What is Castor oil?
Castor Oil is a very pale yellow liquid that is extracted from castor seeds (Ricinus Communis). Ricinus Communis, the plant from which castor oil is extracted, is native to India. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil which has been used for centuries for its therapeutic and medicinal benefits. It is believed that most of castor oil’s benefits are derived from its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids. Although it has a strong and rather unpleasant taste, castor oil is used in cosmetics, soaps, lubricants, paints, dyes, inks, nylon, perfumes, textiles, medicines, massage oils and many other everyday products. Before, people used it as an oral laxative. But, today castor oil is mostly used and recommended as a topical application. Castor oil is a cheap and effective remedy.
Castor oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids. Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial to skin and hair. Also, ricinoleic acid is known to be effective in getting rid of and preventing viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds.
Healthy Benefits of Castor Oil:
- Castor oil helps with constipation. Cause of its anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil promotes regular bowel movement
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Skin problems
- Many skin problems can be treated with castor oil. That’s because of the high amount of ricinoleic acid in castor oil
- Athlete’s Foot
- Castor oil is also an effective treatment for dandruff and helps protect the scalp from fungal and microbial infections. That is cause of its: fungicidal, germicidal and insecticidal properties
- Castor oil is also good for relaxing the muscles involved in menstrual cramps and it’s often used for treating menstrual disorders
- Castor oil helps the intestinal system with inflammatory bowels
- The ricinoleic acid in castor oil can inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast and virus. That’s why the castor oil is also used to treat yeast infections
- Castor oil is used for reducing inflammation and swelling of joints and tissues.
- It’s also good for improving the lymphatic flow. Dr. David Williams says that no drug exists that has the ability to improve lymphatic flow. But, the job can be easily handled though the topical application of Castor oil
- As we mentioned before, Castor oil is loaded with omega 9 fatty acids, which are nourishing your hair and follicles. So, the castor oil can penetrate into the pores and follicles that produce your hair. All you need is a few drops of castor oil and massage your hair with it
Use Castor Oil to Treat Skin Problems
You can use castor oil to treat several different skin conditions, such as: bursitis, fungal infections, keratosis, ringworm, itching, bacterial infections, sebaceous cysts, sprains and warts. All you need to do is rub castor oil on the affected areas on your skin.
Castor Oil Packs
All you need to do is soak a cotton cloth, folded in several layers in oil and apply it to the skin. These, castor oil packs are usually applied to joints and muscles. You can place a hot water bottle over the pack, if you want to increase its effectiveness. Leave it like that for 1 hour. Use castor oil packs up to 3 times a week. Castor oil packs can help you with various health ailments, such as: kidney stones, fibroids, ovarian cysts, swollen joints, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders and menstrual cramps.
How to Use Castor Oil for Your Hair
It is best to use castor oil as a hair mask. This is particularly helpful if you’re trying to re-grow hair or give it refreshing effect and shine. Here is what you need to do:
- Castor oil has a thick consistency, so you can mix it with coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil in a half and half ratio. This will make the mask easier to distribute throughout your hair.
- Use your fingers or a brush and start applying it onto your scalp with circular motions. This gentle massage increases the blood circulation, rejuvenates the hair, and stimulates hair growth.
- Part hair into sections and apply the oil (mixture) to each section until all your hair is covered properly and evenly.
- Wrap your hair in a warm towel (you can also use a shower cap) and leave it for two to eight hours. You can also leave it over night. This will give the oil enough time to penetrate the follicles and hydrate your scalp and hair thoroughly.
- Wash your hair as usual using shampoo and conditioner. Make sure you rinse all the oil out of your hair.