It is used as a laxative, an elixir of youth, and was touted to be a miracle cure for almost every disease on the earth just about a century ago. Can you guess what is it that we are talking about? It’s not a herb, spice, nor a herbal pill or potion; but the oil called castor oil. Edgar Cayce, the mystic, recommended castor oil in the form of packs, enemas and simple oral ingestion for almost every health problem. And there was a time when this oil was a staple in almost every kitchen, and young kids couldn’t escape their daily dose of this bitter oil in the morning every day. But nowadays, many of us haven’t even heard of castor oil. Yes, science has taken the sheen off the oil. It has been stated that its health benefits were overrated.
The ‘healing’ reputation of castor oil might have taken a hit, but it still retains its position as an exceptional laxative for cleaning bowels, an agent for inducing labour, and a super duper aid for enhancing the beauty of our hair and skin. We are going to be talking in detail about castor oil’s properties as a laxative and how you can use castor oil as an enema. After all, clean bowels are way too important to be left to chance!
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Castor Oil As Laxative:
Castor Oil’s role as a laxative has attracted a lot of attention. It is used to treat constipation and also to cleanse our bowels. It works by increasing the movement of the intestines, forcing stool to squeeze out easily. Scientists wanted to find out about how castor oil works and why it is such an effective laxative. After a lot of research, they found that Ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid that makes up about 90% of castor oil, binds to the muscle cells on the walls of the intestines and causes contractions. The scientific team also published its results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
How Can You Use Castor Oil As A Laxative?
Castor oil can be taken by mouth or in an enema through the rectum.
1. By Mouth:
- Take 1-2 tablespoons daily or as prescribed by your doctor.
2. In An Enema:
An oil enema can be tad messier than a regular enema, but just follow our advice to reduce the risk of spills and also derive the maximum benefits from your castor oil enema:
- You’ll need an enema kit. We do not recommend enema bags as they don’t generate enough pressure to push the oil up your rectum ( the end part of the large intestine), and they are not generally good for taking oil enemas. Syringes work best for oil enemas. We suggest that you buy a standard syringe from an Ayurvedic Panchkarma centre near you.
- All oil enemas should be done on a full stomach. You can schedule your castor oil enema after lunch or between 10am and 2pm, as your body’s ability to absorb is at its peaks at this time.
- Make sure you have a warm room, old towels and some privacy.
- You can use 60-90ml of castor oil safely at one time.
- Warm the oil till it’s lukewarm. This will increase its absorption in the colon.
- Insert the nozzle and inject into colon. If possible, find someone else to do the honours for you ( maybe your partner). The best way is to lie on your left side with the left leg straight, and right knee bent. Make sure that you are able to reach your anus to squirt in the enema. If unable to do so, you may need to call out to someone for assistance.
- Make sure to push in the nozzle about 3 inches. Relax and inject the oil.
- Leave a small amount of oil in the syringe. Why? So that you don’t push in any air into your rectum with the oil…
- Retain the oil for as long as possible (recommended time 30 mins.).
- Evacuate and chillax.
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How Often Should You Take A Castor Oil Enema?
You can go for it for three consecutive days without any problems. But, we recommend that you ask your doctor and do as he says.
Do not take a castor oil enema if you are suffering from:
- Cold or flu
- Consumption of poison
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Benefits Of Castor Oil Enema:
The Ricinoleic acid in castor oil causes contractions in the walls of the intestines that helps push the faecal matter out as stools. This helps relieve constipation. Castor oil also has the property to prevent absorption of liquids from the intestines. This ensures easier passage of the waste. Its other castor oil enema benefits include:
- Softens stools
- Controls bloating due to gas
- Rids from distention
- Useful to treat arthritis and rheumatism
- Helpful in curing sexual disorders
- Cure for hyperacidity
- Alleviates back pain
- Controls ‘Vata’
Have you ever used castor oil? If so, what do you think of it? Do you know any castor oil enema recipes? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!
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