Castor oil has been used in many cultures to treat a large number of ailments. Its most frequent use is for the treatment of constipation. Surely you had heard about this use. But did you know that this oil can have other benefits?
You will be surprised to learn that there are studies that show that this oil can serve as an antiviral, antibacterial and fungicide, to treat certain skin diseases, relieve muscle aches and strengthen the immune system.
Castor Oil: Myths and realities
Although it is true that castor can have many health benefits, it is also true that we must be very careful when using it. This is because some serious side effects have been reported on some people. Let’s start by understanding where this oil originates from and how it can be used in a safe way.
This oil is made from the castor bean (Ricinus communis), which has its origin in India, where it was known for its healing properties. With the passage of time it was spreading its use to Egypt, China, Persia, Africa, Greece, Rome and finally to Europe and America.
Unknown uses of oil
Although it has been widely studied as fuel, there are not so many studies to explore its medicinal uses. However, if there are some:
Studies show that this oil could be coadjuvant in the reduction of tumor size.
In 2011, an investigation was conducted in India that showed that castor leaves have antibiotic properties superior to Gentamicin.
In 2010, it was shown that castor oil is effective in controlling constipation in older adults.
An investigation proved that castor oil is efficient, being applied topically to stimulate the lymphatic system.
Research from the year 2000 proved that this oil has anti-inflammatory properties similar to capsaicin.
It has been proven that castor oil has a positive effect in the treatment of occupational dermatitis.
How to use it to apply it topically
You can prepare your “packages” of oil at home to be applied topically. If you do, perform a test on a small area of your skin first to make sure you have no allergic relationship.
-A big old towel.
-A large piece of cloth (wool or cotton flannel).
-High quality castor oil.
Mode of use
-Fold the flannel in three parts and immerse it in the castor oil at room temperature.
-Lie on your back, with your feet elevated, place the wet flannel over your abdomen, cover the area with the plastic wrap and place the warm compress on top.
-Use the towel to wrap everything (castor oil can stain it) and wait 45 minutes. Then remove the oil from the skin with soap and water.