Natural Cures for Bursitis

Apr 23, 2017

Bursitis is a condition that often only becomes progressively worse. You may think you can “work out” the pain; however, this continued movement typically only irritates the condition further. Even so, you can use a number of natural cures to relieve bursitis pain, including castor oil, ginger, and white willow bark.

What Is Bursitis?

Bursitis can be defined as a painful condition that results from inflammation. Your body contains a number of fluid-filled sacs or pouches, known as bursa, surrounding your major joints. These sacs are designed to compensate for friction between your muscles, tendons, and bones where your joints come together; however, if you overuse a certain set of muscles or joints, the bursa becomes irritated and inflamed.

Different individuals experience bursitis differently, but the condition is characterized by a number of common symptoms. If you have bursitis, the affected joint will likely feel achy or stiff, hurt more when you use it or apply pressure to it, and look swollen or red.

Generally speaking, bursitis is caused by repetitive motions or positions. Common causes of bursitis include throwing a baseball, heavy lifting, leaning on your elbows for long periods, extensive kneeling, and prolonged sitting. The most common locations for the condition are in the shoulder, elbow, and hip, but you may also experience the condition in your knee, heel, or the base of your big toe.

What Natural Remedies Relieve Bursitis?

In most cases, bursitis goes away on its own; however, you may need medical attention if you experience the disabling of your affected joint, pain for more than one to two weeks, excessive swelling or bruising, sharp pain, or a fever. Even in more severe cases, though, natural remedies help relieve pain and treat the condition. Three of the most common natural treatment suggestions include castor oil, ginger, and white willow bark, but there are a number of other options as well.

1. Castor Oil

Dr. David Williams suggests using castor oil as one of the first lines of defense for bursitis. According to research, this treatment is one of the most economical and efficient methods for treating bursitis as it delivers healing components directly to the body tissues. This treatment helps relieve pain as well as the inflammation that causes the issue. To use this treatment, apply 5 t0 10 mL of castor oil to a washcloth and apply the cloth to the affected area. Then use a heating pad or heated towels to apply external heat directly to the area.

2. Ginger

Dr. Weil suggests utilizing ginger as a natural pain reliever. This nutrient contains specific compounds that help reduce inflammation and, in turn, relieve pain. You should take two 500mg capsules of powdered ginger one to two times a day for natural relief.

3. White Willow Bark

The experts at also suggest using white willow bark to relieve bursitis. This treatment contains salicin, which is actually similar to the main ingredient in aspirin salicylic acid. As such, the bark helps reduce inflammation and treat pain. Try taking 500mg of the extract one to two times a day.


DMSO is another effective remedy for bursitis. This compound is a chemical made from wood pulp that helps treat inflammation. Begin using this treatment by applying a 70 percent solution of the compound to the area with a cotton ball or cloth. Apply the solution three times a day in the beginning, slowly working your way back to two and then one application per day.

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ACV, Molasses, Ginger, Castor Oil Packs  

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Posted by Sandra (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) on 06/16/2015
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I've had left hip bursitis (very painful) since March 2015 and the doctors have not helped at all. 2 different doctors, 2 MRI's, 1 x-ray and a lot of another pills including pain pills that only take the edge off and it is going worse. So last night I did the castor oil pack and took the ACV with Blackstrap molasses and I also used them both today and the pain is 70% better. I also bought fresh ginger root, peeled it, cut it into chunks and put it in a gallon water jug and drink it a few times a day. I will continue this and I will definitely keep everyone undated on my progress. So far so good.

Replied by Sandra
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Today I went running and I'm not feeling any pain, I highly suggest this remedy to anyone who is suffering with bursitis.


Replied by Diane
Opa Locka, Fla

Can you pls text me the exact measurement for all remedies & do you continue to feel better? God Bless.

