One of the best kept secrets in the world is castor oil. Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, antibacterial and anti-fungicidal properties are contained in castor oil. Castor Oil consists of a triglyceride of fatty acids ( 90% of which are smade up of ricinoleic acid) which gives castor oil its unbelievable healing abilities. Ricinoleic acid is known to be effective in getting rid of and preventing viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds.
A little History
Historically, castor oil was used as an oral laxative. However, today as a topical application castor oil is mostly used and recommended. For many ailments it’s a cheap and effective remedy. Castor oil has been used for many practical applications.
Native to India is ricinus communis, the plant from which castor oil is extracted. The plant itself is known for being one of the most toxic plants on earth along with amazing health benefits. However, castor oil is not toxic so there is nothing to worry about . The toxic part is left behind in the pulp of the seeds when castor oil is extracted,.
The Many Castor Oil Uses and Benefits
Castor oil has a long list of useful properties.
- Thickens and regrows hair. Castor oil is loaded with omega 9 fatty acids, which nourish the hair and follicles. Castor oil is able to penetrate into the pores and follicles that produce hair. Into your hair just massage a couple of drops of castor oil.
- Improves Lymphatic Flow. No drug exists that has the ability to improve lymphatic flow according to Dr David Williams however, the job can easily be handled through the topical application of Castor oil.
- Anti-inflammatory. Castor oil consists of ricinoleic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It is used for reducing inflammation and swelling of joints and tissues.
- Helps the intestinal system with inflammatory bowels and dysentery.
- Yeast Infections. Able to inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast and virus is ricinoleic acid found in castor oil.
- Constipation. Castor oil promotes regular bowel movement due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Menstrual Disorders. Castor oil is known to relax the muscles involved in menstrual cramps.
- Acne. Many skin problems can be treated with it due to the ricinoleic acid in castor oil.
- Athlete’s Foot
- Skin Problems
- Hair and Dandruff. Castor oil is an effective treatment for dandruff and helps protect the scalp from fungal and microbial infections due to fungicidal, germicidal and insecticidal properties.
Castor Oil Uses
To treat skin problems.
For various skin conditions such as bacterial infections, bursitis, fungal infections, itching, keratosis, ringworm, sebaceous cysts, sprains and warts, rub castor oil on to areas of the skin.
Castor oil packs
To make castor oil packs is another way to use castor oil. They help with various health ailments such as kidney stones, fibroids, ovarian cysts, swollen joints, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders and menstrual cramps. In several layers in oil soak cotton cloths folded and apply it to the skin. Castor oil packs are usually applied to joints and muscles. Place a hot water bottle placed over the pack if you want to increase its effectiveness. Leave it on for an hour. Use it up to 3 times a week.