Castor Oil for Natural Health: Q&A
Last Modified on Mar 16, 2012
What Type of Castor Oil Is Used?
03/16/2012: Jennifer from Lockhart, Tx/us: "Hello, I have a question, these multiple uses of castor oil is really amazing. But my main question is are we talking about regular castor oil that you get at your local grocery/department store or is this cold pressed castor oil?? Please let me know if anyone has this answer. Thanks!!"
03/16/2012: Deborah from Chino Valley, Az replies: "Hi Jennifer, Castor oil is wonderful, yes. Best type to buy is cold-pressed and hexane free. I usually purchase mine from local health food stores to get the best quality, but also have bought it at times online. I believe Home Health and Baar make nice castor oil products. Good luck ~"
How to Prevent Skin Discoloration
12/09/2011: Anonymous from Anonymous: "Hi Ted, I am using dmso and castor oil on a keloid scar from hysterectomy surgery. However, it seems the area is taking on the color of my undergarment (black). Is there something I can do to reverse this? Thanks much for your help with this."
12/09/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "You should cover the castor oil plaster with a bandage or small white cloth to prevent the solution from mixing with the garment.
Oral Use Safe?
12/24/2007: H : "On "earth clinic" I read an article on castor oil. I have a question. It says that castor oil should not be taken orally. I don't understand. I've been (as everyone I know that has done so) taking it orally for constipation relief or to cleanse out system from illnesses. What exactly did you mean in your article? Were you maybe talking about the "Pack" - that it shouldn't be taken orally, because people all over the world have always taken Castor Oil U.S.P. orally. Let me know please. Thanks. Sincerely"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "It's a misunderstanding. A castor oil, USP grade can be taken internally. The castor oil packs means a small towel soaked with castor oil with a hot pack is applied to the area of the body that is needed. The castor oil packs is not taken internally, but for other conditions only a small amount can be taken internally, but not at the dose used to cause a diarrhea. Also, certain grades of castor oil is not suitable for taken internally.
Usually U.S.P. grade or B.P. grade can be taken internally. Although I tend to use it in small amounts mostly as an antibiotic properties, rather than as a use as laxative effect.
A more milder remedy for laxatives is what I would prefer, such as milk of magnesia, or my own favorite baking soda and sea salt to resolve constipation.
The reason why I don't like to use as a laxative using castor oil is the amounts taken in my opinion were large, and also during World War II, Mussolini the dictator of
used castor oil as a means of torture and there were reported deaths as a result. In my opinion, castor oil is a laxative that is too strong for some people and a milder laxative should be used just to be on the safe side. However, prefer to deal with the cause of constipation rather than the use of laxative, which is more like a first aid, rather than a preventive. A 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in 1 glass of water should reduce constipation, although in most cases it won't have cause a major diarrhea. The cause of constipation I have found is that people don't use toilet breaks in the morning and acidosis from eating acid forming foods, such as eating oily foods, meats, fats and sweets. Hence, getting sufficiently alkalized and avoiding those foods would be sufficient preventive against constipation. Nature's remedy is gentle and preventive" Italy