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Castor Bean General Information
Castor oil plant has large, palm-shaped leaves, green female flowers, and prickly red seed capsules. The castor plant, whose botanical name is Ricinus communis, is native to the Ethiopian region of East Africa. It now grows in tropical and warm temperate regions throughout the world and is becoming an abundant weed in the southwestern United States. Castor plants grow along stream banks, riverbeds, bottomlands, and in almost any warm area where the soil is well drained and with sufficient nutrients and moisture to sustain growth. They are annuals that can grow 615 ft tall in one season with full sunlight, heat, and moisture. The tropical leaves, with five to nine pointed, finger-like lobes, may be 430 in across. Since ancient times, Castor Oil has been used as a laxative and as lamp oil.

The picture above is of the leaves. The red picture of the Castor Plant is the covering of the seeds. The green picture is of the plant before the seeds are available.

Castor Bean Covering of Seeds Castor Bean Plant The castor plant grows rapidly with little care and produces lush tropical foliage. Its use as a cultivated plant should be discouraged because its seeds or beans are extremely poisonous. Children should be taught to recognize and avoid the plant and its seeds, especially in the southwestern United States where it grows wild near residential areas. Flower heads can be snipped off of castor plants as a protective measure.

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Castor Bean Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Castor Oil is used for temporary constipation, but is not effective for chronic constipation. It has been used to clear the system after food poisoning. It has also been used for colic and acute diarrhea due to slow digestion. It is sometimes used in hospitals to prepare the patient's abdomen for X rays of the colon or kidneys. Castor Oil can support labor and delivery. Externally Castor Oil is used to treat ringworm and itch. In the Canary Islands, fresh Castor leaves are used externally by nursing mothers to increase the flow of milk. Castor Oil is a natural emollient and can be applied to the skin and hair as a softener. Juice from the leaves of the Castor plant is used against rheumatism, headache, dropsy (edema), abscesses, ringworms, and warts.

An Indian physician, Dr Hemant Pathak, has discovered an effective home remedy for allergy. He found that five drops of castor oil in half a cup of any fruit or vegetable juice, or plain water, and taken on an empty stomach in the morning, is beneficial for allergies of the intestinal tract, skin, and nasal passages. Dr Pathak has reported numerous cases of allergic protection by this method.

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Castor Bean Dosage Information
Castor Bean comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions. If a doctor has prescribed castor oil, his or her instructions for the timing and quantity of doses should be followed. For self-treatment, users should follow the manufacturer's instructions. At least 68 glasses (8 oz each) of liquids should be taken each day to soften the stools. Castor oil is usually taken on an empty stomach for rapid effect. Because results usually occur within two to six hours, castor oil is not usually taken late in the day. The unpleasant taste of castor oil may be improved by chilling it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. It may then be stirred into a glass of cold orange juice.

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Castor Bean Safety & Interaction Information
Due to the poisonous nature of Castor bean, the seeds should be kept away from small children. Castor Oil is generally regarded as safe when used as directed.

The seeds of Castor Bean or Castor Oil plant are very poisonous to people, animals and insects. One milligram of Rican, one of the main toxic proteins in this plant can kill an adult. The seed is only toxic when the outer shell is broken or chewed open. When the beans are hulled and crushed at temperatures below 100F they have no toxin and yield clear or yellowish poison-free oil.

A pregnant woman should not use castor oil, as it can cause contractions, unless prescribed by your Doctor/Health Care Professional. Castor oil should not be used if a patient is hypersensitive to the castor bean; or has an intestinal obstruction, abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, soreness, nausea, vomiting, fecal impaction, or any signs of appendicitis or an inflamed bowel. It should not be used by anyone for more than a week unless a doctor has ordered otherwise. Overuse of a laxative may lead to dependence on it. A doctor should check any sudden changes in bowel habits or function that last longer than two weeks before using a laxative.


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