Replied by Sandra
Pittsburgh, Pa

Hi Diane, I used 2 Tbsp. of Organic Apple cider vinegar and 1 Tbsp. of Blackstrap Molasses every morning and I felt better in 4 days. I also did a castor oil pack which I took a old face towel put castor oil on it and placed it directly on my hip and placed a plastic bag over the towel and put a heating pad on top for 40 minutes each night for a week. I cut fresh ginger root and put it in a pitcher of water in the frig and drank it a few times a days but I always did that one. I still take the ACV and Blackstrap daily and I have not had any pain. I hope this answers your questions, you can reach out to me anytime. Let me know if it works for you. God bless you as well.

Alternating Heat/Ice Therapy  

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Posted by Javagenie (Central, Vt) on 05/11/2010
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This cure worked for me and I hope I can help someone else. The method is called alternating heat/ice therapy. I suffered for 2 weeks with this awful pain in my right shoulder. I was finally told by a friend what it was. I had never even heard of bursitis before. He said he had it once and the dr gave him a shot of cortisone. After doing some research, I was not going to a Dr. for that. But, on the 3rd week, I could not rotate my shoulder enough to get dressed. I tried heat and cold packs. It hurt so much I was taking 800mg ibuprofen 6 times a day. That's every 4hrs. on the dot. It would wake me up at night when I needed another dose.

Finally i read about this alternating heat and cold therapy. Apparently there are a lot of different ways to do it. Basically, you place ice on the affected area for 10min. and then switch to heat for 5min. You keep alternating back and forth for an hour or even longer if you want. The idea is to create a pump within your joint/muscles. Cold pushes blood out and heat pulls it in. Allowing the infection inflmation to be pumped right out of the joint. This made sense to me. So, I got started.

I honestly didn't keep track of time... when it felt like it was aching from too much cold (5-10min.) I would swap to heat until it felt nice and relaxed. Then switch back to cold. Important thing to remember: always end with cold. You want to remove the inflamation at the end. I used ice packs wrapped in towels and an electric heating pad. I would do this for up to 2hrs a night watching tv or reading before bed. Every morning it felt better... so, I kept doing it. After 4-5days, my shoulder was almost completely healed. I had some minor pain when over extending the range of motion. Like reaching high above my head (eg. reaching for a dish on the top shelf). But, within a few days that was gone. I suffered miserably for 3 weeks... and in only a few days this relieved it. I'm sure it would've only taken 1 or 2 treatements to cure this if I started sooner. Anyway, It's been about a month, and no pain still.

Can you imagine how powerful this technique would be with the right herbal remedies? Combining this with a natural antibiotic/anti-inflamatory would be great. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to take so heat/ice was all i used.

Replied by Rainman
Central, Vt, Usa

I would like to add to my post after thinking back. I must admit that I was also taking some other things that could've possibly helped my speedy recovery. The 2 that stick out are VCO (vigin coconut oil) and I was also taking OoO (oil of oregano). The oil of oregano was for infection I had in my tooth and the VCO was just because I started OP (oil pulling) with it and really loved the taste.

Perhaps I was getting the full benefits once I started to get the blood flowing to the joint? Just thought I should mention in-case someone wants to give those a try as well.

Replied by Samantha
Lexington, Nebraska

I have bursitis in my right hip. I was extremely happy to find easy home remedies for this, although, there were no time lines for using any of these treatments. I would like to know how long to use ACV, MOM, or the potato steeping, do you just do it until you feel better, is there a time line, is it based on the individual??? I hope someone can help with these questions.


Replied by Caroline
Ventura, California

This sounds good and makes sense. Thank you for taking the time to post. I'm doing the ice pack now and then a heating pad. Wondering if I need to add gentle stretches. Taking VCO, MSM, vitamin C, cayenne, fish oil, acidophilus, and drinking lots of water.

Replied by Wideawake
Chicago, Illinois, Us

CURE ALL PAIN with 10% sulfur cream and castor oil. I suufered with bursitus for 4 years, I tried everything under the sun. This stops the pain immediatly

Replied by Alice
Jackson, Ms

Hi, where do you get the 10% sulfur Cream?

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Where do you purchase the sulphur cream?

Replied by Jillery
Rawlly, Nc
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There is a link to Amazon and that should take you to sulfur lotion.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Helena (Toronto) on 06/30/2015
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ACV definitely worked for me. I have bursitis in my left shoulder could not sleep at nights. Tried different rubs not much relief. However started taking ACV with water in the morning and night and did see a dramatic change. Can do some yoga and the shoulder is almost back to normal. I also find that the ACV is working for weight loss as well which is an added bonus!

