Castor Oil Benefits and Side Effects

How Castor Oil Benefits Health

The highly effective unsaturated fatty acid, ricinoleic acid has been known for centuries for its healing powers. Many who have turned to alternative medicines for health concerns have understood and seen the extraordinary Castor oil benefits. The health benefits by those who have used this miracle oil are astounding and research has shown that there is actual curative payback in using it.

Castor Oil Side Effects

There can be some side effects associated with Castor oil uses. One may also experience cramping, diarrhea, belching and nausea especially if it is ingested. Because of potential side effects, this is the reason it is high recommended that a person consults with a physician before using Castor oil whether it is for oral or topical use. However if a person has used it without consulting a physician and has experienced any of the following problems they should see a physician immediately:

  • Rash
  • Confusion
  • Cramping of the Muscles
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Extreme fatigue or weakness

A Word of Caution

It is not recommended to take Castor oil if a person has had any of the following conditions:

  • An intestinal blockage
  • Appendicitis
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Nausea, Bloating, Vomiting
  • Inflamed bowels or Fecal Impaction
  • Pregnant, trying to get pregnant or nursing

People using it as a laxative may be okay for a temporary solution. Overused laxatives in any form can cause chronic diarrhea. Chronic diarrhea can lead to imbalances in the system and other problems such as low potassium and/or kidney issues. Castor oil uses for a problem that is not getting better or for symptoms that persist or get worse should be stopped and the person should see a physician immediately.