Benefits of Castor Oil
If you look at the history of medicines, you will find that even ancient Egyptians and Greeks were also well aware of beauty and health benefit of castor oil. Even today castor oil is used because of its medicinal, laxative, restoring and cathartic properties.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from castor seeds. It is rich in fatty acids. 90 percent of its composition is ricinoleic acid. Castor plant is mostly found in India and Africa.
Beauty benefits of castor oil
Castor oil is a natural moisturiser. It is viscous and quickly penetrates into the skin and reaches tissue. It is rich in fatty acids that renders glowing and healthy skin. Along with removing dryness castor oil also treats some skin issues such as dermatitis. Mix coconut oil and castor oil in equal parts and make a natural moisturiser. Apply it to your skin and leave it overnight and enjoy hydrated and refreshed skin in the morning.
Heals skin inflammation-
If you are suffering from acne or sunburn try castor oil to rescue. Ricinoleic acid has anti-inflammatory properties and heals your skin without any side effects. With the help of a cotton ball apply castor oil to the affected part. After half an hour rinse it off with water.
Fights ageing signs-
Going cannot be reversed, but its sign on the skin can be checked and also can be modified by the application of castor oil. Castor oil promotes the production of collagen and elastin. It hydrates the skin and makes it soft smooth and youthful regular application of the oil reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Massage your face every day for a couple of minutes with castor oil before sleeping.
Removes stretch marks-
Most of the women gets stretch marks during pregnancy. Obesity also causes stretch marks. Strech marks commonly develop on abdomen and thighs. Regular application of castor oil during[pregennacy ca very well prevent the appearance of stretch marks.
If a scar is an old injury refuses to go away its time to try the castor oil. As mentioned above castor oil is rich in fatty acids that penetrate deep into the skin, heals the scar tissue and promotes the growth of new cells. Castor oil encourages the growth of fresh tissues. It contains omega-3fatty acid that supplies your skin. Cator oil even treats any spots, marks and uneven skin tone. Apply castor oil to the scars three times in a day before sleeping for six months. Rinse it off every morning.
Mostly people with acne believes that application of any oil will make their acne worse. But castor oil is an exception. It is antibacterial and prevents the breakout. It treats acne along with eliminating scars. Wash your face with lukewarm water so that pores are open. Massage castor oil in a circular motion on your face, Leave it overnight and then in the morning wash it off with cold water. Do this every day till acne leaves you, or you may continue it to prevent acne in future.
although ingesting castor oil is not a good idea because it is rich in ricinoleic acid that irritates the small intestine lining. But its application on the lips works like wonder for dry and cracked lips.
*Be cautious not to ingest castor oil. Do not lick it.
8. Beautiful nails-
If you want long, healthy and beautiful nails massage your nails and cuticles with castor oil daily for a few months. It is rich in vitamins minerals. It hardens the nail plates, protects nail bed, keeps nail moisturised, shiny and smooth. Castor oil also prevents your nails from fungal and bacterial infections.
9. Removes skin tag and warts-
Skin tags or warts are ugly, and you badly want to get rid of them as they affect your appearance. The compounds present in castor oil dissolves and removes the unwanted skin growth. Apply a few drops of castor oil to skin tags and warts many times in a day. You will notice that skin tags will start disappearing in a couple of months.
10. Treats sunburn-
Castor oil is not only anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, but it also soothes sunburn. Apply castor oil directly to the affected part with the help of a cotton ball. Leave it for an hour, leave it overnight and in the morning wash it off with cold water.
11. Promotes hair growth-
Castor oil massage stimulates the blood circulation and promotes hair growth. It provides all the essential nutrients required for long and shiny hair. Massage your head with castor oil with your fingertips for a couple of minutes.
Leave it overnight and in the morning shampoo as usual. Do this 2-3 times in a week. It also prevents premature greying of hair.
After reading this article, I hope you will trust castor oil for your skin care more than any other cream and lotion available in the market.
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.