump, Nv) on 01/17/2021

About a month ago I closed my right hand into a fist and saw I had a lump the size of a pea on my index finger knuckle. My husband suggested it might be a bone spur. I started putting DMSO on it. I used the DMSO about four times over a week or 10 days. I noticed that the lump was shrinking about 4 days into the treatment. It is now almost gone. I am so excited that I just had to share.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Stefanie (Philadelphia, Pa) on 05/25/2019

I have a bone spur on my big toe. Not much pain but it's no longer flexible like it was. When I try to bend it when I walk that's when I feel a burning pain. Been using Organic ACV with the mother. One tbsp in the morning and one at night. I've been doing this less than a week so haven't noticed anything different so far. Also, just started with Magnesium powder. I've read about boron/borax but seems like it's important to get the magnesium levels up in the body before taking boron, but keeping it in mind. Any advice would be appreciated!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Denise (United States) on 02/24/2019

Hey Frank,

I know you said you're taking one to two tablespoons each morning for a week and I do one teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon and almost 2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger root, so I do the Apple cider vinegar on its own and I do the other ingredients I mentioned in a tea. I've been doing that for probably very steadily 2 months possibly longer and I do think that the bone spurs in my neck are improving. The reason I say that is I haven't had them bother me and sometimes I think if things are getting better I kind of forget about them but I was glad to see your post because it reminded me that I've been taking those things quite a while.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Frank M. (United States) on 02/24/2019

I had been dealing with debilitating knee issues and I thought the cause was scar tissue. so I went to an orthopedist where, of course, knee replacement surgery was recommended. I did not like the answer, so I bought some tools to work the scar tissue away, but problems ensued. After more research, I realized the pain was caused by osteophytes or, bone spurs.

More research suggested apple cider vinegar may have some benefits in dissolving of the calcium build up. I still had nearly a full bottle so I began taking 1-2 table spoons full each morn a week ago, and I am quite pleased with the results thus far.

Of course the BIG arthritis foundations call it a myth and suggest, you guessed it, FDA approved pharmaceutical medications.

Plumbing Washer
Posted by Heidi (Ottawa, Ontario) on 09/10/2020

Where did this idea come from? Has anyone else had success with it?

Cabbage Leaves, Kombucha Scoby
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 09/27/2018

Systemic enzymes and bromelain can help.

Castor Oil
Posted by Janet (Lagrange, Ky) on 08/03/2018

I used castor oil on my feet at night to get rid of bone spurs on the bottom of my feet. After showering I rubbed a generous amount of castor oil on my feet put on socks and slept with them on all night for about 1 month. The bone spurs are gone and my feet feel so much better. I recommend that to anyone with aching feet. It works.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jean (Nc) on 02/13/2018

I have been using apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and honey for about three months now. Today I added turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, more for taste than anything. Not bad. Hope it works. I have been losing weight slowly with the vinegar, lemon juice and honey but I have a bone spur on the base of my thumb so I am adding the turmeric and other things I mentioned to help with that.

Vitamin K2
Posted by Susan (Ca) on 12/26/2017

MK7 comes from Natto. This is the type you want to take.

Castor Oil
Posted by Angelwing (Australia) on 11/14/2017

My Mum and aunt have both successfully got rid of bone spurs on their feet using castor oil. I've also started using it on a Haglund's deformity on my heel and it is shrinking.

Vitamin K2
Posted by Waltz (India) on 09/04/2017

Hi Whisperingsage,

Which form of K2 do you use. MK4 or MK7? I guess its the MK7 but some people suggest MK4. The dosage is around 200 mcg or more?

Vitamin K2
Posted by Whisperingsage (Ca) on 08/30/2017 45 posts

Vitamin K2 (Not K1) which drives the calcium to the right places and drives calcium away from the wrong places. Yes, when I have it in stock, (it's expensive) my wrists and thuimbs are strong, but when I run out they hurt again. But more than this, K2 also keeps your blood vessels clear.

