Castor Oil Benefits for Health, Skin and Hair
What is Castor Oil?
Known as ‘Arandi kaa Tel’ in Hindi, Castor oil is a pale yellow color liquid that is extracted by pressing the castor seeds, which are also called Ricinus communis. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil that makes it one of the most widely used ingredient in home remedies. It has been used for centuries for its therapeutic and medicinal benefits. Most of the benefits of castor oil are derived from its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids. It is true the castor oil has a strong and unpleasant taste, but due to its amazing health and beauty benefits, it is widely used in soaps, cosmetics, textiles, medicines, massage oils and many other everyday products. Read on to know more about uses of castor oil and castor oil benefits that you can get.
Benefits of Castor Oil for Health
Castor oil is rich in antifungal agents and when it is applied on ringworm, it miraculously heals it. A major compound found in castor oil, that is, Undecylenic acid that is effective in treating ringworms. Take two tablespoons of castor oil and four tablespoons of coconut oil and mix both. Apply this mixture on the affected area and cover with a cotton cloth. Keep it overnight for best results.
Castor oil functions as a laxative and lubricates your bowels without absorbing any moisture from the walls of your intestines. This is why it works best for relieving constipation. To soothe constipation and its associated problems, simply dilute one tablespoon castor oil with four tablespoons of water and drink it every morning. You can also mix it with fruit juice to take away the bitter taste of oil.
Reduces Joint Pain/ Arthritis
Castor oil is a natural and effective remedy for treating joint pain, tissue pain and arthritis. All you need is castor oil and a soft cotton cloth. Fold the cotton cloth into squares and soak it in castor oil. Squeeze out the excess oil and place it on the affected joint. Wrap it with a plastic wrapper and then place a hot water bottle on this. Leave it for an hour. Use this remedy everyday at night before going to sleep.
Naturists and many medical studies have observed that a regular use of castor oil helps boost immunity. When it is used even topically, it increases the defense mechanism of your body. When used topically, it increases the number of T-11 cells that further signals the boosted defense mechanism system in our body. These T-11 cells form antibodies against toxins in our body and promote overall health.
Apart from these benefits, castor oil gives relief in case of corns, allergies, warts, moles, sunburns, athlete’s foot, inflammation, migraine and menstrual disorders also.
Benefits of Castor Oil for Skin
Fights Signs of Aging
As we age, the unavoidable signs of aging starts appearing. Castor oil offers an effective remedy to fight against these unpleasant signs of aging. Castor oil is especially good for reducing wrinkles and preventing them from reoccurring. It acts as a natural moisturizer that keeps our skin hydrated and penetrates deep into the skin. Due to its beauty benefits, it is found as the key ingredient in many skin care products such as shampoo, balm and lipstick etc. Ricinoleic acid is the major ingredient of this oil and it is known for its anti-inflammatory effects. Due to these properties, it cleanses and heals dry, inflamed skin.
Fades Stretch Marks
Stretch marks look really ugly and mainly found on our thighs, butts and stomach. To treat stretch marks, all you need is castor oil and a plastic wrap. Simply rub the castor oil on the affected skin area, rub it and cover with a plastic wrap for an hour. Remember, it should not be used during pregnancy, but after pregnancy.
Treats Sunburn and Itches
Castor oil is a heavier oil repair and rejuvenates the skin from the damage of sun overexposure. Castor oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that make it an ideal treatment for rashes, itches and bug bites too. If the affected skin area is small, soak a cotton ball into the oil and apply it to the area. For large areas, dip a cotton fabric into the castor oil, apply it to the affected skin area and leave it for an hour. Then wash it off using plain water. Repeat it weekly to get relief from sunburn and itches.
Those who have acne-prone skin always avoid oils as they tend to clog pores, leads to skin breakouts and cause acne. But castor oil has an exception; it effectively treats and reduces acne. This is because castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid that fights against the acne-causing bacteria, penetrates the skin layers and reduces acne. To use it: wash your face with warm water and massage the castor oil on your face for 3-4 minutes. Keep it for an hour and then wash it out with cold water. Use it weekly to treat stubborn acne.
Benefits Castor Oil for Hair
Promotes Rapid and Healthy Hair Growth
Castor Oil is one of the best oils for hair growth. Castor oil can be used on the scalp to help prevent and remedy hair loss and it is effective at this for several reasons. Its antibacterial and anti fungal properties make it beneficial against follliculitus, dandruff and scalp infections and its ricinoleic acid content help increase blood circulation to the scalp and improves hair growth.
Helps Treating Dandruff Problems
Castor oil is a rich source of amino acids; it is highly beneficial in treating the dandruff. It helps make you free from dandruff. Castor oil is an effective, proven remedy for dandruff treatment. Amino acids present in castor oil helps to retain the moisture of the scalp. Using castor oil for treating dandruff is very easy. Just put a bit of castor oil on your scalp especially in the dry affected areas and leave it at least for thirty minutes. After that, wash it out using a mild shampoo and plain water.
Treats Damaged Hair and Split Ends
Castor oil also works for damaged and split ends. It is very great and useful spilt ends and damaged hair. For split ends and damaged hair, massage your hair with castor oil, mixed with mustard and olive oil, to get split ends free hair. Leave it applied for thirty minutes and wrap with a towel or shower cap. Afterwards, rinse it off with shampoo. You can also use the castor oil with two or three Vitamin E capsules in lukewarm water and massage the split strands with it. This is an effective remedy to treat split ends.
Soothes Itchy and Flaky Scalp
Castor Oil is soothing and cooling on your scalp. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties will help to keep your scalp healthy and flake-free. Castor oil also has moisturizing and emollient qualities, which will make your hair soft and your scalp hydrated. How to use: mix ten to fifteen drops castor oil with two tablespoons of olive oil or any other oil of your choice. And massage it directly into the scalp. Leave it, at least for an hour for the best results and after that wash with a mild shampoo. Use this remedy once a week.
Words of Caution for Using Castor Oil
Castor oil may not be suitable to you and can cause allergy. So it is better to take a patch test on your wrist to avoid allergies. Although castor oil is too beneficial for skin, but never use it frequently on the skin of your face as it can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Pregnant women should totally avoid it. You can also consult with your doctor before using it orally or for health issues.