The Healing Power of Castor Oil
Castor bean oil from the castor bean has a long history of use for a variety of ailments. Castor bean seeds were found in Egyptian tombs, and the use of the oil has been recorded not only in Egypt, but also China, Africa, Persia, Greece, Rome, Southern Europe, and the Americas. The oil being applied to the skin with a flannel cloth and heat was re-popularized most recently by Edgar Cayce a 20th century Sunday School teacher who was also known as “the sleeping prophet”. From the time he was a young boy, Cayce would have clairvoyant experiences. Later in life he would enter a trance – comparable to sleeping but still able to answer questions, where he would give health readings for people desperate for help. Cayce would not remember his recommendations when he came out of his trance, but they often included the use of castor oil packs to the body. Cayce who died in 1945, lived long enough to have some of his readings recorded by film and over 14,000 of his readings are preserved by the A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) headquarters in Virginia Beach.
Ironically, a plant that seems to have so much healing potential contains one of the deadliest poisons known, a protein called ricin. Consuming just one or two beans could kill you. However, ricin is not in the oil! The healing part is the fat called Ricinoleic acid