When I was pregnant with my first child Erik, and TEN DAYS OVERDUE, I did the unthinkable, I willingly ingested Castor Oil in a desperate attempt to get things in the labor department started. Sadly it did absolutely nothing. That was my first and last experience with the nasty-tasting stuff. But recently I’ve been reading about all the other things Castor oil can help with and you don’t have to drink a drop to benefit from it!
While it’s most widely known as a laxative, it has numerous other benefits as well. Some of the best have to do with healthy hair and skin.
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HAIR BENEFITS: Castor oil benefits your scalp by improving blood circulation and moisturizing dry, flaky and itchy skin. It helps strengthen the hair shaft by locking in moisture, and the oil’s essential fatty acids nourish the roots of the hair.
SKIN BENEFITS: Castor oil softens and soothes dry and irritated skin and helps to kill pathogens that can cause skin problems. The oil locks in moisture and contains numerous minerals, vitamins and fatty acids important for great skin health.
Impressed? Me too! But just wait…some of the most powerful benefits of Castor oil are felt beneath the skin. Castor oil is also known for its anti-bacterial properties and various medicinal and therapeutic benefits such as:
- Boosting immune response
- Detoxifying the liver
- Improving circulation
- Regulating digestion
- Relieving lower back pain
- Treating migraines
- Increasing stamina and energy
- Reducing stress
- Boosting metabolism
Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor plant (Ricinus communis), and is composed mostly of the fatty acid, ricinoleic acid. Archaeological findings show that this oil was regularly used medically in India, Egypt, China, Persia, Africa and Greece for over 4000 years.
Ricinoleic acid is what makes castor oil so powerful. Making your own Castor oil pack is the perfect way to allow ricinoleic acid to soak into the skin and be absorbed by the lymphatic system. Healthy lymphatic circulation is essential for both proper digestion and healthy immune function.
How To Make Your Own Castor Oil Pack
What You’ll Need:
- a piece of thick cloth (flannel, wool, or cotton work well) about the size of a dish towel.
- Castor oil
- a bowl
- a hot water bottle or heating pad
- a large plastic storage bag
- Place the cloth in your bowl and pour warm Castor oil over it until it is saturated.
- Apply the cloth to the lower right side of your abdomen.
- Cover with the plastic bag then place the heating pad or hot water bottle on top of that.
- Meditate, read a book, watch a movie, or just rest for about 45 minutes until the castor oil soaks in completely.
- When you are finished, take off the pack and wipe off any excess oil on your skin with a clean towel.
- You can keep the pack in a plastic bag in a cool place or the refrigerator. Just add another tablespoon of castor oil for the next session.
- With use, the pack gradually absorbs toxins. Discard the pack and make a new one after 10 uses.
- Keep in mind that the castor oil stains fabric, so wear clothing you don’t mind getting messy.
With its’ many health and beauty benefits, I think Castor oil should be in every home’s medicine cabinet!
Have you ever tried a Castor oil pack? What has your experience been?
Warning: Castor oil should not be taken internally. Do not apply it to broken skin, or use it during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during menstrual flow.