By Dr. Marisol Teijeiro
Isn’t it amazing that you can harness the wonderful magic of a plant’s healing and rejuvenating properties and compress it into a substance that was easy to use on the body? It’s called oil, as I’m sure you already know!
I want to shine a spotlight on my all-time favorite oil. For years it has taken the back seat to almond and jojoba oil, but now it’s taking its throne as the legendary QUEEN of oils… castor oil!
Castor oil has been used since the dawn of civilization as a carrier oil. It is was an oil to anoint kings and queens as they took their thrones, to enhance natural beauty, to slow aging, and to heal the body (such as in the sacred castor oil pack practice).
So if you’re an oil connoisseur, if you have hormone imbalance or other health issues, lend me your ear. You will be blown away by the benefits of this oil that’s been fondly nicknamed the ‘magical’ oil and the ‘divine’ oil.
Carrier Oil Extraordinaire
The active component of castor oil is a unique fatty acid called ricinoleic acid. In dermatological medicine there is a principle called the 500 Dalton Rule, which says that any substance with a molecular weight over 500 Daltons can only be absorbed into the first layer of skin, the epidermis.
Ricinoleic acid has a molecular weight of 298 Daltons, which allows it to enter the second layer of skin, the dermis, where our circulatory and lymphatic vessels reside. These vesselsare like the highways of our bodies, carrying nutrients up to our brain and down to our toes.
This is why castor oil makes an excellent vehicle for carrying the healing properties of essential oils deep into our tissues for transport to the rest of our body. It is also extremely nourishing and emollient for the skin, providing nutrients like vitamin E, omegas and polyphenols. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. You’ll often see it as an ingredient in skin care products because it’s super nourishing and leaves your skin as soft as a baby’s!
Castor Oil Packs Are Back
The other amazing thing about castor oil is that it is used for an ancient health practice known as the castor oil pack. This practice involves placing a piece of organic cotton with castor oil on it onto the body (usually over the liver or area of pain or discomfort) for 1 hour or overnight. This practice has been embedded in healing culture for centuries all over the world including China, Egypt and India.
It was never fully known how or why this simple practice facilitates such powerful benefits for the body, but in recent years, scientists have tried to crack the code of its magnificence and the results are truly amazing. I’ll sum up some of the research for you in this article.
Perhaps the most amazing benefit of wearing a castor oil pack is that as soon as you put it on, it activates your parasympathetic nervous system, putting you into a relaxed state and squashing your stress. It does this via the soft, pleasurable compression of the organic cotton on the skin, which stimulates sensory receptors connected to parasympathetic ganglion.
Studies show that this comfortable compression also promotes the release of hormones that make us feel good, like dopamine, as well as oxytocin, fondly referred to as our love and connection hormone.
Now imagine pairing this practice with essential oils that help reduce stress, like Lavender and Ylang Ylang. It’s like putting your body into blissed-out vacation mode as soon as you tie your pack on.
One of the most common struggles I hear from women with hormone imbalance is trouble falling asleep/staying asleep. This practice helps you sleep like Sleeping Beauty!
Toxins are such a drag. They make our poor liver work so hard to get rid of them, they throw our hormones out of whack, and overall they make us feel crappy and sluggish. The reality is it’s nearly impossible to avoid them in today’s day and age, so the best thing we can do is support our beautiful bodies with getting rid of them.
Wearing a castor oil pack over the liver improves circulation to the area, helping it function optimally. The liver is actually responsible for over 400 different processes in the body! It’s the hub where all of our regulatory systems meet. It’s also where many of our hormones are processed, released and eliminated.
Castor oil has also been shown to be an excellent preserver of glutathione, an antioxidant involved in phase I and phase II detoxification in the liver. Adding antioxidant essential oils like Lemon and Coriander can kick your detox up a notch, too!
Usually we use water to put out a fire, but I like to use oil! Castor oil that is, for the fire of inflammation that burns within us. Inflammation can be tough to avoid in our brave new world, often the foods we eat and even the air we breathe can trigger inflammatory responses in our tissues. Inflammation in our gut, A.K.A. core inflammation, can cause us to bloat out and look like we’re five months pregnant when we aren’t. Lovely.
Thankfully castor oil packs can help. The active component in the oil that I mentioned before, ricinoleic acid, is powerfully anti-inflammatory! When combined with other anti-inflammatory oils like Peppermint, it can extinguish inflammation like a giant fire hose! When you wear a castor oil pack over the liver and abdomen, it’ll get rid of your belly bloat. Castor oil packs can also be worn over a sore back or joints, or anywhere there’s pain or discomfort.
Castor Oil for Gut Health
On our skin and in our guts are trillions of microscopic bugs, A.K.A. bacteria. There should be a harmonious balance of probiotics (bugs that support our health) and conbiotics™ (bugs that destroy our health). Unfortunately, sometimes the bad bugs act as con artists and take up all the turf in our body from the good guys. They create a sticky barrier of protection to stop us from taking them out, which is known as biofilm.
Biofilm can be tough to get rid of, but castor oil is one of the only natural substances with the ability to break it down! Castor oil packs help restore the beautiful balance of bugs in our bodies. This research was done in periodontal medicine.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic health practice of swishing about 2 Tbsp of oil in the mouth (usually coconut or sesame) for 20 minutes then spitting it out. The nice thing about castor oil is you can use it for oil pulling, but you only need 2 tsp and you only need to swish for 2 minutes to get the same benefit. One-to-two drops of Clove or Peppermint oil can be added for taste and extra antibacterial power!
Bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea… these woes are all too common. As someone with IBS, I found castor oil packs to be a total Godsend as I dealt with all of the above on a daily basis. They have been shown to improve smooth muscle function of the intestinal tract, keeping digestion in good flow. They also regulate bowel movements and relieve constipation. Carminative essential oils like Rosemary and Clove can help to further support digestion.
When using oils, quality is so important! You should always, always, ALWAYS purchase castor oil in a glass bottle; otherwise, the possibility of absorbing chemicals from plastic is very high. Plastics often contain slip agents and UV filters that disrupt our hormonal, nervous and immune systems. Your oils should always be 100% pure and certified organic. I always use Queen of the Thrones™ 100% pure, cold-pressed, hexane-free, certified organic, extra virgin castor oil. Click below to get your castor oil pack bundle now!Get Your High Quality Castor Oil Here
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