I love castor oil for many reasons. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, Vitamin E, Omegas and proteins. First of all, it is anti-everything. It is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Second, it makes hair shine and moisturized. I use castor oil in my shampoo bars which are the most wonderful shampoo ever. Third, castor oil is a main staple in my Castor Oil Belly Packs. Castor oil packs are great for indigestion, upset stomach, menstrual cramps and generalized belly aches.
Many of you may recall the picture of a child holding his/her nose while taking a teaspoon of something into the mouth. That was castor oil! Historically, castor oil was given internally for gastrointestinal distress. That practice has disappeared over the years because there is evidence that castor oil can cause serious illness/death if ingested. In fact, castor oil taken internally is now considered a poison. Don't drink it!!
If you have ever touched castor oil you know that it is viscous (thick). It is so thick that it won't freeze no matter how hard you try. In fact it was used as a lubricant in World War 1. It is ideal for cold weather climates as a spot moisturizer (like those little cuts on the sides of your fingers).
As a reminder there are side effects to everything. If you use castor oil on your skin make sure you watch for redness, itching, rash....any skin irritation. If this happens, discontinue use.
My name is, Polly J. Huenink-Schellinger. I am a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Reflexologist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Parish Nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Facilitator.