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Castor oil is an antirheumatic herb because it is a natural pain reliever and laxative
The tea of the castor root is used in treating many vata disorders, such as arthritis, sciatica, chronic backache and muscle spasms. This tea is a decongestant, anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory substance, it can also be used to treat gout.
Castor oil is gentle enough to be used on infants to relieve constipation. To treat an infant, the mother should dip her little finger into the oil and let the child suck on it.
To treat chronic constipation in adults, one tablespoon of castor oil should be taken with a cup of ginger tea. This mixture will neutralize toxins and relieve gas and constipation.