We all remember our grandmothers recommending castor oil for just about any ailment because, for her, it was the go-to home remedy. Castor oil is now one of the most widely valued ingredients because it provides plenty of benefits for your skin, hair, and health. The assets are not just limited to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties; it has traditionally been used for skin and hair treatments too. The oil is obtained by extraction, from the seeds of the castor plant and recently has become an important organic-based raw material in various cosmetics, soaps, textiles, massage oils, and even medicines.
For hair care and healthy hair growth:
Rub the castor oil on your hair and massage it into the scalp the night before shampooing and was it with a mild shampoo the next day. It might be necessary to shampoo twice due to the high density of the oil. If done every night, you can see the results in two weeks. The two critical components in castor oil are fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are essential for healthy hair growth as they increase blood circulation to the scalp. This oil works well for those who have the problem of dandruff as it replenishes the roots and reduces hair damage. Also, if you have thin eyebrows, the oil can be applied with the tip of a cotton ear bud to the eyebrow ridge. Hair will grow denser there, and you can shape the eyebrows as usual.
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For healthy skin:
Due to the presence of the anti-bacterial agent, ricinoleic acid, castor oil useful for fighting bacterial and fungal infections and is thus able to treat sunburn, pigmentation, acne, dry skin and stretch marks.
The oil can also be used to prevent the visibility of fine lines as it stimulates the production of collagen and elasticity and also works great for reducing stretch marks or scars on the body. The fatty acids present in castor keeps the skin healthy and hydrated and protects the skin like a moisturizer. Due to the high density of the oil, the application might be a little tricky at first. So, it is better to rub a teaspoonful of oil between the palms before rubbing it into the skin which will ensure a thin and even layer.
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To treat fungal infections:
Castor oil contains undecylenic acid, a breakdown product of the ricinoleic fatty acid and has anti-fungal properties. It is widely used as a treatment for common fungal diseases like ringworm, athlete’s foot and tinea cruris (crotch itch). You can apply some warm castor oil to the affected area and leave it overnight. With continued treatment, you’ll get positive results.