Why healing foods, herbs and oils have been important to me
In south asian cultures, natural herbs and oils have been used for centuries. My Maji (grandmother) and Mummiji (mother) were my greatest teachers, they continued the family rituals and traditions using Ayurvedic food, herbal blends and oils for us, which inspired me and my journey of training and then on to running my own business. I have been grateful for them and they’re teachings everyday, ever since I can remember.
Castor oil – is known as Arandi oil in my culture
I first used Castor oils packs during training in natural nutrition (2004) and learnt about Edgar Cayce and the naturopathic techniques as part of my course.
For those who don’t know him, Edgar Cayce was an amazing natural physician, healer and medium and his books can be referenced if you want to use this approach.
I am of South Asian heritage. My family have used oils ever since I can remember and Castor oil (Arandi) was one of the oils my maji favorites alongside Desi and Badam rogan (Mustard and almond) to massage my tummy and head for minor complaints.
Castor oil is perfect used in a warming massage to soothe and relax sore muscles and joints
I recently made up a blend for my mum adding a blend of homeopathic medicine for her cataract which begun using every night in both eyes to help dissolve it.
Castor oil is now used in the west in a castor oil pack with a packing cloth and can be used as part of a naturopathic regime alongside a 3 day liver cleanse while detoxing – and eating seasonal food which is not denatured and full of natural nutrition.
If this makes you curious- feel free to get in touch if you wish to be supported by me with a personalised and bespoke wellbeing cleansing programmes
I have continued to use castor oil packs for almost 20 years on each full moon and again on the new moon and seen remarkable results.
How to make a Castor oil detox pack
What you will need:
An organic packing cloth – or organic flannel /cloth /sheet 40cm x 40xm in diameter
A bottle of cold pressed organic Castor oil
Preparing your Castor oil packing cloth
Soak the castor oil over the cloth approx 20cm in diameter – you will need to soak the castor oil and then cover over with your cloth while it soaks
Place carefully over the abdomen, over ‘boobs to pubs’ – and from under the liver area (or the area your wish to focus on e.g. fibroids, cysts etc.- and as low as on /over the public bone area ). Cover the abdomen with a non BPA plastic film – wrap this carefully around the stomach, upper abdomen/ liver regions – wrap it over he back and back to the front 2 – 3 times -secure
You may wish to wear an old T shirt . This helps absorb any leaks /spills of excess castor oil.
Fill a hot water bottle – place this over the liver and sit comfortably for about an hour. You can also wear the pack over night if you wish . I always do .
Edgar Cayce recommended using a organic white wool/cotton flannel as this is non toxic
While you let the castor ol do its magic – you may decide to lie down,or sit quietly. Cover yourself with a towel and the hot water bottle for at least the one hour.
You can also use castor oil topically for any other complaints – cysts, tumours, boils or scar tissue/adhesions – as a pack . This oil literally breaks anything down if used regularly.
Castor oil stimulates the lymph and liver function by increasing the lymphocyte count . This allows the body to speed up t toxin removal from tissues and at a cellular level.
Lymphatic congestion is a key factor in inflammation and most diseases.
If you have an autoimmune disease or health issues, you may be experiencing a sluggish lymphatic system resulting in a build up of toxins.
Keep your pack in a glass jar in between each use. Do not wash the cloth – and store it away until you next decide to u
Castor oil packs can be placed on different organs or areas of the body each month
E.G thyroid, arms, legs, back, over the mid-section, etc., to target particular areas of the body, and the many benefits include:
- Womens health issues such as :
- Reduces painful menstrual cramps
- Reducing and removing Scarring or lesions with regular use
- Shortens periods and regulates menarche Rtu cycles
- Shrinking cysts in breast tissue, tumours
- Shrinking (uterine) fibroids
- Shrinking or reducing ovarian cysts
- Reducing symptoms of PCOS
- Digestive Health :
- Relaxing the digestive system and improving constipation or bloating
- Reducing gallbladder inflammation/stones
- Improved lymphatic drainage
- Reduces gut inflammation
- Reduced headaches and migraines
- Organ Support
- Detoxifies the liver naturally
- Shrinking thyroid cysts and nodules
- Oil blends for
- Eye Complaints etc
Natural uses for Castor oil as home treatments
Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids, when massaged onto the scalp increases blood circulation and improves hair growth. Castor oil can be used as a moisturiser as it conditions hair naturally, leaving it shiny. stronger, healthy and stimulates growth
Hydration for Skin
The essential fatty acids in castor oil help restore the skin’s natural moisture balance. It penetrates skin and boosts the production of collagen which can help soften and hydrate the skin naturally – preventing wrinkles
Castor oil’s high-fat content makes it great for protecting the skin from spot-causing bacteria.
Castor oil is also a great option for oil pulling and reduces bacteria – coconut oil is also amazing – you can read my other post on coconut using this link Coconut Oil
A great natural for soothing skin, softening nails and nourishing eyelashes!
We have used it in place of a hair conditioner, to treat dry scalp, weak or brittle hair.
Castor oil conditioner
Castor oil can be used as an intensive conditioning treatment for hair as it has many natural healing properties for adding natural moisture and nourishing the scalp. I have a number of essential oils in my own blend.
Use castor oil as a daily moisturiser
- Mix equal parts olive, almond or coconut oil – use as a skin moisturiser- you may wish to add vitamin A, , E or rose to offer to your skin additional oil benefits- Rose Maroc is amazing.
- Dab the oil on your face or apply with a warm flannel
- Massage directly on to the scalp soothes irritated skin and reduces redness or dry scalp or skin
- For eyelashes or browns – Put a a drop of castor oil on your brows or lashes each night – promoting new healthy hair growth
- For hair – comb into your hair – leave for 2-3 day, then wash out – a Leo zodiac day you can discover for your self how amazing hair feels.
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