Replied by Edye
Sarasota, Fl

How much ACV should I take per day? I have bursitis in my right hip and have had it since December. Thank you for any recommendations .

Posted by Eulalio (Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland) on 02/16/2013
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I have no history of bursitis or anything like it, although I have a right shoulder ball and socket joint that has always been able to dislocate, so maybe some structural problems there.

Anyway, a couple months back I started practicing kung fu and qi gong more intensively than in the past (like 2 hours a day). Right shoulder started getting sore enough so I couldn't lie on it at night (turns out to be a standard sign of bursitis).

Finally one day it started getting really inflamed and the pain just getting worse. Worst pain I ever experienced for a solid week. Couldn't even move the arm. Excruciating. Aspirin helped the most among over-the-counter pills. Couldn't even wait the 4 hours between doses.

Anyway, accurately verified diagnosis as bursitis online and found this site. Got a bottle of apple cider vinegar and started taking a spoonful in water 3 times a day. Wasn't sure at first whether it was helping or my body was just following its natural course of healing.

After a few weeks, inflammation was down to maybe 25% of the original and I was doing light exercise again. Cut the vinegar treatment down to once a day and improvement seemed to stop. So, after a week I went back to 3 times again and improvement picked up again.

It's now 6 weeks since it all started and I'm able to sleep on the arm again, and am working out again, although much more carefully. I try to avoid exercises that rotate the arm in a 360 degree circle as this causes a "click" in the tendons that I think may be most responsible for irritating the area.

My bottom line is that I'm pretty sure the vinegar is doing something, so I'm going to continue it perhaps indefinitely.

Posted by Amrita (Mississauga, Ontario) on 02/01/2013

Am in my 20s & had knee pain a few months back & had much trouble folding my knees, especially while taking the stairs or folding the joints.

After an X-ray & Ultrasound my doctor said it was bursitis, might be due to some shock or trauma from falling down or sports, although I couldnot recollect any. Could have been just due wrong position I slept that might have twisted the tissues causing inflammation which was internal but apparently not visible externally but caused much trouble in my daily life & I panicked a lot. Although 2 weeks of medication : VIMOVO seemed to have controlled it still, I felt the pain during walking & other activites. Also standing for sometime like cooking kind of aggravated it.

I didnt want to depend on medicine as I did a bit of research and found that the medicine is quiet strong & not good for intestine as well.

So I came to earthclinic & found people talking about it. Many suggested Apple Cider Vinegar as a cure. So I thought lets try it the natural way. I ordered ACV (Bragg or Filsinger both are equally good) and blackstrap molasses.

From then I mix 2 Tablespoon of ACV & 1 Tspoon of molass in a glass of lukewarm water & drink it first thing in the morning around half an hr before before having any breakfast. I noticed my pain gradually went away which had not completely disappeared even with strong dose of Vimovo.

Also it seems to have given me immunity to cold, coz Canadian Winter is chilly & temp is below -10 many a times, and I came to Canada recently on business for a year, not much used to winter.

Also mix honey with ACV if I run out of blackstrap molass, seems to be good.

So thanks to every one who is discussing their experiences in earth clinic, and I hope mine also helps some one too.

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How long did you take the ACV and BSM before noticing an improvement?

Posted by Stephen (Birzebbugia, Malta) on 05/18/2010
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Bursitis cured with ACV. I am over 50 and had a bad fall, landed on my elbow. It swelled and thought it would go away, it didn't. Three months after I started putting ACV on it, and it remained the same.

Then I soaked a piece of cloth in ACV, kept it on the swell with an elbow support sleeve, almost day & night, and after one day it went down by 15%. I also was careful not to hit it again. On 2nd and 3rd day, down by 75%. That ugly swell has gone and hoping for a complete healing.

Replied by Sassy
Columbia, Tenn

what is ACV?

EC: Apple Cider Vinegar

Replied by Teresa
Tacoma, WA

How much apple cider vinegar per day, how often, how is it taken and do you need the honey?

