Guest article by Mike Jones
The tradition of using castor oil, or Wonder Oil as it is known in the Netherlands, goes back thousands of years. Ancient healers from India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Africa applied it to heal various ailments.
Castor oil has passed the test of time; it is still used in the modern world! For those of us in the natural remedy loop, castor oil leads the lines as an amazingly effective and versatile treatment for many ailments. So keep on reading to discover the 5 benefits of castor oil.
5 BENEFITS OF CASTOR OIL:
1. Improve Skin
Castor oil improves skin in a multitude of ways. It increases blood flow where it is applied to make skin appear healthier, and its antimicrobial properties fight the underlying causes of many skin problems. Regardless of whether you struggle with acne, warts, skin tags, or simply dry skin, applying this substance clears up and helps to balance skin.
The highly viscous oil absorbs into skin and locks inside; many more expensive facial products utilize it. It not only improves moisture but can also help fight wrinkles, since it increases the skin production of collagen. Rub a small amount (at most a teaspoon) in between your palms to warm it and then evenly distribute it over your face. Though its thickness can make it tricky to administer, once it is on the skin it will absorb quickly, without leaving a greasy feeling behind.
For spot problems like acne or skin tags, rub a small amount onto the spots using a cotton ball. You may see a big difference in only a couple weeks!
Since ancient times, castor oil has been used for warts and other skin conditions as well. Dip a cotton ball into the oil and apply it for twenty minutes, twice daily. You can also combine castor oil with baking soda, tea tree oil, garlic, or apple cider vinegar and apply twice daily for more dramatic results. If you want to see how you can use different masks at home with natural products, read the article on At-Home Facial.
2. Rejuvenate Hair
Many people who experience hair loss or simply want their hair to be richer and thicker swear by castor oil. Rich in omega-6 fatty acids and ricinoleic acid, massaging the warm oil into your scalp nightly helps to increase circulation, which can stimulate hair growth.
It also moisturizes and gives a great shine to the hair. After showering, divide your hair into sections and apply warm oil, using your fingers to distribute it evenly. This technique may not only make your hair look thicker but also may darken and enrich the color.
If that weren’t enough, castor oil can stimulate hair growth in the eyebrows and eyelashes. Rub on a small amount with a cotton ball before sleep, and the hair there will begin to thicken and darken. Once you heal it from the roots, take extra care with whatever product you love most.
3. Treat Sebaceous Cysts
Using castor oil is one of the better ways to treat sebaceous cyst as well. Generally, not life-endangering, a build-up of cells over the sebaceous glands creates this slow growing, yet annoying and sometimes uncomfortable skin condition. If you want to lessen the appearance of your cyst without resorting to surgery, castor oil can help you.
Topically apply the pure organic oil directly to your cyst 3 times daily to shrink your cysts and perhaps even make them go away. Its application also lessens the uncomfortable, itchy feeling that may come with sebaceous cysts. However, applying castor oil may not be a long-term solution as this method treats the symptom, not the cause.
4. Lessen Muscle and Joint Soreness
We’ve already talked about how much castor oil can improve circulation; that aspect of the oil helps to alleviate muscle and joint pain tremendously. Like with its use as a laxative, employing castor oil to treat arthritis and other joint problems began in ancient times.
Applying it externally can assist you with soreness. Rubbing it into your muscles after a hard workout or soaking a cloth in the oil and laying it on the affected joint or muscle area prevents future soreness.
Taking castor oil orally, either mixed with juice or in pill form, may be the most effective way to improve joint function. In a double-blind test by Phytotherapy Today, castor oil effectively lessened knee pain for those with osteoarthritis of the knee.
5. Relieve Constipation
Whether caused by dehydration, diet, lack of exercise, or a medical condition, constipation can stop your day from moving forward. For those suffering from this condition, consuming castor oil may ease your discomfort.
Best taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, it clears out the small intestine after 2-5 hours. Castor oil is safe to use for children and adults, and since it is natural, may be a healthier solution than other methods. Castor oil tastes quite bitter and is thick so mix it well with juice before you drink it. For adults, mix one to two tablespoons of oil with water or juice to taste. Give children only one to two teaspoons instead.
Taking castor oil orally like this may also benefit you in other ways. Some users of it found it improved their immune function, leading them to get sick and feel tired less frequently.
As a natural remedy for a huge variety of issues, castor oil proves its effectiveness to new users every day. The FDA deemed it safe for use, though it may not be for everyone. For example, doctors do not recommend its use for those with IBS, ulcers, hemorrhoids, or diverticulitis. However, castor oil safely improves hair, skin, constipation, and joint issues for most of us!
Mike Jones is a natural living and healing enthusiast. After a couple of rough patches, he turned to living a healthier live, looking after his diet and fitness progress and ever since, he’s been writing about it and sharing everything he learns with his readers. See more of Mike’s work @Mike_Jones35.
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