Castor oil plant, Palma Christi, castor bean.
Key Uses:Diarrhea, especially in childrenNausea and profuse vomiting
Origin : Native to east Africa and grown in hot climates, especially Africa and Asia.
Background : The seeds of this plant are highly toxic, but the oil made from them has been used medicinally for centuries in many cultures, notably for constipation.
Preparation : The ripe seeds are steeped in alcohol, filtered, diluted, and succussed.
Remedy Profile : The digestive system is the primary focus of this remedy. Typical symptoms treated include nausea, profuse vomiting, and diarrhea: Ricinus is useful for children who are seriously prostrated by diarrhea. Typically, there is severe dehydration and great thirst, but no desire to eat.
Symptoms Better : None known.
Symptoms Worse : For pressure on the abdomen.