Replied by Denise Enright
Laguna Niguel, California /USA
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Hi, I too have discovered the health benefits of ACV( Organic's ACV - which you can find at most supermarkets). I take it for joint pain, and if I have an acid stomach- or feel bloated--yes, acid on acid nutrilizes. Also, to get to sleep I drink a cup about a 1/2 before bed and read a good book. I don't think you need to have the honey, unless you want it sweet or for a sore throat,or chest congestion- add lemon juice and honey. I take 2 TBSPS in in 8 to 12 oz of hot water and sip slowly-for best results. God Bless

Replied by Liz
Beverly Hills, California

just fyi... vinegar is a base. a base plus an acid neutralize. just fyi.

Replied by Fartknockingmachine
Here, Over There

Just an FYI for your FYI... ACV is definitely an acid. It although has Malic acid in it as well, which is a constructive acid. It does though have an alkaline effect on the body.. Check out it's ash content - alkaline.

Replied by Kelley
Houston, Texas, Usa
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I am new to the page, just wanted to say thank you so much that it exists, I have been in pain with hip bursitis for several years and can't take advil pain pills etc, and besides all it does is mask the pain, doesn't cure anything. It had gotten so bad that it would actually even wake me from sleep - Now on to the good part - I followed the advice on this page, got the apple cider vinegar, took a couple of table spoons before bed, also drank lots of water with the baking soda and lemon. Was in a lot of pain before I went to bed, but amazingly this morning I have very little bursitis pain (usually I wake up in an extreme amount of pain) although I do still have a lot of muscular pain, (this is the 1st day) I can't believe how quickly this has made a difference.


Hi Kelley

I am new to site and having read your message I am curious how you got on. I have chronic hip bursitis on both sides for a year and half. Would really like to know how you are now.

Replied by Kirsten
Vancouver Island

I'm also interested to hear on if things continued to improve with the Apple Cider Vinegar? I have been suffering with bursitis in both hips for over a year. I am more mobile now but still can't sleep on either side. I ice every day and stretch as per physio instructions. Would LOVE to be free of it. I used to be really active. Humbling and frustrating all at the same time not being able to exercise without inflaming it all over.

Posted by Dinah (PA, CA) on 01/05/2006
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Hi, just needed to write to say I suffered from "bursitis" in the hip for a year and a half. Every doctor said the same thing: vicodin for the pain, advil for the inflammation, and prescription muscle relaxers for the accompanying muscle cramps, and several rounds of physical therapy. I certainly couldn't function on the medications, and only seemed to get temporarily, mildly better. I stumbled suddenly had a craving for sauerkraut, if you can believe it, and borscht and homemade salad dressings-all foods that I usually don't like. I am not exaggerating when I say I slept my first night pain free, and started doing the vinegar and honey concoction and simply can't believe I feel so good, so fast! I did increase my water intact, too, to aid in cleansing my body of whatever it had, too. I just used Heinz and Sue Bee and all that pain from mid-back to knees are gone. I even did yoga today which I love but was told it was irritating the bursas-"try swimming." How can I swim while taking vicodin and muscle relaxers?!?!?

Replied by Michael
Munster, In

I have what a Doctor described as Bursitis in my right hip. When standing, I can do a shallow knee bend and hear my hip making a clicking sound. I can also lie on my back postrate and bring my right leg up toward my chest by bending at the knee and hear the same clicking sound when extending my leg streight ou again. Oh yes, I also ache in that area all the time.

Here is my queston to anyone who can help me. I like the ideas of home remedies but which one should I use but, even more important than that...what are the doses and amount perscribed? None of the remedies mention list any amount, doses or frequencies of applying the remedy.

Thank you for the help

Replied by Bob
Olney, Md

I had hip bursitis for three years. It only hurt when lying down... It didn't matter if I lay on my right side or left side, or with a pillow between my legs. Twice I had cortisone injections, with limited and shortlived relief. Twice I took steriod packs which gave me no more than a week of relief. After coming to this site I began a regiment of 2T ACV, 1T blackstrap molassses, 1t modified citrus pectic. In four days the pain was gone. I've continued this daily for ten months and the pain has not come back. Before I started this I also had lower back pain. Often! Lots of Aleve or Excedrin. But, now I seldom ever get the back pain and when I do it's because I overexerted myself. Fortunately, this pain and stiffness also goes away in a day or two.

