I am old enough to remember when a heaping tablespoon of castor oil was the cure all for everything. Constipated? A week overdue with that baby? Well, slurp down a tablespoon of castor oil and everything will slide right on out. Ugh. Luckily, there are ways to use castor oil that won’t offend your taste buds, or keep you running to the john for hours. Here are Survival Uses for Castor Oil Nobody Told You About.
What IS Castor Oil?
Castor Oil is made from the seeds of the castor plant. You find castor oil in immunosuppressive drugs, chemotherapy drugs, ointments and skin treatments. As a matter of fact, add a bit of castor oil to a batch of cold process soap and increase it’s lather!
What Is The Shelf Life Of Castor Oil?
Because of it’s long shelf life and low price tag, castor oil should be a staple in your survival prepping. It will stay fresh for five years. Pretty impressive, eh? BTW, this is *this post contains affiliate links the best price on Castor Oil I’ve found!
Uses For Castor Oil
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*Treat external hemorrhoids. Soak a cotton pad in castor oil, then leave on the affected area for 15 minutes.
*Remove skin tags with castor oil and baking soda. Simply make a paste of castor oil and baking soda and completely cover the skin tag. Place a bandaid on top so the mixture doesn’t get wiped off. Repeat three times a day, for one to three weeks. The castor oil and baking soda absorb the moisture from the skin tag, drying it up. Results will vary.
*Castor Oil For Sun Burn Relief: Mix castor oil with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply to affected area.
*Castor Oil for Lip Balms :Replace the oils in your lip balm recipe with half castor oil and half coconut oil, for dry chapped lips.
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*Using a cotton swab, dab castor oil on to pimples at night. As it penetrates into the skin, it fights bacteria overgrowth that cause acne.
*Castor Oil’s natural anti-inflammatory properties make it the PERFECT massage carrier oil for aching joints or muscles. Add a little Turmeric to your castor oil, for greater benefits.
*To help clear up dandruff, massage one Tablespoon of castor oil with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil with the juice of half a lemon and apply to the scalp. Wait 30 minutes then wash hair. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of castor oil help clear up dandruff and scalp infections.
Uses For Castor Oil In The Kitchen and Home
*Lubricate kitchen tools. Since castor oil can be ingested, it’s an ideal lubricant for anything that comes into contact with food, like kitchen shears.
*Actually, uses for castor oil in the home are many, as you can use it to lubricate with no worries about kid or pets as it is non-toxic!
Uses For Castor Oil The Garden
Send voles, moles and armadillos on the run with castor oil. Now, castor oil won’t kill these pests, but it’s horrible smell and taste will encourage them to find new homes!
Mix 2 parts castor oil and 1 part *this post contains affiliate links all natural liquid soap. This will be your MASTER BASE.
Next, take 2 Tablespoons of your MASTER BASE and mix it with a gallon of water. Finally, spray directly on the SOIL in the affected areas. You’ll need to do this weekly to see the best results. Safe for pets and kids!
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Hopefully, you know understand the benefits of always having a bottle or two of castor oil on hand! What are YOUR uses for castor oil?