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Castor Oil Packs for Bursitis

My mother has been complaining mightily about the pain caused by the bursitis in her hip joint. For nearly three months she hasn’t had a pain-free night and during the days has had difficulty walking.

I suggested she do a castor oil pack on the hip. So yesterday, she bought some castor oil and soaked a flannel or small rag with it. Then she placed it on the hip and the sciatic nerve and wrapped plastic wrap around her body to hold it in place and keep it from leaking. For 30-40 minutes she lay with a heating pad on top of the castor oil pack. She did this two separate times during the day.

This morning she called me excitedly. “I slept through the night because I had no pain in my hip!” she exclaimed. Today she feels pain-free for the first time in months. “Will it last?” she wondered.

I don’t know how long it will last, but castor oil packs are great for pulling out inflammation and the toxicity that occurs when fluid builds up where it shouldn’t in the body. Her physical therapist is addressing the cause of the bursitis, but she can now find relief with the castor oil packs and cut down on the Advil. I’m very pleased for her.

Castor oil, of course, has many other uses: a dietary aid, a laxative, etc. It’s an old-fashioned remedy that still has value today.

Posted in: Natural remedies

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  2. I used to have recurring pain in my knee during my 30’s. Once, while on a vigorous hike, my left knee started to hurt so bad I could barely get back down the mountain. I applied some DMSO and castor oil to the knee and covered it with a cloth. The next day there was NO pain and I’ve NEVER had a recurrence of the knee pain again – ever!! If that isn’t a cure, I don’t know what is.

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  6. There are fluid filled sacs located throughout the body in areas of friction. These friction areas are generally between bone or tendon and skin. The fluid filled sacs are called bursae together and one is called a bursa. Approximately 160 bursae are located throughout the body and they secrete a fluid that provides lubrication to these body parts. When one of these bursae is injured either through consistent activity or from a direct trauma then bursitis results. There are two types of bursitis which may be a result of an infection of the synovial fluid or from too much movement. This is obviously painful and bursitis sufferers are always in search of pain relief.”

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  9. I too learned about castor oil packs from a freind who was a natropathic physician…then later by a massage therapist….I had a frozen shoulder somes years back….when I do alot or the bra strap makes it sore …I get out the castor oil pack…. like your mom and I am always amazed!!!! the discomfort will be gone like magic …I am thankful…because now my chiropractor says there is bursa in my hip which I have been having trouble with…I am seamstress …up and down pinning and on my knees again….it affected the hip the way I move…so I will be going back to the castor oiul pack for the hip THanks for the encouraging info…God Bless you!!!!! Miss Jeri

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    And thanks for adding to our knowledge of castor oil uses. It’s great that it’s doing such a good job for your neck.

    Be healthy!

  11. Castor oil has helped me tremendously also. I was having a very painful and stiff neck. I rub a little castor oil on my neck every night before I go to bed and I stay pain free. If I go more than 2 nights without the castor oil I feel the pain slowly coming back so I know it works. Good to hear it’s working also for your mom!

    I love your website. I have your cookbook and use it often, and I so appreciate your remarks on this website. I’ve learned some things from you. Please keep writing!

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