Castor Oil: The Healing Powers + Why I'm Obsessed


I'm very into castor oil right now! I've been doing lots of research and trying a bunch of things. First influenced by a vegan-warrior detox specialist I follow on Instagram, @greenleanbean. She put me on to a book called, "The Oil That Heals, A Physicians Successes with Castor Oil Treatments." The author is a doctor. He recounts historical case studies where castor oil heals disorders and dis-ease. It's pretty magical to read. @greenleanbean is incredible to me because she healed her crohn’s, lyme, arthritis and skin with "regenerative detoxification," which is cleansing, eating only crazy-clean and nutritious food, using herbal supplements and doing detoxifying wellness activities like colon hydrotherapy and sauna. Food is medicine and can heal almost anything, and she's living proof of the possibilities.

What is Castor Oil and How Do You Use It?

Castor oil is a vegetable oil that's been in use for thousands of years for all kinds of remedies. I bet your grandparents ate spoonfuls of  it as children and Cleopatra used it to whiten her eyes. It's used to treat ailments, rashes, aches and pains of all kinds. It's also known as a beauty treatment! Popular for moisturizing almost anything (skin, hair, nails, eyeballs) and to stimulate hair growth. A lot of people use castor oil to grow lashes and brows. It's also used to detoxify organs, which is the benefit I'm most interested in!

Castor oil can be ingested orally or applied to the skin. By mouth you can drink the oil or take capsules. To apply to the skin, you can either rub it in or use what's called a "castor oil pack." A castor oil pack is a wool flannel cloth saturated in castor oil and placed over the body part needing treatment. You then wrap in plastic to avoid a mess, cover with a heating pad and let sit for about an hour. To treat something specific people do this every day for about 3 weeks, or for maintenance you can do a pack 2-3 nights per week indefinitely. Note: you can use the same flannel for up to a year, just keep it in a jar or ziplock bag for repeated use, "until rancid."

Benefits of Castor Oil*–

  • Increased elimination

  • Stimulates the liver

  • Dissolves and removes adhesions and lesions

  • Relieves pain

  • Releases colon impaction

  • Reduces nervous system

  • Stimulates the gall bladder

  • Incoordinations reducing toxemia

  • Reduces flatulence (farts or gas)

  • Increases lymphatic circulation

  • Improves intestinal assimilation

  • Balances elimination

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Increases relaxation

  • Dissolves lacteal duct adhesions

  • Reduces nausea

  • Dissolves gallstones

  • Stimulates lacteal duct circulation

  • Reduces swelling

  • Stimulates the caecum (in your intestines)

  • Coordinates liver-kidney function

  • Stimulates organs and glands

*Source: "The Oil That Heals, A Physicians Successes with Castor Oil Treatments."

Why I'm Into Castor Oil–

In order for castor oil to work for you, you've gotta believe in it. If you trust in it spiritually and let it work for you, it will. I am on a mission lately to heal my gut! I know there's a lot of build up in there holding me back from being my most vibrant and healthy self. I want my mind-body connection to be fierce. It's coming back to me since recovering from binge eating but I know I have more work to do. I want to cleanse my organs, optimize digestion and make sure I'm properly assimilating nutrients. Castor oil seems to be a powerful tool and I believe in it! Thus I'm assimilating it into my life in a variety of ways, it feels good so far! It makes me feel peaceful in a way?? Not sure.

How I've Been Using Castor Oil–

I ordered this kit and have been doing castor oil packs on my belly for a few weeks now. I want to soothe my digestion, remove inflammation and eliminate toxins. I've also been eating a lot of nutritious food and drinking a ton of water!

At 1-2 meals per day I've been taking one of these capsules.

Then I got really into it and ordered this small bottle of really clean and potent oil, a tried putting drops in my eyes for a few nights (LOL). Last night I drank an ounce of it before bed, I'm going to do that every 4 nights until the bottle is gone. I'll probably buy this bottle once in a while and repeat, but not all the time. Note: if you're going to ingest the oil, make sure it's organic and hexane-free.


P.S. – I'm sharing wellness tips and tricks that I'm into, but I'm not a doctor – so make sure to consult a doctor before trying anything – I don't think these activities are good for anyone pregnant or nursing.

Ready for a fresh start!? Want to wipe the slate clean and feel the best you ever have!?