The Benefits of Castor oil

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Ricinus Communis popularly known as castor oil is one of the world's oldest and most valuable herbal remedies. The oil has been around for centuries and has been used by ancient civilizations to improve health and wellness. Castor oil is derived from the castor bean plant that is native to India and East Africa and has been in use for thousands of years for a variety of purposes, ranging from health to skincare to haircare. It was so popular that evidence of it was found in almost every ancient civilization. The Egyptians are the pioneers of the oil, first using it as lamp fuel before they realized its healing properties. Now in the 21st century, castor is mostly identified with the beauty industry, but the product is versatile and can do much more. Here are six benefits of castor oil. 

  • Heal Scar, Wounds, and Skin Conditions 

Massaging castor oil into the skin can soothe dryness, psoriasis, and eczema and fade the appearance of scars. The ricinoleic that is present in the oil acts to reduce inflammation and irritations, while its bioactive compounds stimulate cell regrowth to heal wounds.

  • Reduce Inflammation and Pain

Castor can be applied topically to the skin via a castor oil pack. Used as a natural healing method, a cloth can be soaked in the oil and then placed onto the affected area and left to absorb into the skin. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory qualities of castor oil soothe muscular pain, and joint pain and even improve digestion. 

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