CASTOR OIL BENEFITS AND USAGE
The following information is taken from notes we took when visiting the websites linked at the bottom of this page.
What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is derived from the Ricinus Communis plant which grows wild in tropical regions. It has been used for thousands of years in multiple cultures around the world. In ancient Egypt, it
was used to to treat eye irritations and as an effective skin care treatment. In India, castor oil was used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for skin healing, digestive issues, and for its
antibacterial properties. Even our parents and grandparents would pull out the oil to administer to their children to boost the immune system and healing process.
Castor oil comes from the Ricinus communist plant. Because the leaves of the plant were said to resemble the palm of Christ, it was often referred to as the “Palma Christe.” Castor oil’s
benefits come from its unique chemical composition, ricinoleic acid, which is not found anywhere else. Nearly, 90% of its fatty acid content comes from the ricinoleic acid which is a
rare and specific compound. Because castor oil also contains specific beneficial salts and esters, it is often used in skin care products and cosmetics due to its skin conditioning agents.
Castor Oil Benefits
*improves immune function by supporting lymphatic system (increases white blood cell count and T-11 cells that act as antibodies)
*prevents the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds
*fights skin disorders and infections
*helps to kill ringworm, keratoses, skin inflammation, abrasions and fungal infections
*eases symptoms of arthritis
*assists hair growth
*reduces itching and swelling on the skin
*fights toenail fungus
*hydrates chapped lips
*induces labor (Pregnant women in general shouldn’t take castor oil without speaking with their doctors first since it can induce labor.)
*and many more
Additionally, the use of castor oil packs have been noted to assist with detoxification of the liveras well as support the health of the digestive tract and reproductive organs. Finally, keep in mind, if you use castor oil packs consecutively, do not use more than 5 days consecutively and then giving 2 days off for the body to restore itself after the therapy.
**Please note: Castor oil can cause rashes, if you have sensitive skin, test some out on a small patch of skin first before using on larger areas.
HOW TO MAKE CASTOR OIL PACKS
What You Need:
*Castor oil (preferably organic, cold pressed, hexane free)
*About a yard of flannel (flannel holds the heat better and can be used up to 30x before tossing)
*One heat pack, hot water bottle, rice pack (if either of these is fabric covered, then use a piece of saran wrap or garbage bag as a barrier between the heat source and the flannel to keep the heat pack from absorbing oil
*Glass jar or zip lock bag for storing the flannel after each use. This can be reused up to 30x before it is saturated at which time it can be disposed of. If washing, use baking soda. Store in
the refrigerator until next use.
SIMPLE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Apply castor oil to area generously. Cover with about 4 layers of flannel. Place plastic barrier on top of flannel and then apply heat. Apply heat for 30 to 60 minutes. Use this time to give back to yourself in any manner that is most relaxing such as meditating, breathing deeply, reading, etc. Feel free to google castor oil and castor oil packs for more information about the benefits of castor oil and how to apply it. Find what works best for you to take advantage of this useful ancient therapy.