Castor oil (Ricinus communis) has been used for healing purposes since ancient times. Also known as Palma de Christ, or “Palm of Christ”, castor oil is a triglyceride chain of fatty acids consisting of almost 90 percent ricinoleic acid. Castor oil’s remarkable healing properties are thought to be the result of the high concentration of this unsaturated fatty acid. Ricinoleic acid is effective in preventing the growth of certain viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds, and is the most potent anti inflammatory agent on the planet.
The lipid structure of castor oil is easily transmitted through the skin, into the lymphatic system, making castor oil packs a very effective all-natural healing tool.
Medical psychic Edgar Cayce, also known as ‘the sleeping prophet’,brought awareness to castor oil packs by recommending them more than 500 times in his readings. He advised the use of castor oils packs for constipation, liver issues, lymphatic disorders, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, joint pain and arthritic conditions just to name a few.
Placing a castor oil pack over the affected area increases circulation, decreases inflammation, promotes elimination of toxins and healing of tissues and organs. When used on joints, such as knees and wrists the packs promote decreased swelling and ease of movement.
I recommend castor oil packs to my clients for a variety of issues, including over the liver/gallbladder region and over the lower abdomen prior to Colon Hydrotherapy session.
Castor oil packs are safe for continued daily use and are a very powerful healing tool. And, although they are a bit messy to use, there are no known adverse side effects that I am aware of when used externally. Castor oil packs are easy to use and also economical.