16 Useful Home Remedies for Bursitis

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

Home remedies for bursitis include the use of mullein tea, chamomile, skullcap and hops, lobelia oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger, alfa alfa, castor oil, sesame oil, olive oil, lavender oil, potato, sandalwood, cayenne pepper, vitamin E oil, and emu oil in different forms. Even stretching exercises are a good home-based cure for this ailment.

Home Remedies for Bursitis

Home remedies for bursitis include:

Mullein Tea

Prepare some mullein tea and soak a clean cloth in the preparation. This is to be regularly applied over the affected region. This decreases inflammation and pain.

Chamomile, Skullcap, and Hops

Tea prepared of chamomile, skullcap and hops can be used for application over the area of pain. This results in faster healing of bursitis.

Lobelia Oil

A traditional herb, lobelia can also be used for the treatment of bursitis. The oil obtained from lobelia can be applied to the inflamed region to get relief.

Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar

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Make a mixture of two teaspoonfuls each of honey and apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Drink it once a day until relief is observed in bursitis pain.


Peel some ginger and grate it. Make a poultice of ginger and apply it over the bursitis-affected area. Ginger can also be taken directly on a routine basis to treat the condition.


Alfalfa is known to speed up the recovery of inflamed bones and should therefore find way in daily routine. It is a rich sources of minerals and is therefore a good home remedy for bursitis.

Castor Oil

As per the Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies, castor oil can be applied over inflamed regions to calm pain. It is one of the simplest known home remedies for treating bursitis. [1]

Sesame Oil or Olive Oil

Slightly warm olive oil or sesame oil can be massaged over the affected area using your fingers. Cover this area with a cotton cloth to keep it warm. This relieves pain and reduces swelling as well.

Lavender Oil

Put a few drops of lavender oil in the bathtub before taking a bath. This provides relief to the joints.


Grate some potatoes and soak them in a cup of water overnight. This should be strained the next morning and consumed on an empty stomach.


Make a paste of sandalwood by mixing a teaspoonful of it in water. This should be applied over the joints, which will calm the pain.

Cayenne Pepper and Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix some pepper in apple cider vinegar and boil the mixture, along with water. Soak a cloth in the decoction and apply it externally over the bursitis-affected region. This will give you relief and is a known home remedy for bursitis.

Vitamin E Oil

Oils containing Vitamin E can be applied to bursitis-affected areas in order to increase the movement and flexibility of the joints.

Emu Oil

Emu oil is known for its high linoleic content, which has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties that are helpful in curing bursitis. Emu oil is obtained from a bird native to Australia, known as the Emu. A small amount of emu oil can be gently applied over the affected area.

Ice Pack

Take a cube of ice and cover it with a cotton cloth. According to KidsHealth, ice packs can be applied over the affected region and it is believed to provide relief from inflammation. The treatment should not exceed 20 minutes in duration. [2]

Stretching Exercises and Yoga

It is well known that stretching exercises aid in relief and provide mobility and flexibility to the joints. Several asana in yoga also aid in providing flexibility to the affected joints.

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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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