Health benefits of castor oil is known from ages. Even ancient civilizations used castor oil as ointments and for lighting lamps. In India, castor oil is used for medicinal purposes. Castor oil has a special recognition in Ayurveda due to its medicinal properties. Castor oil is native to India. India is the largest producer of castor oil in the world.
Castor oil is extracted from seeds of castor been plant (Ricinus communis). It is a pressed vegetable oil and pale yellow in color with a distinct odor. Castor oil is also used for making soaps, detergents, etc. Castor been plant is also used as an ornamental plant due to its broad leaves.
Castor oil is safe to consume. It can be used for internal and external applications. Ayurveda per its the use of castor oil to treat constipation and problems related to cough. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also considers castor oil safe for human consumption.
Castor oil is high in ricinoleic acid (approximately 90%). This chemical compound makes castor oil so special.
Castor Oil and Benefits to Skin:
In Ayurveda, castor oil is known as the natural channel cleanser. It cleanses the skin deep, removing all impurities from the skin. This also helps in preventing acne. It is also a great moisturizer that penetrates the skin well and brightens the skin. It also provides an even skin tone and helps in preventing pigmentation. Pregnant women also use castor oil to reduce stretch marks occurrence. Being an anti inflammating agent, it helps in treating sun burns and other skin burns. Castor oil can be used for any skin type. It soothes, softens and nourishes the skin from within. The anti bacterial properties of the ricinoleic acid also helps in fighting against acne.
Castor Oil and Hair Care:
Castor oil is a natural hair growth promoter. Ricinoleic acid is known for promoting growth. The anti fungal and anti bacterial properties of castor oil helps in preventing dandruff. Castor oil increases blood circulation and improves hair growth. Due to the antifungal and antibacterial properties, castor oil can prevent many scalp related diseases and dandruff. Regular use of castor oil nourishes scalp, hair roots and hair strands.
Castor Oil and Disease Treatment:
According to Ayurveda, castor oil is good for the health of intestine. It is a laxative agent that helps in treating constipation. Castor oil is also used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. It penetrates through the skin and reliefs pain. Castor oil massage on joints helps loosen the stiffness in joints. The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil helps in reducing inflammation in joints due to arthritis. The anti-microbial properties of castor oil helps in treating skin infections, wounds and food infection. Castor oil is also used in treating sunburn, migraine, head ache, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.
Side Effects of Castor Oil:
No life threatening risks are associated with castor oil but few people might experience rashes, abdominal cramps, nausea, dizziness, etc. Castor oil should not be swallowed in large quantity. In small quantity it is not considered harmful. Applying castor oil on scalp and skin doesn’t pose any harm.