Frequently Asked Questions

All of your questions answered about castor oil and castor oil packs

Castor oil and the treatment of castor oil packs have been in use medically since the beginning of time. There is most definitely a lot of controversy surrounding their use. Below is a list of the most common questions that we get asked about castor oil and castor oil packs. If you have a question that hasn’t been listed here, please put it in the comments. Let’s make this the best resource ever about castor oil packs!

 

What Does a Castor Oil Pack Actually Do?

A castor oil pack is an ideal treatment to support all functional health conditions and chronic diseases. The reason its benefits are so far-reaching is that it supports the 5 Foundation Functions of the human body. These vitals help you to re-engage, rebalance and revitalize your life. 

We could be doing a variety of health-promoting treatments, but not receive the benefit of any of them, because in natural medicine there are certain key functions of the body that need to be working well so that we can heal. They are what the castor oil pack specializes in and here is the list: 

  1. Deep sleep and relaxation[1] [2].
  2. Improved digestion, absorption and bowel movements[3] [4].
  3. Enhanced antioxidant levels and elimination of toxins (via glutathione)[5] [6].
  4. Reduced inflammation, alkalinization, and optimization of the immune system[7] [8].
  5. Balanced microbiome by the breakdown of biofilm[9] [10] [11] [12].

These 5 things are so foundational to the human body and it is why I have always recommended all of my patients to do the castor oil packs daily, no matter the state of their health. 

They indirectly rebalance the hormonal, immune and nervous systems, which are the regulatory pathways of the body. So no matter what condition you are presenting with, castor oil packs are foundational.

 

How Will I Feel When Doing a Castor Oil Pack?

You feel calm, some people say they feel the “LOVE”. This is likely because wearing a pack stimulates dopamine, our “feel good”[13] neurotransmitter and Oxytocin, the “love and attachment”[14] hormone. You sleep incredibly well because the castor oil pack relaxes your body, it switches you into the relaxed state.

If you are using the pack for abdominal pain you will find that in most cases the pain disputes quite rapidly. 

After wearing the pack in the evening, most people experience a flatter stomach in the morning, bloating is gone and they feel energized.

These are the reasons it’s common practice to do castor oil packs daily (or nightly)!

 

How Do I Do a Castor Oil Pack?

There are many ways to do a castor oil pack. I’ve created the EASY way to make this a daily health practice that supports the 5 Foundation Functions with the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack. It’s as easy as 1-2-3, or C.O.P!

C - Compress soft side up

O - Organic castor oil in the middle of the pack (avoid the seams) - 2 tbsp

P - Place pack on the area of the body you wish to treat

 

Where On My Body Do I Place My Castor Oil Pack?

The most common placement of the castor oil pack is on the liver, underneath the right ribcage. This area covers many of the digestive organs, including the stomach, the pancreas, the small intestine, large intestine, adrenals, and kidneys. This also includes the omentum and all the many lymph nodes located in this area. 

Sometimes, castor oil packs are used locally for pain or for specific treatments such as ovarian cysts, fibroids, hip pain, and joint pains of all types. In these cases, it’s still beneficial to place it on your liver, but on alternating days it should be placed locally on the area. Or, even more, the idea is to do both at the same time.

 

Do I Actually Have to Use The Castor Oil Pack or can I Do The “Lazy Man’s Castor Oil Pack”? 

It’s imperative to wear the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack or you lose out on over half of the benefits and the most important part! The pack stimulates somatic visceral responses, meaning nerves of the parasympathetic or relaxed state, producing feel-great hormones like dopamine[15] and oxytocin[16]. When they are stimulated, this tells the body to move into the relaxed state and this is where we heal and clean up our systems.

The lazy man’s pack is where you just apply castor oil to your abdomen and wear a t-shirt. Although this seems simple and easy, you need the pack to get all the life-changing benefits. This is one of the reasons why I created the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack to be as easy to do like the lazy man’s castor oil pack, and you get ALL THE AMAZING EFFECTS.

 

How Long Should I Wear the Pack For?  

Ideally, the pack should be worn overnight. This will produce the most benefit and increased balancing of the system.

The other option is to wear for a minimum of one hour. It can be at any point in your day, though most people opt for the evening.

The important thing is to wear your pack every single day.

 

How Often Do I Need To Do a Castor Oil Pack?

Ideally, a castor oil pack is done daily. Because it is addressing the 5 Foundation Functions of health, it's imperative to keep the function of your body working optimally.

