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Sore Back, Joints, Muscles Or Abdominal Trouble? Relieve Pain Naturally With A Castor Oil Pack

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I have always been a fan of using heat to relieve pain of various kinds, from back pain to sore muscles to menstrual cramps, and it does so remarkably well. As a kid I would get the absolute worst “growing pains” in my legs, and my Mom would always offer me a hot water bottle at these times, which was not only comforting but also really helped alleviate the pain.

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Heat has long been known for its pain relieving properties. Traditionally, it has been delivered in the form of herbal remedies, while in our modern era we more often use hot water bottles and electric heating pads. While these are both great options, the heat source from these methods does not always permeate far enough into the body for it to be as effective as it could be. This where the use of castor oil plus a heat source can really make a difference, and offers some other, surprising benefits as well.

What Is Castor Oil?

Castor oil comes from the castor seed, which actually has a very unusual chemical composition. This triglyceride is comprised of fatty acids, 90 percent of which are ricinoleic acid. Native to India, the castor seed plant has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various ailments. Castor oil can be used both topically and internally, but throughout this article, we will be discussing the healing benefits of applying it topically.

The reported benefits of castor oil “packs” were made popular by the late psychic healer Edgar Cayce and then later researched by Dr. William McGarey, who was an avid follower of Cayce’s work and the author of The Oil That Heals. McGarey wrote that, when used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of the thymus gland and other components of the immune system. More specifically, he discovered that in two separate studies, patients using castor oil packs on the abdominal area saw significant increases in lymphocyte production compared to those patients that were given placebo packs with heat only.

Lymphocytes are the disease-fighting cells of your immune system and are stored mainly in your lymphatic tissue, including the thymus gland, spleen, and lymph nodes. The hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubes in our bodies allow waste to be collected from our tissues and transported to our blood to be properly eliminated, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. When your lymphatic system is not working as it should, waste and toxins can accumulate, which can commonly lead to illness. In fact lymphatic congestion can be a major factor leading to inflammation in the body and disease. And this is where castor oil comes in. According to Cayce and McGarey, when castor oil is absorbed through your skin, your lymphocyte count increases, which in turn promotes healing because toxins can then be eliminated through the tissues more quickly.

Other Reported Benefits Of Castor Oil Packs

study conducted in 1999 determined that, with a minimal 2-hour therapy period, castor oil packs temporarily increased the number of T-11 cells significantly. The effect increased over a 7 hour period, following which levels returned to normal within 24 hours. The healing benefits of such an increase are impressive. According to the study:

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The T-11 cell increase represents a general boost in the body’s specific defense status. Lymphocytes actively defend the health of the body by forming antibodies against pathogens and their toxins. T-cell lymphocytes originate from bone marrow and the thymus gland as small lymphocytes that identify and kill viruses, fungi, bacteria, and cancer cells. T-11 cell lymphocytes supply a fundamental antibody capability to keep the specific defense system strong.

Castor oil packs have also been said to improve liver detoxification naturally, support uterine and ovarian health, improve lymphatic circulation, and as mentioned above, reduce inflammation.

While it is difficult to find conclusive studies on the reported benefits of using castor oil packs externally (there are some preliminary ones), there is a long history of traditional use in many different cultures. There is even some evidence that it can have a suppressive effect on tumors and a positive effect on arthritis when used externally.

Uses For A Castor Oil Pack

Traditionally, castor oil packs can be used in the following ways:

  • On the right side of the abdomen or the whole abdomen. This is said to help support the liver and entire digestive system.
  • On strained, achy, or tired muscles to speed up minor injuries that don’t need medical attention
  • On strained and sore joints, hips, elbows, knees, etc.
  • On the lower abdomen to assist with menstrual cramps
  • On the lower back to assist greatly with the very common lower back pain

If any serious ailments are present or you are pregnant it would be wise to consult with a doctor or naturopath prior to starting this method of treatment. If you’ve never used castor oil before, as with any substance that is new for your body, I recommend testing a dab of the oil on a small part of the arm to ensure you are not allergic.

How To Do A Castor Oil Pack

What you’ll need:

  • High quality castor oil that is hexane free
  • A somewhat large piece of natural cotton or wool flannel, unbleached and free from dye
  • A wraparound pack, or plastic wrap
  • Hot water bottle, heat bag, or electric heating pad
  • Storage container that fits your piece of flannel
  • Old clothes, towels, sheets — castor oil does stain

To prepare:

  • Cut a large piece of the cotton flannel before beginning. It can be about 60 cm by 30 cm and you will be folding it in thirds. The size can vary depending on where you are planning on using it.

