Castor oil was a part of life for many children growing up in Mzansi. This 'wonder cure' was fed to kids of all ages and followed by something meant to help with the taste. SA recently relived the 'trauma' of castor oil when it was discussed on social media.
Castor oil and orange slices are a cause for nightmares for many a South African. For others, it's castor oil and yoghurt, or castor oil and black tea.
However it was administered, castor oil was something that no one looked forward to, no matter how sick they felt.
When Twitter user and Communications Manager for Viacom Africa, Gabi Mbele, shared a tweet about castor oil, she dredged up memories that most people would rather forget.
Briefly.co.za noticed that many tweeps started sharing their own bad experiences with castor oil and how it even affected their relationships with the people who fed it to them.
Here's what some upset souls had to say:
@LangaMav - I didn’t talk to my mom once for 3 days because of this thing.
@BoipeloMos - This was a nightmare
@JosyNtlokolo - My late Aunt in Witbank is the reason I hate this poison. Now my wife utilize it as skin care yerrrrrr it works but hey the trauma still haunts me
@khayamthethwa - It was child abuse at its peek!!
@avd8485 - I don't eat oranges and I don't drink yogi sip because of castor oil
@Dopezuluboi - A very dark time in my life...I can’t, I just can’t bring myself to talk about it...
@S_KaZalekile - True hate for this combo. And I still hate my aunt for this
@Iam_Tswaka - For the longest time I hated yogurt because my mom poured castor oil in it
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