Written by Slawomir Gromadzki, MPH
Castor oil comes from the bean of the plant Ricinus communis, native to India and Africa. It is commonly used internally to relieve constipation or externally to treat hair loss and damaged hair. But castor oil has other numerous amazing healing properties that are not commonly known.
According to Barbara O’Neil, “Castor Oil Compress is one of the best remedies as it penetrates deep into the body which can break up bumps, lumps, adhesions, bone spurs and calcium deposits. It can also be used for constipation, irritable bowel, and breaking up uterine fibroids, cysts on the ovaries, Gallstones or kidney stones“.
Castor oil packs are used to treat the following health problems:
Uterine fibroids, breast lumps (breast fibroids or cysts), cellulite, arthritis, menstrual cramps and pain, adhesions (internal scars due to surgery), colic pain in babies (through massage), constipation, soft tissue injuries, sprains or muscle aches, backache, liver and gallbladder problems, swollen lymph nodes, pancreas problems, pulmonary oedema, pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, connective tissue problems, bone fractures, hair loss, damaged hair, skin problems.
However, castor oil packs shouldn’t be applied to an open wound. Internally it shouldn’t be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless advised by a qualified practitioner.
Castor oil packs boost immunity
A study published in the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine found that a castor oil pack significantly improved the immune cell count. Just a single 2-hour pack produced a “significant” increase in the number of T-11 lymphocytes! Lymphocytes defend the body, especially against viruses and cancer cells. The study found that the castor oil pack increased the T-lymphocyte count for over 7 hours before slowly retreating back to normal levels over a period of 24 hours.
In 2005, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have shown that application of castor oil packs to breast tissue damaged by radiation and chemotherapy helped the wounds of a 54-year-old woman heal much quicker than they would have without this treatment. According to the study the wounds were healed in less than 14 days.
Certain lady after watching a video about natural remedies and poultices by Barbara O’Neil decided to try castor oil, and being satisfied with its effectiveness wrote the following testimonial: “I am a 64-year-old female with extreme bilateral fibrocystic disease of the breast. It was extremely painful to get my annual mammogram. Many times it left me in tears. I watched a video about castor oil compress by Barbara O’Neil use to minimize fibroids in the uterus. I wondered if it would work on my breasts. So for 4 months 5 times a week I applied a castor oil compress to my left breast at night while sleeping 4-7 hrs. I went to have my mammogram last month and to my surprise, it did not hurt on my left side where I had been applying the compress. Not only did it not hurt but the results showed fewer fibrocystic lumps than my right breast. I told my primary doctor what I had been doing and she told me the improvement was because I was getting older. In the past my left breast was extremely hard to the touch, now it is much softer. I am now applying the compress to both breasts.” Marsha
Wrap a compress soaked with castor oil and keep it on the affected area for at least 2 hours (the longer the better). It will help to break up adhesions (scars). Castor oil packs reduce pain and inflammation. Used regularly over time castor oil packs reduce scar tissue. In order to convert this pack into a poultice, cover the castor oil cloth with a piece of plastic wrap. Use a bandage to secure the castor oil pack to your abdomen. Apply a hot water bottle or heating pad as heat will help the castor oil penetrate the skin. Use the castor oil pack for at least 2 hours or even better overnight. Do not use a heating pad overnight. Do it for seven days and repeat the treatment for another seven days after three days break. Women should not do this during menstruation. Sleep on old towels to prevent staining bed. You do not need to make a new castor oil pack each day. If you use this treatment for several months, start with a fresh pack each month.
Castor oil is the best remedy for external use if you want to open fallopian tubes blocked by scar tissue. It has medicinal properties and will increase the circulation of blood and lymph around the fallopian tubes. Every day in the morning and before bed put some organic cold-pressed castor oil on your lower abdomen and rub it until it is absorbed. You can also make a castor oil compress (pack): Wash the skin with hot water, Soak a clean cloth in castor oil, place it on the lower abdomen area, and cover it with cling film and an old thick towel (or another material) to keep the compress warm. Leave it for at least 2 hours or even better overnight (if possible). Do it every day for at least one or two months (the longer the better).
According to the renowned naturopath Barbara O’Neil, a drop of castor oil applied to the eye before sleep helps recover from cataracts. (videos >)
In one study, 80 per cent of elderly participants recorded relief from their decades of constipation after a short 3-day castor oil pack treatment.
Due to dehydration, lack of dietary fibre, sedentary lifestyle and excessive stress one of the most common problems today is constipation. Unfortunately, it can be very dangerous as it is one of the key causes of not only piles, leaky gut syndrome, diverticulitis, or hiatus hernia, but also colorectal cancer. It is therefore very important to ensure regularity and avoid constipation. You should have at least one, but even better two bowel movements per day. In addition, in a healthy normal individual, bowel movements should be easy quick, odourless, and comfortable. But, if you are one of those individuals who keep magazines or books in the toilet you really need to do something about it.
