Is organic castor oil safe to take internally? My grandmother says it can relieve constipation, but I’m a little afraid to try it.
Sara Jameson, Atlanta GA
If you go back a few decades, it was really common for people to take castor oil for constipation. So yes, organic castor oil is safe to take internally. Just don’t overdo it. If you take too much, you can poison yourself, or end up with cramps and diarrhea. Your best bet is to find out the proper dosage based on your age and weight.
Rather than consuming castor oil by mouth, you might want to use it externally. But don’t apply too much at once on your skin either. Obviously, you could end up with a bad skin reaction.
Please don’t think you should avoid castor oil just because it has side effects. It’s a very inexpensive and useful natural remedy. Just take a peek at this page to see thirty of its uses and benefits: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/castor-oil-uses-and-benefits/
I’ll tell you some of castor oil’s abilities here. For one, it gets rid of acne and treats many other skin problems like wrinkles and stretch marks. Plus, it relieves the pain and dryness of sunburn and smooths cracked heels. Some people put castor oil on their eyebrows and hair to make them grow thicker. Meanwhile, others rub the oil into their chapped lips or rub it into sore muscles and joints.
But castor oil isn’t only useful for people. It will bring a dying fern plant back to life, and it will repel moles from your yard. Get rid of ground moles in the garden, whether you are having problems with your flowers or vegetables. Castor oil is inexpensive and easy to use.
I hope this answers your question and gets you excited to try castor oil.