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How To Use Castor Oil To Treat Arthritis?

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How To Use Castor Oil To Treat Arthritis? December 11, 2017

Castor oil gives great relief from all the debilitating pains that come with arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory components, which is precisely what one needs to soothe the inflammation and swelling. Be it osteoarthritis, rheumatoid or any of the other 100 variants – one thing is common, the pain from the swelling and the constant discomfort makes life a living hell, day in and day out.

So, here’s a post that will help you work around with one of the most vital ingredients known to mankind, and something right out of our kitchen which is an integral part of an Indian household. Let’s look at different ways to use it depending on your need. Read on to learn more about this.

  • How Does Castor Oil Help With Arthritis?

Let’s quickly look at what this is and see how/why castor helps. Arthritis in layman terms is a condition that affects your joints and the connective tissues around them. The first common kind which is called – osteoarthritis is due to the wear and tear of the tissue or cartilage around your joints, degenerative and usually comes with age. The other one is Rheumatoid arthritis which is autoimmune and can affect anyone. Scientists are yet to put the finger on what might be causing this., Conditions like skin problems, stress, lifestyle issues, etc. could be some probable causes. But the affected parts are usually the knees, arms, ankles, feet, spine, hips, etc.

  • How To Use Castor Oil For Arthritis?

While allopathy or any alternative medicine you might be taking is a big part of your healing, there are simple remedies that can cool off your joints and reduce the inflammation, giving you comfort which is a blessing in itself, if you understand the pain. Here are different ways in which you could use castor oil.

• Castor Oil Rub For Arthritis Pain Relief

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You Will Need

  • Castor oil
  • Cotton Pads

Prep Time
5 minutes

Process
Warm up castor oil, not too hot but just a little warm. Take a little at a time and thoroughly massage it all over the affected area and place a hot pack. This is good for general joint pains too.

How Often?
Use this as often as you can or at least once a week for regular spine, neck or knee pains. But, use it at least twice a week for arthritis, and you will start to feel much better.

Why This Works
The oil is known to stimulate the production of antibodies that help to fight against inflammation and thereby reduce it. When you rub castor oil over the affected joint, it absorbs into the skin and starts to reduce the swelling.

    • Castor Oil Pack For Arthritis

Castor Oil Pack For Arthritis

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You Will Need

  • Castor Oil
  • Hot water pack (bag or pads).
  • Cotton pads

[ Read: How To Use Castor Oil To Treat Knee Pain ]

Prep Time
8 Hours

Processing Time
1 hour

Process
For chronic arthritis pain, you can soak a cotton pad or two in castor oil overnight, squeeze off the excess, massage over the pain area and put the hot packs over it.

How Often?
Continue doing this every week or once in two weeks at least, depending on your pain and swelling.

Why This Works
Arthritis invariably comes with swelling, and on days that you exert more pressure on the affected area, the pain shoots up. So, for days like that, you need something that cools off the inflammation faster. Like we all know, hot packs take off the pain while castor oil helps with swelling. That’s why it helps you a great deal.

  • Castor oil and Orange Juice For Arthritis

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You Will Need

  • Castor oil
  • One glass of orange juice

Prep Time
5 mins

Process

  • Take about one- two teaspoons of castor oil and boil it.
  • Once it is warm enough, turn the stove off.
  • Add this to a glass of orange juice, preferably fresh.

How Often?

Take this before breakfast for about 3 to 5 weeks depending on your progress. Give this a break for another 3 weeks at least, before you repeat this cycle.

P.S: It works effectively on people on an alkaline diet. Also, make sure you consult your doctor about any dietary restrictions.

Why This Works

Citrus fruits are loaded with Vitamin C and have antioxidant properties which help reduce the free radicals that cause inflammation. That’s why arthritic patients are advised to add orange juice or any other juices that have antioxidants or Vitamin C to their diet. And, adding this with castor oil to your diet helps it further.

[ Read: Effective Herbs To Cure Arthritis ]

  • Castor Oil In Ginger Tea For Arthritis

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You Will Need

  • Ginger
  • Tea powder
  • Castor oil
  • Water

Prep Time
5 minutes

Process

  • Boil tea in water as you normally would.
  • Grate ginger into boiling water and let it simmer over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove and filter the pulp.
  • Add one to two teaspoons of castor oil to the ginger tea.
  • Drink this before going to bed, it gives you relief from the pain and helps you sleep better.

P.S: Castor oil has laxative properties, so people suffering from sensitive bowel syndrome, diarrhea etc, might want to avoid this.

How Often?

  • Depending on your pain, take it at least two or three times a week.

Why This Works

If you are a fan of tea, and it’s already part of your diet, you already know that it not only gives you relief from a lot of abdominal and stomach related issues but also physical ailments. Adding castor oil to your ginger tea gives comfort and induces sleep too.

  • Castor Oil And Flannel Pack

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You Will Need

  • Flannel cloth
  • Castor oil
  • Plastic/cling wrap
  • Towel
  • Hot water bottle or hot water pack

Prep Time
5 minutes

Processing Time
45 minutes

Process

  • Take about 20 ml of castor oil and warm it over the stove or just microwave it.
  • Fold the flannel and soak it in castor oil. Leave it on for about 20 minutes till the flannel completely absorbs the oil.
  • Place a towel over the affected joint to keep it elevated.
  • Wrap the affected area with the flannel that has been soaked in castor oil.
  • Now, wrap the flannel with the plastic or cling wrap for binding it all intact.
  • Leave this castor oil pack for at least 30-45 minutes.
  • It could be a little messy, so ensure there’s no oil spillage around the house, or it’s best you sit outdoors or in the balcony while you do this.

How Often?

  • Do this for at least 2-3 days consecutively, and you will find great relief at the end of three days.
  • Give it a break and continue after a week or so.
  • You could bring it down to 15-20 minutes, as you start feeling relieved.

Why This Works

Topical applications have always proved to help with joint pains. Castor oil seeps into your skin, and tying a flannel cloth soaked in castor oil helps reduce the soreness and effectively so. The hot pack adds as a catalyst in reducing the swelling and thereby reducing the pain to a great extent.

You realize that one bottle of castor oil, which is so unassuming is loaded with nutrients and medicinal properties. Even though these remedies cannot be the only solution to your arthritis, adding them to your regime can make a world of difference. Let us know how it worked, or if you have any more questions on this. Leave a text in the comment section below.

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