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Health Benefits of Castor Oil

Updated on September 13, 2013

Castor oil is usually extracted from the seeds of an Indian native plant, Ricinus communis. Also known as Palma Christe, castor oil is a rich source of rininoleic, oleic and linoleic acids. The powerful healing property of castor oil is mainly derived from the ricinoleic acid.

According to ancient beliefs, all diseases originate from unhealthy digestive system. Castor oil is popularly known to play an important role in cleaning the digestive system; it serves as a laxative and gets rid of digestive parasites. This is the main reason why castor oil is considered as the healthiest oil with great healing properties.

Despite being generally safe, castor oil may cause intestinal irritations in some individuals leading to diarrhea, cramps as well as other digestive discomfort.

Besides, health experts strongly recommend that pregnant women should avoid taking castor oil as it induces abortion in some people.

Uses of Castor Oil

Castor oil is used in traditional medicine to treat pains, inflammations, abdominal disease, skin disorders, sunburns, burns, cuts, among others.

Other uses of castor oil include production of textiles, soaps, medicinal products, cosmetics, waxes, rubber, grease oil paints, leather, lacquer, dyes, plastics, brake fluids, adhesives, etc.

Health Benefits of Castor Oil

Castor oil is anti fungal, anti viral, anti bacteria and anti inflammatory in action. In addition, castor oil has antioxidant properties.

The anti inflammatory properties make castor oil great oil for massage for muscle spasms, inflammation of nerves, and arthritis. Castor oil pack can also be used in such situations.

You can also consume castor oil to ease constipation. You may want to mix it with grape juice, orange juice or any of your favorite juice to improve the taste.

Castor oil is also popularly known for its power to treat fungal infections as well as other skin infections.

Castor oil improves your immune system. To achieve this, you simply apply the castor oil on your skin; it will be absorbed into the body and thus boosting the performance of thymus and other glands. Through this, the lymphocyte production and count will be increased. As a result, there will be faster removal of your body toxics and thus an improvement in your general body health.

Castor oil is also believed to treat serious human diseases such as epilepsy, cancer, scerodema, Parkinson’s, female problems, liver problems, Appedicitis, Migraine/headaches, cerebral palsy, multiple Sclerosis, etc.

Castor Oil Remedies

  • Constipation

Consume two teaspoons of castor oil before going to sleep to reduce constipation. You may want to mix it with warm water or milk if desired.

  • Pyorrhea

Combine castor oil with alum and gently massage it with your gums for a few minutes. Do this twice per day preferably each morning and night.

  • Beauty

Mix one teaspoon of castor oil to one gram of flour and use the mixture as a facial scrub.

  • Bleeding wounds

Apply a few drops of castor oil on injuries and bandage it well.

  • Scars, marks and spots

Apply the castor oil on spots, marks, and scars at night and wash in the morning. Repeat this until the scars varnishes.

  • Heel cracks

Clean your feet well with warm water and soap before applying castor oil. Repeat this process once a day for about two weeks.

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      Chloe Ben 3 years ago from Canada

      That sounds great Danut. follow me for more great recipes soon!

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      Danut 3 years ago

      hi I baked the banana cake using your reicpe and my husband loved it. I got 3 aluminium loaf pans out from your'reicpe. it's very moist and the sweetness is just right. thank u so much.

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