Posted on: September 30, 2016 at 11:43 am
Last updated: September 1, 2020 at 7:28 am

You might already be aware of some of the health benefits of castor oil, such as relief from constipation or anti-inflammation. But when castor oil and baking soda are combined, it can actually be used to treat a variety of health problems pretty easily.


Before you start, you will need to make a compress for some of the treatments. It’s simple to make and only requires castor oil, plastic sheeting, clean gauze, hot water bottle and a towel. Here’s how to get started and what to use it for.

How to Make and Use a Compress with Castor Oil and Baking Soda

  • Clean your skin with baking soda solution before and after using the compress
  • Soak the gauze in heated castor oil
  • Place it on the critical area, cover with foil and place a hot water bottle on it
  • Wrap it in a towel and hold for one hour
  • Rest while holding

Health Problems Treated by Castor Oil and Baking Soda


  1. Place on wounds, bruises, and cuts to help them heal faster
  2. Can help in healing injured wrists if you wrap it in castor oil overnight
  3. Relieves pain and itching from insect bites and stings
  4. Helps lower back pain when applied to the area once a week
  5. Bleach brown spots on your skin


  1. Early (animal) research shows castor oil has been found to be effective in treating skin cancer and melanoma (1). Currently, castor oil is commonly used to help deliver cancer treatments topically.
  2. Alleviates chronic diarrhea by applying to and covering the stomach
  3. Eliminate nail fungus by coating the affected areas every day
  4. Can help speed up the healing of Hepatitis C


  1. Effectively removes warts after four weeks
  2. Massage your head with the oil for 20 minutes before shampooing once a week and boost hair growth
  3. Massaging the belly with castor oil in the last two months of pregnancy prevents stretch marks

While it may not literally be a ‘miracle’ cure, castor oil and baking soda is still really effective. Add in the fact that it’s simple to make and use, and you have a useful addition to your medicine cabinet. Give it a try and let the results speak for themselves!



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