I remember watching the Little Rascals show on TV and sometimes the little brats had to drink castor oil. They always grimaced and made faces when they had to drink it. I never knew what castor oil did. I thought the kids were being punished for being bratty by being forced to down this golden elixir.
Decades later, I'm doing my first castor oil cleanse. Per the suggestion of my Ayurvedic doctor from the Ayurvedic Institute, I took 2 tablespoons of castor oil in a cup of warm ginger tea. It didn't taste bad at all and the results are...productive!
Cleansing the digestive tract is recommended by many health practitioners, including Ayurvedic ones. Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and is the science of self healing, as yoga is the science of self knowledge.
Drinking castor oil sure is cleaning my digestive tract and I hope to take advantage of this seasonal cleanse with the right intention. Cleaning my innards isn't just to have a healthy gut, it's also to symbolically clean my dusty mind, my rusty soul, my lethargic habits. The beginning of May is a great time to begin a new! Starting with a clean gut.
(In addition to practice and balance, yoga people also talk about their poop all the time. It's natural!)
Mia Park is a ParaYoga teacher in Chicago, IL, specializing in teaching Basic Yoga for Advanced Misfits, as well as teaching people how to cut through the junk to shine on.