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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Benefits Of Lavender Oil: 8 Uses For This Essential Oil

If you’re looking to calm both the body and the mind (and let’s face it—we could all benefit from a little R&R), look no further than the classic essential oil: lavender oil. While the pretty purple plant itself is a sight to see, its versatile essential oil is where the healing powers are at. From your head to your toes, lavender oil can help you de-stress, decompress, and develop your healthiest routines yet.

What exactly is lavender oil?

Lavender oil, also known by its scientific name Lavandula angustifolia, is a type of essential oil derived from—you guessed it—the lavender flower. Although it’s now grown globally, lavender is native to the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and Russia.

The oil is extracted by a steam distillation process, in which the flowers are steamed, the steam is captured, and the oil is separated and collected from the water. You can usually find

READ more here:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7769/13-uses-for-lavender-oil-the-only-essential-oil-youll-need.html

Why Do We Have Nightmares? | Live Science  By Remy Melina

A source of confusion or anxiety for most, nightmares may serve a very beneficial purpose, according to researchers.

Nightmares are helpful to our survival or else they probably would have been done away with by evolution, said Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard University. Barrett theorizes that nightmares act as the brain’s way of focusing a person’s attention on issues

READ MORE HERE:

https://www.livescience.com/32730-why-do-we-have-nightmares.html

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is only experienced at certain times of the year, usually in autumn and winter, has an negative impact on your mood. Treatment can often make a big difference.

What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes according to the season. People with SAD have symptoms of depression or mania at roughly the same time each year.

SAD usually develops in autumn and winter, then disappears in spring and summer. In some people, the symptoms develop in spring and early summer.

People with mental illness might find their symptoms change at different times of the year. For example, some people with bipolar disorder find they are more likely to experience mania in spring and summer and depression in winter.

What are the symptoms of SAD?

Symptoms usually start out mild and get worse as the season progresses. When the season changes, people normally become completely well again.

Symptoms of SAD in winter include:

  • lack of energy
  • sleeping too much
  • finding it hard to wake up in the morning
  • feeling very tired all the time
  • overeating and craving carbohydrates
  • gaining weight
  • losing interest in normal activities

Symptoms of SAD in summer include:

What causes SAD?

SAD is thought to be caused by changes to the body’s circadian rhythms (its ‘body clock’) at certain times of the year. It may also happen because in winter the body produces less of the

READ MORE HERE: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/seasonal-affective-disorder

 

 

10 Plants That Might Help You Sleep by Ethan Green

Do you keep any plants in your bedroom, adding a touch of natural color and beauty?

My personal favorite is a trailing spider plant that sits by the window. It’s an ideal plant for the bedroom, and fascinating to see new shoots slowly parachuting to the floor.

The plant kingdom is vast though, so how do we know which are healthy bedroom additions?

NASA plant study

NASA conducted a fascinating study into plants, looking for those that emit oxygen rather than carbon dioxide at night.

They also found plants which act as natural air purifiers. So those can potentially help keep the air in your bedroom as fresh and oxygen-rich as possible.

You can see some of the specific plants they discovered below. But let’s first take a quick look at how the plants work their magic in the home.

How plants improve the bedroom conditions

NASA’s study suggests that having certain plants in your bedroom could improve your sleep, assuming your sleep is negatively affected by air quality. But how does this happen?

Plants are natural, powerful air purification systems. Their ability to improve your sleep comes from the fresh air they provide, and in some cases the pleasant and calming scents they emit.

Plants like

READ MORE:  https://www.nosleeplessnights.com/10-plants-that-help-you-sleep-by-purifying-your-bedroom/

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