You may be familiar with your grandmother recommending castor oil for constipation. However, the unique, healing benefits of castor oil reach into far more categories. Castor oil has a long history of traditional medical use dating back to Ancient Egypt. Everybody has heard about this oil but not everyone knows how precious it is for our inner and outer health, well-being and beauty.
If you had to be ill in ancient times, the best place to do so would probably have been Egypt. The Ancient Egyptians were quite advanced in their diagnoses and treatments of various illnesses. Their advancements in ancient medical techniques were quite extraordinary, considering the lack of “modern” facilities, sterilization, sanitation, and researching capabilities.
Along with their strong faith in Gods, the Ancient Egyptians used their knowledge of the human anatomy and the natural world around them to treat a number of ailments and disorders effectively.
We can surely say that Ancient Egyptians put the bases for natural healings. Still, there is a lot of secrets among pharaohs life and their civilization that will help people who are now encouraging the voice back to nature.
Their knowledge and research is impressive still today, and their work paved the way for the study of modern medicine. The remedies used by Ancient Egyptian physicians came mostly from nature especially medicinal herbs.
Did you know that the castor oil plant is one of the world’s most valuable plants?
The castor plant is one of the most interesting in the world’s flora. Tropical in its origin, the antiquity of its culture is attested, first, by seeds found in the sarcophagi of the ancient Egyptians, and, later, by records of the utility of the plant in the earliest writings of the Hindus. Indigenous either to Africa or India, it has been carried by the many migrations of men in the course of ages to all parts of the tropical and subtropical world.
The ancient Egyptians employed castor oil obtained from the beans in the form of a lamp oil as well as an ointment. In addition, they purged their system thrice every month by drinking this oil blended with beer.
It is said that when the archaeologists visited the Egyptian tombs dating back to 4,000 years for the first time ever, they were attracted by the glittering gems, valuable metals, delicately carved statues as well as the stone sarcophagi, which housed the ancient mummies.
It was only much later that these archaeologists as well as other researchers paid greater attention to the minute oval shaped objects found inside the tombs. These objects were lustrous and speckled, rarely more than half an inch in length, and looked like nothing other than polished small pieces of marbles.
However, detailed examination of these objects revealed that these ‘stones’ were actually castor beans that were several million years old.
Known as the “hand of Christ” or “Palma Christi,” because the shape of the plant’s leaves were thought to resemble the palm of Christ. The castor oil comes from the seed of the plant, itself—the best of which is found in Kerala, India and extracted in a cold press method (not solvent-extracted), leaving the active enzymes still living (raw), virgin and far more able to effectively do their work than the heated, overly processed variety commonly available in America. The nonhybrid castor beans are still grown by traditional herbal masters in the dense, central forests of India in fertile, luxurious soil and pure air.
The castor oil plant (botanical name Ricinus communis) is an evergreen shrub that grows up to approximately 30 feet or 10 meters when growing in the wild. However, when cultivated, the trees are comparatively smaller and of annual variety. The castor oil plant produces large leaves having the shape akin to palm leaves and bears green female flowers and spiky seed capsules that have a red hue.
When growing in the wild or its native environment, the castor oil plant is a tree that grows up to a height of anything between 30 feet and 40 feet. These trees bear wide, intensely lobed leaves on elongated stalks. When young, the leaves have a purple-bronze hue, but they turn into dark maroon or gray-green when matured.
The trees produce female flowers that are petalless and appear in clusters on top of the male flowers. The female flowers eventually develop into capsules that look like knobs and each of them enclose three seeds. When these capsules become mature and dry off they burst dispersing their beans. When the castor oil plants are cultivated they are dwarfed and shrub-like growing not above five feet in height and produce capsules that do not explode when mature.
Over the centuries, castor oil received such a sterling reputation because of its rapid healing benefits in so many different types of disorders and has been used and recommended for its powerful medicinal and curative effects for centuries by physicians. The once universal disposition to regard it as a “sovereign remedy” is still among the early remembrances of living men. Not only was the customary maternal diagnosis of each childish ailment prone to result in a repulsive dose of castor oil, but even among hearty adults occasional self-prescribed doses of this so-called panacea were deemed necessary to the continuance of perfect health.
Naturally, the marvelous advance that has been made in medical science in recent years has resulted in the widespread substitution for this once popular cure-all of less nauseating, if not more efficacious, drugs.
Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized. (via acne.org)
As science and cynicism have replaced the desire to heal sickness with the modern-day desire to protect drug & pharmaceutical profits, much of this valuable information has been forgotten. These days, castor oil, like many of mother nature’s gifts, are at best dismissed as an ‘alternative’ therapy.
