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The Value of Castor Oil

by Brooke Utter

An old remedy that works.

Castor oil is a tasteless and odorless vegetable oil made from the beans of the castor plant. If you buy castor oil read the label and look for cold pressed/processed, virgin, 100% pure and UPS food grade to ensure it is of the highest quality. It was used by Cleopatra and many other Egyptians for its healing power of wounds.

Natural remedies are often the best. Here are a few uses of an old remedy that your grandmother probably used:

EARACHES

Warm castor oil, make sure to test the temperature with your finger to make sure it is just warm. Put 1 to 2 drops in the ear and then plug with cotton wool. Apply twice a day for a few days until the pain has resolved. If it has not resolved seek medical attention.

MUSCLE PAIN

Massage the oil directly over the area and cover with a heating pad. The heat will help the castor oil penetrate into the sore muscle and tissue and reduce inflammation.

SKIN TAGS & MOLES

Mix a few drops of castor oil with a little baking powder into a paste and apply to the specific area. Cover with a bandage and re-apply every day for 4 to 6 weeks. The moles and skin tags will disappear.

LONGER LASHES

Put a few drops onto a ball of cotton wool and gently dab on eyelashes. The vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and antibacterial properties will lengthen and strengthen your eyelashes if applied regularly.

TOENAIL FUNGUS

Soak feet in warm water and Epson Salt for 5 minutes. Then apply castor oil to the affected toenail. The active ingredient of undecylenic acid in the oil will eliminate the fungus.

DRY OR CRACKED SKIN ON FEET

Massage the oil into the skin after a shower. Make this a routine and you will never have a problem.

MENSTRUAL CRAMPS

Massage this onto the abdomen. The ricinoleic acid is an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic agent that helps relieve pain.

CONSTIPATION

The general rule is 15-60 mL for adults and children over 12, 5-15 mL for children ages 2-11 years, and 1-5 mL for children younger than 2 years. Please check with your local pharmacist or doctor for dosage.