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. 

  • Ease Menstrual Cramps

Castor oil (Pack) can also be used to ease menstrual cramps. The omega-9 found present in the oil relieves feelings of pain and discomfort by reaching beneath the skin to promote circulation and alleviate cramps. 

  • Calm Arthritis

Castor oil when applied topically can ease the symptoms of Arthritis. The anti-inflammatory ricinoleic acid present in the oil absorbs into the skin to help reduce inflammation and pain in the joints. 

  • Soothe Dry Eyes

Castor oil can reduce inflammation and dryness in the eyes. The oil can create a light, a non-intrusive film over the eye that helps to stop water from evaporating from the surface of the eye. A great natural alternative for sufferers of dry-eye syndrome or hay fever. 

  • Protect and Grow Hair

Castor oil works to improve the condition and growth of hair. The fatty acids and omegas present in the oil protect the hair as it grows stronger and longer. When the oil is massaged into the scalp, it stimulates the hair follicle and the growth phase of the follicle. 

 

Source: Earth To You “The World’s Oldest Herbal Medicine”

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