Castor Oil for Natural Health

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Cataracts

Approval Ratings
YEA (3)
100%

[YEA]  01/03/2009: Brooke from Montgomery, TX: "A couple of drops of Castor Oil (cold pressed only) put into the eyes right before you go to sleep will also get rid of cataracts."

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[QUESTION]  01/24/2009: Mike from Eastpointe, MI replies: "how long before the cataracts disappear while using castor oil drops in your eye?"
02/02/2009: Gilbert from Los Alamos, New Mexico replies: "Question: has anyone ever used castor oil to alleviate dry eye?"
07/25/2009: Smitty from Doddridge, AR replies: "I would like to repeat the above question. I assume the time frame varies but what would be a good rule of thumb? I have cataracts and this is the first time that I have ever heard of using Castor Oil. It sounds like a wonderful product. With all of my old age problems I must get some as soon as possible."
02/24/2010: Anna from Philadelphia, Pa, Usa replies: "I wanted to get Puritan's Pride castor oil but on the label they say "Avoid contact with eyes. Do not ingest."
I was so confused that I did not get it. Are you using any special C.O. or it really doesn't matter and they are overcautious?"
[YEA]  04/15/2010: Paula from Miami, Fl replies: "I am 42 years old and have had a yellow callous like spot on the white of my eyes. I grew up at the beach but never wore sunglasses. After reading how castor oil helps with cateracts and other eye problems. I tried it. I put a drop in each eye. After doing this for about 4 times in the course of 2 weeks, the yellow spot was completely gone. It really is gone."
01/28/2011: Stephanie from Turtle, Wisconsin replies: "Is it safe to put drops of Castor Oil into my dog's eyes? I've been reading about cataracts to help him and besides wheat grass, I haven't heard anything else. I would love to start this for him if it's ok!"
02/05/2011: Deborah from Grimsley, Tn replies: "Hi Stephanie,

I am also in search of a remedy for Cataracts for my dog. I tried to put castor oil in his eyes but could not keep him still. He's very hyper & panics when u try to hold him to treat anything on his body so it's a challenge. I decided I'd try something internally. I've been giving him flaxseed oil mixed in cottage cheese. (I read this somewhere but can't find it now). In my desperation to help him I decided to give this a try. I also started mixing a little bit of wheat germ into this also because of all the vitamins it contains. I thought this might boost his immune system. I just started this about 4 days ago so no change but I know it will take time. If u learn of anything that sounds better please post it.

Thanks,
Deb"
02/07/2011: Stephanie from Turtle, Wisconsin replies: "Thank you, Deborah... I tried it one night and he was fine with it, probably didn't know what happpened, but the next time he ran from me, ha! So I have been researching still... I need answers quick! :) He's only 6 and his eyes have hints of cloudiness."
[YEA]  02/18/2012: Jennywren from Perth, Western Australia, Australia replies: "Castor oil is great for dry eyes and, I've heard, cataracts too. But make sure any castor oil you either apply to the skin or drop in the eyes is cold-pressed, so perhaps try your local health food store. I've been experimenting with castor oil recently, rubbing it on the face, scalp and lash area and my eyes are certainly brighter and bluer. It's been ten days. :)"
08/24/2012: El from Toronto, Canada replies: "For cataracts in pets and people, put one to two drops of cold-pressed flaxseed oil in each eye every evening. Warm the flaxseed oil to body temperature before using."


Cysticerci

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  03/11/2007: Lhyn from Dubai, UAE: "I had cysticerci in my upper abdomen (left and right) in my calculation it is almost 60 cyst with the size of mung beans each of the cyst. After I zapped it with hulda clark zapper and put castor oil pack and the heating pad, some of the cyst was gone... i'll continue zapping and castor oil packs."

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"EC: Cysticerci is a tapeworm infection from pork. Infection occurs when tapeworm larvae enter the body and form cysticerci (cysts). The tapeworm that causes cysticercosis is found worldwide, however, infection is found frequently in rural, developing countries where pigs are allowed to roam freely and eat human excrement."