Note! It hasn't gotten rid of my grey hair, but, so what. I'm pain free.

Replied by Luanne
Suffolk, Va

For Bob from Olney MD. The ACV and molasses is no problem for me but how do you take the modified citrus pectin? I've had bursitis in both hips for well over a year now. I've had 3 injections in each side which provide good relief but only for a couple of weeks. I've been taking Naproxen daily just to take the edge off, but it doesn't take the pain away and I'm really sick of not sleeping because the pain wakes me up. I'm willing to try anything and I came upon this website when I was searching for home remedies for bursitis. I've already bought the citrus pectin but the texture is very off putting. I've tried mixing it in orange juice... That was disgusting because there lots of clumps of the pectin. I saw on another website that someone said to mix it into applesauce. That was a little better but it took so long to smash all of the clumps against the side of the bowl that I ended up still having quite a few of them when I ate the applesauce. Today I put the pectin into the blender with my smoothie and that works the best... It had a weird taste but no lumps and that was definitely the best option so far. I don't make smoothies every day though so I'm hoping to find another way to take it without the awful clumps. Any suggestions you might have would be appreciated!

Replied by Nicola
Cambooya, Queensland, Australia

Hi, what about considering using Bill Munro's 'Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method' protocol? If it worked for my Dercum's lipomas (painful lumps) in my hips and elsewhere, it might just work for your bursitis. It is harmless, available to all and incredibly cheap and easy. God luck!

Replied by Bob From Md
Rockville, Md

Luanne, the clumps are a problem, and smoothie is your best bet. There are various brands of citrus pectin and the most expensive one does dissolve quicker... Just drop a scoop in a couple of ounces of warm water and let it sit for awhile. Then add it to your juice.

The formula is still working for me. Plus, I give it to my 12 1/2 year old dog and it has done wonders for her arthritis and hip dysplasia.

Replied by Debih
Moreno Valley, Ca, Usa

Does anyone know about drinking a lot of water after taking the ACV and BSMolasses? Usually I have 24oz with ginger and lemon when I first get up, then 1/2 hr later take my thyroid meds. Could I have this concoction before or just after the water? Is 1/2 hr enough time till I take meds? Thanks for your time!

Replied by Melanie
Teaneck, Bh

How much of both the honey and Apple Cider Vinegar does one need to ingest to help with hip bursitis. How many times per day? Please give instructions on how to use. Should it be also used as a compress?

Posted by Georgiana
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My father had just retired. A very active man all his life, he found himself suffering with bursitis in the shoulder joints. After taking honey and cider vinegar twice am and eve. for approx two weeks he felt relief and better mobility. After 30 days he could do windmills with both arms. He was so grateful. Thanks for the site, love the generosity and sharing.

Posted by Cathy (North Carolina)
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I have been suffering for 2 years with bursitis and osteoarthritis in my hip. I have been on all kinds of medications for this, and it feels better as long as I don't stop my meds. I have been in so much pain that I could not hardly walk. I started taking ACV for 2 days now and my legs are not even hurting. I have so much more energy than I had before. This is so much better than medications.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses, Baking Soda  

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Posted by Debi (Moreno Valley, California) on 06/20/2013
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Bursitis and Heel Spurs: I started trying Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) & Blackstrap Molasses (BSM) (warm water, 1TB ACV + 1 ts BSM) and it was less than a week before my limping started getting better & hip stopped hurting 24/7. As usual I wasn't consistent and then I was also diagnosed with 2 heel spurs and after 2 weeks of that I got a gout attack in the other foot (2nd one in two years). I'm back on the ACV and the BSM + 1 ts of Baking Soda. I read that somewhere too. I do the ACV in the BS and let the foam die down, then add the BSM and then the very warm water. I actually am going to start doing one before bed too. I get up in the morning and do oil pulling first for 20-30 min, then the ACV/BSM, then a bit later I do 24 oz of water with lemon and ginger. I hope these details help. I wish when people post they'd just put how much and when they take what ever they take. Thanks to everyone for their sharing ;-)

Replied by Christine
Sf, Ca

For Bursitis Treatment: Are these soaks or do you consume the Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Blackstrap Molasses?

