Whether you need a liver detox or you are suffering from kidney stones, a popular natural method of healing is through castor oil packs. These oils are derived from castor beans and have been used for centuries for internal and topical use for health benefits. While it is infamous as a laxative, castor oil is a unique vegetable oil with so many health benefits that it should be a staple of every home.
Castor oil packs are most commonly used topically to increase circulation, promoting the healing and elimination of damaged tissues. Castor oil packs are also used for pain relief, inflammation reduction, and improve digestion. Some other health conditions that castor oil packs address are appendicitis, arthritis, constipation, congestion, inflammation, epilepsy, neuritis, liver, kidney and pelvic disorders, toxemia, and scleroderma. A study done in 2009 found that castor oil is especially effective in relieving arthritis symptoms.
Castor Oil and Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are made of calcium, or other acidic salts, that build up in the body. Passing a kidney stone is likely to be quite painful. Around 80% of kidney stones are due to calcium buildup. When normal calcium that is in the body combines with phosphate, oxalate, or carbonate, it can bind together to form a stone.
Kidney stones are primarily caused by a poor diet, overuse of calcium supplements, a diet high in oxalates, dehydration, allergies, an offset pH balance, obesity, inactivity, and mineral deficiencies.
The anti-inflammatory abilities of castor oil packs are very useful in relieving the pain from passing a kidney stone. Castor oil packs also promote the drainage of lymph nodes and the purging of toxins. In this case, castor oil can be used topically by applying a homemade compress on the skin above the kidneys, and allowing the oil to absorb into the skin.