While it is not used as widely as it once was, in the past, castor oil is still something that many people associate with home remedy for incontinence (basically, as a laxative). But this very unique vegetable oil—derived from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant—actually has many more mediluxe.ca benefits, particularly for the skin and hair.
CASTOR OIL DEEPLY MOISTURIZES THE SKIN
As it is highly viscous, castor oil can penetrate deep into the skin and nourish the lower layers of skin with fatty acids.
CASTOR OIL CAN TREAT MINOR SKIN ISSUES
Similarly, you can also use castor oil to treat things like acne, skin tags, and warts. Of course, warts are often the result of a fungal infection (see below) but acne breakouts are the result of too much sebum and skin tags typically come from too much irritation.
CASTOR OIL PROMOTES HAIR GROWTH
Basically, massage some castor oil into the scalp to promote hair growth. This can be particularly useful for people who have lost hair as a result of alopecia.
CASTOR OIL CAN ENHANCE HAIR COLOR
Similarly, castor oil is a humectant in the hair. This means it helps lock in moisture and that results in brighter shine from thicker, healthier strands of hair.
CASTOR OIL CAN RELIEVE MINOR PAINS
Considered a “warm oil” applying castor oil to tired muscles can help promote improved circulation. In fact, castor oil actually makes for good massage oil. Similarly, castor oil’s ricinoleic acid—which makes up 90 percent of its volume—has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can act as a decongestant to the lymphatic system. Basically, then, castor oil also promotes lymph drainage (which can alleviate various symptoms and irritations in the body).
CASTOR OIL CAN TREAT FUNGAL INFECTIONS
In addition to the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil also has fungicidal properties. This is due to the presence of undecylenic acid, which is a result of the breakdown of the ricinoleic fatty acid. As a matter of fact, castor oil has been used to treat some of the more common fungal diseases like athlete’s foot, tinea cruris, and ringworm.
CASTOR OIL CAN HELP YOU SLEEP
Apparently, if you dab just a little castor oil on your eyelids at bedtime it may also help increase the duration of your slumber. Experts advise, however, that you only try this remedy when you can commit to at least 7 hours of sleep.