How should I take castor oil?
Whether you are using castor oil for topical application or are planning to consume it, it’s important to select the highest quality in order to ensure optimal effectiveness and safety. You will want to look for a cold-pressed option from a reliable brand — check your health food store.
The recommended dosage will depend on how you plan to use this oil, along with your age and any other medical conditions you suffer from. Like all products, follow the guidelines as directed on the label. Do not take for more than seven days, unless stated by your doctor.
For healthy individuals, a common dose will be one teaspoon, once daily. This amount will help you achieve regular bowel movements, improve blood flow and promote positive health. When applying to your skin, the risks are very low. This oil is free from common allergens, drying agents and synthetic chemicals. To be safe, perform a skin patch test before applying.
Castor oil packs
Many people use castor oil packs since they’re so easy to administer. When applied to a specific area, the castor oil will draw blood circulation and increased biological energy to the affected area. It is so easy and painless that anyone can utilize this healing pack.
To optimize benefits, you will want to select a quality source of castor oil — but also be mindful of the cloth you use. When purchasing cotton flannel, be sure to source sheeting that is pesticide-free. You want to promote the release of toxins from your body, not contribute to increasing levels.
Where to find it
You can find this healing oil at your local health store or online. Some varieties will specifically say “For external use only.” Please be sure to read all labels and instructions. Since castor oil has labor-inducing effects, please speak with your physician or midwife if you’re pregnant.
If you’re like me, once you explore the benefits, you’ll quickly begin to notice all of the other incredible oils available, including avocado and walnut oil. When you have a selection of oils on hand, including beneficial essential oils, you’d be amazed at what you can whip up for health, cooking and beauty.
— Krista Hillis