Deep Sleep

Approval Ratings
YEA (5)
83%
SIDE EFFECT (1)
17%

[YEA]  10/29/2008: Parag from Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA: "Castor oil is great to get that deep, restful sleep. Apply about a drop of castor oil to your eye lids only. It is okay if it enters your eye. This is the normal, regular castor oil you get at the stores. Initially you will fall to sleep the moment you hit the bed. So make sure you are ready to sleep when you use it. If you plan to sleep only 3 to 4 hours, i.e. not you full normal sleep, do not use castor oil as it will make getting up very difficult indeed! I use it when I have anxieties or when I find it difficult to sleep. I and my wife have been using it for decades now.

Hope it helps you too. Wish you sweet dreams!"

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[YEA]  11/03/2008: Robin from Rural, VA replies: "This is amazing. I have been on a quest for a good nights sleep, which didn't include medications, for several months. I fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time, but wake up several times, sometimes for a few hours at a time. I have tried everything posted on this site, but the Castor Oil works! My boyfriend laughs at me and my crazy remedies. Well he has insomnia too, and I'm sleeping through the night. Does anyone have any ideas about why this works?"
07/25/2009: A from Chennai, India replies: "You are falling asleep immediately because castor oil has a cooling relaxing effect on the body. In India, it is very common for people (especially in South) to massage scalp with it (along with other oils) and also to put a few drops on eyelashes and eyes. Helps internally cool the body."
[YEA]  03/03/2010: Sara from Rochester, Ny replies: "i have to say, this really works. i always wake up in the middle of the night and i still do, but with the castor oil on my eyes, i'm so groggy i fall right back to sleep...love it!"
[YEA]  12/09/2010: Janelle from Omaha, Nebraska replies: "I tried this last night... OH MY GOSH! It works! I had such deep sleep I had multiple amazing dreams! The only problem is its taking me a while to wake up.. Maybe a little too much sleep! Can't wait to see if my eyelashes grow thicker."
[SIDE EFFECTS]  12/09/2010: Shiloh from Escondido, Ca. replies: "Hello everyone, I have tried the castor oil four times now and every time I use it my eyelids swell so bad I can't even see my eyelashes. The first time was on my eyelids for the purpose of better sleep. Boy what a mess, I was to go to a funeral the next day and my eyes looked like I had been crying for a week. That perticular brand was only for topical applications.

So I bought the kind you can use internally. Same thing happend, and by then I had read a post here that it was good for wrinkles so I put it on my whole face. I saw a difference the next morning and was pleasantly surprised, but disappointed because of the swelling. Well I must say I must be a glutton for punishment, the last time I used it was just around my mouth. I really didn't think my eyes would swell since it wasn't anywhere near my eyes. Wrong. The bad thing is they stay swollen for two days. Guess I must be allergic to it, unless anyone has any other ideas what's wrong."

12/10/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "Shilo,
Are you having some digestion problems? I think you should put the Castor oil packs on your liver and your stomach areas and then heat it up with a heating pad or hot water bottle. In flannel of course. There is some good information on EC about this.

For digestion, eat a more alkalizing diet. And if you can, fast, fast for a couple of days. When you do the Castor Oil packs, meditate on this: My mind is relaxed and at peace. And also use that as an affirmation throughout the day. Massage the following oils into your spine: Olive oil (2 ounce) Lanolin, (1 ounce), and Pine Needle Oil (1 ounce), for approx 30 minute. And then take a really cold towel and put it on your stomach - or your abdomen area - make sure it is as cold as ice! After it has heated up from your body heat, then take it off. Do this for approx 3 days and hopefully you won't have a hard time with sleeping anymore!

I use the Castor Oil on my face every night - but I am careful not to get it into, or around my eyes because my eyes do the exact same thing. If I know I am not going anywhere the next day, then I almost always put a drop or two into them for preventative maintenance."

