Essential oils are extracted from leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, herbs, brushes, shrubs and trees through a process called steam distillation. They have been used for medicinal and healing purposes for thousands of years.
Croton is a popular herb; its oil that is extracted from the seeds is commonly used to make medicine. It has an acrid, unpleasant taste and a slight odour.
A tree belonging to the natural orders Euphorbiales and family Euphorbiaceae, and native or cultivated in India and the Malay Archipelago. Externally, the oil can cause irritation and swelling. The oil is a powerful purgative and irritant that causes severe diarrhoea and skin lesions.
Taken internally, just a single drop of croton oil quickly leads to abdominal pain and diarrhoea. In large doses, it is highly toxic so caution must be taken when using this oil. Children and pregnant women should never receive treatments with croton oil.
Croton oil truly stands apart from others because of recently done researches that found that the popular oil may be the best treatment in cancer. If recently concluded researches are to be believed, pure croton oil is also gaining momentum as potential in cancer treatment.
Highly toxic and a violent irritant, it was formerly used as a drastic purgative and counter-irritant in human and veterinary medicine but is now considered too dangerous for medicinal use an oil that is pale yellow to brown and is transparent and at this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for croton seeds.
Essential oils are helpful in many ways. The inhalation of different essential oils can help balance the body, mind and spirit. Add 5-10 drops of oil to a bowl of steaming water (not boiling) and put a towel over your head. Deeply inhale the vapours from the steam, repeating the process as necessary.
It can also be diffused; dispersing the oils in the air you have a natural air purifier to fill your home. Diffusers also eliminate the need for harmful synthetic air fresheners.