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10 Ways to Use Castor Oil

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10 Ways to Use Castor Oil

Castor oil sounds like an old-timey remedy, doesn’t it? This traditional remedy actually has a lot of modern uses!

Traditionally, folks have used castor oil as part of a “pack” to soothe aches and pains. You’d soak a piece of flannel in castor oil, wrap a hot water bottle with it, and apply the pack to the injury. It’s also an effective laxative, and folks have been using a spoonful of castor oil to..er..get things moving for centuries.

Castor oil comes from the castor oil plant or “hand of Christ,” and it’s an ancient remedy for skin ailments and digestive issues. The oil is expressed from the castor bean. The bean itself is toxic, but the oil is not. Castor oil has some great healing properties, and while it’s not as widely used now as it once was, it’s making a comeback as folks discover what a great natural remedy it is!

Many classic applications for castor oil are still useful today, and it turns out that there are lots of other ways that you can use castor oil on your body and around your home. Check out these 10 uses for castor oil!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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5:31PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Hey great stuff.... just a quick mention though..
if you naturals out there want some castor oil recipes for hair growth check out this extremely detailed information on 15 castor oil hair growth recipes. with directions and the right proportions of the products to use.. ALL HOME MADE!
...it just goes to show what you can find if you dig deep enough...
http://blackgreenandgold.com/grow-your-hair-faster-15-jamaican-black-castor-oil-hair-growth-recipes/#comment-8
Share it with a friend… even if he/she is not in at Castor Oil challenge

7:41PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Thanks 4 the great suggestions--I sometimes use it on my face!

11:04PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Great to know. Thanks Becky.

10:48PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Good article, great information and ideas. excellent comments from the care 2 members. the input from over 180 members show what interest this subject holds for all of us. We are always looking for natural ways to do things around the house and for ourselves.

2:38PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

thanks

5:29AM PDT on May 29, 2013

I did not know this :( Ty ...

5:24AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

5:24AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

5:11PM PDT on May 28, 2013

good to know

10:53AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thank you ...

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