Many people do not know of castor oil as a topical ointment, but it has been medically used to treat multiple conditions. First, wrapping an infection with a castor oil soaked bandage or cotton ball overnight can remove swelling and infection. It also works excellently on ringworm, inflammation, and even sun burns. This is because ricinoleic acid in castor oil prevents the growth of bacteria, yeast, and viruses. The best way to use this as a topical cream is to presoak the infected area with Epsom salt to soften the skin. Then wrap the area with a cotton cloth soaked in castor oil.
Ringworm and guinea worm are a stubborn, although uncommon, malady. Castor leaves can be soaked with pure coconut oil. You can then warm this poultice to a temperature that will not burn the skin and apply over the area. This will extract the worms out of the skin.
Castor seeds or roots boiled into a topical poultice are applied liberally to rheumatic and arthritic swellings. This is slightly different than using the castor oil as a direct applicant, however there is an indication that rubbing the castor oil extract on the inflamed area may also help. The best way to do this is to use the castor seeds or roots by boiling them about the same length of time as one would boil cabbage. Use the medium setting and an amount of water that will more than cover the plant. The boiled concoction should then be drained of water and mashed using a small mortar and pestle. The poultice is then cooled to body temperature (so it doesn ‘t burn the patient) and rubbed onto the body area.
The benefits of castor oil also include lactation, but please consult a doctor first. Rubbing castor oil onto the nipples and gently massaging for fifteen minutes will stimulate the mammary glands and help a breastfeeding mother lactate. Wash the area with mild soap and water before letting the infant breastfeed. As a topical treatment, castor oil is also widely used for skin health and beauty. Massaging the body with castor oil prior to a bath once a week will help the skin retain its natural healing properties as well as stimulate the body ‘s muscles and internal organs. Rubbing castor oil on hands and feet at night will help maintain healthy and soft skin, as well as reduce callous and dry skin. Most lotions include castor oil and other ingredients, such as coconut oil and aloe. This benefits of castor oil for skin beauty is something many people are already doing but not aware that they are actually using castor oil!
Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs soaked through the skin improve the body ‘s ability to assimilate nutrients, eliminate toxins, and stimulate circulation. To make castor oil pocks, one needs undyed cotton Rannel, castor oil, a container, a plastic bag, and a hot water bottle or heating pad. All of these items can be purchased from any medical supply store without a prescription, but it is also important to consult a physician before using this remedy. Also, castor oil stains clothes, so be sure to use old clothes and an old blanket before using castor oil cold packs.
The benefits of castor oil packs are easy to reap. Basically, one places the flannel in a container and soaks it with castor oil. Ring the flannel out so that it does not drip everywhere and stain carpets. The castor oil soaked flannel piece is placed over the specific body area. Cover the castor oil pack with the plastic, and then place the hot water bottle or heating pad over the pack. Leave this on for about an hour, and rest quietly during this time. Once the hour has passed, remove the castor oil pack and rinse off the area with a castor oil wash or baking soda and water. The castor oil uses can be repeated many times, so the pack is not thrown away. This method can be used three times a week or once daily without complications.
Grown mainly in Brazil, India, and China, castor oil has been used throughout history in many nations for multiple reasons.
Industrially, it is one of the widest used renewable resources. Primarily, its health properties stimulate the body, reduce pain, and reduce infection. The benefits of castor oil are related to inflammation, digestion, and circulation. While there are many health benefits of castor oil, there is also a caution that when not properly used it can cause medical problems and in rare cases even death. Please remember to consult a physician before using any homeopathic remedy.