These days most people look at alternative medicine with a little skepticism, but the is that what is considered alternative medicine today has traditionally improved and even saved lives in the past. One such traditional medicine is Jamaican black castor oil. Now, castor oil is a well-known and common item and is not restricted to the Caribbean alone. However, Jamaican oil makers process the castor bean in a unique way, creating Jamaican black castor oil. Other countries like Egypt, India, and Spain have used their own form of castor oil for medicinal purposes for generations.
What is Jamaican black castor oil?
To understand Jamaican black castor oil and how it differs from other types of the same oil, let’s first look at castor oil in general. It is a form of vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the ricinus communis plant, also called the castor oil plan. These seeds produce oil equal to a quarter of their weight. The oil extracted in transparent and yellow when it is cold pressed, which is the most common extraction method.
Now, Jamaican black castor oil is different because, as its name suggests, it is black in color. This is because the extraction method is unique. The castor oil beans are first roasted and then pulverized in a mortar. After this, water is added and the mixture is slow boiled on a wood fire. By the end of the extraction process, you get unadulterated, pure, viscous, and strongly pungent oil. Its color can vary from dark brown to black.
The positive effects
Jamaican black castor oil can be used in various ways. One common way is to apply it on skin, allowing it to penetrate the skin deeper than most other vegetable oils. It can be used this way to provide pain and symptomatic relief from disease like arthritis, rheumatism, stiff joints, nerve damage, and back pain. You can either massage the area with the oil or apply an oil compress using a gauze, bandage, or flannel soaked in the oil with a little heat applied on top using a hot water bag.
Some forms of Jamaican black castor oil also have a bit of peppermint and/or eucalyptus extracts to penetrate further in the body and provide relief to the inflamed joints and tissues.
This form of castor oil is also useful for insomnia treatment. Bath salts soaked in Jamaican black castor oil and rubbed over the eyelids can provide an incredibly soothing effect without relying on prescription drugs. On a related note, the oil can be applied on the skin around the eyes to keep dark circles and wrinkles at bay.
Jamaican black castor oil is effective in treating various bacterial and fungal skin infections, psoriasis, ringworm, burns, cuts, sores, scars, insect bites and stings, and athlete’s foot. A few drops of the oil can be applied on the band aid and then applied over the affected area. In case of infections over a larger area, an oil compress can also be used.