12/10/2010: Shiloh from Escondido, Ca. replies: "Hi Brooke, thanks for your response. Yes, my digestion system is all messed up and has been since 1977, I have done a ph test and I am highly acidic. At the first of the year I plan on doing a 10 day cleansing fast, using lemon, and maple syrup. Then my goal is to become vegetarian. I am also about 10 lbs or more underweight according to a body mass index chart. So hopefully with all the changes I will be on the right track. I will also try the things you have recommended."
01/03/2011: Kricket from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "Hi Shilo,
I think it is great that you are moving forward with your cleansing this new year. If you are going to repair your damaged gut, however, I can safely say that going vegetarian is not the best choice. Raw food and grains are very difficult for our digestive system and one that is compromised or damaged cannot tolerate them at all. I would suggest looking into Weston A. Price foundation and GAPS diet. Google both of those to learn more about healing the body. Best of luck!"
[YEA]  02/18/2011: Brenda from Miami, Florida replies: "Well I must say I was a bit hesitant to try castor oil on the eyelids, but to my surprise it worked! I've used sleeping pills for years, now I'm cutting back on all the chemicals in my body and I never felt better. Thank you EC for all this great info."
03/01/2012: Brian from Vancouver, Bc, Canada replies: "Hi, Does anyone know if it matters if you use the one for internal or external use?

I tried it last night, I bought the internal one. It didn't work for me. I have had severe insomnia for 8 months, I hate pills!! Like everyone I guess. I have tried everything and nothing works.

To the people that have used sleeping pills or other pills to get them to sleep: Did the castor oil work the first night or did it take awhile? And again, did you buy the external or internal one??

Thank you!!"

03/01/2012: Kevin from Burbank, Ca, Usa replies: "The best remedy I've ever used is a level teaspoon of NUTMEG. I know that sounds stupid to use a spice.... However I thought the same thing and I tried it. IT WORKS. Just don't take any more than two tablespoons at night or you might feel "high" the next day like you smoked weed. But that won't happen if you only take one teaspoon. NUTMEG is an MAOI drug so you need to follow a LOW TYRAMINE DIET when nutmeg is in your system otherwise you may get a bad headache/unwanted symptoms. But if you follow low tyramine diet and take the level teaspoon before bed you will see it works and after a few days probably will cure insomnia. A low tyramine diet is pretty much just eating veggies/fruits."
03/02/2012: Brian from Vancouver, Bc, Canada replies: "Hi Kevin, How bad was your insomnia and what was it caused by? Mine is definitely from anxiety and the inability to relax. It also really severe, I've been on all kinds of meds, which I try to avoid. You think nutmeg would work for me? Also, do you put the teaspoon in water or just swallow the powder? Thanks"
06/29/2012: Heather from San Diego, California replies: "To Brian from Vancouver, Bc, Canada, Insomnia from anxiety and unquiet thoughts can be greatly reduced my taking magnesium citrate. I use the powdered kind and will sometimes mix it in my apple cider vinegar and water, however, it's fine all by itself.

You can order it online, and take 1,000 mg per day (i.e., two doses per day of 500 each and the last one shortly before bedtime.) Once it starts working, cut down to 500 - 750 mg per day. It can cause loose stools if you take too much.

GNC and other vitamin stores sell it but you have to make sure that, if you get it in PILL form, that it can be easily dissolved. Sometimes the binders used in pills prevent it from dissolving and therefore prevents it from being absorbed.

By the way, if you want to try magnesium citrate super fast, I. E. , before ordering the powdered stuff online, you can find it at any pharmacy in liquid form for about $1. 50. It comes in a small, clear glass bottle and is usually flavored grape or lemon. This is also magnesium citrate, and I use it in emergencies (when I run out of the powder). For this, take about a tablespoon, which, if memory serves, will be about 1, 000 mg.

They do use a little saccharin in that to sweeten it but since you're only taking a tablespoon, it's okay.

