How to Treat Arthritis with Castor Oil

Castor oil comes from the castor
seed, Ricinus communis, and is native to India. Due to its unusual
composition, castor oil has a number of heath benefits and healing
properties. Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid – a unique fatty acid
that has been used medicinally for a long time. Over the years it has
also been used as an ingredient in skin care products, as food
additives, and in the manufacturing industry. The FDA has labeled castor
oil as safe and effective and along with the World Health Organization
has established the recommended daily intake of castor oil of up to
0.7mg/kg body weight. This works out to approximately one tablespoon of
castor oil for adults and one teaspoon for children.


 

Due to its
immunity strengthening and anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil is
used to treat yeast infections, constipation, digestive problems,
menstrual disorders, headaches, acne, inflammation, Parkinson’s disease
and Multiple Sclerosis. One of the main benefits of castor oil is its
use in the treatment of arthritis. Arthritis refers to the inflammation
of the joints in the body. If you suffer from arthritis, you will
experience a range of unpleasant symptoms such as severe pain in the
joint areas along with swelling and stiffness. While medication can
provide pain relief and reduce inflammation, a more preferable long-term
solution for arthritis involves natural remedies or cures with fewer
side effects.

Castor oil arthritis cures are considered effective
and safe as compared to some other natural remedies. There are several
different ways castor oil can be used to treat arthritis and some of
these ways are:

Soak a cloth in castor oil and
place it on the affected joints and swollen parts of the body. To make
this remedy more effective, place a hot water bottle over the soaked
cloth and leave for up to 45 minutes. This helps reduce inflammation and
pain in the joints.

Castor oil can also be taken orally to treat
arthritis. Simply mix a tablespoon of castor oil in the beverage of your
choice. This could be your morning cup of tea or coffee or a juice or
in a glass of milk last thing at night.

People with arthritis can
reduce pain and stiffness in the joints by massaging the affected areas
with warm castor oil. Make sure that the oil is not too hot or it will
scald the skin. Perform this gentle massage every night before sleeping.
Leave the oil on your skin overnight to allow for proper absorption to
maximize its healing benefits.

In severe cases of arthritis, boil a
glass of water and mix in a pinch of ginger powder. Cool this water;
add two tablespoons of castor oil and mix well before drinking. The best
time to drink this concoction is first thing in the morning or last
thing at night.

If
you are strapped for time or hate the taste of castor oil, you can have
a castor oil capsule or supplement instead but keep in mind that this
alternative is not as effective as pure castor oil

When buying
castor oil, stick to brands available at a health food store as castor
oil available at a supermarket may be meant for industrial use and may
not be safe for human consumption. Look for oil that is pale yellow or
light in color and is cold-pressed only. While castor oil is considered
safe when taken in moderation, precautions should be taken especially
when ingesting the oil. An overdose of castor oil could lead to side
effects such as vomiting, nausea, cramps and stomach pain. Pregnant or
breastfeeding women should avoid castor oil treatments as should people
with acute intestinal problems. It is always best to consult with your
doctor before beginning any new treatment, as there are cases where even
natural remedies such as castor oil could counteract with your regular
medication and lead to other complications.

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