Health Benefits of Castor Oil

Health Benefits of Castor Oil

Oil with almost magical properties

Castor oil is a multipurpose vegetable oil loaded with a wide range of health and beauty benefits.

Treat painful joints: Castor oil contains anti-inflammatory properties and that’s what makes it excellent massage oil to relieve arthritic joints pain, sore muscles, and nerve inflammations. Make a pad by folding a small piece of cotton into three to four layers. Dip the cotton pad into castor oil and apply it over the affected joint. Place a plastic sheet to cover this pad and provide some heat over it by a hot water bottle. Leave it for half an hour. Use it very day.

Eases constipation: Castor oil is a strong laxative and is very effective against constipation. If you get a hard time passing off stool, take a teaspoon of castor oil in the morning. However, do not have it for more than three days continuously.

Ringworm: One of the active compounds of castor oil (undecylenic acid) is found to be very helpful at treating fungal infection caused by ringworms. Apply the crushed leaves dipped castor oil over the affected area. Wrap it with a light cotton bandage or a thin cloth to make them stay at the place. Keep it overnight. Repeat this again for couple of nights. If any redness or itching is experienced, discontinue immediately.

Repeat the procedure every night before going to bed until cured. However, if you notice any redness or discomfort around the area, discontinue this remedy.

Skin issues: Castor oil is a boon for skin infections and other problems such as sunburn, acne, boils, warts, abrasions, dry skin, stretch marks, liver/age spots, athlete’s foot and chronic itching and inflamed skin. Dip a cotton ball into castor oil and apply it onto the affected skin twice a day.

For stubborn infections affecting the skin or nails, it is suggested to soak the affected area in Epsom Salt for 10-15 minutes. This will soften and disinfect the skin. Then apply castor oil. This will speed up the healing process.

Stye in eye: A common eye infection, stye, can be treated effectively by applying few drops of castor oil because of its anti-bacterial properties. Apply a single drop of castor oil directly onto the stye two or three times a day.

Wrinkles: Castor oil is a potent emollient. It penetrates the skin and helps in stimulating the collagen and elastin production, which hydrates and softens the skin. It is a superb natural treatment for those fine lines as it restores and rejuvenates the skin’s youthful appearance by making it smooth and pliant. Dip a small cotton ball into castor oil and apply it on the wrinkled skin before going to bed. Be careful to use it neat the eye and take very little quantity as it can irritate the skin also.

Side Effects: Castor oil is usually safe when used in moderation. However, pregnant and lactating women should avoid it. People with intestinal blockage, appendiciti, acute inflammatory intestinal disease or abdominal pain should not take castor oil without the doctor’s permission.

Dosage: A recommended dose for the oil is no more than half to one teaspoon per day. Over dosage of may result in diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain.