Natural Remedies: Castor Oil

What Is Castor Oil?

For thousands of years, all around the world, castor oil has been used to treat a wide variety of health conditions. It’s most popular use has been for treating skin infections, lowering/relieving constipation and  promoting hair growth; prized for its skin-healing, digestive-soothing, and antibacterial properties.

Many of castor oil’s benefits are due to its chemical composition. It’s classified as a type of triglyceride fatty acid, and about 90% of its fatty acid content is a rare compound called ricinoleic acid. BUT, if chemistry and it’s lingo isn’t exactly your forte, then just skip ahead to read the many different benefits…

Castor Oil Uses for Hair & Skin

  1. Promotes hair growth: when heated and massaged onto the scalp, castor oil has proven to be effective in preventing and remedying hair loss.
  2. Adds natural shine: Apply the oil to your hair and wrap your head with a towel. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and remove the towel for a natural shine.
  3. Thickens hair: Antioxidants help support keratin in hair~ causing it to be stronger, smoother AND shinier.
  4. Enhances hair color: Can be used to enhance the natural co {castor oil is a humectant, locking in moisture}
  5. Natural moisturizer: Rub a dime-size amount to moisturize dry hands, to rebuild cracked heels, or to treat dry spots over night.
  6. Natural lip balm: Put a little dab of castor oil onto your lips and say goodbye to chapped lips!
  7. Great for sensitive skin: Appropriate for sensitive skin because while the oil penetrates & cleanses the skin, it DOES NOT CLOG THE PORES
  8. Spot treatment for skin problems: Use castor oil to treat warts, acne, and skin tags by applying a small amount, with a cotton swab. Regular application for 1-2 weeks usually resolves the issue because of the oil’s strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  9. Smooths facial skin’s texture: Enhances smoothness and softness when applied to the face {due to the oil being rich in fatty acids}
  10. Improves complexion: The fatty acids also promote the growth of healthy skin tissue, simultaneously restoring uneven skin tones.

 

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