Castor oil is an oil which has an enormous impact on our health, skin, and hair. In fact, it has such a long list of benefits that it is regarded as the go-to remedy for most of the common ailments. Right from our grandmothers to us, we have all been benefited some way or the other by castor oil. It has great anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and hence been the chief ingredient of soaps, shampoos and also medicines.
A bottle of pure organic castor oil must be an intrinsic part of our beauty and health regime. If you already have one and don’t know exactly how to use it, we will give you the remedies, benefits and the works, so the next time you have a hair fall issue or a skin problem, you will know how to find the perfect solution.
The oil is extracted from the seeds of the Castor plant, scientific name- Ricinus communis. It is also known as the seeds of the Palma Christi plant, still better known as ‘palm of Christ’ and it’s been in use since as far back as 1550 B. C. The ancient Egyptians used this very oil to treat eye disorders. Now you will even find it on television, endorsed by Tom and Jerry as their go to laxative when they have a problem with bowel movements.
We all want thick, glossy hair which is long and completely problem-free. Think it is too much to ask for? Not really, if take the help of castor oil. It will not only restore the health of your hair, but also make it thick and shiny, just the kind of hair you will want to happily flaunt.
If you really want to thicken your hair, then castor oil will surely come to your aid. If you massage the oil into your hair follicles, the blood circulation will ensure that your hair experiences a sudden growth spurt. Castor oil contains both omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, which are really useful to stimulate thick hair growth. You need to do this regularly to get great results.
Remedy for hair growth:
Castor oil also boasts of antifungal and antibacterial properties. If you are suffering from a persistent problem of dandruff, all you have to do is apply castor oil and your dandruff will soon go away. The antifungal and anti-bacterial properties of the oil work here.
The remedy for dandruff: If you have dry hair and dandruff, utilizing this remedy will definitely do away with your irritating dandruff problem and yes, you can even flaunt your black outfits with élan.
If you have oily hair and a dandruff problem, there is what you can do,
Sometimes, the ends of hair become too dry, and you end up with split ends. Snipping off the ends can be a good idea, but there is a better idea and you don’t need to sacrifice the length of your hair for that.
Remedy for split ends:
Dull and lifeless hair can be a real nightmare! Instead of going for expensive spa treatments, a DIY mask with castor oil can really work wonders on your dull, undernourished hair. Eggs are chock-a-block with protein. Protein is essential to make the hair follicles stronger, and stronger hair is less likely to break. Therefore, you’ll also have fewer split ends. Apart from enhancing its resistance to breakage, applying eggs on your hair also help in making hair tangle free and smooth. Together, they make a potent mask.
Remedy for dull hair:
Many women have sparse hair on their eyebrows due to many factors. Over-plucking or over-threading may be a reason, or it might even be underlying thyroid disease. Whatever it is, you can thicken your eyebrows by the presence of fatty acid content and activate your hair follicles with castor oil. The one thing that makes castor oil really effective is its high penetrative power, which helps the oil seep right in, ensuring abundant hair growth.
Remedy for thicker eyebrows:
If you desire to have longer eyelashes, but don’t want to go for expensive cosmetic treatments, then you can definitely go for a castor oil treatment. Castor oil is full of nutrients; hence it is used for the treatment of niggling problems which are the result of lack of nutrition. It is a well-accepted anti-inflammatory product as well. It can naturally help moisturize and provide hydration to the area where it is applied. It also has deep penetrating properties and hence seeps in deep to provide wonderful results.
Remedy for thin eyelashes:
Castor oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin. As it is extremely viscous, the oil stays put, and it penetrates deep into the skin, seeping in the various layers, nourishing it with fatty acids. There are many creams which have castor oil as a main ingredient, so instead of reaching out for expensive creams which have a host of additives and chemicals like parabens, use a pure cold-pressed variety, which has greater benefits.
Castor oil seeps deep into the skin, softens it considerably and provides the right degree of hydration. The oil also helps the proliferation of elastin and collagen, which delays the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.
Remedy for wrinkled skin
Gently massage your face in the evening with the oil concoction suited to your skin, then put a slightly warm moist cloth on your face and let it stay for a minute or two. Then soak away the excess oil with the help of a cotton pad. Your skin will be soft and moisturized.
If you have just returned from an invigorating vacation at the beach with skin burnt brown like an acorn, you can do two one of two things. You can panic and worry about your damaged skin or just stay calm and use castor oil. Yes, castor oil is very effective in removing sun tan.
The remedy for sunburnt skin: Blend two tablespoons of castor oil with coconut oil on the areas of the skin which have been particularly affected. Yes, it is as simple as that. The suntan will go away in a matter of days.
Just had a baby or have lost a lot of weight recently? Instead of rejoicing over your tiny bundle of joy or your newly acquired slim figure, you are left mulling over the ugly stretch marks on your body. Try castor oil, as it has a presence of a fatty acid called ricinoleic acid, which sets it apart from other similar oils. Its lubricating properties help moisturize the skin, enhancing its skin renewal properties. This is how it helps with lightening stretch marks too.
How to use it: Massage your skin using this oil with gentle strokes at least twice a day and you will see results in a month’s time. You can also use this oil to prevent stretch marks. So if you are pregnant and want to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, use this for sure.
Winters can prove to be really harsh for your skin and especially your lips. However much you try, you fail to make your lips soft and moisturized with any of the lip balms available in the market. Castor oil works great to moisturize your lips.
The remedy for chapped lips: All you have to do is massage this oil on your lips for a minute before you sleep. Rinse off with cold water next morning. Your lips will stay hydrated and moisturized throughout the entire winter season.
When castor oil is utilized for acne; it brings out the dirt out of the skin, along with the bacteria. It also sloughs off dead skin cells and excess oils. Though it is a heavy oil, it does not clog pores and effectively cleanses the skin. It deeply penetrates the skin and cures acne.
Remedy for acne:
Cracked heels look really unsightly and can be really painful. Castor oil can almost miraculously hydrate and soften your feet. Castor oil is rich in nutrients and vitamins, and also has a wealth of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Remedy for cracked heels:
The fatty acids present in castor oil, like omega – 3, penetrate deeply through the outer layer of the skin and heal the scar tissue, as well as erase the scars completely by accelerating the growth of new cells. It pulls out the dirt, excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells from the skin. It also activates the lymphatic system, which increases the lymphocytes in the body to sure that the skin looks smooth and the scars are lightened. It effectively moisturizes the skin and helps with cell regeneration. It detoxifies healthy cells and help activate proper blood circulation. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, proteins, and vitamin E, which reduce acne scars to a great extent.
Remedy for scars:
There are a myriad of benefits of castor oil for the skin in addition to its other benefits. The fact that there is a natural solution to our never ending beauty woes in the form of castor oil makes it an absolute winner. So keep a bottle of pure organic castor oil in your beauty cabinet, you won’t regret it, for sure!
Devi Gajendran is a Post Graduate in Nutrition (University of Madras, Tamil Nadu) and has tons of experience in Fitness and Nutrition. She is the chief advisor and full time contributor at the Fit Indian and has the final say on all the segments under the Fit Indian paradigm, such as beauty, fitness, home remedies, diseases, diet tips, weight loss, weight gain and so on. A foodie herself, she believes in the Hippocrates quote,” Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A fitness enthusiast, she believes that the combination of diet and exercise can work wonders. When she is not sharing her valuable knowledge about food and fitness, she likes to spend quality time with her family members, do some healthy baking and listen to soft soulful music.