One of the most effective natural ways to cope with constipation and prevention of the mentioned above health problems is the use of Castor Oil. Castor Oil is a cold-pressed vegetable oil derived from the seed of the Castor (Ricinus communis) plant. It fights constipation by stimulating the walls of both the small and large intestines to move faster. In this way it speeds up the time waste material requires to pass through the colon. As a result, the faecal matter retains more water which makes it easy to be removed from the body.
Castor Oil is most famous for its laxative effect. It works by improving the movement of the intestines, helping the stool to retain water for easy bowel movement. In addition, it is recommended as a very safe way to fight constipation as it is completely free from ricin which was deactivated during the oil extraction process. The laxative effect is usually felt within 2 to 5 hours of taking the oil.
Helps maintain a clean & healthy colon
Castor Oil can be taken internally to help improve gastric health and skin conditions by offering a natural colon cleanser effect. This helps reduce the build-up of toxins, thus reducing the risk of various intestinal and skin problems.
Affects the entire length of the intestines & colon
What makes Castor Oil different from most other products is its ability to affect the entire length of the digestive colon, instead of only the lower bowel or the large intestines. Unlike other laxatives that influence the colon, the action of castor oil starts in the small intestine. It, therefore, empties both the small and large intestine, resulting in the body feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Castor oil is one of the best-kept beauty secrets as it is high in vitamin E, beneficial essential fatty acids and other ingredients that stimulate blood circulation, slow down ageing and nourish skin and hair. It is superb, especially for dry and damaged skin and hair. Castor oil also helps to stimulate elastin and collagen, preventing wrinkles, softening and hydrating skin. For external use take one teaspoon or break 3 capsules, mix with olive oil or coconut oil and massage into the skin or roots of your hair at least once a week.
Castor oil is one of the best natural remedies to strengthen the hair. It also has strong antifungal properties and can help to treat certain skin problems. Apply it directly to your hair and skin, cover and leave over night. In the morning wash your hair with good quality shampoo (free from harmful chemicals) with biotin, sulphur, silica or herbs. Castor oil is also oil also stimulates the production of collagen, which helps to reduce wrinkles.
Castor oil has a low comedogenic score, which means it is unlikely to clog pores in the skin. It reduces the risk of developing blackheads, making it suitable for use on sensitive skin.
HOW TO MAKE CASTOR OIL PACK
Prepare the following items: Organic cold-pressed Castor oil, natural cloth (wool, flannel, cotton or unbleached pre-washed white t-shirt cut into wide strips and folded so there are at least three layers), plastic (plastic bag, wrap, etc.), an electric heating pad or hot water bottle.
Remember that Castor oil will stain fabric so be careful.
– Fold the cloth into a 3 or 4 layer pad which should fit the size of the area to be treated.
– Soak the cloth in cold-pressed castor oil until it is saturated. Pour castor oil over the cloth to saturate it (but not too much to prevent dripping).
– Place the soaked cloth pad on a piece of plastic that is larger than the pad.
– Apply the pad to the skin, with the oily side down and plastic on top.
– Put a thin towel over the plastic and place the hot water bottle or heating pad over it
– Leave the pack for 1-2 hours (not more than 2 hours).
– Relax, read a book, pray, visualize the healing process, practice deep breathing, listen to a Bible, relaxing classical music or worship music, or take a nap.
– Repeat 1-2 times a day until recovery or improvement.
– Saturated with castor oil clothe can be kept in the fridge (in a sealed glass jar) and reused after being warmed with electric pad or hot water bottle. If it is not sufficiently saturated it needs to be soaked again. Replace the clothe once a week or when u notice colour changes.
– Be sure to stay well hydrated as it will improve the detoxification effects.
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL USE OF CASTOR OIL
– It is possible that ricinoleic acid (in Castor oil) may affect the lining of the uterus and increase contractions in pregnant women. Therefore, Castor oil should be avoided by pregnant women unless recommended by a qualified doctor to naturally induce labour.
– Castor oil packs move toxins into blood circulation to be expelled from the body. However, when a mother is breastfeeding, these toxins may potentially enter the breast milk.
– Women with heavy menstruation > should avoid using Castor oil packs during their menstruation as they may increase bleeding. However, in case of menstrual cramps or pain without excessive bleeding, Castor oil pack can be used as it is one of the most effective remedies in reducing uterine cramps and pain. Also remember that at the same time you need good magnesium, such as citrate, to relax uterus, and Agnus castus (Vitex), Zinc, Vitamin B5 and B6 to increase progesterone and balance oestrogen.
– Also avoid Castor oil in bleeding stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, bleeding haemorrhoids, and probably colitis.
Apart from the previously mentioned contraindications, Castor oil used topically does not lead to harmful side effects and can be used safely every day with one day break after every 6 days and one week break after every month.
QUALITY OF CASTOR OIL
Buying Castor oil take into consideration the following factors: Organic, cold pressed, hexane-free, free of preservatives and additives, and non-solvent extracted.
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