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Castor Oil: Your Best Choice for Home Detox and More By Batool Merali

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Was your grandmother a fan of castor oil? Did she share its virtues for all that ailed you? In Ayurveda School, whenever we asked our teacher for advice on what to use for cramps, skin, constipation, hair, and more the answer was always ‚Äúcastor oil!‚ÄĚ This became a joke among the students. Later, as I experimented on myself, I realized the value of this truly great oil- a home remedy wonder.

An Ancient Oil Made Modern

Castor Oil’s hand-shaped leaves and reputation for healing have given this ancient oil the nickname ‚ÄúPalm of Christ.‚ÄĚ Cultures all over the world have used the oil- derived from the seed of the plant- for everything from skincare in the cosmetic industry to digestive care as a laxative. Edgar Cayce popularized the use of castor oil in the 1940’s and 50’s, especially in the form of castor oil packs. Today, many healthcare practitioners are rediscovering the benefits of using real, therapeutic quality castor oil in ayurveda practice and for holistic medicine. It is truly one of the earth‚Äôs most versatile healing gifts ‚Äď both inexpensive and easy to use.

How it Works

Through the lens of Ayurveda and pharmacology, castor oil has a variety of ways that it helps heal. The chemical compounds in castor oil and its Ayurvedic qualities give it the following properties and effects:

Botanical Name: Ricinus Communis

Sanskrit Name: Eranda Tailam

Part Used: Seed

Rasa: Sweet, Pungent, Astringent

Virya: Cooling (externally), Heating (internally)

Vipaka: Sweet

Consistency: Thick, Sticky, Gooey

Color: Clear or amber

Key Actions of Castor Oil

Purgative, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-rheumatic, laxative, immune stimulant, insecticidal, anti-viral, labor-inducing, anti-allergic, anti-parisitic, rejuvenative, anti-aging, germicidal, disinfectant, and analgesic are the remedial attributes of pure castor oil.

Pharmacological and Medicinal Use of Castor Oil

  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Cleanses the Colon
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Removes Stagnation and Blockages in the GI tract
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Stimulates Lymphatic Circulation
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Relieves Constipation
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Breaks up Scar Tissue
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Reduces Inflammation in the Joints
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Relieves Pain and Inflammation in the Muscles
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Helps Grow Eyelashes
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Moisturizes and Thickens Hair
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Helps with Menstrual Cramps
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Reduces Bloating & Stomach Cramps
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Helps with Dry Itchy Eyes
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Topical Treatment for Skin Infections/ Sunburn
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Natural Beauty Remedies
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Promotes Restful Sleep

The Top 5 Ways To Use Castor Oil for Home Care

Now that your curiosity is peaked- here are some of the ways I recommend castor oil be used at home.

  1.  Home Detoxification to Decrease Ama

Castor oil is often an essential part of an Ayurvedic home cleanse due to its incomparable purgative properties. This powerful laxative is used specifically to cleanse out the colon, and to flush out excess toxins and Pitta (heat) from the body. It is recommended to use only under the guidance of a knowledgeable health practitioner.

  1.  Skin Care

Castor oil has been used widely in the treatment of many skin disorders including psoriasis, eczema, severely dry skin, ulcers, bug bites, unwanted sun spots, sunburns and wrinkles. Combining castor oil with neem oil is effective for dandruff and dry itchy scalp. Mixing it with coconut or jojoba oil or your favorite mask is a perfect way to apply to skin.

  1.  Joint Pain

Castor oil ‚Äď a powerful anti-inflammatory agent which can be taken internally or applied externally, also has a strong affinity for the joints. Ricinoleic acid, which is defined as the main fatty acid found in castor oil, has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that when castor oil is applied externally to joints, inflammation and pain can be reduced.

  1. Eyebrow, Eyelashes and Hair Thickener

For long beautiful lashes, thick eyebrows and luscious thick hair, apply a little castor oil to your eyebrows, lashes and hair. The proteins and fatty acids in castor oil