What Is Castor Oil Used For?

Medicinal Uses of Castor Oil

Castor Oil Plant: Sources of Information:  The Reader’s Digest  ‘Magic and Medicine of Plants’, Published in 1994,  Surrey Hills NSW and John Lust’s herbal,  entitled ‘The Herb Book’. (publisher etc to be given)

The Castor oil Plant, ‘Palma Christi’.

The Castor Oil Plant has been known for centuries as the  ‘Palma Christi’, the Palm of Christ.  This gives an indication of just how highly the plant has been regarded over many  centuries.

Its botanical names are:  Ricinus  communis L., and it belongs to the Spurge Family, a Euphorbiaceae.   It is native to India and parts of the Mediterranean, but now grows in many parts of the world.

Castor Oil plant, the Palma Christi, has a long history: The seeds of the plant have been found in some ancient Egyptian tombs which date back 4000 years,  according to the Reader’s Digest herbal.  Dioscorides and Pliny in their writings which are almost 2000 years old,  both mention the therapeutic aspects of the castor oil plant as a purgative oil and laxative.

The Castor Oil Plant grows  in Australia and New Zealand as a free-range weed.  You can find it in many overgrown gardens and along the banks of railway lines.  These days, though, it is becoming harder to find, because councils, farmers and householders often use dire methods of weed eradication which are eliminating many varieties of plants from our botanical lists.  Big  weed-cutters  are used along banks to eradicate weeds, and herbicides are used by many people: these practices are causing many medicinal ‘weeds’ to become scarce.

Castor Oil is pressed out from the seeds of the plant.  The oil is not poisonous, but the seeds and leaves of the plant are poisonous. So you must never use castor oil leaf or seeds to make your own remedies for internal use.  The leaves, however, can be used externally in poultices which can be laid on the body.

Castor oil, which you can buy in most supermarkets, health shops and chemist shops or drug stores, comes from  Brazil,  India, and other places where it is farmed commercially.

In Medicines: Castor oil is a valuable vegetable agent which is used in ayurvedic medicine, some orthodox  medicines,  and cosmetics, especially lip-sticks and eye-cosmetics.

For Intestines: It is famous for its laxative effect and as a remedy for constipation.It cleanses the intestines of old debris.

Liver and Gall Bladder: It benefits the liver and gall bladder. Castor oil removes toxins from the liver, helps eliminate stale bile, and helps to dissolve gall stones.

Eyes: Castor oil benefits the eyes, and so castor oil is found in some eye medications. Castor oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for some eye diseases, such as cataract if it is caught in the early stages.

Castor Oil  benefits hair growth when applied externally, and taken internally on a regular basis, such as in the Gerson Cancer Therapy. Castor Oil can be applied once a week to thinning hair, or to baby’s scalp to encourage hair growth.  Leave it on for several hours, or overnight, then wash out with good  quality natural soap.

Ricinoleic acid is the active ingredient of castor oil. Ricinoleic acid is the purgative agent.  This is used in some contraceptive jellies, creams and foams.  Castor oil, because of its ricinoleic acid content,  is also used in industry to make things like nylon and linoleum.

In Africa and parts of Europe, castor oil leaves have been used as an external application on the breasts to increase lactation.

Castor Oil is a valuable healing oil, both externally and internally.  It has been used by many alternative cancer therapists, such as Dr Max Gerson, Walter Last and Dr Ann Wigmore. Jacqui Davison wrote a book on how she recovered from cancer using castor oil therapy, which she learned about from the writings of Dr Gerson.

Gerson Castor oil Treatment For Cancer: This therapy can be used to treat many degenerative diseases, not just cancer.  Dr Gerson devised a treatment which included the use of castor oil.  The dose of castor oil was 2 tablespoonsful every second day. Castor oil is a powerful detoxifier, which makes it a very good medicine for cancer patients.   It cleans out the liver, gall bladder, and intestines.  It has the ability to draw out poisons from other parts of the body, including the site of tumours.  However, to do this treatment, you need professional advice and much preparation and determination.  The Gerson Castor Oil Therapy is very hard work, but it has saved the lives of many people.

Castor oil is an integral part of the treatment which Dr Gerson used.  Other essential aspects of the regime were: daily enemas; porridge for breakfast, eaten with one raw, grated apple;  High Vitamin C intake: fresh vegetable and fruit juices every hour; salads at every meal.  Extra Vitamin C was given, and vitamin C was also combined with 2 aspirin for a ‘natural’  pain relief.

Castor Oil And Ginger For Weight Loss

Tamarind Paste Laxative

Benefits of Tamarind

Ayurvedic medicine uses tamarind as an herbal medicine. Ask your ayurvedic practitioner for advice on uses of tamarind for the health.

Tamarind paste is an incredibly versatile cooking commodity to have in your kitchen.   Using tamarind paste in your cooking is very healthy, as it  helps to promote good digestion, and encourages effective elimination. This might be partly due to the fact that the Vitamin C content of the  tamarind fruit,  even when the fruit is dried and made into a paste, is exceptionally high.

Tamarind paste is an important ingredient of Indian cooking, and in the cooking of South East Asia.  Tamarind  gives a curry that slight acid or tart flavour which imitates lemon juice, and which enhances the other flavours of the curry.

Using Tamarind Paste as a Laxative:  You can use tamarind paste as a medicine to help detoxify the bowels.  However, tamarind contains oxalic acid, which tends to draw calcium from the body if your calcium intake is not particularly high.  This means that tamarind should not be used on its own for people with calcium disturbances, such as osteoporosis, or osteomalacia, or arthritis, or even gout. This does not mean tamarind should be put into the ‘dodgy’ list at all – silver beet, spinach, and beetroot are all quite high in oxalic acid, and are still regarded as healthy foods for some people.

However, tamarind works best, without disturbing calcium absorption too much, when it is used in a curry, especially with  coconut milk, meat, or nuts and vegetables, as these all help to  balance out the effect of oxalic acid in  tamarind, and provide the calcium needed both for your own body metabolism and for the action of the oxalic acid.

Tamarind on its own should be used as an emergency measure, and by people whose constitution is fairly robust. Do not use it if you are on any medications. Ask your doctor before you try this if you are in doubt or have any health problem, including constipation.

If tamarind paste used as a laxative, then take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

The recipe for Tamarind Tea is:

  • One teaspoon of tamarind paste
  • The juice of one lemon
  • One cup of hot, but not boiling, water.
  • A large pinch of ginger powder.

Mix the tamarind paste into the hot water.  Add the lemon juice and the ginger. Stir well, and take the whole cup of tamarind tea.

  • Wait for ten to fifteen minutes, then drink a full glass of whole milk. Do not use thin milk which is fat free, unless you have been advised by your physician or health practitioner to use fat free milk:  in this case, you should certainly check with this health professional before using tamarind as a laxative.  You need the whole milk to balance out any negative effects from the oxlic acid.
  • Nut Milk: If you do not have dairy milk, or cannot digest this, then make up some  nut milk.  You can use cashews, or almonds, sunflower seeds, or sesame seeds, or a combination of any of these.  Use between a quarter to half a cup of nuts or seeds, and blend these up in about a cup or so of warm water. Take a cup of this nut milk
  • Next – eat breakfast just as normal.