Castor Oil Compress
Castor oil compresses, also known as castor oil packs, are becoming increasingly popular. And there’s good reason for this…
According to Barbara O’Neill, no other oil penetrates into the body as well as Castor Oil. This means that if we use a castor oil compress, it will deliver the healing benefits of castor oil deeply into the body.
This article details many of the healthful benefits that can be obtained from using castor oil compresses, as well as detailing the dos and don’ts of using castor oil.
- Castor Oil Compress
- Castor Oil Packs
- Castor Oil Health Benefits
- Castor Oil Compress Applications
- Using Castor Oil Packs
- Castor Oil Popularity
- Safely Using Castor Oil
- Castor Oil As A Natural Mascara
- Castor Oil Compresses
Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs were regularly advocated by Edgar Cayce, particularly castor oil packs for liver health.
This is because castor oil packs can help to detoxify the liver, improve bile quality and help to break down gall stones.
However, it is possible to use a castor oil pack for much more varied applications.
Castor oil packs are known to penetrate deeply and remove lumps, bumps and adhesions. This means that a castor oil pack can help to break down bone spurs and cysts etc. [Please watch the Barbara O’Neill video at the end of this article for a more comprehensive list of what kinds of growths can be remediated by castor oil compresses.]
Castor Oil Health Benefits
Castor oil is reputed to possess several important medical benefits.
Castor oil health benefits are thought to include: analgesic + antibacterial + antifungal + anti-inflammatory + anthelmintic + laxative + vulnerary (wound healing)
Castor Oil Compress Applications
There are many uses and benefits of a castor oil compress. Aside from breaking down abnormal growths in bone and soft tissue, castor oil compresses can also help with the following:
- Digestive issues
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Skin conditions [moisturising & sealing in moisture]
- Insect bites
- Allergic rashes
- Joint pain
- Blood circulation issues
- Breaking up scar tissue
- Liver detoxification
- Improving bile quality
- Breaking down gall stones
- Breaking down lumps, bumps and adhesions (cysts & bone spurs etc)
All of the above applications can benefit from using castor oil compresses.
Traditional Uses Of Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs have been deemed beneficial, for a number of female issues, for hundreds of years. Women have turned to the much-needed use of a castor oil pack for hormonal issues, period problems and even childbirth.
But, castor oil packs have been used since ancient times. Even Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is reputed to have used castor oil packs in his time.
A castor oil pack was widely advocated for the following:
- Wound healing
- Joint pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Inducing labour
- Muscle pain
- Anti-ageing skin treatment
- Treatment for baldness
Using Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs can be a little messy if you don’t do them properly. It is, therefore, important to prepare your castor oil packs well.
The following link leads to an excellent video showing you how to make your castor oil pack, and then how to use it: Prepare & use a castor oil pack
Castor Oil Popularity
Castor oil has been featured on TikTok, creating a surge in popularity. But, whilst this is a very positive thing in terms of raising awareness, there is also potentially a very negative downside.
There’s no doubt it’s a good thing that the benefits of castor oil are reaching a wider audience. But, the far-reaching influence of TikTok, and the superficial nature of much of the content it contains, means that the quality of information being shared about castor oil, could potentially be poor.
Sadly, the internet is awash with misleading information, never more so than on social media sites like TikTok. The surge in interest in castor oil, in recent months, only serves to illustrate that these types of social media platforms are exercising considerable influence. So much so, that it alters consumer buying behaviour.
And, due to the rise in castor oil sales, this activity begs the question: What other products are people investing in, believing they are investing in a product that is beneficial for their health?
A good organic castor oil is a good investment, and is completely safe when used correctly, but this doesn’t mean that other social media inspired purchases are equally benign.
It is important for people to realise that the tantalising titbits, gleaned from social media platforms, are no replacement for thoroughly researched and well written natural health articles, which clearly state the pros and cons, and contraindications, of the product being discussed.
But, perhaps TikTok has simply been spreading a recipe or two for natural mascara with castor oil? Or, even better, promoting castor oil for lash growth?
If this is the case, then all well and good.
*There’s a recipe for natural castor oil mascara at the end of this article, which uses a number of other natural ingredients available in the Wild As The Wind Online Shop. Please follow the links provided in the castor oil mascara recipe below, for more information…
Safely Using Castor Oil
For example, castor oil is ideal for all manner of applications. But, this is only true when it is used externally, in almost most instances.
It is a very different story when people try and attempt to ingest castor oil, especially for prolonged periods. As clearly stated on the Wild As The Wind Organic Castor Oil product page:
Organic Castor Oil can potentially cause some serious digestive issues, so taking it internally is not recommended. It is certainly not advisable to take Organic Castor Oil internally unless under the supervision of a health professional.
The Wild As The Wind Organic Castor Oil product page also cautions people to proceed with due care when using Organic Castor Oil, and teaches them how to perform a patch test before more liberal usage.
Additionally, it also breaks down the oil specifications, so that those purchasing the organic castor oil can make a fully informed choice.
There are different grades of castor oil available. Some are organic, and some are not. It is also possible to buy industrial grade castor oil, as well as cosmetic grade and food grade oils.
We can only wonder whether quick TikTok videos are providing users with the same insights?
Castor Oil As A Natural Mascara
Castor oil is excellent for promoting eyelash and eyelash growth. It is also thought to benefit blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye.5
The following recipe, for an all-natural alternative to mascara, can be adapted based on your hair colour.
Making Your Castor Oil Natural Mascara
Using a bain marie, and silicone spatular, or small wooden spoon, do the following:
Melt 1 x Tsp Beeswax
Add ¼ x Tsp Organic Castor Oil
Add ¼ Tsp Organic Avocado Oil
Add ¼ x Tsp Activated Charcoal + ¼ x Tsp cocoa powder + ⅛ x Tsp red clay
As an optional extra, you can also add 2 – 4 drops of Organic Lavender Essential Oil, to help preserve your mascara.
You can use differing amounts of activated charcoal, cocoa powder and red clay to suit your hair colour.
Continue to add small amounts of avocado oil and castor oil, in equal measure, until you achieve the correct consistency. The finished product will be thick and unable to flow from your spoon.
Store your mascara in an air-tight sterilised container.
Transfer your mascara mix into your sterilised container once you are satisfied with the consistency. It will set hard when cooled.
Apply with a mascara brush.
Dispose of any unused mascara after 6 months.
Castor Oil Compresses
In the following video, Barbara O’Neill touches upon the benefits of castor oil compresses, and also discusses a number of other important home remedies for first aid emergencies.
Castor Oil Pack Science:
The use of castor oil packs is supported by scientific evidence.
With more scientific literature on castor oil’s mechanism of action, side effect profile, and toxicity, it is now completely safe and effective for a clinician to offer castor oil for its FDA-approved indications.1
- NIH: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK551626/
- An examination of the effect of castor oil packs on constipation in the elderly: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1744388110000320
- NIH: Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1781768/
- NIH: Characterization and evaluation of antibacterial and antiproliferative activities of crude protein extracts isolated from the seed of Ricinus communis in Bangladesh: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4942971/
- Wiley: Therapeutic potential of castor oil in managing blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cxo.13148