The famous Edgar Cayce, called the “sleeping prophet,” popularized the use of castor oil in the 1940’s and ‘50’s, especially in the form of castor oil packs, which resulted in amazing health recoveries for many people.
The effectiveness of castor oil may be due in part to its unusual chemical composition. Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids. Almost 90% of its fatty acid content consists of ricinoleic acid. Such a high concentration of this unusual unsaturated fatty acid may be responsible for castor oil’s remarkable healing abilities.
Castor oil appears to work by drawing blood circulation and enhanced biological energy to the area where it is applied, then drawing lodged toxins out of the body. Many practitioners often use castor oil as an important adjunct to a comprehensive treatment plan for an individual. It is important to eradicate the root cause of an illness, not only to clear the symptoms of a disorder. Castor oil has proven very valuable in helping to detoxify the body at deeper levels, thus eliminating the root causes.
Wonderboom” is the Afrikaans name that translates as “Wonder Tree,” or more accurately “Miracle Tree.”
The most effective use of castor oil is castor oil packs or poultices, which increase topical absorption. When used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of the thymus gland and other immune system functions. Patients who used abdominal castor oil packs had significant increases in the production of lymphocytes compared with patients using placebo packs. The bottom line is that the removal of cellular waste products is essential for the continued health of the entire body.
Those who are receptive in their nature will benefit most from the castor oil. Why is this? Because being receptive is being as the little child. He has faith without even knowing why, and so accepts all things as being the will and the graciousness of God acting in his life. And the peace comes to him, throughout the whole of the earth – his earth.
Wonderboom” is the Afrikaans name that translates as “Wonder Tree,” or more accurately “Miracle Tree.”
Everything from cotton to corn and soybeans has been genetically modified, but castor is much more difficult. The castor cells can be transformed, but you can’t get whole plants to grow from the cells.
How castor oil works is still a mystery.
Scientifically, castor oil has demonstrated immune stimulating properties.
It is practical, natural, renewable and very versatile, and it has been a staple for the oleochemical markets for a very long time. As often happens, despite our advances in science, it is not the chemistries that change as much as the applications. Older chemistries are often given new life when their proven features are recognized due to economic restrictions or supply considerations.
This plant has had economic importance pretty much since the dawn of civilized time, yet because it can be used to prepare a toxin (ricin), there are people who think it should be made illegal (and in some places it is). The honest truth is, many common garden plants are toxic or have pharmacological properties. If we were to prohibit every plant that could poison you, your spring garden would be devoid of daffodils, rhododendrons, wisteria, jasmine, lantana, azaleas, crocuses, hyacinths, foxglove… you get the picture.
Desertification and land degradation are like climate change and biological diversity, major challenges for the 21st century. Indeed, they are even more complex because they are multidimensional phenomena underlain by diverse factors, especially climatic variations and human activities.
These phenomena have irreversible economic and social consequences. They deprive hundreds of millions of people of the land that nourishes them, thus creating additional sources of tension and exacerbating migrations. International responsibility is undoubtedly engaged in the fight against desertification, drought and land degradation.
In fact, the universal struggle against them is an urgent burden on us all, since they lead to forced migrations and challenge social stability, moving us further away from the objectives of sustainable development.
Ms. Sego, an Environmental Health student at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, put forward a proposal focusing on the sustainable production of castor oil as a biofuel. The project explored how the castor oil plant, which is indigenous to East Africa, could be sustainably cultivated to help meet the fuel needs of communities in Kenya, but in a way that did not adversely affect food production.
Dennis Garrity, the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, highlighted some of the centre’s most recent research, which is designed to increase maize production in Africa by up to four times by planting trees that act as organic fertilizers.
Its leaves grow again only in the dry season. This means that it is extremely compatible with food crops because it does not compete with them for water, nutrients or light.
Unfortunately, castor oil’s humble nature and its long list of medicinal uses generally cause people to view it with skepticism. It is virtually unknown within the medical community or dismissed as a poison, which is unfortunate because so many take their cue from those folks in white coats. I personally think it is far too long that we have equated skepticism and cynicism with intelligence. There is much more to healing than what science can adequately explain.
Healing may really be peace – a peace that comes to rest in the body, that is a reflection of the “peace that passeth understanding”. We see it come to the body much as peace is allowed to come to the earth: a nation here and a nation there. When we find real peace in the earth, we may see a state of health having come to all bodies.
Regardless of exactly how it works, I think you’ll be more than satisfied when you experience the amazing feats that can be accomplished with the simple oil of the castor bean.
While modern medicine is constantly offering innovative new treatments and solutions, some of the best medicine still comes straight from the earth.
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