Within a few days, your anxiety should be reduced. It also reduces muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, depression, constipation, and is, in general, good for everyone. It completely cured my panic attacks and greatly reduced my insomnia.

In addition to magnesium citrate, I also take melatoninm 6 to 9 mg's per night, and will very occassionally have to drink a cup of chamomile tea along with some other herbal remedy. Rarely I will also take 1/2 of a low dose prescription trazadone pill - but only when I'm really stressed or consumed caffeine after noon.

It's important to get good quality sleep. Generally, I've found that mixing small doses of several different remedies works better than a strong dose of any particular kind.

I've had anxiety induced insomnia for 20 years. The most powerful remedy I ever tried, prescription or not, was the magnesium citrate - the rest is just so that I insure I get a full 8 hours of sleep.

I hope this helps."

03/19/2013: James W. from Potts Camp, Ms. Usa replies: "Why does cold pressed castor oil label say not to get around eyes. From what I read people puts it directly in the eye. That makes me concerned about using it for eye problems. Thanks for your help. James W"
03/19/2013: S from St. Louis, Mo replies: "I think it depends on the individual. Many people have reported good results, but the two times I've tried castor oil in my eyes, it resulted in smoky vision/excessive floaters in 1 eye. There is something unusual that the dr sees on my retina, but my vision is normally good. I think whateve is going on with my eyes is just very sensitive to castor oil. So, as with pretty much any remedy, one size does not fit all."
03/19/2013: Gena from Pasadena, Ca replies: "To: James W - I believe it says that because the skin around the eyes is both thin and sensitive and castor oil is a very thick oil and can irritate it. I have tried applying it around my eyes on 2 different occasions and my skin got allergically puffy and looked terrible. Took about 3 days for the swelling to go down. So yeap, avoid the area around the eyes!"
03/20/2013: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I use castor oil around my eyes, mixed 50/50 with organic coconut oil as per Bill's remedy. I don't get puffiness or any irritation. Also make sure you are using castor oil labelled as hexane-free."


Dogs

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  07/19/2008: Francine from Playa Del Rey, Ca: "I wanted to share my experience with castor oil. One week ago I discovered a large lump on the throat of my dog, the size of a golf ball. Remembering I had found info about castor on your site, I quickly started aggressively applying it to the tumor. I personally have been brewing and drinking essiac tea for years. I keep the left over sludge and started putting that in my dogs food. Remarkably, the tumor is now gone. A little of a week has passed and after applying the castor oil almost 5 times a day. Thank you so much. On a side note, I have been using the oil on my face for beautiful skin, on my strained veins on my legs, which have been disppearing, and my mother in law's dog with tumors also as well as an enlarged liver, has been applying it to her dogs tumors and liver area, after a visit to the vet, the second tests showed the liver had shrunk to normal."

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06/20/2009: Ingrid from Geneva, Ohio replies: "I tried the castor oil and both times my dog got bad nosebleeds. He has a nasal tumor. Not sure if it was coincidence or if the castor oil actually caused it. I still have him on the essiac tea."
03/10/2010: Theresa from Glendale, Az, Usa replies: "I have Shih Tzus and one of them isn't eating his food. I always try natural cures and use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in their food for the immune system and chinese herbs. I took Amos who is 11years old to the vet for blood work and will let you know his results. He had girgle lose fleem in his throat up to his nose. When I took him my retired vet he had him on medication but it causes stomach naseau, so my vet who I use for emergency operations if needed told me to stop the medcation which I did anyway. He is alway happy jumps around and eats. Maybe whatever he has is breaking lose in his throat as he had swollen lymph nodes/glands and now they aren't swollen.

My question is can I use castor oil on his throat area and just rub it in? as I know it has many healing advantages. Please let me know. I'm also getting chinese herbs as they help my one dog when her legs were dragging, been 2 years as she is fine.

