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Using castor oil for headaches or sinus headaches? Why would you do that? For one, castor oil is a natural alternative to headache medication. The only question is: Does castor oil for headaches really work? Let’s find out more below!
In this article:
- Intro Castor Oil for Headaches
- Castor Oil Packs to Treat Headaches & Migraines
- Edgar Cayce’s Research
- Final Thoughts
Intro: Castor Oil for Headaches
Castor oil has a wide array of health and beauty benefits. It’s no surprise that castor oil for headaches is yet another natural solution to an otherwise stubborn health condition. Whether you suffer from headaches, sinus headaches, or migraines, castor oil can help.
Headaches can be stunting for our mental, physical, and emotional health. They make us uncomfortable and ill. Headaches, especially migraines, take a heavy toll on our general well-being. If you are tired of taking headache tablets day after day, it’s time to try an alternative solution.
Castor oil for headaches? You might think it sounds bizarre but after this article, you might feel differently. Read more below to find out why you should give castor oil for headaches a try.
Castor Oil Packs to Treat Headaches & Migraines
At first, you might think applying castor oil directly on your forehead will treat your migraine. But, as you will learn more below, headaches and migraines are often the results of gastrointestinal issues. Luckily, castor oil packs work wonders for these types of conditions.
Mild Headaches & Sinus Headaches
You CAN massage your forehead with warm castor oil to soothe sinus headaches and mild headaches. Massaging with warm castor oil is great for relieving mild aches and pains because of castor oil’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Here is a simple recipe to soothe mild headaches using castor oil:
- Take 1 flannel (cloth)
- Heat up 1-2 tablespoons of castor oil in the microwave until warm (not burning hot)
- Lie down and relax with hair tied back
- Fold the flannel to lay across your forehead, castor oil side down
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes
How to Relieve Sinus Pressure Using Castor Oil
Alternatively, to soothe sinus headaches, take 1 teaspoon of warm castor oil and massage face/sinus area gently using your fingertips for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to massage gently and slowly. Don’t forget to focus on your temples, eye sockets, and nasal area.
Here is a step-by-step guide to opening your sinuses:
- Place your two index fingers in the middle of your upper lip (under nose).
- Press firmly and slowly move outwards.
- Breathe in deeply and press fingers upwards. Follow your natural nose line.
- Continue to press firmly as you follow the natural curve of your nose and eyebrows.
- Once at the ends of your eyebrows, breathe out while pressing fingers downward (alongside temples).
- Repeat several times.
- You can also tap your forehead lightly (like your playing the piano) to open nasal passages.
Using castor oil for sinus headaches works to reduce inflammation in your nasal passages because the face and jaw muscles, when tensed, create additional discomfort and pain to headaches. You can thank castor oil’s ricinoleic acid for that. 😉
Castor Oil Pack for Migraines
While you can use castor oil for headaches as mentioned above, migraines will require an additional step.
- First, start with the massage therapy above to help reduce inflammation and tension in your facial/jaw muscles.
- Make a castor oil pack to place on your abdomen
Castor oil packs are extremely beneficial for relieving pains and common illnesses in our gastrointestinal tract.
So why use castor oil on our stomach for pain in our heads?
Edgar Cayce’s Research
Well, here’s why. According to Edgar Cayce, who is famous for his research on castor oil, most causes of a migraine are produced in the GI tract. Cayce had a strong belief in the pathophysiology of a migraine and its interconnection with the gastrointestinal tract. His assertion is in fact supported by many abdominal migraine studies and historical evidence (1).
The colonic buildup is often the culprit for the headache attacks we experience.
In addition to a castor oil pack, Cayce and the A.R.E also suggest:
- Stress reduction via prayer, meditation, spinal massages, etc.
- Colon cleansing (I do not recommend using castor oil for colon cleansing. However, there are healthy alternatives).
- Dietary changes
Final Thoughts: Castor Oil for Headaches, Sinus Headaches, & Migraines
So what do you think about using castor oil for headaches? Castor oil is an incredible natural remedy not to be overlooked. Try using castor oil to relieve your sinus headaches and migraines by following the steps mentioned above. 🙂
If you wish to learn more about Cayce and his research with castor oil, I recommend reading this book.