Inherited from this tradition, traditional Ayurvedic medicine (native to India) considers castor oil as the queen of medicinal plants to cure arthritic diseases. It is also regularly given to children orally, for deworming.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from castor seeds ( Ricinus communis ), native to tropical Africa. The castor seed is not edible because it is toxic . Only the oil is not and contains beneficial virtues. It has been used for centuries by men to smooth their beards and hair, and by women to take care of their bodies.
A prodigious food
It is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, very rich in antioxidants, and is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It is nourishing and can be used on almost the whole body: skin, hair, eyelashes, nails, and even to soothe some pains. It is also very famous for its laxative effects.
How to use this prodigious food?
- It is a good painkiller (muscles, belly, etc.) – It is an excellent remedy for osteoarthritis and arthritis (any pain felt in the joints, ligaments, tendons, bones or other parts of the musculoskeletal system). Dip a piece of wool in the oil and wrap the painful area for 1 hour and drop a hot water bottle to warm the area sore. You can also relieve stomach upset in the same way.
- To reduce dark circles – With its thick texture, castor oil can be used as a cream to apply under the eyes. Put a few drops under your tired eyes, massage circularly and let the magic operate.
- To refresh your skin – Castor oil addresses issues such as dry skin, pigmentation, age spots, eczema, and more. Mix castor oil with a little coconut oil or jojoba, apply on your skin and admire the results. It moisturizes and purifies the skin.
- To have long eyelashes and eyebrows trimmed – This is a very viscous oil, so for ease of application, use a mascara brush and let it work all night, then clean your eyes on waking. After a few uses, your hair will have grown faster than usual.
- Constipation – This oil is an excellent laxative. Swallow half a teaspoon on an empty stomach to relieve your constipation problems.
- For cracked heels – To soften and moisturize your skin, coat your rough, cracked heels with castor oil and put on socks to keep the product as long as possible.
- For split ends – Castor oil softens cuticles and gets rid of split ends. A bath of castor oil on your hair once a week will be enough.
- To have long and thick hair – This oil is very nourishing, it moisturizes the scalp and makes the hair shinier and more flexible, but most importantly, it accelerates the growth enormously. The ricinoleic acid present in this miracle oil revives your hair and revives the production of their natural oils.
Mix 3 tablespoons of castor oil and 1 coconut oil, apply on your hair and let rest for a few hours to make this mask fully effective. Repeat this operation twice a week for a month, for surprising results.
- Hard and non-brittle nails – Apply castor oil overnight on weakened cuticles and nails to restore radiance. The next day, you will notice a clear difference.
A prodigious food
To go even further
Dr. William A. McGarey, a brilliant American physician and author of the book “Oil Healing” and co-founder of the ARE Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, lists a number of effective treatments using castor oil in massage or local application. Some examples :
- Soothing of cutaneous keratoses (drought of the skin);
- Disappearance of growth on the eyelid
- Decrease in stretch marks due to pregnancy
- Reduction of joint pain (localized arthritis …)
- Disappearance of lymphatic nodules
- Significant effects on insomnia
- Treatment of ear infections;
- Accelerated healing for crushed fingers, turned nails, ingrown toenails.
- Various cures: (corns, onions, cysts, nevi, ichthyosis, cholecystitis, various liver diseases, scleroderma, headaches, intestinal disorders, neuritis, toxemia, toothache, sinusitis …)
This doctor also claims that castor oil could have a positive influence on children’s behavior:
Child capricious or hyperactive for example.
I do not know if castor oil really has a role on all these ailments.
Castor oil is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women, people with appendicitis and other diseases related to inflammation of the intestines.