Terry"
04/17/2013: Melissa from Austin, Tx replies: "I've applied castor oil to my dogs tumor on the side of her body. My question is, The tumor is now looking VERY scary, ugly, deformed, bleeding, and oozy. What does this mean? Is it breaking down? I try to keep it clean and bandage it, but she usually ends up ripping them off and licking the site. I have stopped the castor oil and try putting neosporin. Sometimes it looks like pus is forming but then it goes away. Any suggestions thanks."
07/24/2013: Kat from West Bend, Wisconsin replies: "feedback for Melissa from Austin, Tx (4-17-2013)

Her description of her dog's tumor reaction from using castor oil pack treatment reminded me of the description I read of tumors being treated with a product called "Black Ointment". As the tumors are being destroyed and break down, they exhibit All the "symptoms" Melissa was describing! She might want to look up websites on "Black Ointment";some of them have photos of various tumors during treatment, from start to finish. Evidentially the Very nasty-looking "symptoms" should not scare you into stopping treatment;otherwise you halt the Complete elimination of the cancer. Treatment might even cause a fairly deep pit/hole, but this is a good sign, showing that the "root/s" have been destroyed. Hole will fill in from bottom out; just follow the "Black Ointment" treatment directions. (Or complete the castor oil treatments until nastiness stops & then maybe use aloe vera gel to help new skin growth).

Best Wishes & Blessings to You and your Furry Angel!!!

Kat"


[YEA]  08/14/2007: Jes from Alloway, NJ: "I am not sure if i read this cure from this site or not but if i did i want to thank whoever it was that posted castor oil as a substance to shrink tumors in dogs. it really really worked! my vet told me that the lump on my dog's paw was a non-cancerous tumor and that it should be removed because there is not enough skin on the paw to stretch for the growth of the tumor. i decided to see if there was any way i could shrink it before i decided to put him under for surgery. and so i tried the castor oil twice a day for three days and and the tumor is gone, with the exception of just a little left over skin that stretched from the growth of the tumor, its completely gone!!!! i spent $2.59 on castor oil instead of $200 for surgery. plus i saved my 10 year old boxer from having to go under for surgery."

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09/14/2007: Jess from Alloway, New Jersey replies: "To answer the question for your dog dutches, i applied the castor oil topically. right on top of the tumor. i wouldn't suggest giving it internally to your dog since castor oil is a stimulant laxative. you might end up doing alot of cleaning up! i hope it works for dutches."


02/26/2007: Gloria from Beeville, TX: "My dog has a melanoma in her front mouth under her tongue. My friend told me put rub some castor oil. i I am also giving her vitamin c -- 500mg 1x a day. Thank you"

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09/11/2012: Cata from Ventura, Camaillo replies: "Please let me know if the oil worked on the mouth tumor. My dog has one also and chimotherapy is the only suggestion from vet."


Eyes

Approval Ratings
YEA (3)
75%
NAY (1)
25%

[YEA]  05/31/2013: Mama To Many from Middle, Tennessee, USA: "My teenage son was doing some woodworking yesterday and got a piece of wood in his eye. He was outside for another hour before he came in. I think the piece of wood had absorbed the fluid on his eye because now it was stuck to his eyeball. It was the size of a pin head. I could touch it but it woudn't move. First we tried rinsing it out with any eyecup I have for this purpose, but it woudn't budge. I put a drop of castor oil in his eye. After a few minutes, the piece of wood was able to move again. We were able to carefully work it to the corner of his eye and remove it. We would probably have not worked with it had the wood not been on the white of his eye. We would have waited for blinking and such to work it to the corner of his eye.

His brother once got some sawdust in his eye. His eye was very irritated. I think the sawdust worked its way out, but his eye was still very uncomfortable. (And he isn't a complainer. ) I tried an over the counter product that was supposed to sooth they eye and it seemed to help. When that has happened since, I just use castor oil. I think it is safer and more natural and also something I always keep in the house."

