Castor oil can be used as a unique wellness tool that everyone should know about! Castor oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds of the castor bean plant, which is one of the world's oldest cultivated crops. Castor oil has traditionally been used to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Modern science is finally catching up to Mother Nature and helping us to understand why this holistic oil is so beneficial for us.
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.
In regards to breast health, castor oil is traditionally used to support the lymphatic, circulatory and immune systems. Castor oil has strong immune enhancing affects because of its ability to improving lymphatic flow, thymus gland health and other vital immune system functions.
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 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.”
And finally 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!
Potential health benefits:
Supports lymphatic system
Hepatoprotective (ability to prevent damage to the liver) Free radical scavenging