Castor Oil Health Benefits and Uses | Aspired Steps
What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the castor bean seeds (Ricinus Communis) in its purest form. It is a very pale yellow liquid that’s odorless and tasteless. It’s an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which is being used for thousands of years for its therapeutic and medicinal benefits. It is said that Ancient Egyptians used this as an ointment and for their lamps around 4000 BC. It’s also used by Cleopatra to brighten the whites of her eyes. Over the years, it gained a phenomenal reputation for being a laxative, and healthy medicine. It is being used in soaps, cosmetics, medicines, massage oils and many other products. Angelina Jolie is one of the famous fanatics of this restorative oil!
What are the Uses of Castor Oil?
Castor Oil has been used both internally and externally for thousands of years due to its many wonderful health benefits. Since it can strengthen the immune system, castor oil is considered a great remedy to treat the following major illnesses and ailments:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hair loss
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Yeast Infections
- Gastrointestinal Illness
- Menstrual Disorders
- Pimples / Acne
- Skin diseases
Castor Oil as a remedy for Arthritis
Castor Oil has inflammatory properties making it excellent massage oil for relieving arthritis and muscle pains.
How to make a Castor Oil pack
- Make a small pad by folding the cotton flannelette into 4 layers.
- Dip the folded cotton pad into Castor Oil and place it on to the affected area (arthritis joint or muscle).
- Cover the plastic pad using a plastic wrap
- Place a hot water bottle over the wrapped cotton pad.
- Leave it on for an hour. Application — once per day.
The Castor Oil pack can be reused. It can be refrigerated in a ziplock bag.
Castor Oil as a remedy for Constipation
Constipation is a very uncomfortable and it is a good thing that castor oil works as a highly effective laxative to treat constipation. However, it can be very strong so make sure that you only take a teaspoon in the morning or before going to be. It will get you going (preventing toxic build-up) but mind you, it won’t resolve the underlying problems. Using it as a laxative once in a while is OK. But please, you should not make a habit of it. You still want to identify and resolve the underlying problem. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor immediately.
Castor Oil as a treatment for Ringworm
Ringworm is a common skin disease and castor oil can help you treat it. Castor oil contains undecylenic acid has been found to be effective at treating fungal infection like ringworm. All you need to do is mix 4 teaspoons of coconut oil with 2 teaspoons of castor oil. Apply the mixture to the area that has ringworm and secure it with a band aid. Leave it on overnight then wash it thoroughly the next morning. Repeat the process until you no longer have ringworm. However, if you notice any redness or irritation around the area, discontinue use.
Castor Oil as a treatment for Skin Problems
Successful studies have proven to that Castor Oil can effectively treat skin problems and infections such as abrasions, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples/acne, dry skin, sunburn, boils, warts, stretch marks, spots, athlete’s foot and inflamed skin and itching. It is a natural beauty product that can be applied onto the affected area in the morning and at night.
- For larger skin areas, soak an unbleached cotton cloth in Castor Oil and wrap the infected area overnight.
- For small areas, soak a Band-Aid in Castor Oil and cover the affected area overnight.
For stubborn skin infections which affect the skin or nails, it is highly recommended to soak the affected skin in Epsom Salt for 15 minutes to disinfect the skin before applying the Castor Oil. This speeds up the healing process.
Castor Oil as a treatment for Stye
Castor oil has been found to have anti-bacterial components which are effective against “styes,” an oil gland infection on the eyelid. Simply apply a very small amount of the oil directly onto the stye 3 times a day.
Castor Oil as a treatment for Wrinkles & Fine Lines
Castor oil can deeply penetrates your skin which helps stimulate elastin and collagen production. It is an all-natural skin moisturizer which can help keep your skin flexible and plump so that wrinkles and fine lines are not able to set it. It can be applied onto your face, including the eye area, but be careful to not get any of the oil into your eyes.
Side Effects of Castor Oil?
Castor oil is safe when used in moderation. However, for pregnant and lactating women along with people with intestinal blockage or intestinal diseases, you need your doctor’s approval before using castor oil as a remedy or treatment.
Bear in mind that precautions should be taken when taking the castor oil internally, so it’s a must that you follow the directions on the package and consult your physician or a naturopathic professional before consuming it. The recommended dosage for the oil is one-half to one full teaspoon per day. Over dosage may result in nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramping.
Where to Buy Castor Oil?
Castor Oil can be purchased from a health food store even online. And since it can be found in a supermarket , it may be meant for industrial use only (which is not safe for human consumption). Look for cold processed castor oil only and confirm it with a naturopathic professional before consuming it.
Note: The color of the castor oil should be a very light or pale yellow.
Originally published at aspiredsteps.com.