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06/03/2013: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wale's replies: "Don't put castor oil in your eyes! I know it seems to help, but it actually wears away your retina! I have real bad eye problems and tried that. My eye dr has the same eye problem as me. He was mortified when I told him I put it in my eyes. Also, he's into Nature's Cures. He is a good man. He is not brained washed by the drug culture. I was bloody howling when I went to see him and he looked worse than me! Great one! Believe me, I am trying everything to sort it out. Also, try to stay off the PC! It is a B------D! That will make it super bad! I wake up with my eyes on fire. It is hell in a hand bag! I noticd a lot of people on EC are recommending to put Castor Oil in the eyes. DO NOT DO IT!! Saline solution is better. Salt water is what your eyes wash themselves with. We are all born into a salt solution. Go Goole or Bing Tear drops. XXXXX Love Andrea C."


[YEA]  07/29/2010: Elise from Perth, Wa Australia: "I have been struggling with dry eyes all my life. I have always found that if the air is a little too cold or windy, my eyes immediately begin to water uncontrollably. I tend to wear mascara and eyeliner etc, so I would always have black under my eyes which was also rather embarrassing. I would also find my eyes would get red and start stinging in these situations. I heard about people putting a couple of drops of castor oil into each eye before going to bed. I tried this myself. The first couple of nights it can sting a little, but disappears when your eyes are closed. After about a week, my problem disappeared. It also made THE WHITES OF MY EYES WHITER, AND THE BLUE MUCH BRIGHTER! ! ! My eyes now look like my 1 year olds pure, sparkling eyes! Fabulous! My EYELASHES ALSO GREW THICKER AND LONGER within that week. Your eyes naturally have an oil layer. This helps nourish that layer of the eye. You can buy eye drops that are very costly, but the main ingredient in them is castor oil anyway. Save yourself some money and buy castor oil!"

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08/23/2010: Sophey from Lax, Usa replies: "Hi I have been using castor oil on my eyes lids with warm compresses, it seems to be better but if I put in my eye it makes my eyes red in when I wake up, I read about sterilized no preservative castor oil eye drops that compounding pharmacy can mix together. I think sterilized drops is important so you don't end up infecting your eye. Anyhow my dry eyes are slowly getting better! I've also increased both Vitamin A and 25, 000 I. U. Of beta-carotene as well as fatty acids. I also read the of the B vitamins is important in treating dry eyes, but vitamin B6 aids in the proper absorption of magnesium. Magnesium assists the body in producing a hormone called prostaglandin E-7, which is necessary for tear production. I also take Vitamin C and D3. Apparently potassium is considered the most important mineral for dry eye symptoms, potassium is usually very low in dry eye patients. This is usually linked to low intakes of folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin B6 along with high sugar consumption. You can take in at least 500 mg per day by increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables (one banana contains 400 mg). Anyhow perhaps this information will help someone else who is suffering from dry eyes."
08/24/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I would advise you to read Barry Groves book Trick and Treat. There is a very interesting chapter on dry eyes. I have just finished it and haven't yet had the time to post a review here but it is very much worth reading, not only for dry eyes but a lot of other conditions."
02/18/2012: Jennywren from Perth, Western Australia, Australia replies: "I think it's important to add that castor oil should be cold-pressed if being applied to eyes and skin. It should be available from your local health food store."
[NAY]  02/23/2012: Jennywren from Perth, Western Australia, Australia replies: "NAY I'd like to also add to this and say I've been using castor oil for my face and eyes for a couple of weeks and every morning my eyes are red and puffy. Didn't attribute much to it until I woke up with conjunctivitis this morning and started researching.. yes, the risin in castor oil can cause conjunctivitis! :( Will keep going on the face but will avoid the eye area."
[YEA]  05/03/2012: Cajun from Opelousas, La, USA replies: "I began applying [castor oil] to my eyes nightly, beginning Mar. 2, 2012 for the purpose of providing dry-relief to my eyes, which began to feel dry for the past few months.. Not only has the dryness disappeared, but I just noticed [a few days ago] that my 'floaters' have diminsished.... I normally had 3-5 floaters but now I only have 1-2 and their density has gone from a grayish speck to a transparency... There is no other reason for this to occur... I'm not recommending that this is going to be successful for anyone else, but I'll keep putting CO in my eyes at bedtime....."
01/25/2014: Indah from South Jakarta, Indonesia replies: "Hi... I have this eyes problem. Excatly my mom' eyes... How did u apply the Castor Oil in your eyes? Some people said they have this irittation or red eyes... Please let me know if its really working... Thanks... Indah"


General Feedback

07/20/2012: Niki from Manchester, United Kingdom: "Hi there, I recently came across all the amazing benefits of castor oil. I was so excited to try it.