You can lay out the piece of material on a garbage bag or a countertop provided it is non-porous and easy to clean with soap and water. Then pour the castor oil over top and rub it around; you want to thoroughly soak the piece of flannel, but not to the point where it’s dripping. You may need to flip it over and add some more oil to the other side. You can then fold it in thirds and store it in a mason jar with a tight fitting lid, or in another reusable container.

To use:

  • Prepare the hot water bottle, electric heating pad, or other heat source.
  • Lay down on the ground on top of an old towel or sheet while wearing old clothes you don’t mind getting stained. You should be near a couch or somewhere you can put your legs up (provided the specific body part you are treating allows you to do this).
  • Place the castor oil cloth on the desired body part.
  • Cover with the wraparound pack (these are specifically designed for castor oil packs; a complete kit can be found here) or plastic wrap.
  • Place heating pad or hot water bottle on top.
  • Relax for 30-60 minutes. Use this time to practice deep breathing, meditation, read a book, or just simply relax. I treat this time the same way I would treat bathtime, lighting candles and diffusing some lavender essential oils, possibly with some mantra music playing in the background.
  • After the time is up, remove the heating element and place the flannel back in its container. Store in the fridge.
  • Use a natural soap or a little bit of baking soda to wash any remaining castor oil off your skin.
  • Relax and be sure to drink some water to rehydrate the body.

If you have achy muscles, cramps, stiffness, and soreness in the body, give this a shot and see how you feel. It’s a very simple, natural way to provide effective pain relief and, as an added bonus, gives you some well-deserved “you time.”

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10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Walk Everyday

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    There are multiple health benefits to be gained by taking a simple walk every day. These benefits are measurable, and if you don't already have an active lifestyle it can be a great way to assist you with your health.

  • Reflect On:

    Reflect on how the human race has become extremely sedentary, and how disease rates continue to climb as a result of the modern human lifestyle.

The human experience has become extremely sedentary, the average human lifestyle in the western world has been linked to multiple diseases and is one of the main causes of why disease rates continue to climb, among many other factors that surround all aspects of human life, like big food, for example. With technology in place and jobs that require tremendous amounts of sitting, there is no doubt that it’s having a detrimental effect on our lives.

That being said, the world is clearly becoming way more health conscious. It’s like we needed this experience of unhealthy food, the corporate take-over of everything, and our motionless lifestyle to knock us out of it. We are seeing a health revolution take place, where more and more people are becoming health conscious, and are always being encouraged to be more active.

Ultimately, we can’t really blame the human experience for our lack of movement, it’s something that all of us have the time to incorporate into our lives in one way or another, and if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy being too active, a simple walk every day can have tremendous amounts of benefits. As pointed out in the video below, by Bright Side.

If You Want To Increase The Benefits Even More, Walk Barefoot

It’s called grounding, or ‘earthing’ and it involves placing your feet directly on the ground, without shoes or socks as a barrier. Why? Because there is an intense negative charge carried by the Earth, it’s electron-rich, which serves as a good supply of antioxidants and free radical destroying electrons.

A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health titled “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons” postulates that earthing could represent a potential treatment for a variety of chronic degenerative diseases.

That’s right, many positive health benefits occur as a result of walking barefoot, and these are measurable.

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The picture below represents improved facial circulation (right image) after 20 minutes of grounding, as documented by a Speckle Contrast Laser Imager (dark blue=lowest circulation; dark red=highest circulation). Image Source: Scientific Research Publishing

If you want to read more publications and access the in-depth science with regards to grounding, you can refer to the article linked above the picture.

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Nature Valley Ad Shows The Down Side Of Children Addicted To Technology

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  • The Facts:

    Technology has impacted most of our lives in a really big way. We use it daily for everything we do pretty much. Kids today, unlike previous generations, use technology more than ever and spend much less time in nature.

  • Reflect On:

    How much is too much technology for young and developing minds? Is it time to reevaluate our children's relationship with technology and get them back into nature?

Technology has become a staple in most of our lives, really, could you imagine life without it? In the video posted below, Nature Valley asks 3 generations what it was that they did for fun as a kid, the answers from the youngest generation may or may not surprise you, but is it time to cut back on the technology and bring kids back to nature?

Technology is not bad per se, that isn’t the discussion here. This is about how we use it.

