Castor oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils in the past. Our ancestors used it to treat a variety of diseases and conditions for centuries, and interest in it has reignited in recent times.
If you can believe it, experts agree that castor oil can help with the treatment of 24 minor and major ailments, including skin and digestive problems.
The oil is derived from the Ricinus Communis plant. In the past, castor oil was used as a laxative, blood detoxifier and a natural solution for many beauty problems.
Castor oil can even soothe various types of pain if you rub it on the affected area or apply it in the form of a compress. The compresses are easy to prepare and use and are especially effective when mixed with baking soda.
The process of preparation is easy – you just need a piece of cloth or gauze, baking soda, kitchen papers and a bottle of hot water.
Here’s how to use a baking soda-castor oil compress for pain: clean the area with water and baking soda, then soak the gauze (or piece of cloth) in the oil and apply it on the painful area. Next, wrap with aluminum foil, then put a bottle of hot water over it and secure with a bigger towel.
Lay down and leave the compress to work for an hour – it is especially effective in cases of back pain or kidney and liver problems.
Used like this, the compress can help you resolve digestive problems, PMS symptoms, varicose veins and various liver disorders.
Here’s what a baking soda-castor oil mixture can also help you with:
*Rub a paste made of the ingredients on your skin to lighten whole areas of it;
*Rub it on your stretchmarks to easily remove them;
*A castor oil-baking soda paste is perfect for the treatment of hair loss as well as minor injuries, bruises, and cuts. To use it, simply rub the paste or castor oil only on the affected area;
*The paste can successfully eliminate pilonidal cysts;
*Drink a glass of water with 4-5 drops of castor oil every day for a few months to treat tinnitus;
*Drink 5-6 drops of castor oil every morning to treat allergies;
*Rub the oil on your neck to eliminate vocal cord nodules and restore your voice;
*A drop of castor oil in your eyes can dissolve and prevent cataract;
*Put a drop of the oil in your ears to prevent a buildup of wax;
*Drink a few drops of the oil every morning if you’re a smoker or heavy drinker to ditch the habit;
*Just like lavender oil, rubbing castor oil on sore muscles can easily relax them;
*Apply a few drops of castor oil on your eyelids to prevent conjunctivitis;
*Massage your stomach with the oil to treat diarrhea. The same method works against hyperactivity in children;
*Rub a bit of the paste on your bug bites to soothe the irritation;
*Rub a bit of the oil on your chest to stop snoring;
*Having hard calluses on your feet? Rub a bit of the paste on them regularly to soften and remove them easier;
*Consuming castor oil and a bit of baking soda every day will alkalize your body and make it hostile ground for cancer;
*Rub the oil on your feet to prevent fungal infections;
*Rub the oil on your back to relieve the pain and stiffness;
*In the past, people used the oil as the main natural remedy for warts and skin tags;
*Suffering from severe ankle pain? Don’t worry – just rub a bit of castor oil on your painful joints every day and it should go away soon.