I have been using it for 5 weeks now and havent seen ANY benefits at all. I have applied it on scars twice daily, used it as a pack over the abdomen about 8 times overnight, used it generously on my feet then slept with socks on overnight about 20 times and used it as an all over body moisturiser daily.

I have seen no improvement at all. Is there any reason why this is happening? I use organic cold-pressed castor oil.

I would appreciate any insight you could give me please. Thanks so much"

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07/22/2012: Mike from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "By the way, what are you trying to cure?"


11/24/2011: Fiona from Melbourne, Victoria Australia: "Is it okay to continue to use abdominal castor oil packs long term, I am still applying them 7 nights per week and have been for the past twelve months? I have Interstitial Cystitis (no infection present)."


03/24/2011: Esprit64 from North Yarmouth, Maine Usa: "I am reading conflicting recommendations regarding castor oil and use of packs. Once a castor oil bottle is opened and first used, how long can you keep reusing the oil that you have put into your container for packs? As for the packs themselves, how many times should you use the fabric pack until discarding (I'm reading 30 times max, others write 3-6 months). Finally, once you have initially set-up your castor oil and packs for use, is there any need to continue adding castor oil for "refreshening. " At what point do you throw the oil out and begin again?"

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04/06/2011: Phoenix23002 from Amelia, Va replies: "Hi, Esprit64... I responded to your other questions about castor oil packs above. Sorry I didn't cover everything for you.

I have used castor oil packs for many, many years. As to your question about how long you can use an opened bottle of castor oil?... til it is gone.. Lol. After I have my heating pad laid out, plastic on top of that and flannel on top of that.. I trickle more castor oil from the bottle onto my pack and turn on the pad, letting the whole pack heat up a little. Then I apply it to my tummy.. flannel pack first, then the plastic, then the heating pad.

"how many times should you use the fabric pack until discarding?" I have used mine for years. If it gets too runny/sloppy/messy, you will probably have to discard it and start over. And not because there is anything wrong with it but just because it will make a big mess and leak out everywhere.

"is there any need to continue adding castor oil for "refreshening. " At what point do you throw the oil out and begin again?" Unless you have just absolutely soaked the pack, you do need to renew/refresh the castor oil each time you use the pack. I have never thrown out any oil that I can remember, except for a bottle or two maybe some years ago. I used to buy the drugstore variety and, if it had been a while since I had used a pack and if the castor oil smell was really, really overwhelming AND if I had plenty on hand, that smelly bottle might hit the trashcan. But if you are a regular user of the packs, you will probably use up your supply on hand long before you have to worry about it getting too old to use.

One trick I use is... I try to rub the castor oil into my skin directly where I will be putting the pack. Continue to rub in the oil, letting the skin absorb as much as possible. If you rub briskly, everything gets a little warm and enhances the absorption. Then I apply heating pad/pack as usual with renewed oil on the pack also. I think it just gives you/your pack a jumpstart.

Just let me know if you have anymore questions, my friend, ok? phoenix23002"

05/24/2012: Medbear from Martinez, Ca/usa replies: "I use absorbant pads which have an absorbant side & a non-absorbant plastic other side. Apply oil directly to area or to absorbant pad, then place pad on area & heat pad to plastic non-absorb side. I treated a leg problem & wrapped the pad & taped edges. Then applied pad & secured it with rubber band or string. I buy the pads from the dog store or dog supply area of a store as I assume the pads for humans are more expensive. They are usually called indoor training pads & come in various sizes. Price for 50 is about $10US. I don't like wasting the oil, so I keep it refrigerated which thickens it up, then apply directly to skin area. They make perfect wraps for those areas needing a wrap versus a flat application for which they are also good."


