Home Remedy Notes: Castor Oil Compress

Hello, everyone! Today I am going to share a home remedy I tried this morning; a castor oil compress. Castor oil is known to help with inflammation. With that in mind, I decided to try a compress for my knee. For the past few weeks, I have been experiencing pain when my knee is bent, which makes it difficult when I need to squat to pick something up, or while sitting in certain positions.

Assessing the symptoms, it seemed to have bursitis–inflammation of the bursa–and since I wanted some relief, I decided to take the opportunity to try this remedy. It calls for: castor oil, a triple-layer flannel cloth, plastic wrap, a hot water-bottle, and baking soda.

This is the cotton flannel I used and the herbal castor oil with the Infinity Jar I store it in

I used an herbal violet leaf infused castor oil that I had made some months back, hence the green color. To apply the oil, it needs to first soak into the cotton flannel cloth. I kept the cloth folded, using a small rectangle section of the cloth to soak the oil into so that it would be enough for only the effected area.

After that, I placed the cloth, oil side down, on my knee and wrapped it with plastic wrap to hold it in place. The compress needed to be on for an hour with applied heat; so from that point, I was reclining in my bed with an XL hot water bottle over the compress–which I made sure to prepare before starting this process to make it easier. ^^

When the hour was over, I removed the plastic wrap, placed the castor oil infused cloth into a zip bag to save for another time, and washed the residue off of my knee using baking soda and water.

Something to keep in mind is that castor oil is super sticky and basically impossible to remove from fabric, so I used disposable gloves while applying the caster oil to the cloth, careful not to touch anything else. Also, I had a towel under my leg to ensure that none of the oil would stain my bed.

So, what was the result? It is surprising, but since the treatment this morning, I actually have not experienced any pain in my knee today. This was a sweet surprise–it feels so much better! ^3^ I hadn’t thought I would notice such a difference after only one application. I will probably repeat this process for the next few days, though, to see if that will prevent the possibility of the inflammation returning.

Has anyone else tried this?

Have a good night!