It’s no different than making sure to eat, drink water and sleep every day. Castor oil packs optimize and enhance the basics to being your best.

Like a house, if your foundation is strong, your house will last forever.

 

Do I Have to Wash My Pack?

If you are careful to keep the oil in the center of the compress, avoiding the seems, then there is no need to wash the pack. According to Edgar Cayce, the bedside healer who popularized the treatment in the early 1900s, castor oil packs were never to be washed.

If you keep the castor oil in the center of the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack, this will avoid the need to have to wash it.

We recommend after a period of about three months, to replace the pack and start new.

 

How to Wash my Castor Oil Pack?

Washing your castor oil pack is quite easy. Ideally, your goal is to not wash it, instead of being careful to keep the oil in the middle of the pack, away from the seams.

If you wish to wash the pack:

  1. Soak overnight in a bowl in a mixture of hot water, baking soda, and natural dish soap
  2. In the morning, hand wash with hot water and natural dish soap, wring it out very well
  3. Take an old tea towel (that you don’t mind ruining) and lay the outer layer of the pack against it. Roll the pack up in the tea towel, blotting out the oil until there is little oily residue left on the outer layer
  4. Hang to dry

 

Can I Put My Castor Oil Pack In The Washing Machine?

It is best to completely avoid castor oil packs in your washing machine or next to other articles of clothing. As you know, castor oil stains, it’s an oil that is nearly impossible to remove.

We are unsure of the effect of castor oil on your washing machine so we would recommend to NOT put it there.

 

Do Castor Oil Packs Draw Out Impurities From The Skin?

Castor oil does not necessarily draw out impurities through the skin. Castor oil enters the top layer of skin, the epidermis, and moves down into the dermis. It is the only oil that has this ability because its main component, ricinoleic acid, has a low molecular weight.

In the dermis, we have our lymphatic system and circulation, and when castor oil enters it can travel throughout the body. Any impurities that it helps to eliminate, the body will do so through the most common avenues. This is most often the bowels because castor oil packs help to move the bowels.

 

Can I Share My Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack?

Absolutely not! It’s like underwear, keep it to yourself. It’s for your own distinct health treatment and you do not want to be sharing it with anyone.

 

How Long Do The Packs Typically Last?

The Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack’s lifespan depends on how frequently it is used and how you take care of it.

We always recommend using 2 tbsp of castor oil on the middle of the pack, keeping it away from the seams to avoid it permeating through to the outer layer.

With daily use, we recommend replacing it every 3 months.

 

How Do You Prevent The Castor Oil From Going Everywhere?

Castor oil is a messy substance, and we have done our best to make it as clean and mess-free as possible, but nothing is perfect.

Our packs will leak when oil reaches the seams. So the best thing to do is avoid the seems at all costs! They are holes after all, and oils leak through holes.

Use 2 tbsp of castor oil in the very center of the compress and keep it there. Less is more.

 

Before, It Was Common Practice to Saturate The Compress with Oil. Why Only 2 tbsp for the Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack?  

The Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack is meant to help you save money, as well as do more with less.

There really isn’t a need to use so much castor oil. If you wear your pack overnight, or if it’s attached close to your body, you are going to get the desired effect. 

Less, in many cases, is more.

 

How Many Bottles of Castor Oil Will do I need if I Do a Castor Oil Pack Every Night? 

Using 2 tbsp per night, each day for a month, you will require two 500ml bottles of castor oil for the Month.

 

Do I Need to Add Heat to a Castor Oil Pack? Heat vs. No Heat  

Temperature is a modality that can be used as needed. You don’t need heat with the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack because the design of the pack holds natural body heat in and helps with castor oil permeation through the tissues.

If you like heat, add more heat. There is no issue with this.

If you don’t like heat, don’t add heat! Let the pack do its natural thing.

 

How Much Oil Do You Use for Your Castor Oil Pack?

With the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack, we recommend to only use 2 tbsp of organic Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil.

 

Does Castor Oil Need to Be in a Glass Bottle?

Make sure your castor oil is ALWAYS in a glass bottle! Castor oil absorbs chemicals from plastics and this can then enter your body with doing the castor oil pack. This goes against wanting to clean and heal your body if you’re putting chemicals in it, especially when castor oil packs are meant to support cleansing and detoxification of chemicals.

 

Does Castor Oil Go Rancid?

