What is castor oil and where does it come from?
Castor oil comes from the castor seed, which has a very unique chemical composition. The castor seed plant is native to India, 90 percent of its composition is ricinoleic acid. This unique fatty acid is thought to be responsible for castor oil’s healing properties. It was used for medical reasons in Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Persia, and then eventually in the 17th Century Europe and the Americas.
Castor Oil is used for a lot of non-medical uses such as food additive, and flavoring agent, mold inhibitor, ingredient in skin care products and cosmetics, used in the manufacturing of plastics, rubbers, synthetic resins, fibers, paints, varnishes, lubricants, sealants, dyes, and leather treatments. Castor oil was used as an aircraft lubricant in WWI. So castor oil has made its breakthrough in the industrialized world, but did you know that the castor seeds can be DEADLY??
If you’ve watched “Breaking Bad” you may remember the fatal use of ricin being used a number of times throughout the series. The potent toxin ricin is made from a protein in the castor seeds, that if ingested, gets into the ribosomes of your cells where it prevents protein synthesis, which kills the cells. Ricin is made from the “mash” that is left over after processing castor seeds into oil. Just 1 milligram of ricin is fatal if inhaled or ingested. Eating 5 to 10 seeds would be fatal.
Modern Medical Uses for Castor Oil
Topical application of castor oil appears to be useful for a variety of skin conditions like keratosis, dermatosis, would healing, acne, ringworm, warts, and other skin infections, sebaceous cysts, itching, and even hair loss.
It has shown some promise in treatment of cancer. American Cancer Society reports that early clinical trials suggest that ricin, when combined with an antibody to confine this poison to malignant cells, shrinks tumors in lymphoma patients.
Castor oil has even been reportedly used to treat multiple sclerosis, arthritis, epilepsy, appendicitis, colitis, Parkinson’s Disease, Migraine and other headaches, liver ailments, including cirrhosis, AIDs, eye irritation, cerebral palsy, cholecystitis, scleroderma, detoxification and gynecological problems.
The Benefits of Castor Oil Packs
There are several ways to use castor oil topically. You can simply rub castor oil onto an affected area of your skin or you can affix a Band-Aide soaked in castor oil if only a very small area needs to be treated. For larger areas, use as a massage oil, which is reported to be especially effective when applied along your spinal column, massaged along your lymphatic drainage pathway. But the best way is the castor oil pack.
It is reported, when used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of your thymus gland and other components of your immune system. Warm castor oil packs help to alleviate muscle and bone pain, spasms and cramping, including those in the liver area or in any part of the body that is painful. They increase circulation, relax muscles and disperse toxicity, and act fast and reliably.
Here is how you make one, you will need the following:
1. High quality cold-pressed organic castor oil
2. A hot water bottle or heating pad.
3. Plastic wrap, sheet of plastic, or plastic garbage bag.
4. 2 or 3 one-foot square pieces of wool or cotton flannel, or one large enough to cover the entire treatment area when folded in thirds.
5. One large old bath towel.
1. Fold flannel three layers thick so it is still large enough to fit over your entire upper abdomen and liver, or stack the 3 squares.
2. Soak flannel with the oil so that it is completely saturated. The oil should be room temperature.
3. Lie on your back with your feet elevated (use a pillow under your feet and knees), placing flannel pack directly onto your abdomen; cover oiled flannel with the sheet of plastic and place the hot water bottle on top of the plastic.
4. Cover everything with the old towel to insulate the heat. The oil can stain, so take caution not to get it on whatever you are laying on.
5. Leave the pack on for 45 to 60 minutes.
6. When finished, remove the oil from your skin by washing with a solution of 2 tbsps baking soda to one quart water, or just soap and water.
7. You can reuse the pack several times, each time adding more oil as needed to keep the pack saturated.
8. For maximum effectiveness, apply at least four consecutive days per week for one month. Patients who use the pack daily report the most benefits. If you are doing enemas as part of your health regimen use castor oil pack right before to increase effectiveness and remove more toxins.
Taking castor oil orally may alleviate constipation but can irritate your intestinal lining causing digestive discomfort, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal side effects. If you suffer from cramps, irritable bowl, ulcers, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, colitis, prolapses, or have recently undergone surgery, you should probably avoid castor oil due to the adverse effects. Although castor oil has been used to stimulate labor in healthy pregnant women, there have been widespread reports of it causing nausea.
Sources: www.articles.mercola.com, Healing The Gerson Way