Popular Questions About Castor Oil – And The Answers For Them
Where To Buy Castor Oil?
Well you can get Castor Oil in drug stores, Pharmacies, and even some super markets. Sometimes, however depending on which country you are in the Castor Oil companies may not distribute to your geographical area. If that is the case then you do not have to worry as you can get it right here on Amazon and your bottle of Castor Oil will reach your door steps in a just a couple days.
Is castor oil safe to use?
Castor oil is in general safe to use on your skin, on your face, your hair, and in and around your eyes. It is also safe to ingest, and the Food and Drug Administration classifies it as a safe food additive. That said, here are a few caveats that you should know about before you get started using castor oil. First, while castor oil itself is safe, castor oil seeds are not safe. The castor oil seed contains a substance known as ricin, which is highly toxic. If you ever come across castor oil seeds, you should never ingest them, since as few as 5 castor oil seeds could prove fatal to a human being. However, there is no danger that ricin will be present in castor oil.
According to a scientific panel investigating the safety of castor oil in 2007, “castor oil does not contain ricin because ricin does not partition into the oil.” What this means is that ricin is water-soluble, and therefore it cannot make its way into the oil. So, if you are using castor oil, you don’t need to worry about ricin. Second, there is the possible issue of allergies. In general, allergies to castor oil are uncommon.
Still, if you are using castor oil for the first time, test out a small amount of castor oil on a patch of skin on the inside of your arm. If several hours pass and you don’t experience any redness or itching on the skin where you applied the oil, you are probably not allergic to castor oil and are good to use it more generally. Third, there are some issues when ingesting castor oil. While the majority of recipes in this book are only for topical use, there are legitimate reasons for ingesting castor oil, and if you do choose to ingest castor oil, there are some things you should know.
The first use for ingesting castor oil (and possibly the most common use of castor oil in general) is to relieve constipation. Castor oil is a very effective laxative, but this also means that if you ingest castor oil, you might experience side effects such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, or nausea. Also, if you are pregnant, be aware that some women ingest castor oil because they believe that it brings on labor. While this is not confirmed to actually work, I would strongly advise you not to ingest castor oil at all in case you are pregnant.
In summary, castor oil is generally safe to use on the skin and the face. It is also safe to ingest, but be aware of its laxative effects. If you are pregnant, I suggest you do not ingest castor oil at all, since it might be involved in bringing on labor. As always, proceed carefully when you are using castor oil for the first time for a particular use, and you should be able to avoid any possible side-effects.
What should you look for when buying castor oil?
There are several different kinds of castor oil that you can buy. What are the differences between them, and which one should you use for the recipes in this book? The most common kind of castor oil is the clear, traditional castor oil that you are likely to find in a drug store. This is the kind of castor oil that I use, and that I recommend that you get for the recipes in this book.
When you are buying oils, it’s important to pay attention to the way that the oil was produced. In particular, I suggest that you get cold-pressed castor oil, which simply means that the oil was extracted through a mechanical squeezing process, without a lot of heat and without the use of any additional chemicals. Cold-pressed oils are generally the safest and most natural oils that you can buy. What you want to avoid is castor oil that has been extracted by hexane or other chemical solvents.
A solvent-extracted castor oil will likely be cheaper that cold-pressed oil, but I always worry that the toxic chemicals that are used to extract the oil might still be present in trace amounts in the final product. I think it is also possible that these chemicals alter the oil for the worse in some subtle way. Over the past few years, a second kind of castor oil called Jamaican black castor oil has been growing in popularity.
This kind of castor oil is black (or dark brown) because it contains ash from the roasted castor beans, not because it is less processed or more pure than regular castor oil. Makers of Jamaican black castor oil claim that the ash content makes the castor oil more effective or potent. It is possible that the ash contains some beneficial ingredients, but I haven’t been able to find any evidence supporting these claims.
Some people who use Jamaican black castor oil say that the main difference is the lower viscosity. Jamaican black castor oil is not as thick and sticky as regular castor oil, and it is therefore easier to use on the hair and the skin. If you find the viscosity of regular castor oil to be an issue, then give Jamaican black castor oil say that the main difference is the lower viscosity. Jamaican black castor oil is not as thick and sticky as regular castor oil, and it is therefore easier to use on the hair and the skin. If you find the viscosity of regular castor oil to be an issue, then give Jamaican black castor oil a try.
Finally, there is a kind of castor oil called “turkey red.” This is sulfated castor oil – castor oil that has had sulphuric acid added to it. As a result of this, turkey red castor oil has a deep amber color, and it is water-soluble, which means it can be used in shampoos or soaps. It’s not clear whether sulfated castor oil has the same benefits as regular castor oil, so I don’t recommend that you use it for the recipes in this book.
How should you store castor oil?
Castor oil has a shelf life of up to one year. At some point, as with all oils, it will start to go rancid. This means that the chemical structure of the oil will start to break down. Once an oil begins to go rancid, you don’t want to apply it to your skin any longer – it will introduce free radicals into your skin, which are one of the causes of skin aging. What can you do to help your oil stay fresh and keep longer? First, you can add a bit of vitamin E to your castor oil.
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant, a substance that slows the process of rancidification. You can buy vitamin E oil or vitamin E capsules in your drugstore or off Amazon (if you get the capsules, simply pierce them with a needle and squeeze out the contents into the oil). Otherwise, as when you are storing all other oils, keep your castor oil in a dark and cool place, and make sure the bottle is well sealed. Heat, sunlight, and air are the main causes of rancidification, but with careful storage, you can slow that process down.
What is a castor oil pack and how should you make it?
Several of the recipes that follow make use of a castor oil pack. Castor oil packs can be useful in relieving irritated or inflamed skin as well as sore muscles and joints. The basic idea is to soak a piece of cloth in castor oil and put it over the aching area for a while. Here is a step-by-step recipe for how to make a castor oil pack. You will need a few additional ingredients besides the castor oil.
First, you will need cotton gauze, the kind you can get at the pharmacy. Other kinds of clean cotton or flannel are also fine. This should be large enough to be folded two or three times and still fit over the area you want to treat. You will also need a bowl that you can put the cloth into when you are putting the castor oil on it. In addition, you will need a towel, a heating pad or hot water bottle, and some saran wrap or a plastic bag. To make the castor oil pack, fold the flannel or cotton cloth two or three times. Put it into the bowl, and pour the castor oil over it.
You should get plenty of oil on the flannel, but it doesn’t need to be completely soaked in the oil. If you get too much oil over the cloth, simply wring it out and return the extra oil to the bottle. Next, put the flannel over the muscles or joints that are aching. Put the saran wrap or the plastic bag over the flannel to keep the oil from staining everything around it, and then put the towel on top. Finally, place the hot water bottle or heating pad over the towel.
Relax, and allow the pack to sit over the affected area for an hour or longer. Once you are done, simply wash off the oil from your skin with shampoo or soap. You can store the castor oil pack in a jar and reuse it once or twice, but be aware that castor oil will eventually go rancid, particularly once you’ve heated it and exposed it to air. Therefore, you might need to wash out the cloth after every few uses, and apply a new batch of castor oil. A note about the history of castor oil packs. They were initially promoted by a man called Edward Cayce, an early 20th-century psychic and holistic healer.
Cayce believed that castor oil packs could be effective in treating epilepsy, gallstones, and liver disease, in addition to some of the uses listed later in this book. I haven’t found enough support to believe that castor oil packs really are as miraculous as Cayce claimed. However, if you are curious, give castor oil packs a try for other conditions also. Castor oil does work for lots of things, and it might work for you for your particular case.