Replied by Dan
Rocklin, California

These are for consumption.

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Posted by Frankie (Franklin, Louisiana) on 08/10/2007
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I am new to using BSM...4 weeks ago had an MRI which showed I had a torn meniscus in the right knee, along with arthritis. Orth doctor said at this time, there is no need for surgery. He recommended I take 500mg of calcium a day to help heal the knee and help the bones. This got me very down because I am very active. I was not going to wait around so a friend in Ca. said how BSM was good for tons of things. I found Earth Clinic and I referred to it several times. I LOVE to research and research. Living in Louisiana, we have many sugar cane mills. I found thru friends a gallon of BSM from the mill. And OH is nasty. BUT, every morning I take a Tablespoon right time to play with mixing it in anything. I have been taking BSM for 3 weeks now. This I have noticed and right away. Although active, I was tired everyday......everyday. I ate right but was still tired....NOT me on this one.....I saw the surgeron last week and he commented on how the leg was easy to move and how I was coming along so well. He commented on how I was very up beat and was even losing weight....for some reason I am not hungry all the time. I need to lose some weight to help the knees and I feel that the BSM has come to my rescue....We all know that it takes time for many remedies or meds. to help in various health issues. As I have researched on BSM, it can only benefit you and not harm. My husband began to take it daily also. He has been dealing with hip pain for the last 3 the last 3 weeks he has seen a difference. He also has more energy. I will keep you informed of our progress

Replied by Julie
Cockermouth, Cumbria, England

If you don't like the taste of Blackstrap molasses then I really recommend taking it in porridge with milk. My kids, aged 8,6,3,1 all love it and request it. Also, I recommend substituting golden syrup or treacle with BSM if you are doing any baking. I often put a spoonful into whatever I'm baking and it gives a lovely richness to stews and casseroles.

Castor Oil  

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Posted by Jwb43 (Gilbert. Az) on 12/01/2013

When you do the castor oil compress do you leave the heat on it overnight as well?

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South Louisiana

I wouldn't leave any kind of external heat such as a heating pad on it overnight.

Posted by K.C. (Portland, Oregon) on 06/25/2007

I had a calcified bursa on my right shoulder that had become so painful that, after six months of physical therapy, it was no better and I was scheduled for cortisone shots. I did not want them because of the immuno-suppressant tendency of cortisone. One night I had the impression to try a castor oil pack on it, just out of the blue. So I did. I wrapped my shoulder and underarm (after washing it) and left the pack on all night. In the morning the problem was 95% better. I did it four more nights and have not had the problem since. About five years now.

Replied by Lance
Redding, Ca

Hello I just wanted to know how you made your castor oil pack?

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa

Hi Lance, Castor oil packs are easy to make. You need to get yourself some wool flannel which can be found at most health food stores. (They give you a substantial amount. ) And get some castor oil. This can be messy so you'll want to use a bowl or a glass container big enough to hold the flannel wool. Cut enough to cover the body part you are using it for and fold it into a square. Then you want to saturate it with the castor oil but it doesn't need to be dripping.

What I do is then put my pack on and cover it with plastic so it doesn't stain my clothes. Castor oil does stain so make sure you wear clothing that would be okay if that does happen. Then, I put a heating pad over it. You should have it on for at least 45 minutes for it to be effective. When you're done you can store it in a plastic bag and keep it in a cool place or in the refrigerator.

Hopefully, I've made these instructions clear enough for you. Wishing you the best, Lisa

Replied by Kay
Santa Cruz, California

thanks for the directions. I was thinking there was NO way I was getting my BFF to Drink Castor Oil. I may get some ACV down their throat if I sweeten it enough. We are trying anything at this point to avoid Doctors and shots thank you again ~Kay in Cali

Replied by Cory
Los Angeles, Ca

I've read that it's not advisable to drink castor oil. It used to be recommended for internal use, but no longer. Just as a pack (as describe above). Also is helpful for eyes.

