Castor oil is one of the most incredible multi-use survival tools out there. This is a shame, since castor oil was a huge blessing on homesteads over 1o0 years ago. However, now, its multi-use properties have become a distant memory.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. Castor oil is making a comeback as more and more preppers revel in its incredible uses. And after reading this article, you will too!
When SHTF, you’ll be extremely glad to know about these…
Reasons To Stock Up On Castor Oil
Soothe The Pain
Pain from inflammation can really deter progress in a survival situation. Whether you’re bugging out or bugging in, you can only move so fast for so long when you’re suffering from inflammation. However, you can use castor oil to help ease the pain.
One way to do this is to create a poultice out of castor oil and herbs. By rubbing the mixture onto aching joints, this can provide soothing relief to the pain. The sufferer can also consume a tablespoon of castor oil to help ease the inflammation.
You can also use saran wrap, castor oil and cloth to help bring relief to joints. Watch the video below to see this process in action:
Soothe Aching Feet
Survival situations can be extremely hard on the body. And few body parts take a beating quite like your feet do.
Thankfully, castor oil can help soothe the pain. Simply pour a bit of castor oil onto your hand, and rub it between your palms. Then apply the oil onto the areas of your feet that are aching. Keep in mind you can also apply castor oil to your feet throughout the day for 24/7 relief.
Few things are more painful than hemorrhoids, and survival situations can make this ailment a lot worse. Thankfully, you can treat external hemorrhoids with the use of castor oil. Simply take a cotton ball and pour the oil onto it. Then apply the oil to the affected area, and leave it there for about 20 minutes. Apply a few times a day for some much-needed relief.
Save Your Survival Garden
It probably comes as no surprise that castor oil has a very pungent aroma. Thankfully, many garden-ruining pests (like moles) hate the smell, and refuse to live near it.
Combine 2 gallons of water with 1/2 cup castor oil in a bucket. Sprinkle the mixture onto your garden’s soil, and laugh as these garden annoyances quickly disappear.
Better yet, ferns and other plants respond positively to castor oil. In fact, many become more green and lush as a result!
Sickness is a real killer in an SHTF event. That’s why it’s best to do everything you can to prevent getting sick. One of the best ways to do this is to rub castor oil directly onto your skin every single day. Studies have shown this helps increase white blood cell count as much as 20 percent!
If you can imagine, castor oil has even MORE uses that can help you out in a survival situation! Here’s a few more from Survivopedia:
We’ll start with this one because, in addition to keeping your skin soft and youthful, it’s also used to ease the pain of severely dried and cracked skin and lips. In a survival situation, this is a condition that can quickly lead to gangrene, so it’s a big deal.
Castor oil is also a good base ingredient for soaps, lotions, and cosmetics because of its hydrating properties. It has omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, both of which are often used to promote healthy hair, skin, and nail growth. Some claim that it has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that can help get rid dandruff and possibly athlete’s foot.
It has been shown to have analgesic properties, so it’s good to treat sunburn, rashes, bug bites and other minor skin conditions. It’ also used to treat ringworm. Just rub it directly on the skin.
Finally, the anti-inflammatory properties are great for treating cystic acne. The best thing is that it works fairly quickly. Swab it onto your clean face at night and you should notice improvement by morning.
Digestive Issues and Parasites
This is one of the most commonly-known uses for castor oil. It helps your bowels move. Be careful that you don’t use too much because it works remarkably well for this condition. You don’t want to become dehydrated, so start with a tablespoon and give it a few hours. Take more if needed.
If you want to just “take your medicine” and get it over with, just swallow it straight. If not, you can mix it with juice or a food. Apple juice would be good, because it also helps relieve constipation.
Castor oil is also a common home remedy for intestinal parasites.
Gets Rid of Corns, Moles, and Warts
The fatty acids in the oil are purported to dissolve these conditions. For corns, simply dip a cotton ball in castor oil and tape it over the blemish. Change it out once a day, but in a week, the corn will be gone. For moles and warts, add a bit of baking soda to the cotton ball, too. It may take a couple of weeks for this method to work. You can also try just dabbing it on regularly.
Lubricate Just About Anything
Because of its viscosity, castor oil doesn’t freeze, so it’s great to use to lubricate hinges, scissors, meat grinders, motor parts, and anything else that gets sticky.
Treat Infected Cuts or Rashes
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties may be helpful in healing a mild infection. Just dab it on with a cotton swab or dribble it directly onto the wound a few times daily until the infection heals. There are also many herbs that you can add to it to help even more.
I’ve read several testaments where people swear that a gauze coated in castor oil works to get rid of the pain and inflammation of pilonidal cysts. It may also help draw out the infection so that the cyst opens, drains, and can heal. Lay the gauze over the cysts, then place a heating pad over it and keep it there for an hour. People reported tremendous improvement just after the first treatment or two.
There are many uses for castor oil – these are just a few of the big ones. I’ve combined several of them under the skin care and digestive issues section because there are so many different uses for it for those particular areas.