What Is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is derived from the castor bean. Its use originated in
Ancient Egypt and is referred to in the bible as the “Palm of Christ.”
It is one of the most ancient and effective therapies for digestive
disorders and immune building.
How it works
Castor oil is absorbed into the body through the skin. Once absorbed,
it stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system is in
charge of eliminating toxins from the body and blood. Therefore,
improved lymph flow would translate to enhanced detoxification.
Applying castor oil onto the abdomen or the lungs directly helps
with the healing & stimulation of the GALT (gut associated lymph tissue),
digestive tract and liver. On the lower abdomen it helps to break up cysts
& uterine fibroids. It moves stubborn phlegm out of the lungs.
Where it can be used
1. Fights aging - Castor oil, when applied to the skin, penetrates deeply and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. It delays the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and makes the skin smoother, softer, and younger.
2. Acne - Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, which fights off the acne-causing bacteria. A 2011 study in India found it effective against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
* Fades blemish scars - The fatty acids penetrate deep into scar tissue and plump it out while encouraging the growth of healthy tissue around it.
* Promotes hair growth - Castor oil boosts blood circulation to the follicles, leading to faster hair growth. The oil also has omega-9 essential fatty acids that are responsible for healthy hair. It also helps reduce split ends, controls hair breakage, and moisturizes your hair.
* Treats Scalp Infections - Scalp infection can cause major hair problems like bald patches, dandruff, and an itchy scalp. Castor oil is anti fungal and antibacterial, and can fight the pathogens causing the infection.
* Reduces joint pain/arthritis - A 2009 study found that castor oil effectively relieves arthritis symptoms and joint pain. A castor oil pack can be placed directly on the painful areas. The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil make it ideal for relieving joints, nerve inflammation, and sore muscles. Will brake up bone spurs.
3. Disinfects wounds - The antimicrobial properties make it effective for treating and relieving pain in minor cuts and scratches.
4. Lungs – Clears phlegm from the lungs. Place on chest with a flannel cloth then covered with plastic then place a heating pad on top.
5. Prevents Premature Graying – The application of castor oil is a popular method to prevent premature graying. It helps your hair retain its pigment, and delays your hair turning gray or white.
6. Boosts Immunity – Castor oil, when used topically, increases the number of T-11 cells, which signals a boost in the defense mechanisms of the body. The T-11 cells form antibodies against pathogens and toxins, and are raised for 7 hours after treatment. Some have said it works on brain tumors.
7. Anti-Inflammatory – In a 2000 study of the effects of ricinoleic acid on inflammation, researchers found it exerted “capsaicin-like” anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Constipation – A 2010 study found that castor oil packs were an effective means of decreasing constipation in the elderly. The oil can be rubbed on the abdomen (or a flannel soaked in the oil can be placed on the stomach), and heat is applied on top via a hot water bottle.
9. Lymphatic Circulation – Castor oil is absorbed into the body through the skin. Once absorbed, it stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system is in charge of eliminating toxins from the body and blood. Therefore, improved lymph flow would translate to enhanced detoxification. A 1999 study on topical castor oil and the lymphatic system found that after a two-hour treatment with castor oil packs, there was a significant increase in the number of lymphocytes/T-11 cells (which form antibodies against pathogens). T cells continued increasing over a seven-hour period following treatment.
10. Liver Detox – When rubbed on the right side of the abdomen, castor oil stimulates the liver and supports detoxification.
Popularized by Edgar Cayce you can look up his information for more details.
(Note: do not use during active menstruation or pregnancy!)
Different Types of Packs
Ginger reduces inflammation.
Finely grated ginger (Video below on how to make) can be very helpful to relieve pain in your elbows and back. If you experience the sensation of heat it will be felt on the surface of the skin. This will not cause a rash. You can freeze the ginger and just grate it frozen. Its best application is for joint inflammation.
For skin inflammation
Potato poultices are effective in reducing skin inflammation, while also drawing out toxins from the skin. Sometimes the skin will open when certain toxins are leaving the body. It is good for burns.
This is good for coughs and chest colds. Place a thin slice of garlic between two pieces of thin material before applying to the skin, because garlic directly on the skin can cause a rash. Placing slices, as described above, on babies feet with a sock over the top can be left on over night.
Charcoal packs have ability to be effective deep inside the body, like castol oil. Charcoal is unique and effective in neutralizing poisons. Uses for charcoal pack include
Regarding "bites" it minimizes the stinging sensation quickly, because it neutralizes the poison.
To make the charcoal pack, mix 1tsp charcoal with 1tsp of slippery elm, then add water to make it into a jelly like paste. (Slippery elm is good for ingrown toenails and boils. Internally used for all gastrointestinal issues especially diarrhea.)
It is a blood mover and stimulates the blood. Used on an open wound, it will stop minor bleeding and speed healing. For nephropathy apply a thin layer of olive oil, covered with cayenne pepper. Place on the bottom of the feet overnight for nephropathy. Keeping the feet warm keeps the organs in the body happy. You can also use the cayenne pepper over the thyroid to support its function. Side note High intensity interval exercising will also regulate thyroid function.
Milk weed applied topically is used for more serious skin issues.
Making epson salt water and store in the refrigerator is a great idea for burns. Fill a small jar with pure water and stir in a 1tspof epson salt, continue with 1tsp at a time until the epson salt stops dissolving. When this happens you will know you have reached full saturation.
Making a “cabbage bandage” to harness the inflammation-fighting powers, joint pain, and arthritis of cabbage leaves is easy. All you need is cabbage (red or green is fine, though red cabbage is more likely to leave behind stains), gauze wraps, a cutting board, a rolling pin, and an oven. Keep reading to learn how to make a cabbage bandage in five easy steps.
Wash your cabbage before cutting away the stem.
Peel off one large leaf and place it on your cutting board. Hit it hard enough to “bruise” it but not so hard that it breaks apart. This step releases the cabbage’s healing “juices.”
Cover in a pan and heat in the oven for two to three minutes to soften it. Make sure the leaf is not hot to touch when you remove it from the oven.
Place the cabbage leaf directly on your skin and wrap it in place with gauze. Let the cabbage bandage sit for up to an hour. You can even wear the bandage overnight if it does not irritate your skin.
You may even use skip step the cooking if you don’t have time.
Aloe Vera has a growth hormone that stimulants healing.
Barbara O'Neil on castor oil
How to make the castol packs start at 58min. The full length you tube is on all the packs above.
Detox Bath Recipe
1 Cup Epsom Salt
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Bentonite Clay
Start filling your tub with water that is as hot as you can tolerate.
While it's filling up, pour ingredients into the running water. Add a few drops of your Essential oils and mix well.
Once your tub is filled, climb in and soak for around twenty minutes or your desired length of time.