One of the most versatile and useful essential oils out there, Castor oil has been used extensively to treat all types of ailments, from hair loss and muscle aches to wound treatment and constipation. But before people can dismiss it as just another trend, let’s make one thing clear: science confirms all the findings!
Of course, people in the holistic health and wellness movement have seen the results since time immemorial, but it’s always good to have backing from the medical community. That being said, according to scholars and researchers: “Castor is one of the oldest cultivated crops…The oil produced from this crop is considered to be of importance to the global specialty chemical industry because it is the only commercial source of a hydroxylated fatty acid.”
For the uninitiated, Castor oil is an all-natural (well, good quality Castor oil anyway) oil derived from the Castor plant. It’s generally a translucent liquid with a slightly yellowish tinge and was generally used in the medical community as a solution for digestive issues, although many dermatologists have started incorporating Castor oil into anti-acne products.
A Great, All-around Solution
According to medical researchers, Castor oil is one of the most versatile substances out there, acting as a:, “anticonceptive, antidiabetic, antifertility, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, insecticidal and wound-healing activities…also free radical scavenging and Hg scavenging activities, and repellent properties. Various parts of R. communis [castor seed oil] have been widely used in traditional medicine such as abdominal disorders, arthritis, backache, muscle aches, bilharziasis, chronic backache and sciatica, chronic headache, constipation, expulsion of placenta, gallbladder pain, period pain, menstrual cramps, rheumatism, sleeplessness, and insomnia.”
That’s a lot of ailments that Castor oil claims to solve, but fortunately, it’s been confirmed multiple times and it’s all thanks to Castor oil’s unique chemistry. Because of the presence of ricinoleic acids, which is broken down in the small intestine, it acts as a stimulant laxative, which means that it speeds up the digestive process enough to become a natural laxative.
But because it acts on the gut in this manner, it also speeds up the other positive processes that the digestive system is responsible for, not to mention boosting the natural gut flora by promoting healthy bacteria creation.
Keeps Hair Healthy and Glowing
Over the past few years, Castor oil has also seen use as both a hair re-grower and hair conditioner, especially by health and wellness doctors and dermatologists.. According to researchers, Castor oil…is a natural emollient and a few drops may also be used toremedy dry skin, as a massage oil, and may benefit hair as a treatment.”
Scientists believe that this is because of the presence of ricinoleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat. These types of fats are what’s called as humectants, a type of protein that has been observed to retain moisture in skin, including your hair.
When applied to hair, Castor oil acts as a lubricant on the hair shaft. This allows the hair follicle to be more flexible, drastically decreasing the chance of breakage. Because Castor oil is both a natural moisturizer and a natural anti-fungal solution, Castor oil is also effective as a treatment against dandruff.
Although there are a wide variety of causes for dandruff, one of the most common is a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, a skin condition that causes inflammation on the scalp and causes the presence of scaly patches of dry skin. But because Castor oil is also a natural anti-inflammatory, it’s been noted to be a highly effective solution against dandruff that’s caused by seborrheic dermatitis.
A Word of Caution
All this being said, always remember that everything should be taken in moderation. When Castor oil is overused and abused, it can cause serious health concerns, including, but not limited to:
- Allergic reactions
- Can induce early labor
As such, when using Castor oil for the first time, start by using it as a topical solution on a small patch of skin and wait for any adverse effects. If taking orally, make sure that the Castor oil you’re using coldcured or cold-pressed castor oil, which is generally safe for oral ingestion.
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