Castor oil is our newest and favorite beauty friend. So you must be wondering why? Well Castor oil has many medicinal and curative uses, and the same properties that make it so effective in healing the body also make it an excellent choice for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin and hair, a stronger immune system and many many more...
1) Thicker eyelashes and eyebrows: Rub a little castor oil over the base of your eyelashes and brow line before bed. This prevents thinning and promotes rapid growth, leading to thicker and fuller lashes. In fact, many commercial products for eyelashes contain Castor oil.
2) Prevents hair loss, regenerates hair and dandruff: The anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties of ricinoleic acid in castor oil protects the scalp and hair from infections which can cause hair loss. The Omega-9 fatty acids in Castor oil also nourish the hair and prevent the scalp from drying. Rubbing Castor oil on your scalp and the roots of your hair will regenerate new hair growth within months. You can mix Castor oil with coconut oil or olive oil. This will also thicken thinning hair. For a deep healing treatment, rub it into your scalp and leave it on overnight. You can wrap your hair up in a towel or a shower cap to keep the oil on your scalp and away from your bed linen, castor oil stains are almost impossible to remove.
3) Stronger Nails:For weak brittle nails, Apply the oil on your nails. Message each nail and cuticle for a few minutes and leave the oil on overnight.
4) Softens thick calluses and removes corns: Castor oil application will soften any rough or thickened skin, including calluses and corns. To treat corns, apply Castor oil over your feet and put cotton socks on before going to bed. Incidentally, sleeping with Castor oil socks on will also soothe painful heels and foot pain. Another tip for super soft feet, massage the oil on the feet and ankles. Soak them in hot water for 15 minutes. Pat your feet dry.
5) Castor Oil prevents stretch marks: Rub a small amount of castor oil over your stomach and thighs daily to prevent stretchmarks during pregnancy or periods of weight gain.
6) Start Labour: In an attempt to start labor, some women will drink a mixture of Castor oil and juice. The various recipes for this mixture are generally called a "midwife cocktail." This is only one of several non-medical techniques used to try to induce labor, and may be used in combination with other natural techniques. There are many "recipes" for the midwife cocktail. They are all built around 2 oz of Castor oil (around 4 tablespoons). Because Castor oil is unpalatable alone, it is mixed with orange juice, grape juice, or tea. Some recipes encourage large volumes of juice to dull the flavor of the oil.
7) Cures acne: The Ricinoleic Acid in Castor oil works to inhibit many viruses and bacteria, and as Castor oil is able to penetrate skin tissue deeply, this makes it an effective treatment for acne. To treat acne, dab a hot damp washcloth all over your face in the evening before you go to bed. The heat will gently open the pores on your face. After this, massage a little castor oil gently into the skin. Leave on overnight. Repeat this daily for 1 to 2 weeks to see results. You can also repeat this once at night and once in the morning.
8) Topical treatment: You may have not thought to use castor oil on bacterial infections (like ringworm), sunburns, or warts, but this powerful oil may be your answer. The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil works as a preventative from the spreading and growth of bacteria, viruses, and yeast. To use as a topical cream, prep the infected area, by softening the skin with Epsom salt. Then soak a cotton cloth in castor oil and wrap the area with the cloth until the infection is gone. There are still so many things we can say about the benefits of Castor oil but this will be a very long post so we'll definitely do more posts in the future about this. Stay tuned....