There was a time when castor oil was commonly used to treat a lot of different things. Of course, medical science—and some mothers—came to find that some of these uses might have simply been theoretical or, perhaps, a case of placebo effect. However, some uses held water and castor oil is still used today, though in a much smaller way. Derived from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant, castor oil is still used mostly as a laxative (incontinence remedy).
But castor oil may actually pose additional Clinique médico-esthétique Mediluxe health benefits.
CASTOR OIL AS A SKIN TREATMENT
Castor oil is quite viscous—as you may well know—and that means it is thick and syrupy. These are good qualities for skin lubricant. Indeed, castor oil can deeply penetrate the skin and, since it is full of healthy fatty acids, can also nourish the deep layers it can reach.
In addition, though, castor oil has also been used—effectively—to treat skin conditions like acne, warts, and skin tags. Apparently, castor oil may help ward of fungal infections (as in warts) but castor oil can prevent the irritation often associated with acne and skin tags.
CASTOR OIL AS A HAIR TREATMENT
If you massage castor oil deep into the scalp, it can help to promote hair growth (though it is likely more because of its dermal benefits than, necessarily, hot it effects hair growth). This treatment has been found to be effective in people suffering from alopecia.
At the same time, castor oil possesses a humectant property of the human hair. That means it locks in moisture (which is why it is good for the skin, again) and that can bring more shine and luster to hair.
CASTOR OIL AS FIRST AID
Again, castor oil has been—and is still—used as a laxative but it can also relieve minor aches and pains if you rub into the skin. Use it as a massage oil, basically, and you may find that it has both analgesic (pain-killing) and anti-inflammatory (also, pain-killing) properties. That’s because is made of 90 percent ricinoleic acid, which can apparently also help to drain the lymphatic system.
On top of being both a pain-fighter, though, castor oil can also be used to treat fungal infections. It works because of the undecylenic component of castor oil, which helps to break down the major component—ricinoleic acid.