Dr. Bob “Approved” Liver Treatment
This liver remedy is just too simple. It’s hard for most people to imagine that something as simple as castor oil packs could have a positive effect on any health problem.
In many ways, castor oil is a very unique substance. While most of us are familiar with its uses as a remedy for constipation, castor oil has been used to successfully treat a variety of conditions. Its effectiveness is due in part to its peculiar chemical composition.
What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean (technically castor seed as the castor plant, Ricinus communis, is not a member of the bean family). Castor oil is colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste and is a triglyceride of fatty acids. Almost 90% of its fatty acid content consists of ricinoleic acid.
Ricinoleic acid is exclusive to castor oil. Such a high concentration of this unusual, unsaturated fatty acid is thought to be responsible for castor oil’s healing abilities.
Castor Oil prevents the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeast, and more!
Ricinoleic acid has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeast, and molds. This would explain the high degree of success in the topical use of the oil for treating such ailments as ringworm, keratoses (non-cancerous, wart-like skin growths), skin inflammation, abrasions, fungal-infected finger and toenails, acne, and chronic pruritus (itching). Generally, for these conditions the area involved is simply wrapped in a cloth soaked with castor oil each night, or if the area is small enough, a castor oil soaked Band-Aid can be used (For persistent infections and for finger and toenails that have discolored and hardened, a good 10-20 minute soak in Epsom salts, prior to applying the castor oil, may speed up the healing process).
Castor oil’s antimicrobial activity, while very impressive, comprises only a small part of the story concerning this mysterious oil.
All of these uses of castor oil are very interesting, but the most exciting use deals with ways to increase topical absorption through the use of castor oil packs or poultices.
How to apply Castor Oil Packs:
Castor Oil Packs have been employed for health benefits since antiquity. Reportedly, they were used in ancient India, China, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and in North and South America. More modern medical literature indicates their use as a treatment for gastrointestinal problems, lacerations, skin disorders such as psoriasis, as an evacuant, and as a vehicle for introducing medications into the body. Common usage had been for improving elimination capacities, stimulating the liver and gallbladder, and for drawing acids and poisons out of the bodily tissues.
One of the most useful and least utilized methods of using castor oil is to employ packs. Packs are an economical and efficient method of absorbing the ricinoleic acid and other healing components of castor oil directly into body tissues.
Obviously, conditions related to poor drainage of the lymphatic system will tend to benefit from this type of therapy. The would include complaints such as:
– Chronic fluid retention accompanied by swollen joints and pain
– Upper respiratory infections involving the sinuses, tonsils, and inner ear
– Colon problems, like Crohn’s Disease or colitis
– Gallbladder Disease
– Liver Cirrhosis, hepatitis, enlargement or congestion
– Menstrual related congestion
– Constipation, bowel impaction, or adhesions
– Swollen lymph nodes
– Bladder and vaginal infections
Castor Oil as a Safe, Topical Application:
Oftentimes, there is no need for castor oil packs; amazing results can be obtained by simply applying it directly to the skin. The following is a short list for some of the common ailments it can remedy:
– Skin Keratosis
– Sebaceous Cysts
– Muscle Strains
– Fungal and bacterial infections
– Abdominal stretch marks (prevention)
– Senile Lentigo (liver or age “marks”)
– Ligament Sprains
What You Need:
Castor Oil & Wool Flannel
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