Castor oil is unique to all the vegetable oils because it has an incredibly long shelf life and does not go rancid[17]. This is due to its chemical structure. Castor oil has an alcohol group on its twelfth carbon, on the ricinoleic acid (the main component of the oil). This prevents it from going rancid.

 

Does Castor Oil Need to Be Cold-Pressed?

Yes, for our purposes absolutely, we want cold-pressed castor oil because it is closer to its natural state. There are only two ways to extract castor oil from the castor oil bean, via mechanical pressing extraction or via chemical extraction.

Mechanical extraction can be done with heat or cold. Heat can damage the oil. Even though castor oil is one of the most resistant to becoming rancid, high heat and sunlight can damage the oil.

Cold-pressed oil uses very little heat and does not damage the oil. Therefore it is the best option.

 

Does Castor Oil Need to Be Hexane-Free?  

ABSOLUTELY, you need to have a PURE, CLEAN, HEALTHY oil, since it is being absorbed into your body and meant to support your health.

Hexane is a chemical that can alter how your body functions and is used to CHEMICALLY extract the oil from the bean. This is why it is important to get a cold-pressed, hexane-free oil.

 

Where Do I Store My Castor Oil?  

Because castor oil does not go rancid[18], you can keep it at room temperature so that it is ready to go when you want to use it.

 

Where Do I Store My Castor Oil Pack?

We recommend storing your castor oil pack at room temperature. That way when you go to put it on it’s not cold, but the temperature of the room.

 

How Long Will My Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack Last For?

In general, with the ideal daily usage, people like to renew their pack every three (3) months. With better care they can last quite a bit longer. It really depends on how careful you are to keep the oil in the center of the compress and the least amount of times that you have to wash your pack.

 

How Long Are The Straps on The Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack? 

The straps of the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack are 24 inches (61 cm) long. They are adjustable to fit different body types and sizes. For people that have a thinner torso, the straps can be crossed at the back and tied together on the front to provide a tighter fit. For people that have a wider torso, 2 packs can be tied together. Using 2 packs also provides more coverage of the internal organs for a more comprehensive treatment. Everyone is shaped differently, the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack makes it easy to find the best fit for you!

 

Are Castor Oil Packs Anti-Aging?

What’s incredible about castor oil packs is that because they act on the 5 Foundation Functions, that alone helps to get your body primed for incredible health, which means keeping you young. The cool thing about castor oil packs is that they stimulate the creation and function of important hormones, neurotransmitters, chemical messengers, and antioxidants that support our bodies’ best self. Here is a list of the ANTI-AGING molecules that castor oil packs promote! 

Dopamine - This is your feel-good hormone since castor oil packs are like eating an amazing fatty meal, the same neurotransmitters are stimulated[19]!

Oxytocin - The packs stimulate the bonding and love hormone, similar to when you give birth, remember the GLOW of pregnancy[20]?!

Glutathione - This powerful antioxidant is known for reducing age spots and darkening of the skin as we age when applied topically. Plus it is THE antioxidant that moves the worst of the worst toxins and heavy metals out of our systems[21].

Nitric Oxide - An Incredible modulator of inflammation in the system. It is also a strong anti-aging molecule as it promotes improved blood circulation, reduced blood clotting and improvement of bowel movements[22].

Prostaglandin E3 - The biochemical structure of castor oil mimics that of our bodies' natural anti-inflammatory molecule. Inflammation ages us rapidly because it makes our bodies acidic and causes damage. Have you ever put a nail in Coca Cola? Coke is an acidic substance, and the nail gets corroded. Same things happen with your body. Anti-inflammatories protect your body from the damage. This “prostaglandin” is what you get when you take fish oils, and we all know the amazing benefits of those are to keep you well[23].

What’s incredible about castor oil packs is that they are so unique. There really isn’t another substance or treatment that accomplishes so much and is so inclusive of the important needle-movers for our long term health, well being and beauty.

 

Is Castor Oil Anti-Aging?

Since castor oil stimulates the production of important factors involved in improving and slowing how you age, it’s one of the best anti-aging allies and has had an excellent history of use.

Glutathione - Well known for reducing age spots on the skin[24].

Nitric Oxide - Improves blood flow to the skin, and a powerful antioxidant to keep the skin alive[25].

Prostaglandins - Reduce inflammation and improve alkalinization[26] [27].

Castor oil is composed of a variety of acids combining ricinoleic acid 90%, linoleic acid (omega 6) 4%, oleic oil (omega 9) 3%, stearic acid 1%, linolenic acid (omega 3) 1%[28].

