Castor oil is an incredibly versatile oil which dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Contained in the castor seed, Ricinus communis, this oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, which gives the oil its beneficial healing properties. Castor oil is a folk remedy used around the world. Traditionally, it was used orally as a strong laxative, however, it can disrupt digestion and the beneficial flora of the gut. Castor oil provides best results when used topically. This gentle but powerful approach allows castor oil to deliver a multitude of benefits while being affordable and effective.
Castor oil is readily absorbed through the skin and can effectively work to treat acne by penetrating deep into the layers to remove any impurities. Apply on your face before bed and wash off in the morning.
- Liver Detox
Castor oil packs are commonly used while on detoxification programs. Place castor oil on your upper right abdomen just below the breast to the bottom of the ribcage. Then place a flannel sheet over top followed by a hot water bottle to allow for the oil to penetrate deep into the liver. Sit and relax for 30-60 minutes while the oil stimulates the body’s natural detoxification process.
- Muscle pain
Castor oil has been shown to relieve muscle aches through topical application by drawing out lactic acid from the muscles. Leave the oil on over night and it will relax and soothe aching muscles. I have found using castor oil on my back and neck to be very helpful. Usually the next morning, my muscle aches have subsided significantly.
Castor oil’s benefits extend far beyond the above uses such as treating dry hair, sore joints, fungal infections and inducing labor. Castor oil’s powerful properties and its plethora of therapeutic benefits make it one of nature’s hidden gems.
The information on this blog is for information purposes only. Please consult your health care professional before making decisions about a specific medical condition or treatment.
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