Castor Oil Ingredient Profile

Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis) features prominently in many healing traditions going back over 4,000 years. From ancient to modern times, the oil has been used for treating the body via skin application in Indian, Persian,European, African, and Chinese healing. Ancient Egyptian Papyri have been discovered containing information about the benefits and uses of castor oil. In the European tradition the oil is also called 'Palma Christi' or 'hand of Christ' as a reference to it's powerful healing properties.

Honey like in consistency, castor oil is one of the richest oils in nature. Despite being thick and viscous the oil is easily absorbed by the skin. The oil is uniquely rich in ricinoleic acid (named for the castor plant). This fatty acid bonds more easily with water in the skin, giving castor an increased ability to penetrate the skin and carry nutrients into the body. This ability allows castor oil to diffuse into the body in a way that few other oils can. In many ways castor oil is an ideal oil for aromatherapy use. Care needs be taken with this property as unwanted chemicals can also be absorbed. For this reason only unrefined organic cold-pressed castor oil should be used, this is free from any of the solvent residues present in chemically extracted and refined oils.

Castor oil stimulates the lymphatic system, improving lymphatic drainage, stimulating the immune system and significantly increasing the production of lymphocytes, the immune system's natural disease fighters. One of the most protective oils for the skin by significantly improving the barrier function, castor oil is powerfully soothing, softening and lubricating, and acting as a humectant it draws moisture to the skin. The oil does not clog the pores. Castor oil also helps to minimise scarring and aid healing when used for cuts, wounds, and other traumas to the skin. Powerfully antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, the oil has been shown to be effective in relieving arthritis pain and reducing swelling and inflammation in joints.

Internal consumption is not recommended as the oil is a powerful laxative and will cause intense gastric upset. In traditional healing the oil has long been used for this purpose, but should only be taken under guidance. The application of hot castor oil compresses to the abdominal area have been shown to be effective in easing constipation. Taken internally during pregnancy castor oil will cause uterus contractions, for this reason the oil has long been used to induce and speed up labour.

The Castor Oil used to make Flying Wild reflexology balms is cold-pressed and unrefined from castor beans organically grown in India.

Organic cold-pressed castor oil is a key ingredient in Flying Wild reflexology balms, adding to the perfect balance of grip and slip that is essential in your reflexology treatments. In addition the skin conditioning, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of the oil provides significant benefits to clients during a treatment.

Balms from Bee to You,

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