I have recommended this oil as a face wash, as a deep moisturizer at night or daytime use and for the entire body. The amazing thing is that castor oil has a LONG history of use in our cosmetics for a reason[29], it works. My suggestion is let’s keep it simple. Castor oil could be all you need, start using it and you’ll see the benefits for you and your wallet.

 

Can Castor Oil Help my Hair, Eyelashes, and Eyebrows to Grow?

Castor oil has a long historical use that dates back to Ancient Egyptian times and the Mediterranean countries like Iran, Turkey, Greece and Asia[30]. They would use castor oil to grow hair on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes.

It does this when used topically on the area by providing the hair with valuable antioxidants and nourishing agents such as omega 3, 6, 9 and vitamin E to protect and strengthen the hair. It also stimulates circulation to the hair follicle via the promotion of nitric oxide that opens the blood vessels. It reduces dandruff and infection of the scalp because it is antimicrobial[31].

This is the gold standard in Mediterranean countries and is becoming very popular around the world.

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Can I do a Castor Oil Pack During My Period/Menstruation/Menses?

Castor oil can be done during menstruation. People worry that because you are bleeding during your period that you may bleed out. But your menses isn’t a hemorrhage, it is a sloughing off of a layer of tissue of the endometrial lining that needs to leave the body.

Castor oil and castor oil packs affect your blood indirectly. Via nitric oxide release, it reduces platelet activating factor (Paf), keeping the bloodless inflamed and with healthier clotting[32]. Castor oil also stimulates the uterus smooth muscle contraction[33] during your menses to move and eliminate. This results in less clumpy period blood and your bleeding time will be shorter but it is mainly because it’s cleaned out of the body faster. I have used this personally, and many of my patients have too, to help speed up your period before going on a beach holiday, as an example. 

I recommend these packs especially for troubled periods, to reduce camping and improve your “healthy flow”. Add heat for best results in these situations.

It’s also best to start a castor oil pack before you have your period. That way you start working on it before the situation happens. Rarely, if you start a pack for the first time while on your period, you can feel quite tired because it is helping the endometrial lining to move out and that can be a lot of work for your body if it is unbalanced.

Daily practice of castor oil packs for irregular, painful and all types of period problems is a sensible thing to do. Over time, you will find your periods become pain-free.

 

Do Castor Oil Packs Have Side Effects? How Long do the Side Effects Last?

I have used castor oil packs personally and in practice close to 10 years and I have not seen any side effects, other practitioners feel the same. So it would be safe to say it does not have side effects.

They are a topical and gentle treatment. Some people feel tired after doing their packs, but most feel excellent and feel the LOVE of the Queen of the Thrones™ Castor oil pack. 

However, castor oil packs should NOT be used while PREGNANT as they are known to stimulate contraction of the smooth muscle of the uterus[34] [35] [36] , even though some research says that this is not the case[37].

If you’re tired after doing a castor oil pack, which is rare, it’s likely because your body is sluggish and it’s doing more work than it is used to, trying to rebalance itself. Keep on doing castor oil packs as they will help with the rebalancing. They are working for you and you will feel better with them over time.

As with anything, and in rare cases with castor oil, you can have a hypersensitivity reaction to the oil when putting on the skin[38] [39]. Typically this would present as a rash on the skin on the area where the castor oil was applied.

Should this occur, cease treatment. Skin reaction should dissipate after 24hours.

 

Should Sensitive People Start Using it at a Slower Rate?

In general, the pack is done the same for most people. It is a daily practice. 

You can modify the amount of time that you wear the pack if you know you’re very sensitive. So start with 1 hour per day, and increase to the idea of wearing overnight.

 

Do Castor Oil Packs Interact with Medications?

Castor oil packs have not been shown to interact with medications. Because castor oil packs are supporting the 5 Foundation Functions they work to enhance your overall state of health.

In general, you will likely respond better to your medicines. One study demonstrated a reduction in cholesterol by doing castor oil packs[40]. As with anything, always check with your health care provider if the treatment is right for you.

 

Can You be on the Birth Control Pill (BCP) and Use Castor Oil Packs?

Yes, it’s an important practice while you’re on the birth control pill because it helps you to indirectly optimize your hormones. When you address the 5 Foundation Functions, you are indirectly rebalancing the regulation systems of the body. The hormonal, immune and nervous systems. The packs will make you feel good and it won’t change the effectiveness of your pill.

