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The castor seeds.

Posted by
Devi (Chennai, India) on 12 July 2015 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Castor seeds are seeds from the Castor Bean Plants. ..Ricinus communis is the Botanical name. The oil extract has medicinal properties and are also used for making hair oils. We as kids were given a dose of castor oil once in two months to clean our digestive system.Yuck ! It used to be a harrowing experience as the oil tasted horrible!! I wonder if any one uses the oil for this purpose now !The oil can be slightly warmed and massaged on the feet before going to bed to prevent cramps.
There is one Kitchen use for this. Yes.. two seeds ground with the rice and lentil soaked for making iddlis will make the softest and fluffiest iddlis:)

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

In Finland, children were fed cod liver oil when I was little. Its taste to fit the same determination as you to tell that is, in the Finnish language is yääk. In children, has not always been easy.

12 Jul 2015 5:44am

@Jypyä Pop: Yes..I reme3mber cod liver and shark liver oil too!!

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Comme des haricots. Superbe j'en ai aussi.)

12 Jul 2015 6:06am

@tataray: Merci beaucoup tataray :)

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

How fascinating. The bean to the right almost looks like a broken egg.
Castor oil was used like this when I was young. Cod liver oil also! Happily my mother spared me from too many doses.

12 Jul 2015 6:20am

@Helen: Ah!! There's an empty shell here ! We never escaped..we three sisters and one brother. And unlike the rest of them, I used to go to the garden and throw up the whole thing under some plant...may be the plant grew well :)))))

Oiva from Turku, Finland

Beautiful beans, we used to ricin oil when was constipation! Fish liver oil was an everyday nuisance! :-))))

Happy Sunday to you my good friend Devi!

12 Jul 2015 7:34am

@Oiva: So...this is universal...May be that was good since we grew up with no allergies like many of the present day kids !

martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Très belles ces graines de ricin! Merci pour les explications!

12 Jul 2015 8:19am

@martine Libouton: :))))))))))))))))) Merci Martine :)

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Si elles ne sont pas un beau souvenir pour beaucoup d'entre photo est bien sympatique!

12 Jul 2015 8:34am

@Mamyni: Thank you Mamyni :)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Thanks for the information. How big is the bean ?

12 Jul 2015 8:58am

@Hiro: To be precise, perhaps one third the size of this seed in the image:)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely documented Devi

12 Jul 2015 9:15am

@grouser: Thank you grouser:)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très intéressante iamge et compo quelle forme et vue sueprbe compo.

12 Jul 2015 10:47am

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup mon ami :)

PATRICK from miramas, France

superbe compo

12 Jul 2015 11:42am

@PATRICK: Thank you PATRICK :)

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of the seeds. The information was very good. I learned something new here today.

12 Jul 2015 2:22pm

@Don - Slackwater: Thank you Don :) I am happy:)

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

It I did not never seen. Thank You . I remember here formerly also the children are given castor oil and cod liver oil.

12 Jul 2015 3:05pm

@Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia): Ah...many countries in Europe seem to have had followed this custom !!!

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

When seen close they are beautiful

12 Jul 2015 3:28pm

@Robert D. Burr: Appearances are deceptive Dennis !!! The oil is yuck!! But it is a good medicine.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Nice capture.

12 Jul 2015 3:33pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you Ana :)

Sam from Chennai, India

A nice image of these seeds. These were popular in our village. Children were being given castor oil those days.
Wonderful presentation. Thank you Devi. :)

12 Jul 2015 3:42pm

@Sam: Thank you Sam :) Now even in villages, the habit seems to be going off!!!

mohkum from Kochi (Cochin), India

Nicely captured image! I think these seeds have some medicinal use also!

12 Jul 2015 4:32pm

@mohkum: Yes mohkum...The oil extract is good for the eyes too:)

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A superb framing ! I can imagine to drink this oil because we had to drink some cod-liver oil not easy to swallow!

12 Jul 2015 5:11pm

@Mhelene: Ah!! You can relate to this :)))) I remember being forced to drink this and later, I would quietly go to the garden and throw up !!

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I remember castor oil treatments!!! NOt pleasant! The beans are so full of patterns.

12 Jul 2015 5:15pm

@Ruthiebear: nice to see you know of this too!!! Later Milk of Magnesia and Epsom Salt replaced these!! Epsom salt was another horrible stuff!!!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely shot of these colorful beans. Thanks for the interesting information, too.

12 Jul 2015 5:30pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you Steve:)

♡ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Très joli cliché !

12 Jul 2015 6:44pm

@♡ Isa: Merci beaucoup Isa :)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Castor oil seems to be an old remedy from our parent's generation and beyond. I remember getting it too but I never know where that horrible stuff came from! A wonderful image!

13 Jul 2015 1:21am

@Elaine Hancock: Ha ha h !! I suppose all horrible stuffs come from nice looking things Elaine:)))))))))))))))))))))))

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien ces carapaces

13 Jul 2015 6:30am

@L'Angevine: Merci beaucoup L'Angevine :)

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful focus, DOF, colors, lighting & seed pattern!
& very good Explanations!

13 Jul 2015 12:11pm

@omid: Thank you Omid :)

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