Castor oil (Oleum Palmae Christi) is a vegetable oil extracted from the seed of castor plant (Ricinus communis). Cold pressed version of this oil is thick and yellowish clear in color. Since many centuries ago, it has been used as purging cleanse and parasite remover because of its high concentration of Ricinoleic Acid. Despite having strong and awful taste, it is widely taken orally as stimulant laxative to treat chronic constipation.
Castor oil packs are made from several layers of flannel and cold-pressed of the oil. When applied externally on affected area, it can act as a cataplasm to draw out infection and dissolve scars, shingles, cysts or tumors. There are many success stories about various skin issues addressed through external application of this oil, thanks to its’ anti-fungal and anti-viral effect.
Benefits of Castor Oil In Constipation
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A teaspoon of the oil can be taken orally as a laxatives to relief constipation. It will stimulate the walls of both small and large intestines and retain moisture of the fecal to induce bowel movement within five hours. It is effective even the result is milder as compared to over the counter laxatives.
Castor oil can also be used as Ayurveda remedy for whole body healing or eliminate parasites by taking two ounces of the oil mixed with same amount of fresh orange in the morning. After 15 to 30 minutes, start drinking hot water and repeat this for 3-4 times every 15 minutes. Be prepared for the bowel movement and eat lightly for the rest of the day with no oily and friend food.
Other Great Benefits of Castor Oils
There are many medical and therapeutic benefits of this oil, it can be used to treat many type of skin problems and stretch marks. It can be used in massage and applied to skin to stimulate skin collagen making the skin smoother and younger. Check out the video below for the benefits!
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Some Common Side Effects
Common side effects of it include stomach cramp, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. More serious side effects like skin rash, muscle cramps and irregular heartbeat, if happen, require immediate attention from physician or doctor.
Castor oil is normally safe if used in moderation. However, people with Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), intestinal blockage, appendix or abdominal pain should not use it without doctor consent. It should not be applied by pregnant women as it induced the risk of abortion. Unless instructed by doctor, it should not be used beyond 5 consecutive days. Long term usage of such irritant laxative can weaken colon muscles and cause lack the peristalsis action to move fecal through colons.
Castor oil packs when applied externally can go beyond skin to affect internal organs. Castor bean contains a highly toxin compound called ricin but it is usually eliminated through cold press filtering process in the making of the oil. The oil manufactured from extraction however is toxic and should only be used for industrial purposes like paints, textiles or lubricants.
Caster Oil is an inexpensive useful remedy to keep around your home for a variety of applications (check out the video above) and it has a very long shelf life. Do remember to follow directions on the package and consult your doctor or naturopathic professional when in doubt.