 

Can Castor Oil Packs be Used with Antibiotics?

Yes, they can, they may also help with your body balancing out the microbiome. Castor oil is a natural way to break down biofilm[41], which is a layer of protection created by the unhealthy gut bacteria to prevent an attack and support their survival.

 

Do Castor Oil Packs Help with Hormonal Problems, like Estrogen Dominance, Menopause, Period Problems, Etc?  

Castor oil packs have been traditionally used and are effective to help hormonal problems such as Estrogen Dominance, PCOS, Menopause, PMS, PMDD, period problems of all types, Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, fertility issues, ovarian cysts, fibroids, fibrocystic breasts and more.

 

I’ve Heard Castor Oil Packs are Good for PCOS?

Castor oil packs have a long history of being used for the polycystic ovarian syndrome. They are used to help with the reduction of stress and unbalanced hormones, but also to help with the treatment of ovarian cysts topically, especially when there is a pain.

 

Do Castor Oil Packs Break Down Ovarian Cysts and Fibroids?

They have been shown to help with reducing cysts and fibroids, and significantly improving the pain associated with this.

It’s ideal to do these packs once a day over the liver and the next day over pelvic regions. Even better would be to do 2 packs at the same time, one over the pelvic region and one over the liver. You would ensure the best treatment this way.

 

Can Castor Oil Packs be Used for Fibrocystic Breasts?  

Yes, castor oil packs have been traditionally used over the breasts to help with the improvement of lymphatic flow and reduction of inflammation that keeps the breasts healthy. It is a step towards breast cancer prevention.

Can Castor Oil Packs be Used for Thyroid Nodules, Boggy, Inflamed Thyroid or Goiter?

There is a long tradition of use of tiny castor oil packs placed over the thyroid to help with goiter, inflammation and thyroid nodules. 

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Can Castor Oil Packs be Used for Cancer?

Castor oil packs are good for all conditions because they support the 5 Foundation Functions of the body. Castor oil promotes alkalinization, antioxidants, microbiome, digestion, absorption, elimination & relaxation.

These are vital keys to help with cancer treatment and these packs are part of a well thought out protocol.

 

Can I Use a Castor Oil Pack Directly Over a Cancer?  

Castor oil packs aren’t recommended over any seeping or open wounds. However, topically over a visible non-open mass is a sensible part of treatment since castor oil modifies many of the factors involved in cancer growth, such as inflammation. They have been traditionally used for this and many practitioners continue their use.

 

Does Castor Oil Break Down Scar Tissue? 

Castor oil packs and castor oil have been used to help with the reduction of scar tissue and keloids. The idea is to apply castor oil with a pack immediately after the wound is closed, as is the case in surgery.

Doing this daily is part of an excellent strategy to reduce and prevent the scar.

Treating scars that are already present takes time, but it will have an effect. Most people notice a decrease of intensity in color, reduced hardness and fading over time.

Is Castor Oil Safe to Use Around Breast Implants?

Yes, there hasn’t been an issue using castor oil around breast implants. It is especially helpful to prevent scarring from breast augmentation surgery. Ideally, you start applying immediately after the wound has closed following surgery. I’ve seen in practice incredible results of preventing scars.

 

Can Castor Oil Packs be Used For ADD, ADHD?

Yes, with children these packs are great because there is an underlying component of anxiety, issues with metabolism and the 5 Foundation Functions of the body. 

The Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil packs makes these so easy to do with your kids.

 

Can Castor Oil Packs be Used For Constipation, Diarrhea & Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

This is one of the very best treatments for these functional issues as castor oil packs are amazing to help with regulating the function of the digestive tract. They are not the one and only thing but they are the best BASE to all your treatments.

They do this via the PGE3 receptors in the smooth muscle. Your digestive tract is a muscle, a different type of muscle than say, your bicep. It works differently, more rhythmic, and responds to chemical messengers that stimulate its action[42]. This helps you to eliminate in a healthy way but also to better digest and absorb your nourishment. 

It also helps with resetting the microbiome by breaking down biofilm[43], calming the nervous system so you can heal[44], improving antioxidant status[45] and reducing inflammation so that the alkalinity of your body improves[46].

 

Can Castor Oil Packs be Used for & Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)? 

Most definitely, you can use a castor oil pack for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and colitis.

These conditions are often based on inflammatory processes and microbiome dysfunction[47].

