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Ode to Castor Oil

Besides wanting Carl Kasell on my voice mail really badly…I want a healthy glow, great digestion, all the toxins from modern living to run screaming from my body, oh, and gorgeous, long, thick shiny hair. So what does this have to do with that nasty goop we call castor oil? EVERYTHING!

These claims you may say are silly and certainly not approved by the FDA–well no and yes. Hardly any good statements are approved by the FDA, especially fun and fabulous ones. This is all besides the point.These claims are far from silly when I can provide stacks of articles both scholarly and not, books, research, and, of course, you-tube videos on the the subject.

Castor oil has been used since the time of the ancient Egypt, and they knew a thing or two about preservation. Castor oil is made from the castor bean (Ricinus communis). Many people know about it as a laxative taken orally- which I do not recommend (there are better ways to create explosive diarrhea). However, I do recommend it for so many lovely things.

Castor Oil

So lets get greasy….and healthy

1. Soften dry skin–rub a small amount of castor oil into skin that is intact, castor oil should never be used on open cuts. The best way to use castor oil is to pour it into a glass container and heat it over water till warm. this way is soaks in better. After rubbing it on, cover with something you don’t mind getting messy. Castor oil stains. Ex. rub on feet then cover with socks and go to bed.

2. Castor oil packs–are legendary! A castor oil pack involves the use of cloth soaked in castor oil which is placed on the skin then covered with a towel and then a hot water bottle/ hot rice pack/ of electric heating pad (which I am not fond of for several reasons–but that is another story). The benefits include helping decrease the following: Inflammation, Arthritis pain , Congestion, Constipation and Liver, kidney, and pelvic disorders (fibroids too and fibrocystic breast tissue), Increase detoxification, Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder) . To find out more look up Edgar Cayce castor oil packs as a home remedy. (He also wrote a book on “Health through Drugless Therapies.”) Insert shameless plug: I am currently making a wonderful “how to video” and instructions, plus an easy to use kit. Frankly, the stuff is messy, so I am am trying to clean it up and make it more convent.

3. Hair…as I researched, I found castor oil scalp massage helps hair growth, improve thickness and also some resources said it helps prevent hair loss. I did find some fun you tubes with all types of people proclaiming their love for castor oil when it comes to improving their hair. There is even a castor oil challenge, were people are trying and showing the results in a fun, non scientific manner- so don’t expect and ‘n value.’ As I too love to experiment..I took my castor oil and smeared it on, then massaged it into my scalp. Soon after this I felt like Travolta in Grease, therefore I recommend doing this before bed (or a costume party). Be sure to cover your head with an old towel then attempt to wash (it took two washes) in the am. We shall see if this works. This girl loves castor oil too!

4. Healthy skin – great for oil skin oddly enough since the stuff is super oil. Castor oil helps break down natural oil and remove impurities… this is a more professional video than the one above.

Castor oil plant

Visit my health living guide section for how to get oil and healthy with castor oil–it shall be up this week unless the dog eats my computer. The tips will include:  when, where, why, and how. All those questions like how much do I apply, how often, when should I not use this? For example: never use castor oil pack over the abdomen during menses- it will increase bleeding. Basically it is fun, safe and effective externally you just need to follow some simple guidelines.

Have fun getting greased up–maybe castor oil wrestling will be the next big thing.

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