Castor oil is an ancient beauty treatment that has been replaced over time by fancier and more advertised beauty products with more ingredients attractive packing and price tag.
Castor oil has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties it 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.
Seeds of the plant is the castor bean, which, despite its name, is not a true bean. Castor is indigenous to the southeastern Mediterranean Basin, Eastern Africa and India, but is widespread throughout tropical regions.
The seeds contain between 40% and 60% oil that is rich in triglycerides, mainly ricinolein. The seed also contains ricin, a water-soluble toxin, which is also present in lower concentrations throughout the plant.
Castor oil is a colorless to very pale golden yellow liquid with a distinct taste and odour. Its boiling point is 313 °C (595 °F) and its density is 961 kg/m3. It is a triglyceride in which approximately 90 percent of fatty acid chains are ricinoleates. Oleate and linoleate are the other significant components.
Castor oil and its derivatives are used in the manufacturing of soaps, lubricants, hydraulic and brake fluids, paints, dyes, coatings, inks, cold resistant plastics, waxes and polishes, nylon, pharmaceuticals and perfumes.
Below is some of the most common benefits of using Castor Oil
Make Hair Grow
If you have balding areas on your scalp, or you just want thicker hair, you can massage a bit of castor oil into the affected area for few minutes every day to promote natural hair growth. Castor oil also works well on eyebrows so if you want thicker eyebrows, just apply few drops into your eyebrows and have the eyebrows massaged for a couple of minutes every day and see the miracle happen!!!
Repair Split Ends
You got Split Ends? You no longer need to buy expensive shampoo’s or go for treatments, Natural Castor Oil has the ability to help prevent and repair split ends. Just apply a few drops of the oil directly to the ends of your hair to reduce the amount of breakage that you see. It helps to restore health to your hair and will make it much less brittle so there is less breakage.
No more cracked Lips you may not want to have castor oil anywhere near your mouth(Yes it tastes not that good), it does wonders for dry and cracked lips. In case you didn’t already know, castor oil is actually added to many lip remedies that you buy. You can simply rub a bit on your lips and it will help to heal cracks and prevent further chapping.
Massage to Relieve Sore Muscles
Castor Oil is one of the best Massage Oils you can also use it to alleviate sore muscles. Just apply directly to the sore area and then massage for as long as you like. Do the same for general massages. It feels great even if you don’t have sore muscles and the Vitamin E content is great for your skin.
Do you have pain from scratches and other abrasions you can reduce them by using castor oil. All you will have to do is to just add a few drops of pure Castor oil to your scratches, Castor Oil will begin to heal them. Also works great in curing ringworm and other fungal infections.
Castor oil works great as a treatment for deep cystic acne. It helps to decrease the inflammation from the acne and kills bacteria which helps the acne to clear up. It works really quickly. Put it on before you go to bed and you will notice a drastic improvement when you wake up in the morning.
Alleviate Colic in Babies
Why make your little ones drink medicines for Colic pain and worry about all the side effects, if you have Castor oil Handy. Warm just a bit of Castor Oil by rubbing it in your hands and then gently massage baby’s belly area. This will help to alleviate the pain of gas and other tummy troubles of your little one and help them to sleep without causing any adverse side effects.
Want long beautiful Nails
Massaging just a small amount of castor oil into your cuticles and on your fingernails each day for a couple of months will give you long, healthy and beautiful nails. You can also use it on your toenails.
Get rid of Warts and Skin Tags
Castor oil helps remove unsightly warts and skin tags. All you have to do is to just apply the oil on the wart or skin tag every day for a few weeks and you will begin to see that mark gradually disappear. Castor Oil will not work on moles on the skin, just make sure that what is that you are trying to remove.
Castor oil makes a wonderful lubricant for scissors. Because it actually can be ingested, it is much better for use on metals that touch food than other lubricants that should never touch your mouth.
Tired Eyes – Soothe them
Castor oil will help remove tiredness and black circles around your eyes. It works much like petroleum jelly but without the mess. Before you go to bed at night, just rub a little around your eyes and even on your eyelashes. Be careful not to get it in your eyes. It will soak in overnight and leave you looking and feeling a refreshed in the morning.
Hair and Scalp Treatment
If you have dry scalp or dandruff, you can rub a little castor oil into your scalp and massage it in to alleviate the flakes and itchiness. Castor oil works really well as conditioner, too.
Have Arthritis Need a Pain Reliever?
Massage Castor oil onto the achy joints to get relief from the pain of arthritis. You can also mix castor oil with turmeric or cayenne powder to make a paste, apply the paste onto your joints.
Love Gardening – Need to Perk Up Ferns?
Mixture of castor oil will perk them right up. Just combine a tablespoon of the oil with 4 cups of warm water and a tablespoon of baby shampoo. Drip about 3 tablespoons into the dirt around the fern and then follow with regular water.
You can apply Castor oil directly to your skin if you want a more youthful glow. Many people don’t know that this oil is great for eliminating and preventing wrinkles and for pregnant women, Castor oil rubbed into the skin can help to improve elasticity and prevent stretch marks caused by pregnancy.
Calluses and Corns
Castor oil applied directly to the affected areas can help to relieve calluses that are caused by a number of things. You can also massage a bit of castor oil into corns to help alleviate the pain and swelling that they cause and ultimately make them disappear over time.