Castor oil packs have an anti-inflammatory effect when placed on the abdomen and help to improve the microbiome by breaking down biofilm. This can be the base of your strategy to help with your condition, again remembering that both functional and chronic diseases respond best when the 5 Foundation Functions are supported.

 

Can Castor Oil Packs be Used for Anxiety and Depression?

Many times anxiety and depression are a response to how the body is functioning, including microbiome health and inflammation[48]. Absorption of nutrients is often noted in these conditions. Deficiencies in zinc, B vitamins and other important factors in both the brain and gut are noted in these conditions[49].

Since castor oil packs work on your foundation, they can give you a lot of relief. With anxiety, practicing castor oil packs can balance your mood. Not necessarily in an acute situation, but the consistent practice helps keep you leveled. They also support depression.

 

Can Castor Oil Packs Improve My Sleep?

They absolutely can help to improve your sleep! Castor oil packs are exceptional to help you retrain your nervous system so that you respond better to stress, sleep better and are more relaxed. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems impact your sleep significantly[50].

When you do a castor oil pack in the evening and wear it to bed, it helps to calm and relax your system and helps your body do its job of cleaning and healing with less effort. This allows you to get into a deep and restorative sleep.

 

Does Castor Oil Stain?

Yes, castor oil stains. Please be cautious to avoid getting it on any of your textiles, clothing or near anything that you value.

We recommend wearing old clothing that you don’t care to throw away if you get oil on them. If you are sleeping with your pack on, place a towel underneath you or use old sheets, just in case. Better safe than sorry.

Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil with the castor oil packs. But the benefits of doing the castor oil packs outweigh the negatives. Just keep that in mind.

 

Is Castor Oil Toxic? Can Castor Oil Kill?

No castor oil is not toxic. It comes from the castor bean plant, but the oil is free of the toxins[51] present in the castor bean. What is toxic in the castor bean is the protein ricin (or the old word for it, RICINE). This is a lectin found in the protein or meal component of the castor oil plant. Less than 1 mg of ricin can kill a grown human[52]! It actually deactivates ribosomes in the human body, an important part of the human cell that creates proteins[53].

“Castor beans, the source of castor oil, contain some allergenic (2S albumin) proteins as well as ricin; however, processed or refined castor oil is free from any of these substances and can be safely used in pharmaceutical applications.”[54] 

It’s incredible that this oil has the power to heal you, but yet the protein meal part (THAT IS NOT IN THE OIL), has the potential to kill you. This is the perfect example of Yin and Yang, the balance in life. One part can HEAL you (the oil) and the other part can kill you (the meal of the bean). 

Again, just to be clear, castor oil DOES NOT contain the toxic component, ricin.

 

How Does Castor Oil Make You Go to The Bathroom When Taken Orally?

It’s commonly thought to be an irritant laxative, but in fact, castor oil is a gentle laxative, only becoming irritant with excessive dose.

 Castor oil has been shown to increase nitric oxide in the gut[55], that stimulates mucosal function but is also a protector of the gastric membrane.

Castor oil also helps to trigger the EP3 prostaglandin receptors that move smooth muscle[56].

Castor oil also shifts electrolytes and keeps the water in the intestine.

Castor oil is a gentle laxative at low doses.

 

What Dose Do I Take Of Castor Oil Orally For Constipation?

I rarely prescribe castor oil orally to patients, because castor oil packs work on many more aspects of health, and help with the reduction of constipation, gently.

Health Canada pharmaceutical compendium recommends it to be taken at 1-3 tbsp for adults with chronic constipation[57]. This should not be taken daily either. If taken in excess, it can deplete you and dehydrate you.

It functions by changing the electrolyte distribution and also stimulating prostaglandins in the body which stimulate smooth muscle contraction in the intestine[58].

 

Is It the Ricin that Makes You Have Diarrhea?  

The ricin (ricine) lectin component of castor bean is NOT in the oil, it is only in the protein meal. Therefore it is not what causes you to have diarrhea when taken internally.

Castor oil is used as a stimulant laxative to help you go to the bathroom, it does so by stimulating the PGE3 receptors in the smooth muscle of the intestine[59]. Usually this correlates to improved bowel movements. 

Diarrhea is caused only by taking too much of an oral dose. Pharmacological Medicine normally recommends 1-3 tbsp of castor oil, beginning with the lowest dose and increasing higher as needed.

Always ask your health care professional if this is right for you.

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