Castor oil is absolutely amazing. You’ll be surprised at all of the possible benefits of castor oil. I’ve used it on spider bites, oil pulling, brushing teeth, small infections, and more.
These statements have not been reviewed by the FDA. These benefits are not meant to cure, prevent or treat any disease or disorder. Speak to your doctor before using castor oil. Please see disclaimer.
It’s advised that you seek the advice of a doctor or other healthcare professional before using castor oil, if you are pregnant, lactating, or breastfeeding, if you have intestinal problems, pain in the abdomen, or appendicitis!
Castor beans are highly poisonous, we are only discussing the oil here in this post. The seeds contain a toxic enzyme named ricin. The process of heating the castor oil renders the ricin inactive. Don’t ingest castor beans!
How I Use Castor Oil
I just wanted to share how I’m using castor oil (this is the brand I LOVE) first. I use it in my toothpaste! It cleans very well.
It’s possible properties include antimicrobial, antiviral, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, and analgesic.
I’ve also been using it to do some oil pulling. I see that a lot of people are using coconut and olive oil, but I think castor has many extra benefits.
I swish it around for about twenty minutes. I should be doing it twice a day but I’m doing good if I do it once a day!
I’m trying to work it into my schedule but I’m already seeing results! I have some cavities and they are looking and feeling better!
Instructions for pulling with castor oil are below.
A Spider Bite…
I also want to tell you about this time I got what I believe was a spider bite on my inner thigh.
It was itchy, really itchy and painful! A couple of days went by and I was very worried, it kept getting bigger and redder.
I was scared that a poisonous spider bit me, seriously that is how bad it looked!
I had never really tried castor oil on anything like this before, but for some reason, I just thought why not try? So I did. The itch immediately went away.
The next day, the swelling and discoloration and decreased dramatically. So I put it on anytime it started itching which was usually twice a day.
In three days, it was nearly gone! I wish I knew for sure what bit me. Although, I read somewhere that it is an antitoxin.
That would explain why it helped so much, not to mention all of the other great properties I listed earlier that castor oil has to offer!
A Small Infection…
The other night I noticed my son had a sore on his ankle and it was clearly getting infected.
This is where I would usually pull out my store-bought antibacterial ointment, but this time I reached for castor oil.
I put some of the oil on a small cotton ball and put a bandaid on it.
Then the next morning the infection was gone, and by the next day, it had completely filled in the hole that the infection had created!
I will say if you compare the prices of antibacterial ointment, it would be much cheaper and probably healthier to use castor oil!
All of these ideas would not be very good uses if castor oil does have a drying effect on you.
Some people may just be affected differently than others. It may work for you, but I would put in the necessary research before trying ANY of the ideas here.
Grab your castor oil on Amazon. That’s where I get my favorite brand at a great price.
Possible Benefits of Castor Oil:
- Oil Pulling – See more information below
- Arthritis – *See how to make a heating pack below
- Constipation Relief – Consult a physician/package for directions
- Sore Muscles – *See how to make a heating pack
- Warts, moles, and cysts – *See how to make an overnight pack
- Stretch marks – *Use an overnight pack, see below
- Itching – Rub some castor oil on the affected area
- Hair growth – Increase hair growth by massage it into scalp for several minutes
- Calluses and Corns – *See how to make and overnight pack
- Bug bites – Apply a thin layer to the bite site. Reapply when itching or burning begins again. Repeat this process until bite is healed.
- Infection – possibly helps with infections due to its antimicrobial properties. Serious infections should be treated by a doctor.
- Minor wounds – Castor oil may help with minor wounds. Don’t put castor oil on actively bleeding wounds.
- Inflammation – Use an overnight pack or heating back to help with minor inflammation.
- Sprain and Strains – Just in case it’s broken you might want to see a doctor. Use a heating pack or overnight pack until injury feels better.
A Couple More Ideas…
Also, because of some of its properties, it could help with wrinkles, and dark circles under the eyes, split hair ends, and sometimes added to mascaras to help them grow and be thicker.
Castor Oil Pulling
If you haven’t tried oil pulling with castor oil yet, and you want to try it, I’ve got some tips!
- Oil pulling is done first thing in the morning before you drink or eat anything.
- Use 1 TBSP of Castor Oil
- Pull, and push the oil between your teeth for 20 minutes, or for as long as you can.
- Spit oil into trash can. (Do not spit oil in sink, oil shouldn’t go down your drains!)
- Rinse mouth with water, and then brush teeth as normal.
More Tips for Pulling with Castor Oil
- When done correctly, castor oil will become milky white, and much thinner.
- Oil pulling can be done daily.
- Don’t swallow the oil, because it will cause toxins and bacteria after pulling with it.
Check out some more interesting facts and benefits about pulling with castor oil.
Castor Oil Heating Pack
Don’t fall asleep using this.
- Take a piece of cotton flannel or a cotton ball and soak it in castor oil.
- Cover the cotton with plastic wrap
- Apply a heating pad, the plastic wrap will serve as a guard so it doesn’t get on the heating pad!
Castor Oil Overnight Pack
- Use a piece of cotton flannel or a cotton ball
- Wrap it in plastic wrap
- Then wrap it in a non-adhesive bandage to keep it all in place or you could use medical tape, but that stuff is hard & painful to get off! OUCH!
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