Plumbing Washer
Posted by Verna (Grants Pass, Or.) on 12/26/2016

Thank you for your info. Could you please either send me the info of the exact plumbing washer you are referring to. A youtube video would be great demonstrating how this is done . Just a thought. Please send me the exact washer info. Thank you. Verna

Cabbage Leaves, Kombucha Scoby
Posted by Inara (Australia) on 11/11/2016 1 posts

I have Pump Bump (Haglund's Deformity) more than ten years. Physio and med. doctors can't help. Spent lots of money and wasted time. What helps wonderful to reduce swelling is fresh cabbage leaves. I apply it not only all night but even keep it on during all day when staying home. No mess and no pain. Also very effective to reduce swelling is Kombucha's scoby. Without these precautions my foot get swollen afternoon and evening. Also I taken Boswellia tablets 3x . I'm still need some advice how to get rid of inflammation. I refused take antibiotics - doctor prescribed Voltaren.

Sorry for poor English( Its my third language). I hope cabbage leaves and scoby will help to some people.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 10/29/2016

My husband gets a rash if he uses apple cider vinegar straight as well.

Yes, dilute if you want to try it again, or just use the apple cider vinegar internally as a daily tonic. 1 Tablespoon in a glass of water once or twice a day. Might not work as quickly, but it does help many.

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sharie (Mesa, Az) on 10/28/2016

I was so happy to see your post, I'v seen several like it, so figured I'd try it. Lol... I left on socks soaked in raw apple cider vinegar and tied grocery bags around them. 4 hours later I awoke and took everything off to notice my feet were in a rash... was I suppose to dilute the vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karen (California) on 07/19/2016

I have tried soaking an ace bandage in apple cider vinegar for a bone spur. Put in plastic bag overnight and my foot by next morning my area that was very swollen had almost gone down to normal. I was diagnosed with bone heel spur and calcification and Dr.wanted to do surgery and sever my tendon. No way. PLEASE try the vinegar and overnight and maybe a few times. It works. Believe me.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Clatterbuck (Beltsville, Md) on 07/02/2016

I have a bone spur and walking had become really painful, especially when I woke up in the morning. I tried vinegar and it worked.

I soaked a washcloth in apple cider vinegar, wrapped it around my heel and put my foot in a gallon sized food storage bag. My husband thought I was crazy. I kept the bag and washcloth on my foot for about two hours (while I watched TV) for three evenings. My foot feels so much better. It's not perfect, but so much better. I can walk again without pain. I don't know how it works, but it does. I am going to keep using it until there is absolutely no discomfort at all.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Netra Dandekar (India) on 03/30/2016

Have one small spoon turmeric powder with little ginger and honey. It gives good relief.

Plumbing Washer
Posted by Peter (Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur ) on 03/07/2016

I read your article on plumber washer on heel. Just wonder how does this work? And does it really work and how long need to put like this? Overnight? Thanks

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Linda (Carmel In) on 02/23/2016

Apple Cider Vinegar works! Good Luck

Plumbing Washer
Posted by Michele (Lynwood, Ca) on 02/05/2016

Are you sure puncturing the skin is safe? My immune system is wacky, I don't want to get an infection, but willing not to have surgery!

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Cecilia M (Edmond, Ol) on 12/30/2015

How long did it take for your bone spur to dissolve?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Rickdl (New York, Ny) on 10/15/2015

Thanks Mama to Many & Nesty. People like you keeps me inspired that one of these alternatives will be a turning point for me.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 10/14/2015

Dear Rickdl,

You said that you were hoping to see results in the long term. That is wise. So many give up after a short term attempt with a natural cure. My husband has been taking a very small amount of Borax for about 18 months. (About 1/32 of a teaspoon in about 6 cups of water over the course of a day for 4-5 days a week) His heel spurs are much smaller and no longer give him pain. But it did take a long time to see the results.

Slow and steady wins the race!

~Mama to Many~

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Rickdl (New York, Ny) on 10/14/2015

Thanks again Nesty. I will modify my protocol to add Boron tablets..... will add magnesium oil if needed. As mentioned I am not taking the suggested doses but much reduced dose of each hoping that one of these will make a difference in long term. Not expecting miracle in short term but hoping for better outcome 6-8 months down the line.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Larry (Fairfax, Va) on 10/14/2015

Rickdl, Can you supply the link to the article you refer to re: magnesium oil + borax for bone spurs. Thanks, Larry

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Nesty (Highton, Australia) on 10/14/2015

To Rickdl,

I rub the Magnesiun Oil into the skin of the joints and areas where I have any problems, let it sink in and be absorbed through the skin until it dries (Approximately 20-30 mins). This can be done 3 or 4 times a day if required, your body will tell you when to back off after it has absorbed enough into your system. Most of us are lacking in Magnesium and need to get as much into our bodies as we can (This is why we have these problems with our bodies).

