What if I told you it was possible to banish bloating, boost your energy, balance your hormones, regulate your bowel movements, reduce inflammation and stress all while you were sleeping?
And that it didn’t require changing your diet, workout, sleep, daily routine, or investing in fad products, supplements and health foods.
In fact, it would only take 2 minutes of your day to help yourself get all of these amazing results.
Well, it’s true.
So true that the benefits of the health tool I’m about to tell you about can be traced all the way back to 1500 b.c. when Egyptian doctors used it.
I’m talking about good ‘ol castor oil.
Castor oil has been used medicinally for thousands of years to cure everything from constipation to heartburn, to induce labor, promote hair growth, and boost liver function.
Incorporating castor oil as a part of my health routine has been an integral part of reducing my inflammation, something I still struggle with from time to time due to my autoimmune disease. Castor oil has also increased my energy and is even helping to balance out my hormones postpartum.
The coolest thing about castor oil that it doesn’t take you much time, effort or money for it to work its magic.
Castor oil helps with a WIDE range of health issues such as:
- Bloating and weight loss
- PCOS and uterine fibroids
- Constipation and digestion
- Muscle or joint aches and pains
- Skin rashes/issues and hair loss
- Trouble sleeping, anxiety and depression
- Cortisol, thyroid and other hormone imbalances
And so much more!
Castor oil is so effective because it contains natural healing properties such as fatty acids, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, amino acids, terpenoids and phytosterols which help to reduce inflammation, increase antioxidants, protect the liver, heal wounds and produce antimicrobial effects.
Typically castor oil is used topically in the form of a “castor oil pack” in order to soak up all of its healing benefits.
This involves getting yourself some wool flannel and organic castor oil in a glass bottle (so it’s toxin free) to make your castor oil “pack”, and some saran wrap to secure the pack on your body and to prevent the oil from leaking out and staining your clothes or furniture.
To sum up how castor oil is so effective for banishing bloating and boosting your overall health, naturopathic doctor, castor oil expert and Queen of Thrones founder Dr. Marisol came up with this witty acronym… FAITH.
Castor oil packs improve the function of the digestive tract by strengthening the intestinal barrier (aka healing leaky gut) which improves absorption of nutrients. Plus castor oil packs help to regulate bowel movements which help you eliminate unwanted toxins, and excess hormones.
Castor oil boosts your antioxidant status because it’s a source of Omega 6, Omega 9, vitamin E and supports prostaglandins in the body which are the end result of consuming Omega 3’s. Castor oil packs are a great way to get more antioxidants topically, through the skin, especially if you might be deficient or have digestive issues and can’t absorb them well through food sources. It also supports Glutathione production which is you master detoxification agent.
Castor oil can be used to target and reduce inflammation in specific areas of the body. You can use it to reduce stomach inflammation, related to that “spare tire” effect, back pain or anywhere else that might be inflamed! Once inflammation is reduced, other processes can return to normal.
Castor oil also triggers the creation of Oxytocin, known as your love hormone, which reduces your stress hormone cortisol and gives you a sense of stress relief and an improved sense of well being. Dopamine, your feel “good hormone”, also increases with the use of castor oil packs, all resulting in less tension and feeling more relaxed.
Lastly, castor oil helps breakdown biofilms, candida and bad bacteria that you might be hosting to ultimately reduce your body’s stress burden and improve overall health.
Essentially castor oil packs help restore faith in your body’s natural abilities 🙂
Castor oil can also be used orally for oiling pulling to improve dental hygiene and in some cases it can be ingested (but definitely check with your health practitioner before consuming it!).
The benefits of castor oil go way beyond banishing bloating for you overnight. It’s a fantastic and simple tool you can implement easily into your life to improve your results and enhance the benefits of anything else you might be doing for your health.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive, please talk with a practitioner prior to using castor oil!