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Castor Oil

Other Names: Castor Oil, Castor, Castor Bean, Mexico Seed, Oil Plants, Castor Oil Bush, Ricinus Communis
Traditional Usages: Children's Laxative and Tonic, Strong Laxative, Abdominal Pain, Rheumatism, Asthma, Impotence, Constipation, Arthritis, Allergies-Hayfever, Mouth Ulcers, Application to Warts, Corns, Bunions, Skin Disorders, Psoriasis, Eczema, Nail Infections, Bedsores, Pigmented Mole, Ringworm, Itch, Ear-Infection in Children, Leg Ulcers, Gangrene                                                                                       
Resources: Africa, Asia, India, Brazil
Parts Used: Seed Oil, Seeds
Health Warning: Avoid during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Herbal Research: Castor Oil

Castor Oil - Home remedy for Boils:  Castor oil is a purgative and draws out the impurities. Put Castor oil on a cotton ball or pad and put it directly on the boil. Use a plaster to hold it in place.

Castor Oil – Home remedy for Breast Pain:  Soak a piece of flannel cloth in cold-pressed castor oil. Wring out the excess oil.  Heat the flannel soaked in cold-pressed castor oil in the microwave, place it on your breast and then cover it with plastic and a towel to hold the heat in. Once the flannel gets cold, reheat it in the microwave and repeat as necessary.

Castor Oil - Home remedy for Constipation: Castor oil is a yellowish liquid that can be used as a home remedy for constipation because of its laxative property. One study in Nigeria found that oral castor oil helped children with chronic constipation to move their bowels. An upside to castor oil for constipation is that it works quickly. For that same reason, however castor oil should be cautiously administered as a constipation remedy. It should not be taken at bedtime, due to its quick effects. Another downside to this constipation remedy is that it tastes bad, so it is recommended that the castor oil be chilled and mixed with a sweetener such as orange juice.

Castor Oil – Home remedy for Food Allergy:  Take five drops of castor oil mixed in half a cup of fruit and vegetable juice once a day every morning.

Castor Oil – Home remedy for Genital Herpes: Apply castor oil on affected area.

Castor Oil - Home remedy for Styes: Dab some castor oil on the styes several times throughout the day until the styes disappears.

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