5 Simple Natural Remedies for Bursitis

To relieve bursitis, it's essential to rest the joints, limit movement in the area, and not force the joints, along with using these remedies.
5 Simple Natural Remedies for Bursitis

Last update: 04 May, 2022

Wherever bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments meet, there are fluid-filled sacs called bursas. If they become inflamed, they cause a condition known as bursitis. Fortunately, according to this study by Novi Pazar State University in Serbia, this condition is treatable. Here are some natural remedies for bursitis for you.

The fact is that the continuous rubbing of our joints is almost always the most common trigger of this type of internal irritation. It’s somewhat painful and, in many cases, even incapacitating.

It’s also important to note that bursitis is not the same as tendinitis. The latter usually arises from overuse of the tendons, as this research by Dalhouise University states.

The latter refers to inflammation of a tendon, the fibrous structure that connects muscle to bone.

Bursitis is concentrated in one of the 150 bursas that act as “cushions” between the tendons, ligaments and bones that surround the joint.

If you have ever suffered from it, you’ll have been struck by the swelling, stiffness and redness.

It will always be our doctors who offer us the best treatment. Meanwhile, at home, we can carry out these simple natural remedies which can help to reduce inflammation and pain.

1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a classic remedy for the natural treatment of bursitis.

It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, as stated in this research published in the prestigious magazine Nature.

According to this study carried out by the University of Bridgeport, in the United States, apple vinegar is also recommended to treat rheumatoid problems.

Here’s how to use apple vinegar.

8 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Here’s how to use it:

What you need:

  • A washcloth
  • 1/2 cup of raw apple cider vinegar (125 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (7.5 g)

How to make it:

  • It’s very simple. First, mix the apple cider vinegar in a cup with the honey. This is how you make a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy you can use throughout the day.
  • Next, moisten the washcloth well with this mixture.
  • Finally, apply to the area affected by bursitis for 15 minutes.

2. Cold therapy in the first 48 hours: one of the simplest natural remedies for bursitis

cold therapy is one of the easiest natural remedies for bursitis

Cold temperatures are one of the absolute best ways to bring down initial swelling at the same time as you relieve pain in the affected area. According to this study, carried out by the University of the Americas in Chile, this acts as a sedative and a natural analgesic.

What you need:

  • 10 ice cubes
  • A plastic bag

What to do:

  • Start by putting the ice cubes into the plastic bag.
  • Next, place the bag on the affected joint for 15 minutes.
  • After that time, you must elevate the injured joint above your heart and rest.
  • You can do this several times a day until you find relief.

3. Essential oil massage

essential oils

There are very interesting essential oils for the treatment of bursitis. These are the ones that can help you the most:

  • Nutmeg oil: This essential oil is very effective for the treatment of joint pain due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, according to this study carried out by the South-Central University for Nationalities of China.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil: This cannot be missing in your medicine cabinet of natural remedies. Its main component is menthol, which has been widely used since ancient times for the treatment of pain and inflammation and which, according to a study carried out by the Islamic University of Azad, would also help to alleviate the symptoms of diabetes.

Don’t hesitate to massage with this type of essential oil.

Another great type of oil for these conditions is coconut oil. According to research by the Cell Biology department of The Himalaya Drug Company, it’s a potent anti-inflammatory.

Just apply a few drops and do a circular massage to find relief.

4. Ginger

Ginger has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties, as shown in this study by the Isfahan University of Medical Science.

It also improves circulation and helps effectively treat bursitis.

Next, we’ll explain how to apply this treatment.

What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons of grated ginger (7 g)
  • Gauze
  • 1/2 cup of hot water (125 ml)

How to make it:

  • First, roll up the freshly grated ginger in a piece of gauze.
  • Next, put the gauze and ginger into a cup of hot water for 2 minutes. 
  • Let it cool off a bit, then place on the affected area for 15 minutes.
  • You can repeat the process 2 or 3 times a day. It’s easy!

5. Rest and a magnesium-rich diet


It may seem obvious, but one of the best natural remedies for bursitis is resting and working on your posture.

  • Your doctor can prescribe anti-inflammatory medication, but it’s essential to reduce movement in the joint as much as possible when there’s swelling.
  • Bursitis can happen because of excess strain, the rubbing of joints and muscles, or ligaments inflaming that specific bursa. So, moving the joint will just make the pain worse.

Rest as much as you can, and be sure to keep up a diet rich in magnesium: eat bananas, spinach, oats, lentils

This mineral is vital for your joints, muscles, and ligaments, as this study from the National Science Library of the United States affirms.

You should ask your doctor whether or not to take supplements of this mineral, like milk of magnesia.