Castor oil is a secret weapon for all sorts of things healthy and healing!
Organic cold-pressed castor oil can set you back a bit of $$$, but it’s super thick and gluggy so it will last you are while.
Castor oil is made by pressing the seeds of the castor plant. For centuries it has been used by the Ayurvedic, Chinese, Egyptian and Greek traditional cultures for its healing properties.
Castor oil is commonly known as a laxative, however there are many additional health benefits that might not be so well-known.
The ricinoleic acid in castor oil is what creates all the magic. Castor oil packs allow the anti-inflammatory promoting ricinoleic acid to soak into the skin and be absorbed by the lymphatic system, which cleans out blood, tissues, immune and digestive organs. Essentially, the lymphatic system consists of a secondary circulatory network that processes blood plasma, and by ensuring vigorous lymphatic circulation, digestion and immune function will be improved.
It can be used:
- as a natural cleanser for your face
- to boost immune response
- to detox the liver
- to improve circulation
- to relieve lower back pain and migraines
- to boost metabolism
- and to increase resistance to nausea
Castor oil packs, usually placed on the abdomen or lower back, provide an easy, ingestion-free way to reap these benefits.
To make your own castor oil pack, you just need to soak a thick cloth or flannel in warmed castor oil. You can apply this to the lower right side of your abdomen. To keep it warmer for longer and increase the benefits, apply a heat pack or hot water bottle on top of the cloth. Sit there for 30-45 minutes to allow the castor oil to soak into your skin. This is particularly good for period cramps!
You can also make castor oil masks for your hair by mixing it with some coconut oil or olive oil and leaving on for a few hours before washing with shampoo. This is fantastic for dandruff or dry hair.
You can also rub castor oil into your elbows, knees and heels to soften and deeply moisturise the skin. For sore joints or lower back, arthritis pain or sports injuries, the anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil will alleviate some of that pain.