The Magic of Castor Oil

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Chances are you've heard about castor oil, but do you know about all the different uses and benefits this incredible ingredient offers? Castor oil comes from the castor bean, a plant native to East Africa. The two types of widely used castor oil are yellow castor oil, which is made by cold pressing fresh castor beans, and black castor oil (aka Jamaican castor oil), which is made by roasting the castor beans and then using heat to extract the oil.

When it comes to uses and benefits, castor oil ain't shy about flaunting her abilities! Here are five amazing applications for castor oil:

  1. Hair Growth – Castor oil is rich in omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, and other minerals that provide nutrients to help stimulate hair growth, reduce hair loss, and improve the condition of hair and scalp.
  2. Skin Care – Castor oil is a natural humectant (retains moisture) which keeps skin feeling hydrated and nourished. Black castor oil can also help with reducing the appearance of scars. Additionally, its natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties making it a great option to treat acne and other types of skin irritations without drying out the skin.
  3. Pain Relief – When applied to sore muscles and achy joints, Black castor oil's anti-inflammatory properties help relieve pain and relax muscles. It also works to reduce menstrual cramps when applied onto the abdomen, especially if applied a couple of days before the menstrual cycle begins.
  4. Respiratory Health – Castor oil-soaked strips or packs can be applied to the chest and rib area to relieve asthma, soothe coughs, and alleviate respiratory distress.
  5. Laxative – Castor oil has been used as a laxative for thousands of years. It is typically used to treat acute symptoms of constipation. Like any stimulant laxative, castor oil shouldn’t be taken in the long term.

    Take caution: These tips are not meant to serve as medical advice. Castor oil should not be taken orally in large amounts and castor beans should not be ingested. Pregnant women should take caution using castor oil as it can induce labor. As you should do with any new topical product, test a tiny amount of black castor oil on your inner arm. After applying it, wait 24 hours to see if there is any sign of irritation.