Ten Health Benefits of Castor Oil
Castor oil comes from the castor seed, which is a fatty acid, or triglyceride. The castor seed plant comes from India. Castor Oil is a vegetable oil used in brake fluids, inks, soaps, plastics, lubricants and perfumes. The oil does not freeze in cold climates therefore it is good for lubricating equipment. It was used as an aircraft lubricant in World War One.
#1. Food Additive
Castor oil is used as a food additive or flavoring as well as being used in many medicines. The Food and Drug Administration has categorized it as safe for over the counter use as a laxative. It is used in combination with other drugs and chemicals for various other products as well. It is even used in shampoos and cosmetics.
Castor oil is a great natural home remedy because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is a great disinfectant for wounds, cuts, and scratches. It can help heal and reduce pain and inflammation.
#3. Skin Problems
Castor oil can treat many skin problems such as sunburns, acne, and stretch marks. Castor oil can be used to treat ringworm and dermatitis. It can also be used to treat wrinkles because it penetrates the skin and stimulates the production of elastin and collagen. To treat these areas, take a cotton ball and dip it in castor oil and apply it directly to the affected area. Leave it on for an hour and then wash it off. Repeat again the next day. Do it morning and night for faster results. For larger areas you can wrap a bigger bandage around the area and leave it overnight.
Castor oil can strengthen the immune system. It can be a great remedy to treat many ailments such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, hair loss and Parkinson’s disease. Its anti-inflammatory properties make excellent massage oil for nerve damage, arthritic joints and sore muscles.
The common use and treatment for castor oil is as a laxative. It is a well known strong laxative that is very effective against constipation. You can mix the oil in juice to help with the bad taste. Do not take longer than 3 days. If symptoms continue for more than 3 days then consult a doctor.
#6. Induce Labor
Some use castor oil to induce labor so pregnant woman should not use this product. Also those with intestinal or stomach pain should consult with a physician first also. Castor oil can be an irritant to your stomach lining so those with sensitive stomachs should probably avoid this product.
#7. Anti Fungal
Castor oil can be used as anti-fungal and anti-viral too. It is used in some anti yeast infection creams as well as foot fungus creams. For fungal infections, soak the affected skin in Epsom Salt first for 15 minutes to soften and disinfect before using Castor oil. This will help it to heal faster.
#8. Treat Styes
You can use Castor oil to treat against styes (infections on the eyelid.) Add a very small drop of the oil directly onto the stye 2 to 3 times a day.
Another part of the castor seed is used to make the toxic poison ricin. However some oncologists use this poison combined with an antibody to kill cancer cells. Even those this dangerous concoction is created from the castor oil seed, castor oil is not considered dangerous.
#10. Hair Growth
The best place to purchase castor oil is in a health food store because the kind in other stores may be industrial strength and not safe for consumption.