CASTOR OIL PLANT


Castor plant has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial & liver protecting properties.
Castor oil or eranda taila  is extracted from castor beans is very good laxative, anti -inflammatory & cures skin problems.

Castor oil is most commonly used as a powerful laxative. Take 1-2 tbsp at bedtime for this effect.

Castor oil is also used with great benefit externally, in a poultice, to dissolve & draw out cyststumorswartsgrowths & other toxic accumulations.
It also has an emollient effect & will help soften & remove scars. For these purposes, soak a wool flannel cloth with castor oil & apply 1 or more times daily to the affected area for 1 or 2 hours. For increased effectiveness, put a protective layer on the poultice & apply heat directly on top of it with a hot water bottle or heating pad.

Castor seed oil is useful for treating skin diseases & skin ulcers, particularly those which are caused due to bacterial or fungal infections, for treatment of skin problems like itchiness, ringworm, dry skinwarts, moles & cystsrelieving skin & nasopharyngeal allergies.

The ricinoleic, oleic & linoleic & other fatty acids found in castor oil are very effective in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis & gout

Castor oil stimulates menstruation in cases of delayed, painful, or obstructed menses. It also helps to relieve pain during menstruation.
Castor oil, apart from easing & enhancing milk flow, also increases the quantity of milk due to the presence of fatty acids in it. However, its cold-compressed form should be taken in low doses to avoid any adverse effects on infants.

Indians traditionally boil seed kernels or hulls in milk & water & then consume the brew to relieve arthritis, lower back pain & sciatica
Castor seed plants are widely used in India for constipation, dysentery, inflammatory bowel disease, bladder & vaginal infections, asthma.

Canary Islanders made poultices from the leaves of the castor plant to treat gynecological problems
Nursing mothers applied these poultices to their breasts to increase milk secretion & relieve inflammation of their mammary glands & applied the poultice to their abdomens to promote normal menstruation. 

Roots are used in treatment of swelling, fever, abdominal diseases, arthritis, rheumatism, pain in lumbar region & similar conditions
The leaves are used for painful urination, lump, diseases due to vitiation of vata/wind & colic pain in the bladder.


PRECAUTIONS:

The plant bears oval, glossy brown & beautiful seeds. These seeds look very attractive but are highly poisonous in nature.
Ricin is a carbohydrate-binding protein produced in castor seeds. It is the most poisonous naturally occurring substance. Ricin prevents synthesis of protein & cell metabolism. Since the toxicity involves synthesis of protein so visible symptoms appear only after few hours of ingestion or inhalation. Although on basis of symptom supportive treatments can be given but long-term organ damage can occur.

Swallowing of whole seed is not poisonous. But if a person chews the seed & breaks the seed coat then he/she may suffer from the toxicity & symptoms may appear after as early as 4- 8 hours & as late as 24 hours.

Since castor is easily available plant & its seeds are quite attractive & particularly children should be aware of the toxicity of seeds. Children should be kept away from castor plant.

Symptoms of ricin poisoning include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate & seizures. It can progress to severe dehydration, low blood pressure & decrease in urine within a few days. The symptoms can persist up to a week, although they typically start to appear from 4 hours of ingestion. Full recovery is possible when the poisoning is treated promptly.

Castor oil's main side effects fall into the categories of skin reactions & gastrointestinal upset, which isn't terribly surprising given the agent's actions on your intestinal wall.
Castor oil is broken down by your small intestine into ricinoleic acid, which acts as an irritant to your intestinal lining.
This effect is what gives castor oil the ability to reverse constipation—but it's also the reason that some people report digestive discomfort, diarrhea & other gastrointestinal side effects.

If you suffer from cramps, irritable bowel, ulcers, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, colitis, prolapses or have recently undergone surgery, you should probably avoid castor oil due to these possible adverse reactions.

Although castor oil has been traditionally used to help stimulate labor in healthy pregnant women, there are widespread reports of nausea.

Do not use castor in intestinal obstruction & abdominal pain of unknown origin, appendicitis, inflammatory bowel (IBS) disease.
Do not consume for more than 8–10 days.
Do not consume castor oil frequently as it can cause electrolyte losses, gastric irritation & allergic skin reactions. It should not be given to children.


RECIPES:

Castor seeds poultice is prepared by grinding seeds, adding water, spreading on cloth which is applied on skin.
Castor seeds poultice gives relief from joint swelling & pain in gout, arthritis & rheumatism.
For inflammation due to arthritis massage with any pain reliving oil. 
Then take few castor leaves & heat them, put in cloth & tie on affected area at night before sleeping & remove in morning.

For chronic stomach pain take lukewarm water, add 2 tbsp of castor oil, lemon juice & drink. 
Regular use cures chronic stomach pain. 
For pain due to gastric trouble mix castor oil with butter & massage on the stomach.

Chronic Constipation & Bleeding from the Gums:
Take 1 tsp of castor oil with milk at bed time.

For breast cancer in initial stage massage breast with castor oil.
Take castor plant leaves 5 g, cook in 200 g of water & when water reduces to 50 g filter & drink. Take this twice a day. 
Use regularly.
Boil leaves of castor plant & apply this at affected area.

Castor plant leaves poultice is useful in burns, boils, sore, skin infections, joint pain etc. its seeds are also used to prepare poultice. 
Castor leaves poultice is prepared by crushing leaves, frying in castor oil & spreading on the muslin cloth that is wrapped around skin for 30– 60 minutes.

Castor Oil Pack:

Fold flannel three layers thick so it is still large enough to fit over your entire upper abdomen & liver, or stack the three squares.
Soak flannel with the oil so that it is completely saturated. 
The oil should be at room temperature.
Lie on your back with your feet elevated, using a pillow under your knees & feet works well, placing flannel pack directly onto your abdomen; cover oiled flannel with the sheet of plastic & place the hot water bottle on top of the plastic.
Cover everything with the old towel to insulate the heat. 
Take caution not to get the oil on whatever you are laying on, as it can stain. If necessary, cover that surface with something to protect it.
Leave pack on for 45- 60 minutes.
When finished, remove the oil from your skin by washing with a solution of 2 tbsp of baking soda to 1 l water, or just soap & water.

You can reuse the pack several times, each time adding more oil as needed to keep the pack saturated. Store the pack in a large zip-lock bag or other plastic container in a convenient location, such as next to your bed. 
Replace the pack after it begins to change color.
For maximum effectiveness, apply at least 4 consecutive days per week for 1 month. 
People who use the pack daily report the most benefits.


BEAUTY:

Castor oil smooths fine lines & wrinkles . 
Also can be used for a treatment of scalp problems, such as dandruff, encouraging the growth & regrowth of hair .

In case of cracked heels, rough skin & hyper pigmentation massage with castor oil.

MAGIC:

Castor beans absorb evil & negativity.
They may be made into a necklace. Always keep in mind that beans are toxic..
Castor oil makes a great carrier oil for blends that deal with protection,evil eye & absorbing negativity.