What are the uses of Castor oil?

A lot of people are not sure as to what castor oil is and where it comes from. Well, castor oil is the oil extracted and obtained from the castor seeds. This oil is pale yellowish in color and its taste is rather strong and unpleasant. The uses of castor oil are diverse. It is well known for its anti-oxidant and properties anti-inflammatory. Castor oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and this is often believed to be the cause of its myriad benefits.

The use of castor oil in beauty products and cosmetics is quite common. Castor oil is also used in numerous medicines, massage oils and soaps available today. As castor oil has numerous benefits and side effects as well, it is always best to consult your doctor before you use castor oil for any home treatment purpose.A well known Castor oil benefit is that it strengthens the immune system and hence it is good remedy for ailments like Parkinson's disease, Cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Castor oil also provides relief from pain caused by arthritis and Rheumatism. The use of castor oil for hair growth is very common. You can use castor oil for hair growth as follows:

  • First you need to wash your hair and towel dry it for a few min.
  • Next you would require to mix together castor oil and grape seed oil in equal proportions.
  • Gently massage this castor oil solution into your scalp. Ensure that you cover your entire scalp and massage repeatedly.
  • Once the scalp is massaged with the castor oil solution, wrap a towel around your head and keep you hair covered. Leave in the solution for about half an hour.
  • Wash off the castor oil solution with warm water.
  • You can repeat this process about once in 3 days and it will stimulate rich hair growth.

Castor oil benefits are also used for eyebrows and eyelashes. Apply castor oil on your eyelashes and eyebrows just before going to bed every alternate day and you will find your eyelashes and eyebrows growing thicker, longer and glowing with natural shine. Castor oil also has great benefits for the eyes. Today, castor oil is present in many commercial eye drops used to cure dry eyes. It is possible to use pure castor oil instead of purchasing commercial eye drops. Although this may not cure the cause of the dry eyes, it will definitely give a soothing relief. You will need a sterilized dropper. Draw the pure castor oil into the dropper. Apply only 1 drop into each eye. You should repeat this about twice a day. Castor oil is also highly useful in the treatment of Blepharitis. It reduces the swelling and eases discomfort. Apply a small amount of castor oil around your eyelids, particularly around the parts where it is red.

Applying castor oil twice a day will soon provide relief to the eyes.castor oil is also an effective laxative. The effects of castor oil are in fact very strong. The use of castor oil for constipation can have unpleasant side effects. An incorrect castor oil dosage for constipation can in fact cause diarrhea. People have been known to die of dehydration from such diarrhea. Using castor oil for constipation, especially for constipation in babies, infants and children should be done only after the consent of your doctor. A doctor may also advice the use of castor oil to induce labor in women who have crossed 36 weeks of pregnancy. Castor is also beneficial for the face and skin in general as it is a good moisturizer. You should apply a light layer of castor oil on your skin to keep it moisturized.

answered by M W

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