Made from the castor seed, castor oil
is rich in ricinoleic acid and triglycerides. These two components make
it a powerful medicinal oil that can be used both externally and
internally. For some, having castor oil is the cure-all to their
Castor oil is considered to be very unique because ricinoleic acid is
not found in many other remedies, and castor oil is such a dense,
concentrated source. It is obtained by cold-pressing the seeds and
subsequent purification of the oil by heat.
Aside from its primary ingredient ricinoleic acid, castor oil also
contains several beneficial esters and salts that function primarily as
skin-conditioning agents. At the same time, they help stabilize the
texture and consistency of products, which is why castor oil is used in
so many cosmetics, skin, and hair-care treatments.
Throughout history, castor oil’s most popular use has been for treating
skin, hair and digestive conditions. Check out the seven things that
castor oil can do for you and you may decide to become a loyal user of
this healing oil.
Castor oil acts as a laxative. According to studies, the main fatty acid
in castor oil, ricinoleic acid binds to receptors on the muscle cells
of the intestinal walls and causes those muscles to contract and push
out the stool and thus, relieves constipation.
Castor oil works quickly and effectively when taken during the day. To
relieve constipation, take a 15-milliliter dose of the oil once a day.
Children shouldn’t take more than 2 teaspoons daily. Avoid using it on
children below 2 years old. Castor oil has a very strong taste,
therefore to mask the flavor, some suggest chilling it a bit before
consuming or mixing it with fresh orange juice.
2. Relieve dry, itchy skin
Castor oil helps in relieving dry and itchy skin. Also, it makes a great
skin anti-inflammatory, moisturizer, blemish treatment, and can slow
down the signs of aging such as the appearance of wrinkles because it
helps improve the production of elastin and collagen.
The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil also makes it a great natural
home remedy for fighting mild acne. As it penetrates deep into the skin,
it fights bacteria overgrowth that can clog pores, while softening and
hydrating irritated skin at the same time.
To make your own skin conditioner, combine 4 tablespoons of castor oil,
3/4 cup of shea butter, and 5-10 drops of Roman chamomile, lavender, or
carrot seed oil.
Mix 3/4 cup shea butter, 4 tablespoons castor oil and 5 to 10 drops of
lavender oil, Roman chamomile or carrot seed oil. Mix the castor oil and
shea butter to get the consistency you want. After that, add the
essential oil you’ve chosen and mix again.. Pack it into jars and use
3. Add shine and growth to hair
Using castor oil can help your hair grow faster, stronger, thicker,
shinier and free of dandruff. It contains omega 6 fatty acids that make
the hair shine, but also goes to the root of the problem and stimulates
Massage slightly warmed-up castor oil into your hair and scalp, and it
will increase the blood circulation to your follicles, which promotes
Also, you can make a hair mask from 1 tablespoon castor oil, 1
tablespoon olive oil and juice from 1/2 lemon. Massage this through the
hair to the tips and letting it sit for 30 minutes before washing and
styling your hair. This hair mask also has antifungal and antibacterial
properties that can help clear up dandruff and scalp infections.
4. Treat fungus
Castor works well as a treatment for toenail fungus. For the same
reason, it helps cure acne, helps get rid of persistent fungal
infections, cysts, and moles. To treat your toenail fungus, apply a
small amount of castor oil with a pinch of baking soda to the affected
area and leave it to sit for 1 hour. Repeat this procedure until your
fungal infection completely disappears.
When ingested, castor oil also works internally to balance gut bacteria
and reduce lingering toxins, molds or yeasts that can cause fungus to
develop in the first place.
5. Reduce pain in joints
Castor oil is often used as a natural treatment for joint swelling,
arthritis pain, and inflammation. It possesses powerful
anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal oil for a massage
that can be applied to aching muscles, joints, and tissues.
For this purpose, try massaging the affected area at least twice a week.
This will greatly decrease inflammation and pain associated with these
6. Helps balance hormones and improve libido
Enhancing the absorption of fat molecules within the digestive tract is
crucial for the formation of healthy hormones. That’s what makes castor
oil a powerful remedy to balance hormones naturally.
Also, with less floating toxins present within and around cells,
together with the improved blood flow, sex organs function more
efficiently and people experience less PMS symptoms, fatigue, mood
swings, and depression.
7. Improves immune function
Castor oil is believed to promote lymphatic drainage, blood flow, thymus
gland health and other immune system functions. Studies have shown that
patients who applied castor oil topically (usually to the abdominal
area) experienced a significant increase in the production of
lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are the immune system’s natural
“disease-fighters” that attack external invaders such as bacteria,
toxins, and other perceived threats.
Castor oil has some great medicinal properties. Be aware that some
people may be allergic to the oil, so test it on a small area before
going crazy with it. Who knew that one simple oil could be so helpful?