Gum Infections

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  10/31/2009: Cajun62234 from Opelousas, Louisiana: "As a proven believer in Castor Oil, the other morning I awoke with a very sore gum in the vicinity of my right canine tooth. A look in the mirror indicated it was blood red, very tender, but no blood excreted when massaging. I generally 'oil' with Sesame Oil, but thought 'Why not try CO?'... Two 20 minute sessions [about 3-4 hours inbetween] and a session at bed time. I excreted all of the 'oiling', but let the CO coating remain in my mouth over night...the next morning it was 95% better; a repeat of the previous day's treatment produced a 100% recovery by the following evening...no redness, no tenderness and a normal, healthy gum.."

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10/17/2010: Redfloridian from Hollywood, Fl replies: "I have similar problem with my gums right now and so I'm excited to find this post. Can you explain to me a bit more how you 'oiled' your gums?"
11/17/2010: Jb from Atlanta, Ga Usa replies: "He was probably refering to oil pulling. You can find directions on Earth Clinic."


Gut Issues

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  06/25/2007: K.C. from Portland, Oregon: "I have had gut problems for years. (I have an extra-long colon, like twice normal length.) General inflammation, sometimes burning an inch or two below my sternum ( a good remedy for that is pancreatic enzymes), a pointed ache in the gall bladder area (just below right ribs) whenever I ate anything with fat, and a pain in the left lower corner of the abdomen aftter eating. I did an all night castor oil pack and all of these symptoms have disappeared and have not come back."


Hard Hits and Bruising

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YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  03/17/2010: Soulon from Dittmer, Missouri: "If you've ever been hit by a ball or smashed your finger then "Castor Oil" is your best bet. As soon as the hit or smash occurs, saturate the entire area with Castor oil and leave on. Really lay it on! This has been advice that was given by a medical practitioner some 40 yrs. ago and it works. It will also remove blood blisters, take the swelling down and stop the pain. I was hit in the arm muscle with a zinger grounder and immediately applied my Castor oil. It took out the pain and never swelled and where I did not go down my arm far enough it did bruise, but where I applied the Castor oil it did NOT bruise. It's awesome for toddlers who constantly are falling. Apply ice on top of the Castor oil if you wish, but many times it's unavailable and the oil is handy to carry on you in a small bottle."

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04/20/2012: Gardengirl from Gallatin, Tennessee replies: "While I was gardening I hit my small finger nail and to my surprise the nail was broke in half.... Across the nail. It was really painful and and the upper part of the nail was going to come off. It was blue, sore and the nail was all puffed up. I didn't know what to do and thought what the heck, I'll put castor oil on it. After putting it on , I think I forgot all about it and started cleaning the house. When I took a break my nail wasn't blue or sore. I applied it 2 more times and now the nail sort of connected back. I was amazed!!!! Love this stuff!!!!"


Heating Pads

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WARNING! (1)
100%

[WARNING!]  03/15/2009: K.Lynn from Mt. Healthy, Ohio: "I've noticed at reading some of the posts that alot of people use heating pads for their ailments. and that's understandable because heating pads are comforting. But PLEASE ask yourself if your ailment could have an infection at it's source otherwise, you could mistakenly SPREAD an infection. I did this with myself, when I should have been using an ice pack to contain the infection. GOD BLESS!!!!"

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11/16/2010: Katie from Seattle, Wa, Usa. replies: "Actually, your body heats up the area on purpose, as many infectious agents don't do well at high temperatures (they don't do well at low temps either, but neither does your own body) A feverish area is good, as it means that your body is doing what it is supposed to. Also, while applying a hot pad may increase inflammation in the short term, in the long term, you will be better for it."






 



 

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