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Castor Oil Cleansing:
Castor oil works like fiber in the food. Drinking castor oil early in the morning induces the gall bladder to pour the bile into the stomach. (Early morning bile flow is heavier than at any other time) and also the stomach and intestines are empty to be cleaned. When hot water is sipped it causes mucus to be secreted which forces movement of bile and castor oil mixture to move down to the intestine. Bile and oil forms detergent (SOAP). A cleaning detergent is basically oil that is bonded to salt. Here castor oil forms a chemical complex with bile salts and forms a cleansing detergent. Sipping water makes a typical "HOT WASH". This really cleans the stomach and intestines and also gets rid of the toxins that come through the bile. Thus this is a powerful way of detoxification. Thanks to Ayurvedic masters who have understood the detoxification process and the physiology of the body so perfectly.
Advantages of the Cleanse:
·Some people tend to reduce body weight considerably within a few days after the cleanse.
·By experience we have seen a reduction in the size of belly (tummy) within a few days.
·Do this before pregnancy but after pregnancy do not do this because it might cause abortion.
·It cleanses the intestines and also the liver.
·It eliminates some parasites
·It keeps you healthy.
Castor Oil Cleansing Method
For adults: Pour 50 ml to 75 ml ( 2 ounces) of castor oil in a cup and add equal amount of freshly squeezed orange juice to it and mix well. Drink on an empty stomach at around 6-7a.m. After 15 - 30 minutes, start drinking hot water (like you would sip tea). Drink approximately 3-4 cups at intervals of 10 - 15 minutes. You will have flush bowel movements. When you have had 2-3 flushes, stop drinking warm water. The bowel movements can be stopped by drinking a glass of buttermilk or low fat yogurt. For the rest of the day try to eat very light food and avoid fatty , fried and spicy foods.
How often to do?
Do this once a month or once in two months. This can be easily done on the weekend.
After the Cleanse
Eat very light food; not fatty, fried items. Fruit juices are fine or steamed vegetables are good. If you feel too hungry, just plain rice with some beans without any fat is good. Traditional Indian food is khichari. This is mung dal and rice cooked together, with minimum spices. Recipe for Khichari is given at the end of the page Do not eat nuts that day but fruits could be eaten.
Who is this cleanse for?
For children above the age of four it is safe but use less amount of castor oil (one teaspoonful to one tablespoonful depending on age). Care should be taken not to dehydrate them. So stop after they have had one or two bowel flushing.
Children below the age of four and pregnant women. However, before planning for pregnancy doing this is excellent. This keeps the body healthy for the baby. Very ill people should not do this cleanse. If you are suffering from fever or have diarrhea or dysentery. Please note: people with liver problems or poor liver functions should not do this cleanse.
1. Rice : 1 cup
2. Green split mung dal : 1/2 cup
3. Water : 4 cups (use 3 if more solid consistency desired)
4. Salt : 1 teaspoon
Just the above ingredients are enough. But optional additions are given below.
1. Black corn pepper : 2 or 3
2. Ginger grated : 1/4 teaspoon
3. Cumin seeds : 1/4 teaspoon
4. Curry leaves chopped : 1/4 teaspoon
5. Coriander leaves chopped : a few
6. Raisins : 3 teaspoon
7. Flavor mix : 1/4 teaspoon
Add all ingredients and put in a pressure cooker and cover it. Cook on Medium High heat, until well cooked. Serve for lunch or dinner with or without yogurt or steamed vegetables.
Preparation time: 20 minutes