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Castor oil sounds so industrial doesn’t it? The truth is it is one of the most natural sourced lubricant in the world.
Castor oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of castor plant, also known as Ricinus communis. It contains an abundance of proteins and minerals which have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes and more.
Native to Africa and India, the castor plant contains antifungal and antibacterial properties, which make its oil a vital healing ointment.
The plant itself however, is known to be one of the most toxic in the world. Don’t worry though, the process of extracting the oil leaves the dangerous part behind.
Although commonly used as a topical treatment, some variations of the derivative have been proven effective as a natural laxative.
Without further delay, here is a list of 10 ways that you can use castor oil in your day to day that will change the way you live:
1. Skin Treatment
When used topically, castor oil can improve the look and feel of the skins surface. Because of its powerful antifungal agents, it is an excellent treatment for acne and when applied directly to affected area, it can reduce inflammation and redness overnight.
It also works well as an all natural moisturizer, helping to support the natural moisture balance of the skin without excess oil. It also stimulate the production of collagen which can help in minimizing the fine lines of wrinkles.
The active compound in castor oil called undecylenic acid helps to treat ringworms effectively without drying or irritating the skin.
3. Heal Scars
The fatty acids in castor oil, roughly 90% of which are ricinoleic acid, help to penetrate deep within the skins surface and promote the growth of new skin cells. Although it works slowly, castor oil is an effective way to diminish the signs of scarring and rejuvenate healthy tissues naturally.
Have a wound that just won’t heal? Castor oil is great for promoting the growth of healthy cells and fighting off any bad bacteria that can deter healing.
5. Promotes Hair Growth and Strengthens Hair
Castor oil can help boost blood circulation to the hair follicles and promote new growth. It also contains omega 6 fatty acids which are vital to the healthy growth of hair.
With castor oil’s anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, you can treat the pathogens and micro-organism that are the root of most dandruff outbreaks. If it is simply dry skin that you are struggling with, it can also alleviate that.
7. Arthritis and Joint Pain Relief
When used as a massage oil, the anti-inflammatory properties in castor oil can reduce the pain and swelling of joints. You can also use ingestible castor oil supplements to treat the pain from the inside out.
8.Immune System Support
Castor oil can help in the production of white blood cells which will boost the immune system.
9. Improves Lymphatic Flow
Using castor oil topically can help flush the lymphatic system of toxins and drain excess fluids from the liver. Improving your lymphatic systems will boost energy levels and improve your sleep.
With anti-inflammatory powers, castor oil can work wonders on a looming migraine. Simply massage the areas on the skull which are inflicted and you should feel an ease in tension immediately.