The Cayce Herbal 
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Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce
Peanut Oil

Botanical Name: Arachis Hyogaea

Common Names and Synonyms: Peanut Oil

Background: The peanut is native to South America.  It grows on a leafy vine and is a member of the pea family.  The nut-like seeds have a high protein content and they are a source of  vitamin D and the B-complex vitamins, without having cholesterol. Peanut oil is favored by chefs everywhere for the fine taste it gives to fried food.
Peanut Oil in the Cayce Readings

  • The primary use of peanut oil in the Cayce readings was as a massage oil ingredient. It was described as a "food for the nerves AND muscular forces" and a specific preventive measure against arthritis.
  • Peanut oil was often recommended with other substances in a compound.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances mentioned in the same readings with peanut oil were as follows:
      Olive oil 347 readings
      Lanolin 147 readings
      Sassafras 65 readings
      Camphor 65 readings
      Nujol, Usoline, or Russian White Oil 63 readings
      Pine needle oil 61 readings
      Oil of mustard 12 readings
Cayce Quotes on Peanut Oil

    Use the Peanut Oil massage for the feet and limbs, body, face and neck, at least once a week.  This, absorbed, will also aid in keeping the conditions thinned in the epidermis circulation, so that these accumulations will not be caused.
    Across the hips, and down the limbs and feet, we would use a massage with Peanut Oil; not a combination of oils, but just  the Peanut Oil.  This as a food for the nerves AND muscular forces will be most beneficial.
(Q)  Is peanut Oil best rubbing oil?
(A)  It is the best rubbing oil if sufficient of it is given for the body to absorb, for it becomes rancid less often than others.
(Q)  Is peanut oil taken internally as beneficial as olive oil?
(A)  Peanut Oil is a lubricant and not a food as olive oil is.  In some conditions it would be very well.  As an eliminant it is very good.  As a food value in some conditions it is more harmful than beneficial.
(Q)  What is the cause and cure for the hurting of my spine?
(A)  Read those things indicated, and as to why the peanut oil would be applied to the spine, see?  The stiffness comes from the lack of the lymph flow.  This is the attempt of the system to produce sufficient for the eliminations where there has been little through the abdominal area, and thus the applications.  Do these things indicated for better conditions for the body.
    We would continue especially with the oil rubs - that is, the peanut oil along the spine and limbs.  But over the abdominal area and lower portion of stomach we would massage with an equal combination of Tincture of Myrrh and Olive Oil; heating the oil to add the myrrh.
(Q)  How can we help discomfort of legs?
(A)  Massage same with an equal combination of Peanut Oil and Olive Oil.

    Over those portions where there are the weaknesses in the muscular forces and tissue, we would use the Epsom Salts Packs to relax the body.  Apply these for about an hour each day; and following same we would rub the body with all the Peanut Oil that it will absorb - in the areas of the muscular forces across the small of the back, the knees and limbs, the hands and elbows.
(Q)  What can be done for hip joints in order to get use of the spine?
(A)  As indicated, massage over same the Peanut Oil; and supply those energies needed through the diet and the Gold vibratorially.
    However, - specifically for the dry skin, - we find it would be well once or twice a week to take almost a bath in Peanut Oil, - but this more as a massage, to be sure.  A small quantity - say two tablespoonsful - should be enough to make a complete massage.  Do this over the whole body.  Begin with the temples, the face, neck, shoulders, along the spine, limbs, arms - all parts of the body, and especially give this across the diaphragm area; that is, from the liver - or almost a circular portion of the body, see?  This will make a GLOW and a circulation that will be most beneficial.

(Q)  Why does he walk with such difficulty?
(A)  Lack of strength and vitality through the locomotories. Thus the daily massage with the peanut oil.

    Following each of the Appliance treatments, let the body be massaged with this combination of oils, also in the massage attempt to break up the lesions in the lacteal duct area -

    Olive Oil..............2 ounces,
    Peanut Oil.............2 ounces,
    Lanolin (melted).....1/4 ounce.

    Massage these oils through the abdomen as well as over the locomotory centers and the limbs.
    Those who would take a peanut oil rub each week need never fear arthritis.
    Yes, apply Peanut Oil to the body.  Massage daily across hip, down the sciatic centers or nerves, under the knees, around the knee cap, the ankles and the feet [away] from the body, each day, all the body will absorb.
    For this condition we find that a course of hydrotherapy treatments would be best, - which would include first a mild fume bath - using Witchhazel in the fumes; and then CONSIDERABLE massage with oils that would aid in stimulating this coordination between the superficial and this deeper circulation.  The oils should be a combination of one-third Olive Oil and two thirds Peanut Oil; that is:

    Peanut Oi1..................3 ounces,
    Olive Oi1...................1 ounce,
    Lanolin, melted.............1 tablespoonful.

    Massage these oils thoroughly, especially across the area of the sacral, the 9th dorsal, and between the shoulders; and these will aid in stimulating this activity.
    The Peanut Oil rubs, we find, will aid in better appetite, better growth, and better activities throughout the body.
    After a Fume Bath occasionally, use a rub with an equal combination of Olive Oil and Peanut Oil.  This will enable the better circulation to the body, effecting the beneficial condition for the dryness of skin, and the inclinations for bumps or blemishes on exposed portions of the body.  When this oil rub is given, massage just what will be absorbed from the palm of the hand.  Begin at the hair and go plumb down to the toes - that is, from the edge of the hair into the temple and neck and the upper portion of the chest, across the shoulders and arms, and down either side the spine and across the abdomen, and - of course - across the pelvic areas, all the way to the limbs and even to the toes themselves; gently but thoroughly.  Take about thirty to forty minutes to do this, THOROUGHLY, - at least once a week, - and we will find much of strength will be gained.
(Q)  Shall I resume peanut oil rubs?
(A)  There is nothing better.  These may be given by any good masseuse.  If they are taken once a week, it is not too often.  For, they do supply energies to the body.
(Q)  Why does abnormal temperature persist daily?
(A)  From the very nature of the disorders themselves; a strep that causes, with the activities of the body, that of temperature.
    When this arises, rest - and use an equal combination of pure grain alcohol and peanut oil (these cut together, equally) to massage, with the tips of the fingers, along the spine.  We find that this will reduce temperature, as well as supply better conditions for a better circulation to that area especially over or along the cerebrospinal through the rib area.
(Q)  What can I do to gain strength in my knees and legs?
(A)  Keep better eliminations, and daily massage same - just before retiring - with peanut oil.
    First we would take a very light sweat AND then twenty to thirty minutes of thorough massaging; using an equal combination of Olive Oil and Peanut Oil.  This is food and stimulation to the superficial circulation, and will aid in producing a better superficial circulation, as well as aiding in the deep circulation.
    Massage the limbs and the back with an equal combination of Peanut Oil and Grain Alcohol (or good Whiskey).  Shake them together and massage along the spine, along the limbs. This will rest the body, keep down temperature, and give some body strength.


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