9 Fascinating Uses for Castor Oil
Most of us were fed castor oil when we were children and led to believe that it would cure any condition under the planet. Due to its hideous taste, some of us learned to never complain that we were sick and we learned to behave ourselves (castor oil was often dispensed as a cure for bad behaviour too!).
While many old wives tales exist about the benefits of castor oil, the truth is that there are some incredible benefits to using castor oil orally and topically. Before highlighting what these benefits are, let’s discuss what exactly castor oil is.
What Is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is in fact an extremely powerful anti oxidant and anti-inflammatory that is derived from castor seeds. It has been consumed and used for thousands of years as a cure all for many ailments. It is believed that most of castor oil’s healing properties are due to the fact that it has an incredibly high amount of unsaturated fats.
Castor oil is a vegetable fat that is pressed from the seeds that come from the plant known as Ricinus Communis, otherwise known as the castor oil plant.
Castor oil is not only for internal use as it is found in many day to day products such as:
- Massage oils
- Food colorants
- Brake fluid
Castor oil is almost plain to light yellow in color and is easily recognisable by it strange taste and odor. To put it mildly, castor oil tastes terrible. This is however offset by the numerous benefits that taking castor oil provides.
Dispelling Certain Myths About Castor Oil
Some naturopaths believe that applying castor oil to certain skin cancers will heal the cancer. Unfortunately this is not supported by documented trials and studies. While castor oil is safe to take orally for most people, it is a powerful laxative and the following people should take it sparingly:
- Pregnant women (This is in spite of the fact that many women believe that taking castor oil will speed up the birth giving process) Do not use castor oil for this purpose as it will dehydrate you and that is neither healthy for you or your unborn child.
- People who have chronic intestinal conditions such as blocked intestines, painful tummy, appendicitis or acute inflammatory abdominal disease.
Alternative Uses For Castor Oil
1. Wrinkled Skin
Castor oil is ideal for managing wrinkled skin as it penetrates the skin easily and encourages the production of elastin and collagen. Collagen and elastin keeps your skin hydrated and soft. It helps to keep skin pliable, smooth and soft. Apply castor oil to the skin with a small piece of cotton wool and use cautiously around the eyes.
2. Tired and Sore Muscles
Castor oil provides great relief for tired and sore muscles. Massage liberally to the affected areas and apply as many times as needed vtg. It’s a good idea to massage yourself with castor oil even if your muscles aren’t tired as the vitamin E contained in castor oil is great for your skin.
Apply castor oil to styes 3 times a day to relieve the symptoms. Castor oil contains some pretty powerful anti bacterial products which can speed up the recovery time from styes.
4. Deep Cystic Acne
Castor oil also contains anti-inflammatory products and this combines nicely with the antibacterial properties to help alleviate the symptoms of cystic acne. Apply to skin before retiring at night and see how much your skin has improved in 6-8 hours.
Castor oil should also be applied to the skin if you suffer from the following conditions:
- Inflamed skin
- Chronic itching
- Athlete's foot
- Liver age spots
- Stretch marks
- Sun burn
Undecylenic acid is an active ingredient of castor oil and has been found to be incredibly effective in managing ringworm. Spray some castor oil leaves with hot water before crushing them to a coarse pulp. You should then warm the leaves to a temperature that does not hurt your skin. Wrap the leaves with a bandage so as not to dirty your skin. Try to leave on for as long as possible for best results. Continue with this regime until the condition is cured. If redness or swelling occur, cease treatment immediately and consult a doctor.
Castor oil is one of the most powerful laxatives known to man. A teaspoon in the morning will do the trick. Add some juice to the castor oil if you find the taste unbearable. You should find relief within 3 days, if not, consult with your doctor.
7. Healthy Lips
Apply small amounts of castor oil to the cracked and chapped lips for instant relief. Many lip balms contain this wonder oil.
If you are anti taking conventional medicine for arthritis, then castor oil is for you. Simply rub the affected areas gently with castor oil. You can also make yourself a bandage with cotton flannel add the castor oil to the flannel and place on affected areas. You can then place a heated water bottle over the bandage. Leave this on for about ¾ of an hour and do it once a day.
9. Split Ends and Broken Hair
Apply castor oil to split ends to minimize damage and breaks to your hair. The oil makes your hair less brittle and restores it to good health making it stronger and less likely to break.
Castor Oil Takeaway
Now that the myths regarding castor oil have been dispelled, you can confidently use castor oil in the above mentioned ways to restore your body to good health.