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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Castor Oil

Throughout the ages castor oil has been known and used for its many health benefits. It is derived from the seeds, also called beans, of the castor plant which finds its origin and thrives in the tropical regions such as India and the Mediterranean.

The plant is rather large and the seed pods can be either red, or green. The castor oil is usually very light yellow of color and is used in many cosmetic products and other products we use daily.

Castor plant,
Ricinus communis.

The beans contain high concentrations of unsaturated fatty acids to which the anti-inflammatory and medicinal abilities are attributed.

The oil can be used for internal or external treatments and is said to boost the immune system and benefit conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Cerebral Palsy, (Rheumatoid) Arthritis pain, infections, gastrointestinal problems, infections and inflammations, migraines, sunburn, skin conditions such as acne, hair loss, styes, dry skin, boils, liver and age spots, and wrinkles.

To reap the medicinal benefits for many of these ailments, castor oil is applied topical. Making your own pack is simple: you can apply it on the affected or painful area, cover it with plastic wrap and put a heating pad or hot water bottle on it. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

Another, reusable method is dipping a piece of layered, unbleached cotton in castor oil. Put it on the area in question, cover it with plastic wrap, put a heating pad or hot water bottle on it and leave it on for about 45 to 60 minutes.

It is recommended to do this once daily and after you are done, you can save the cotton pack in a plastic bag in the fridge until the next time.

That is easy enough, but so are prayer and being thankful, but still we have the tendency to overlook that more often then not.

God likes to hear from us and how much time and effort does it take saying a little prayer or giving thanks for all His blessings throughout the day? :-)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


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