Castor oil is a unique wellness tool that everyone should know about! The castor bean plant, which is one of the world's oldest cultivated crops and castor oil has traditionally been used to treat a wide variety of health conditions for thousands of years! Modern science is finally catching up to Mother Nature and helping us to understand why this holistic oil is so beneficial for us.
Castor oil is traditionally used to support the lymphatic, circulatory and immune systems. It has unique immune enhancing affects because of its ability to improve lymphatic flow, thymus gland health and other vital immune system functions.
Our favorite thing about castor oil is that it increases the levels of oxytocin in the body - and that is a very good thing! Oxytocin is a hero hormone that has a positive influence on our bodies function. Oxytocin stops our stress response hormones, cortisol and adrenalin which trigger the "fight or flight" reaction in the nervous system, and signals that we are in "rest and digest" state in which our healthy immune function can return. "Fight or flight" mode stimulates the blood pressure, excites the circulatory system and disrupts immune function. But "rest and digest" tells the body that the everything is okay for the moment and the body can return to a relaxed state again.
Researchers have documented through blood analysis that subjects who used abdominal caster oil packs topically had significant increases in the production of lymphocytes compared with patients using placebo packs.
It contains many beneficial components including fatty acids, flavonoids, amino acids, and terpenoids; which you can think of as the food and medicine for our cells. These various compounds give castor oil potential health uses including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hepaprotective (protects the liver), and wound healing.
It is used to increase melatonin levels and reduce high estrogen. High levels of estrogen become toxic when left to stagnate and not eliminated after the estrogen has served its purpose. And melatonin is a potent anti-oxidant responsible for regulating many essential functions including immune activity, fertility, memory and mood.
Castor oil is also used in a wide range of cosmetics because it contains beneficial salts and esters that are very effective skin conditioners. It’s unique moisturizing ability penetrates deep into the skin fighting bacteria, and softening and hydrating cells at the same time. This contributes to it’s ability to soften and dissolve scar tissue and cysts.
Castor oil shows some promise in the treatment of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society:
“Oncologists now use castor oil as a vehicle for delivering some chemotherapy drugs to cancerous tumors. A special formula of castor oil called Cremophor EL is used as a carrier for paclitaxel, a drug used to treat metastatic breast cancer and other tumors.”
Castor oil is fantastic for wound healing thanks to its moisturizing and anti-microbial and antibacterial properties.
Bōsm is proud to feature castor oil in many of our breast health formulations!
We do not put castor oil in our breastfeeding formula, nor recommend that breastfeeding women use castor oil. If ingested it can have a powerful laxative effect. However it is classified as safe and effective by FDA and used in many topical ways. In topical applications it is very effective for alleviating pain and restoring lymphatic circulation.
Potential health benefits:
Supports lymphatic system
Hepatoprotective (ability to prevent damage to the liver) Free radical scavenging
Reduces excess estrogen