Castor oil is a clear, viscous oil that is cold extracted from the seed of Ricinus communis. This plant, native to India and Africa can now be seen in many Canadian gardens. After the oil is extracted, a second extraction of the pomace yields Ricin, a poison used in cancer research and poison products.
Castor oil is first mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus – 1550 BCE and was used by Cleopatra for her eyes and lips. Information available in the modern scientific literature is limited to the purgative properties of internal ingestion of the oil. A dose of 5-15 ml will produce catharsis within two to eight hours.
There is a plethora of anecdotal folk and clinical literature on Castor Oil, but this bears no stamp of authority in the academic community. A more enlightened approach regarding the use and efficacy of Castor Oil packs is found in the readings of the medical psychic Edgar Cayce, and these readings are summarized in one book.1 Cayce describes a relationship between body organs, the lymphatic system and its various tissues, the nervous system, the endocrine system and the mind. Biochemists had not yet found the messenger chemicals that Cayce “saw” so very few people believed that these systems had an elaborate communication system that linked them together. The science of psychoneuroimmunology is just beginning to map out the relationships that many people intuitively grasped long ago. In short, Cayce says that Castor Oil, due to its unique molecular structure, is absorbed through the skin reaches the internal organs, re-establishing “coordination” which in turn brings about a state of healthy balance. The most significant recorded success of Castor Oil Packs relates toward organs in the pelvic cavity, consistent benefits to gastro intestinal problems and conditions in the genito-urinary tract. Numerous topical conditions like warts and papilomas have been treated successfully. Even some people with acute inflammatory conditions have responded well. Of course, in all serious medical conditions professional help should be sought.