It can be taken along with the supplements you are taking as it is absorbed through the skin and not taken orally.

20 Mule Team Borax is the type you need to buy and as far as I know there are no side effects from taking it, not in my case anyway. I placed 1/4 teaspoon in a glass of filtered water and drank that straight down, increasing it to 1/2 teaspoon after 3 or 4 days. It was a matter of trial and error for me but it worked, start off slowly and take it from there.

The Borax article suggests 1/4 teaspoon in a litre of water and sip it all day, I was unable to do that and it worked for me. Read the article again and it will explain that to you, I like to try things and then change it to suit myself if I can without going overboard. The article also explains that Magnesium Oil works well in conjunction with Borax.

Good luck with it, I hope you will be as impressed with the results as I have been.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Rickdl (New York, Ny) on 10/13/2015

Thanks very much Nesty for good feedback. Question: What do you do with Magnesium Oil ? Can I use it along with the above protocol I already follow?

I am also very impressed reading the Borax article. Any side effects ? What kind of Borax do I get and how should it be consumed?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/11/2015

Rickdl (New York, NY) ---

Hi, I am replying because have the same lower back, hip, knee pain. While I also take supplements, for years I have used the Ayurvedic MAHANARAYAN oil which is sesame oil with added minerals.

The pain came up a little while ago from an old injury and I was yelling with it. I warmed the oil and applied it liberally especially over the lower spine, then buttock, hip and adductor muscles and the knee but finally the whole leg and the other side to not be one sided in the treatment. I have to do it every other day and am painless as a result. At the same time it is so good for the skin. I actually have used it from top to bottom over many years as it is stated to rejuvenating and my skin is very good. This oil also sees to spider veins and varicose veins over time. With the treatment the hands become more flexible and youthful.

Just wanted to post this as it is so good for pain , skin and the entire head, too. For diabetics it improves on the numbness of the feet, improves circulation and helps with sleep if rubbed on the soles before bed time.

This oil is available online or from Ayurvedic supply or East Indian shops. If not, pure sesame oil alone will do a a lot.

Namaste, Om

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Nesty (Highton, Australia) on 10/10/2015

To Rickdl,

I have been using Magnesium Oil Transdermally (Magnesium Chloride) for 12 Months now and the results have been outstanding. I had problems similar to you for years and now most of those problems are gone.

I have recently started using Borax as a supplement as well (6 days) and the Bone Spur on my Heel is nearly gone. I have had this for 8 months and nothing I tried helped much at all until now. I tried ACV which made it worse and through trial and error realised that I was too Acidic. Borax is an excellent alkyliser - about 9 PH and works wonders in conjunction with Magnesium Oil.

Look up "The Borax Conspiracy" by Walter Last, it will make a lasting impression on you. Good luck with it.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Rickdl (New York, Ny) on 10/09/2015

My xrays in recent months revealed that I have hip bone spurs as a result of moderate hip arthritis and I am only 40. Clearly disappointed... did a lot of reading on natural remedies and have started trying the following:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar (1 Tbsp per day diluted in 500ml water)

2. Glucosamine Chondroitin (Glucosamine 1500mg/day)

3. Supplement containing Vitamin A, C, D3, E, B1, B2, B6 and B12 and also has Mg, Copper, Boswellia Serrata,

4. Vitamin D3 1000IU (1 tablet daily)

5. Once in a while I take Calcium Magnesium (333mg/167mg resp)

Its been 6 weeks since I started on this protocol and have seen some relief to my hip pain. If any of you have tried other remedies please share. I am heavily counting on ACV, Glucosamine and Mendamine to reverse my condition if possible to the least slow my progression.

FYI, I am not in pain but some discomfort occasionally in groin and buttock area. Feel the pain when I get in/out of car but its a very mild pain. Also, I walk on treadmill for 2 miles (30 mins) everyday for 4 to 5 days a week for last few weeks.

Avoid Milk
Posted by Sharon (Tennessee) on 10/08/2015

I used to get bone spurs in a couple places on my fingers. They went away after I quit drinking milk. Almond milk can replace the milk you drink. The problem with milk is that the calcium in it has been heated- and many times can not assimilate into the body correctly- thus it attaches itself to joints, and sometimes even kidney stones.

Try it. Hope it helps. There are many types of almond milk to pick from. The unsweetened vanilla is better tasting, but I can drink any of them.

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