One of my favorite home remedies is Castor Oil! Castor oil has a variety of uses and benefits so this season I will focus on 2 of them. With the winter weather temps dipping low the cold, dry air can contribute to joint pain. If you notice your joints making those “cracking” or “crunchy” sounds this is generally another sign some castor oil might do you some good.
Castor oil comes from the castor seed plant that is native to India. Historians note castor seeds use dating back to 4000 BC. Castor oil is reported to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and moisturizing properties, among several others. You can find castor oil at local health stores such as Harvest Health. When purchasing castor oil take notice of purchasing organic to limit pesticide exposure.
Back to your joints! Select an evening when you have some time to sit and relax with your pack. Make sure the affected area is clean and dry, massage a good amount of castor oil onto the skin. Pour a small amount of castor oil on to your flannel cloth and then cover area with plastic wrap. Apply a heating pad on low to medium heat and leave this on for 20-30 minutes. After the procedure, wash the area and you can reuse your flannel several time as I recommend at least 2-3 days of treatment for noticeable and lasting results.
Castor oil has been known to increase circulation while promoting elimination and healing of tissues and organs underneath the skin.