Medicinal benefits of Castor seeds and castor oilMany of present youngsters do not aware the seeds and oil of castor plant. Some medieval people will shrink their face by hearing the name of castor oil. Some olden people crossing 55 years will nod their head as the usage of castor oil is good as they have been forcefully made to use the same. The castor oil was given as intake medicine for getting free purge from stomach in those days to children twice in a year.
This is called as follows in various languages:
Eranda in Hindi
Haralu in Kannada
Aaamanakku or Kottamuththu in Tamil
avanakku in Malayalam
Erandi in Bombay, Marathi
amudhamu in Telugu
Though it is called in different names in different languages the medicinal benefit is high for this seed and oil. Earlier this was used to prepare dosa in houses.
It is having a good laxative power and has no side effect.
* If we put two drops of this oil when boil toor dhal for cooking, it removes the gas from the dhal
**This gives no smoke while firing and therefore people used this oil for lighting in the nights in houses
***Those who have constipation can use 3 to 5 drops of this oil by taking in nights before going to bed and have a good and freshness in stomach in the morning.
****For children two drops of this oil can be given at bed time for good clearness stomach
*****When we feel severe stomach pain due to heat, we can apply this oil by spreading smoothily around our naval
******for knee and joint pain, the leaves of castor plant can be affixed on the painful part after slightly heating the leaves in the oil lamp light.
Dr.Hebbar clearly states the benefits of castor oil in his book easyayurveda as 'Erandestu rase tiktaha svaadooshNO anilanaashanaha...................'
It is good to start our wellness by following our elders way instead of pouring money to doctors later.