In this week’s episode, we’ll cover the health benefits of castor oil. Having been used since ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian times, castor oil has been used topically for breast inflammation, lumps and minor mastitis, as a wart remover, to relieve chronic bursitis, for relief from genital herpes and internally as a laxative and labor inducer. Not bad eh?

For relief from breast inflammation due to cysts, or infections due to mastitis, simply double fold a wool flannel cloth and saturate it with castor oil, apply it to the breast then cover it with plastic wrap and heat one of those magic-bag bean bags in the microwave until it is as warm as you can handle, then hold it to your breasts for about an hour. Do this for three to five days. The same goes for bursitis of the elbows shoulders and knees.

For warts, make a thick paste of castor oil and baking soda, apply the mix to a bandaid, then cover the wart. Change the bandaid twice per day and do this for up to 7 days.

For herpes infections, do the same as for breasts but put that patch on the abdomen and continue the treatment daily for one month, then down to 3 times per week once the infection has subsided, for another 2 weeks.

For constipation, 15ml (1 tablespoon) is used in adults and it takes between 2-6 hours for bowel movement onset.

In induction of labor for “at term” pregnancies, midwives typically use a single 60ml dose of castor oil in orange juice.

Castor oil works due to its stimulation of T11 lymphocytes, which are part of your immune system, and by causing irritation of the large intestines, which cause those wave-like muscle contractions to occur. When the intestines have these contractions, it will also cause a reflexive contraction of the uterus, which is why labor induction is possible.

As mentioned above, talk to your health practitioner before trying any of these interventions. Stay tuned next week when we talk about Honey and its relatives.

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