Replied by Jo

Why is wool flannel required? Could you not just use as a regular terry washcloth or face towel from the bathroom cabinet?

Replied by Mama To Many

I do not know why wool flannel is required. To be honest, when I make castor oil packs, I just use old pieces of cotton flannel, and I have positive effects.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sandra
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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I just used a thick paper towel and it worked great, I don't have a heating pad so I put a hot hand towel over the paper towel and then a plastic bag over that. It worked fine.


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Posted by Richard (Winston Salem, North Carolina) on 06/23/2008
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cayenne pepper rememdies: cayenne pepper foot baths will completely cure bad feet, although if you continue to work on hard floors the cure might need to be repeated every so often. also, cayenne pepper does wonders on hemorrhoids when mixed with an otc ointment (not vaseline). go very light on this one and be ready to wash it off yourself if you cant stand the burning. i've also tried cayenne pepper in a vaseline salve that i made on the cookstove that completely cured the bursitis in my shoulder.

Replied by Bill
Kerrville, Texas

I'm very interested in the Cayenne & Vaseline preperation mentioned that healed Bursitis in the shoulders. My 18 year old daughter has been suffering with it for about 3 or 4 years. She had to give up competative swimming and violin, both of which she loved. Tried many natural things. Nothing made much of a difference. Please send info on this preparation or any other for Shoulder Bursitis.

Replied by Jr
Coloma, Mi

I'm also interested in the bursitis ointment and the foot bath.

Replied by Margaret
Redford, Michigan

Can you give me the information about the cayenne pepper in the vaseline salve that you made on the cookstove that completely cured the bursitis in your shoulder? I have been bursitis in my shoulder.

Replied by Michele

Would love for you to post the remedy or how you made your salve for bursitis. Thank you so much

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa

Dear Michele,

The person who wrote the original post has not been around for a while. Here is a recipe for cayenne salve that you can try.

Cayenne Salve

½ cup oil (olive, coconut or a combination)

1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper powder

½ ounce beeswax

Mix the cayenne into the oil. To make an infusion of the oil, heat this in a double boiler for an hour or two. You can also just let the cayenne sit in the oil for a week, but that takes longer, obviously. Strain out the cayenne through a couple of layers of cheese cloth and discard the cayenne. Melt the beeswax into the oil. You can use your double boiler again. When the beeswax is melted, pour into jars or tins. If it ends up too hard, melt in a little bit more oil. If it is too soft, add a little more beeswax. You can add the contents of a few vitamin E capsules (Just cut them open and squeeze out the vitamin E) to help preserve it. It should stay good for about 6 months.

I would use extra virgin coconut oil (6 Tablespoons) and 2 Tablespoons castor oil, since both of those have healing properties. If the beeswax is difficult to get, you can skip that step and just have cayenne oil.

Let us know if this helps!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Michele

Thankyou so much for the reply! I will give that a try for I have bursitis in my shoulder. The doctor gave me a infammatory and it has helped some, though still hurts. I can't sit in my lazy boy recliner..It hurts my arm to much. Appreciate again!


Michele from Ohio

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa

Dear Michele,

You are most welcome. I hope it helps a lot. Turmeric is also a great anti-inflammatory. I am amazed at how much it helps. 1 teaspoon twice a day, in milk. Or 4 capsules.

Let us know how it goes--I hope you can get back into your recliner soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Lisa Marshall
Fort Myers Fla

Beeswax can be found at hobby lobby or any hobby stores, yes

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Posted by Jess503 (Salem, Or) on 03/31/2017
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Many years ago my mother suddenly started having severe shoulder pain, so bad that she sad she barely felt the needle when she got a cortisone shot. The shot didn't help much and the doctor had nothing else to offer. It wasn't until my mother went to the dentist for a checkup that it was discovered she had an abscessed tooth on the same side as the bad shoulder. When she had the abcessed tooth pulled the shoulder pain went away and never came back.