The adjective lowly was used in a couple of readings to describe the one oil most often recommended in the Cayce health information—either by itself or in combination with other oils or substances—as a lubricant for massage. In reading 2968-1 this suggestion was given:
Massage with Peanut Oil—yes, the lowly Peanut Oil has in its combination that which will aid in creating in the superficial circulation, and in the superficial structural forces, as well as in the skin and blood, those influences that make more pliable the skin, muscles, nerves and tendons…Its absorption and its radiation through the body will also strengthen the activities of the structural body itself. (2968-1)
Additional references build and enlarge upon the effects mentioned in the above reading. Besides stimulating circulation and strengthening the body, peanut oil is “a food for the nerves and muscular forces” (2321-2); it “will rest the body much” (1505-4) and “give [it] strength and vitality” (2415-3); it supplies “energies to the body-forces” (5059-1) and “nutriment, elasticity and activity to the cerebrospinal system” (2642-1); will “revivify the glandular forces” (2529-1); “give greater virility, greater vitality” (5289-1); replenish “nerve energy that is depleted” (294-212); and “balance…the mental and spiritual forces…” (1188-13) Quite a variety of accomplishments for such a “lowly” substance! Several readings also mention that peanut oil, unlike others, “does not become rancid” on the skin. (2642-1)
The Peanut Plant
Though some people may think of them as nuts that grow on trees, peanuts are actually legumes, like peas. The peanut plant produces self-pollinating yellow flowers, which form “pegs” that eventually grow stems and push into the ground. Nuts develop inside the brittle pods, which contain one to three edible seeds. At harvest time, between September and October, the peanuts are dug out of the ground, dried in the sun for two to three days, then a combine separates them from the vines. Shellers clean and grade the raw nuts before they are sold on the market.
The nutlike seeds have a high protein content and are a source of vitamins D and B-complex, without the cholesterol. They also contain six essential vitamins, seven essential minerals, and are an excellent source of resveratrol (also present in red wine).
Uses of Peanut Oil
Though primarily used externally as a massage oil, it was also recommended in three cases to be taken internally as “an eliminant” (257-233), just a few drops ingested daily, combined or alternated with olive oil. One person (1788-5) was told that this combination would help assimilation and strengthen liver and kidney activity. One reading suggested it as a cooking oil for fish and fowl (826-14), while another recommended its use “in the enemas, if so desired” (303-26)—but not during the period when one was using it for massages. Since peanut oil is mentioned in 612 readings, these cases are few, exceptional, and specialized instances of its use.
The most familiar Cayce excerpt is the often-quoted: “Those who would take a peanut oil rub [massage] each week need never fear arthritis.” (1158-13) A similar reading calls peanut oil a “food” and with regular massages, “there will never be—or need never be any fear of neuritic or arthritic tendencies—which, of course, are a natural tendency where there is any glandular disturbance.” (2582-1) A third excerpt states that a peanut oil massage is “beneficial to all, and…tends to be a preventative of rheumatic or arthritic tendencies” (1309-7), probably because—as stated in a fourth reading—it is “a stimul[us] to the muscular and tendon forces at the ends and in the joints of the bones…” (2956-1)
Reports in the files corroborate these statements. A few examples follow.
I had (such) a bad case of arthritis in my right hip and leg that I was living on pain pills. I tried peanut oil. I used the oil Friday—Sunday, Tuesday…Wednesday. I got up in the morning, and I couldn’t believe the pain was completely gone. That was over a year ago and I have had none since. (Mrs. M.S., 5361-1, Reports #5)
As a rheumatoid arthritic I have found (pure peanut oil) to be of great benefit to my condition. After using (it) as a massaging oil for several years, I have to agree with Cayce’s belief that it not only lubricates, but heals as well. I am sure that had I known about the oil in this use, I would have been spared much misery.
Why isn’t the use of pure peanut oil to reduce joint inflammation and pain in arthritis better known? Does the medical profession spurn it as a home remedy? (Mr. W.F.K., 3363-1, Reports #2)
I had a scar from an appendix operation, which had healed, but sometimes when bending over…I would get a terrific cramp in my side. This would form a knot…about the size of my fist, and the only way I could get rid of it would be to massage it. After the reading suggested peanut oil, I started massaging with it about two or three times a week. In about a year the condition was completely cured. The cramps have not bothered me since, and this was about six years ago. (1467-11, Reports #4)
Other conditions of peanut oil use included general debilitation, neuritis, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, poor circulation and elimination, stomach ulcer, stroke, palsy, and toxemia. Reports also mention two physicians, one of whom “recommended Planters Peanut Oil to all his burn patients,” to be massaged in three times a day. (2015-10, Reports #14) Another physician, according to a letter from Cayce, offered peanut oil as part of treatment for his multiple sclerosis patients. (3363-1, Reports #2)
As a side note, the Planters brand (from Suffolk, Virginia) was often suggested in the follow-up information regarding suppliers, especially if the reading’s recipient was having difficulty locating the oil. “This is one of the best sources of supply that I know of,” Cayce wrote to Mrs.  on December 17, l943. Today the official worldwide exclusive supplier of the Cayce products (1-800-269-2502) sells expeller pressed, natural peanut oil in pint, quart, and gallon containers.
A cautionary note: Peanuts, one of the most common food allergens, may cause severe reactions in sensitive people and so should be avoided. According to the web site eHow.com, oil that is contaminated with peanut protein may not be safe, but pure peanut oil is usually nonallergenic.
Consider rubbing peanut oil into any joints or painful areas where rheumatic or arthritic conditions may be present. You may be surprised at the results!
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Elaine Hruska is a therapist at the A.R.E. Houston Spa and former teacher at the Cayce/Reilly* School of Massotherapy. This article is reprinted with permission by Venture Inward Newsletter, Virginia Beach, VA.