Castor Oil and its Health Benefits
Castor oil is used by folk healers around the world to treat a number of ailments. It is an antioxidant oil – used over centuries for its medicinal and therapeutic benefits.
This pale yellow liquid extracted from castor seeds (Ricinus communis) is an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, used topically for certain skin conditions, reduces pain and stimulates the immune system.
Surprisingly this foul tasting oil is widely used in cosmetics, soaps, textiles, medicines, massage oils and many more products. Castor oil is very effective for a number of ailments because it has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids.
It can treat major ailments like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, arthritis and rheumatism.
At home it can be safely used for yeast infections, wrinkles, to thicken eyelashes, migraine, sunburn and acne. This is a popular remedy for constipation – one teaspoon once a day – for three days only, though it needs to be pure cold pressed castor oil. It sometimes causes nausea and people with weak constitutions or pregnant and lactating mothers should avoid using this oil internally.
Topically it is used safely for packs
For Arthritis and Joint Pains
Take a piece of flannelette or a soft cotton fabric, fold it into squares. Soak this in castor oil. Press out excess oil and place on the affected joint, taking care to cover with a plastic wrap. Place a hot water bottle or heating pad on this – the plastic will save the bottle from getting oily. Leave it on for an hour. Keep the oil pad in a zip lock bag and store in the fridge – it can be used again. Repeat this treatment twice a week for positive results.
For The Lymphatic System and Liver
The same way as for arthritis but with a larger piece of cloth – this pack can do wonders for lymph and liver to drain excessive fluids. This pack needs to be placed on the abdomen, covered with a plastic sheet and an old towel. Place a pillow under the knees and lay flat on your back for better results. Leave it on for an hour.