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Castor Oil:-Painkilling AND Good for the Skin

ShareCastor Oil, which has been called "The Oil Which Heals" is an all round wonder oil. When castor oil is mentioned, many people shudder and remember how it was frequently used as a laxative. While very effective in this regard, the taste, I believe, is not pleasant.
The good news is that it can be very effectively used externally and need not be taken orally to have an amazing effect on many ailments. It is anti-inflamatory and painkilling so great for aches and pains including sciatic pain, muscular pain, digestive complaints and more. The most effective way to use castor oil for these complaints is in a castor oil pack.
How to Make A Castor Oil Pack
Materials Needed
  • Three layers of absorbent material large enough to cover the area being treated
  • Castor oil
  • Plastic wrap large enough to cover the cloth
  • Hot water bottle
  • For best results heat the oil slightly, it should be warm but not hot
  • Soak the material in the castor oil. It should be saturated but not dripping
  • Place the pack on the area being treated
  • Cover the pack with plastic wrap and place a hot water bottle over the pack
  • Leave the pack on for 30-60 minutes. Use the castor oil pack 3-4 days per week

Skin Conditions
Castor oil is anti bacterial, anti viral, anti fungal and antiseptic. It is also very penetrating and moisturising; it hydrates the skin and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. This makes it very effective for conditions such as warts, verruca, ringworm, athletes' foot, burns, wrinkles and many other common skin problems. To treat skin conditions apply castor oil to the affected area.
In the case of stubborn fungal infections of the skin or nails, it is best to soak the affected area in Epsom salts for 10 minutes before applying the castor oil. This has the effect of disinfecting the area, softening the skin and enhancing the benefits of the castor oil. 
For warts and verrucas, apply castor oil, cover the area with a plaster and change daily. Tea tree essential oil could be added for enhanced effect, use 2 drops of tea tree per teaspoon castor oil.

Cautions & Contraindications
Anyone who is pregnant or suffering from intestinal blockage, acute inflammatory intestinal disease or appendicitis should consult a doctor before using castor oil.

Buying Castor Oil
Castor Oil is available in most health food shops; it is best to  get cold-pressed (unrefined) oil.

Castor Oil & Massage
While castor oil would be excellent to use in a massage for its therapeutic benefits, it is very thick and sticky. It can, however be used in a mix of 2 parts grapeseed oil, 1 part olive oil and 1 part castor oil. Essential oils will greatly enhance the effects of the oils but do consult a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils.

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