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

castor oil

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 “castor oil!” 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 “Palm of Christ.” 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’s most versatile healing gifts – 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 – 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

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Top 29 Aphrodisiacs – List of Aphrodisiac Foods for Better Sex by CARINA HSIEH

 

 

While you might’ve heard in passing that oysters are aphrodisiacs, there are also a ton of other less-exotic foods rumored to have aphrodisiac qualities that you probably eat every day (no offense to the daily oyster crowd).

It’s also important to note that not everyone will respond to aphrodisiac foods the same way. Marta Montenegro, a Miami-based nutrition fertility lifestyles specialist at IVFMD, explains that men might look for proteins and fats to boost alertness, while women turn to carbohydrates to calm nerves and relax.

Here, experts get real about some of the most popular rumored aphrodisiacs and some foods that might actually lessen your sex drive.

Maca

According to Jenni Skyler, PhD, LMFT, CST, an AASECT certified sex therapist, sexologist, and licensed marriage and family therapist for AdamEve.com, “Maca, the Incan root that is made into a popular tea, is also known as Peru’s ‘natural Viagra’ and is thought to increase energy, stamina, fertility, and libido.”

Montenegro notes that while the verdict isn’t in yet on scientific research for Maca, however, “the plant’s roots are rich in magnesium and fiber which are good for improving stamina and well-being.”

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Pumpkin

Marta Montenegro explains that pumpkin is high in fiber and has potassium, “both good for stamina” as well as magnesium, which can help calm nerves and muscles.

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Champagne

Steve McGough, who has a doctorate in sexology and a BS in biochemistry, suggests that Champagne as an aphrodisiac has more to do with getting in the mood for a special occasion than for the actual science behind the bubbles. In fact, he adds, “Studies have shown that for women

READ MORE HERE:

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/advice/g1022/aphrodisiac-foods-0509/

WHAT ARE THE BEST VEGETARIAN MEAT SUBSTITUTES AND ARE THEY GOOD FOR YOU? By Rachel Hosie

Make sure you get enough protein and the essential nutrients for a healthy lifestyle by choosing your meat-alternatives wisely

With veganism on the rise – a survey released last year found that around 3.5 million Britons have adopted a plant-based diet – many people are turning to meat substitutes to bulk out their meals and ensure they’re consuming enough protein.

While meat-free protein sources including beans, lentils, chickpeas, soya, nuts, seeds, wheat, rice, maize, milk, yoghurt and cheese all provide protein, many vegetarians like to consume mycoprotein, a single-cell protein derived from funghi.

Quorn is a mycoprotein and one of the best-known brands of meat alternatives. And in July 2018, the vegetarian company, best known for its meat-free mince and “chicken style” pieces, announced it will be investing £7m into a new product development centre with the hope of capitalising on the UK’s growing appetite for meat substitutes.

But whilst there’s no denying the benefit to the environment of cutting down your meat intake, do substitutes actually provide all the nutrients we need?

“Plant-based sources of protein are generally incomplete – they don’t contain all of the essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein – meaning it’s essential to eat a variety of them every day,” registered dietitian Nichola Ludlam-Raine explained to The Independent.

“Soya, quinoa and hemp are the only plant-based complete sources of protein i.e. they contain all of the essential amino acids that our body needs.”

Ludlam-Raine says it’s important to bear in mind, however, that meat-alternatives often contain a lot less protein than their

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/vegetarian-meat-substitutes-alternatives-best-tofu-quorn-jackfruit-a9047106.html

23 Benefits and Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is widely used in baking.

This is because it has leavening properties, meaning it causes dough to rise by producing carbon dioxide.

Aside from cooking, baking soda has a variety of additional household uses and health benefits.

Here are 23 benefits and uses of baking soda.

READ MORE HERE:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/baking-soda-benefits-uses

Veggie Dumpling Stew By The Purple Carrot

By The Purple Carrot

Veggie Dumpling Stew

DINNER
Family FriendlySpring RecipesSoy-FreeBeans/LegumesRoot VegetablesAppetizerSide DishSoupDinner
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SERVINGS

2

PREP & COOK TIME
40 min
CALORIES
266
FAT
2g
CARBOHYDRATES
54g
PROTEIN
9g

MAIN INGREDIENTS

  1. 2 potatoes
  2. 3/4 cup peas
  3. 1 carrot
  4. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 3/4 cup almond milk
  7. 1 tablespoon agave
  8. 1 onion
  9. 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  10. 4 cups vegetable broth, used in two steps
  11. 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  12. 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast*
  13. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano*
  14. 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary*
  15. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil*
  16. pinch salt**
  17. 2 tablespoons olive oil**
  18. * spice pack
  19. ** not included

TOOLS

  • Large Saucepan
  • Medium Bowl

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Prepare. Rinse and dry all produce. Peel and chop the onion; mince the garlic, peel and dice the carrot; dice the potato. Roughly chop the parsley, removing the stems. Place olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat.
2. Add two tablespoons of vegetable broth, the onion and 

Christmas Traditions from the Vikings – AleHorn – Viking Drinking Horn Vessels and Accessories

By:  Alehorn.com
Christmas Traditions from the Vikings

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS FROM THE VIKINGS

Happy yule, everyone! The Yuletide was originally celebrated by ancient Germanic peoples including Celts and Vikings, and by others all around Europe, long before the Christian Holiday. In Scandanavia in particular, Yule celebrations predate the celebration of Christmas as we know it by thousands of years.

As Europeans converted to Christianity, solstice celebrations waned but many ancient yule traditions stuck around.

MISTLETOE

In Scandinavian mythology, Balder, the god of light and goodness, was slain by an arrow poisoned with misletoe. When his mother Frigga cried for him, her tears fell on red berries, turning them white. The white berries then became powerful enough to resurrect Balder. It was used a symbol of renewal and resurrection, fitting right in with the modern Christmas holiday.

SANTA CLAUS

During the Yule celebrated by Germanic people, many believed that ghost sightings and supernatural occurences happened much more often than during the rest of

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https://alehorn.com/blogs/blog/christmas-traditions-from-the-vikings

15 Wonderfully Cozy Bread Recipes That Taste Just Like Fall by Claire Sibonney

One of the most exciting things about fall (besides showing off our new knitting projects) is baking beautiful sweet loaves and breads using our favourite harvest goodies — freshly picked apples, pears, squash and pumpkins — paired with rich, warm spices. Bring on those carbs and cozy sweaters!

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