Is castor oil for weight loss proven to be effective? Is it safe? How to use it?
In this article, I discuss castor oil for weight loss and my recommendations for using this natural oil if you’re searching to lose a few pounds.
It seems that in today’s world, everyone is trying to achieve the perfect body image. Whether we see it in magazines, on our favorite Netflix series or Instagram, we always dream about a fitter version of ourselves. Though I think having a positive body image is a really wonderful thing and is something that everyone should have, I don’t agree with the heavy dieting and weight loss programs in order to attain that perfect body.
Ingesting Castor Oil for Weight Loss: What You Need To Know
You’ll see that castor oil is recommended on several sites for weight loss. This is because castor oil has strong laxative effects due to it’s rich composition of fatty acids. These other sites are therefore recommending that you use castor oil as a laxative to rid your body of it’s extra fluids and water retention. Does purging your body sound like a good idea? Nope, I don’t think so either!
If you ingest castor oil, be prepared to run to the bathroom and stay there for long periods of time as you empty all the liquids from your body. This will indeed give you the (false) impression that you are losing weight. Remember that you will only be losing your body’s water content, leaving your body all of it’s fat content. Therefore, ingesting castor oil for weight loss is really not effective long-term or healthy for you to do this.
This is why I definitely do not recommend ingesting castor oil for weight loss purposes. Remember that castor oil is a very powerful laxative and can be quite toxic with a high dosage. It is just not worth the risk.
But good news! You CAN use castor oil for weight loss externally which is safe and proven to be very effective!
Read more below to find out how 🙂
Again, ingesting castor oil for weight loss is a bad idea. Not only does it have powerful immediate effects on your body, ingesting it long-term for weight loss purposes can lead to very serious health problems.
Avoid ingesting castor oil at all and only use it’s awesome benefits externally which is where the real magic happens anyway!
Externally Using Castor Oil for Weight Loss
Rich in beneficial fatty acids and most of all ricinoleic acid, castor oil is nature’s own littler miracle worker. Having numerous therapeutic and cosmetic benefits, it’s no surprise that using castor oil externally can also be effective for weight loss.
Indeed, by applying castor oil externally, for example by using a castor oil pack, you can stimulate lymph and liver function, improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, detoxify, support ovarian and uterine health, and burn stubborn belly fat. In addition to all this….
- Castor oil is often used in form of a castor oil pack to help with arthritis, rheumatism, joint or muscular pain, or liver problems.
- People suffering from skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema, even burns or scars, etc.), see an improvement and alleviation of symptoms with regular application of castor oil.
- Dry, scaly feet with nodules or blisters will also benefit from daily application of castor oil.
- Castor oil is also commonly used to combat and slow down the appearance of wrinkles by improving blood circulation
- and many more 🙂
As you see, these reasons are why I highly recommend only using castor oil externally, not only for weight loss purposes but for any other external health or beauty purpose.
Combining Castor Oil + A Healthy Routine = Weight Loss
To lose weight, you have a vast choice of natural, healthy methods. Depending on just how much weight you aim to lose, I would recommend consulting a doctor or nutritionist to discuss the best foods to eat and the most effective exercise routine adapted to your needs.
General and somewhat obvious recommendations for optimizing weight loss:
- Avoid eating foods that are high in fat, salt, or sugar content
- Prioritize cooking methods that keep essential vitamins in minerals
- For example, microwaving/heating your green veggies makes them lose their Vitamin C
- Limit the use of oils, butter, or fatty salad dressings
- Incorporate tons of fruits and veggies in your routine
- Opt for healthy snacks (carrot sticks, hummus, kiwi, nuts, etc.) instead of chips, pop-tarts, etc.
- Get in the habit of working out or running everyday
Everyone has their different rhythm and capacities. Nonetheless, it’s important to walk a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Don’t make rainy weather an excuse. If you can’t walk outside, invest in some home exercise equipment so you’ll never miss another opportunity! You may have a busy schedule, but you can find time I’m sure of it! 🙂 You got this.
Final Thoughts: Castor Oil for Weight Loss
Today you have a multitude of sports adapted for everyone, at all types of intensity levels. There are also tons of fitness blogs that you can follow just in case you need a little extra motivation!
Remember, there isn’t one special recipe for losing weight. Every person is different and so you may have to work harder than someone else to achieve similar results. It’s important to not give up! Castor oil for weight loss should not be the only method you use to lose some weight.
Combine castor oil packs, plus a healthy diet, and lots of physical activity all together to optimize your weight loss journey. Best of luck!