Before technology, children would look to nature for entertainment. They would play outside on the lawn, go sledding, build forts, and use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Nowadays it’s all too easy for kids to get sucked into technology, there are video games, tablets, computers, cell phones and television, all of which provide a type of escape from the real world. Although, there are many ways that technology is and has been used for good in the world, is the disconnect that it is causing children and adults to part from nature causing more harm?

With the rise of mental disorders and illnesses, is it possible that the answer to these issues is simply to get kids back into nature, more time with self, using their brains to build things, be creative and connect to the energy from the Earth? We already know how effective a simple walk or hike in nature is and how they both can literally change our brains. Nature appears to be much more important than we generally give it credit for.

In my own experience, disconnecting from technology and going camping on my own proved to be a very cathartic and healing experience for me. I’ve come to realize that although being immersed in nature regularly does have a lot of benefits, but even just making time for it at all can cause a positive impact. For many of us who live in cities, with the constant bombardment of noise and of course EMF frequencies etc., just disconnecting for a short period can make a huge difference.

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It’s easy to get emotional watching something like this as it shows just how far removed the newer generations are from what has been most natural to children for centuries, simply playing in nature. The children are essentially self-proclaimed tech addicts and get their entertainment by playing video games, watching videos or tv shows, texting etc. Is it time to go back to the basics and start evaluating how detrimental too much technology can be on young and developing brains? You can read more about this issue here, Is Your Child Struggling From Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Is it up to the parents to ensure they are setting proper boundaries with the amount of time their children are allowed to use technology? Or is this the future and something we should simply let happen as a natural part of evolution?

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6 Proven Ways to Cleanse Your Liver & Release Pent Up Anger

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  • The Facts:

    In Chinese Medicine our liver is directly connected to anger and unfortunately, we live in a world where our liver is regularly taxed by toxic chemicals. Thankfully there is plenty that you can do without medication to keep this vital organ healthy!

  • Reflect On:

    What toxins are you regularly exposed to and what steps are you currently taking to combat them?

A toxic liver can lead to anger. In Chinese medicine, our biggest detox organ – our liver – is the organ connected to anger. When we work at changing our lifestyles and daily habits, we begin to see it having a positive effect on our mood as well as general health.

When toxicity mounts we have a more difficult time controlling or letting go of our angry feelings. Toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies because we live in a toxic world. We microwave in plastic, we cook food in Tephlon coated pans, we smoke, we take medication, and eat fried and processed foods.

These food-like products contain toxic chemical preservatives, glyphosate; GMOs and pesticides. Ingesting poison daily results in everything from immune deficiency, mood disorders, lowered mental performance, and even life-threatening cancer.

So, besides avoiding many of the contributors of liver toxicity – what can we do?

1. Eat less added sugar & address possible yeast overgrowth in the gut

Yeast can cause fermentation of food in place of digestion and cause bloating and gas. It can contribute to “leaky gut syndrome” – thus in turn can lead to the production of toxins that may affect the brain and nervous system. Yeast overgrowth can produce alcohol as its byproduct, acetaldehyde, giving us a “hangover” feeling. It can also lead to liver damage, and it prevents the proper detoxification of other pollutants, increasing the toxicity of other toxins.

2. Support the liver with botanicals

Plant medicine like Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root can help cleanse the liver. Both extracts are known to be pretty safe and well tolerated, and toxic or adverse effects observed in the reviewed clinical trials seem to be minimal. Only those with a ragweed, iodine or latex allergy should be cautious with dandelion. (Learn more about milk thistle)

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3. Drink organic aloe vera juice

High quality; raw organic aloe vera can be a phenomenal digestive aid. It seals the gut wall, aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps the immune system, and detoxifies the liver, skin, and colon.

4. Cook with more turmeric & black pepper to help the body absorb nutrients better

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which increases the bioavailability of food by decreasing activity in the intestinal tract and inhibiting the metabolism of certain enzymes. Better still, cook with lots of turmeric and black pepper together. The combination helps the body absorb more curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

This ingredient can heal gut wall permeability due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It also aids in digestion, strengthens the immune system, improves asthma, heals wounds, prevents the progression of memory loss, controls diabetes, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol, and fights cancer. (Note: A great supplement for this that I recommend for is Liver Health)

5. Incorporate liver cleansing foods into your diet

Incorporate liver cleansing foods such as green leafy veggies, avocados, apples, garlic, olive oil, citrus fruit, beets, and cruciferous vegetables into your weekly diet.

6. See An Acupuncturist

Used for thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to detox and balance the liver meridians to reduce anger and other emotional and psychiatric issues.  Simple needle-less acupressure is often used on children.


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