About Castor Oil
What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is a vegetable oil derived from the seeds of the castor bean. It has no odour or taste when it’s pure, and is pale yellow in colour. It is most famous for the ricinoleic acid it contains, as it has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Castor Oil has been used for its healing properties for since ancient Egypt. It has since been used for skin conditions (sunburns, cuts, abrasions), and can be used as a pack for various ailments, such as headaches, muscle pain, arthritis, and sinusitis. When used as a pack, a piece of cloth is dipped in Castor Oil, and applied to the area. A head source is then applied on top. It has also been used for a long time for its acne reducing properties.
It has traditionally been used for hair growth, skin health, arthritis, and can be ingested for use as a laxative or to induce labour. It is extremely versatile and has many uses. The FDA has recognized it as “safe and effective”.
The Various Uses of Castor Oil
Castor oil can be ingested and applied topically. Research has shown it to be effective for various treatments:
- Smooth and youthful skin
- Growing thicker eyelashes and eyebrows
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Athlete’s foot
- Labour induction and constipation relief
- …and more!
This castor bean vegetable oil is about 90% Ricinoleic Acid. Ricinoleic acid is what gives Castor Oil its anti-inflammatory effect. The acid is also known for its antibacterial properties.
Castor Oil is also composed of linoleic acid, which has recently become popular as an additive in beauty products. Research has shown that linoleic acid is an anti-inflammatory and moisturizer. It can also used to treat acne.
Another compound that is present in Castor Oil is oleic acid. Oleic acid is thought to reduce high blood pressure, as it softens cell membranes to allow anti-inflammatory oils like omega-3 fatty acid to penetrate more easily. This also prevent the side effects of bad cholesterol.
Castor Oil derivative, undecylenic acid, is FDA approved as an over-the-counter treatment for various skin conditions.
Castor oil has many topical uses for the skin. It can be used to fade age spots, keep skin wrinkle free, moisturize, treat cracked heels, and diminish stretch marks. Apart from its beauty benefits, it can be used for treating skin abrasions, and athlete’s foot. It is highly effective as it contains naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents. Castor oil is fast-absorbing and won’t leave your skin oily.
Hair Growth and Health
Castor Oil has long been accepted as a natural remedy for hair loss. It can help reactivate depleted hair follicles. Castor oil is popularly used for inducing hair growth naturally. You can apply it to your eyebrows and eyelashes, and over time, they will grow thicker and softer. Apply it to your hair as a hot oil treatment to prevent hair loss and promote healthy and shiny hair. It softens the hair and treats those pesky fly-aways!
If you have dandruff, you can use castor oil as a treatment instead of harsh over-the-counter chemicals. Simply wash the hair, and massage castor oil into the scalp. Leave it on a few minutes and rinse. Your scalp will feel healthy and less itchy.
Arthritis and Joint Pain
Arthritis and joint pain is among the top 3 ailments of people who are of age. It is also common in athlete’s who are training. With castor oil, you can stave off the dull aches of your joints. Castor oil’s small molecules will quickly absorb into your skin. For this reason, you can apply the oil to flannel and apply it near the spot where it hurts. Your joints will feel better as castor oil has anti-infalmmation effects. Just leave it on for 30 mins, and feel the difference!
Labour induction and constipation
Castor oil is useful for inducing peristalsis and labour. It can safely be ingested since it is non-toxic. It is not known yet why is actually works, but it has been used this way for hundreds of years. It has also been proven to be effective by research.
Castor oil is an anti-fungal, so it can be used effectively to treat athlete’s foot. Many athletes swear by it as it is a cheap alternative to buying anti-fungal cream. It is all-natural, so it is not harsh at all on the skin like some anti-fungal creams can be.
Natural Body Coolant
Castor Oil has been shown to reduce body heat upon application to legs, hands, and lower abdomen. It is said heat related problems in the summer such as urinary urgency, can be relieved upon application.