The castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor plant, also known as Ricinuscommunis , a plant native to Africa and India. If we think about this oil it will possibly come to mind as a remedy used by our grandparents as a purgative, but the benefits of this oil go much further. It is used in various cosmetic products, massage oils, soaps and also medicines, because it offers many benefits for the skin, hair and general health.
Castor oil is a triglyceride, composed of essential fatty acids. 90% of these fatty acids are composed of ricinoleic acid (omega 9). This unique fatty acid is found in lower concentrations in some other seeds and oils (0.27% in cottonseed oil and 0.03% in soybean oil) and is believed to be responsible for the unique properties of castor oil. It also contains a huge amount of vitamin E , proteins, minerals and has antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It has been the remedy traditionally used to combat all kinds of problems related to the skin and hair.
Let’s see its possible uses:
Facial cleansing: According to many dermatologists, cleaning with oil is an effective method of deep cleaning the pores, toning and hydrating at the same time. It is advisable to mix the castor oil with a lighter oil, such as apricot, olive or jojoba oil and massage the skin of the face in circles for a couple of minutes. The fatty acids in castor oil will dissolve the traces of grease and dirt that cause blackheads and acne . To remove the oil we use a soft microfiber cloth, wet in warm water, drain excess water and apply it to the face without rubbing, with gentle touches. This will help eliminate makeup, dirt and all the substances that contribute to clogging pores.
Natural moisturizer and anti-wrinkle: castor oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids , which penetrate deep into the skin and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin,that soften and hydrate the skin. This helps delay the signs of aging, wrinkles, blemishes and fine lines in the eyes and gives the skin a smoother, younger appearance. Do not abuse because it is a very rich oil, with a couple of drops will be enough for the entire face. Castor oil is an important component of many cosmetic creams and lotions for its excellent anti-aging properties and we will generally find it in the composition under the name of “castor oil” and although the name may lead to confusion this oil has nothing to do with these nice animals.
Reduces stretch marks and scars: Fatty acids help to blur the stretch marks of the abdomen and thighs by providing elasticity to the skin . The appearance of the scars is also benefited by its use, fatty acids penetrate the epidermis to the scar layer and erasing it while stimulating the growth of new cells. Like most natural remedies, you need time and consistency to see the results, but it is very effective.
Insect bites: The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of castor oil, make it ideal for the treatment of rashes, irritations and insect bites. It also helps soothe the skin in case of sunburn. If the affected area is small, you can wet a plaster soaked with castor oil and apply it to the area. For larger areas, wet a cotton or gauze in castor oil and apply directly on the affected area. Leave on for an hour (or overnight for irritations and sunburn) and wash afterwards. Repeat several times during the day to get results faster.
Massage Oil: Castor oil has a lot of benefits for the health of the body, not only for the skin. Helps relax muscle tension and helps promote blood circulation. These qualities make it ideal to be used in therapeutic massages. It is a good base oil to dilute essential oils and enhance the effect of massage.
It stimulates the growth of the eyelashes: In case of weak or scarce eyelashes, we will apply every night a small amount in the root of the clean and make-up eyelashes and massage gently until its absorption. You have to use a very small amount since it is a very dense oil and it spreads a lot, and with care that it does not enter the eyes . We can also use it in the eyebrows, in case of having them thin or with depopulated zones and we want to stimulate their growth.
Stimulates hair growth: In the case of hair it is recommended to warm it up a little before applying it and give a massage on the scalp for about 5 minutes. It is convenient to repeat this treatment daily and do it before going to sleep, so that it acts during the night and the next morning to remove the oil in the shower. The oil stimulates the blood circulation towards the hair follicles, allowing a faster growth . It is also rich in Omega-9 fatty acid, responsible for the normal state of capillary health.
It helps to avoid split ends and improve dry or damaged hair: It will also help us maintain the good condition of the hair in cases of being damaged or dry. Mix a few drops in our usual shampoo, using a couple of spoonfuls as a half-to-tip mask once a week will keep it healthy and shiny. Another trick is to apply a couple of drops on the tips as a remedy to repair the split ends.
Enhances the natural color of hair and prevents gray hair: castor oil can make the natural color of our hair look deeper and richer. This oil is very moisturizing, and when applied, seals moisture inside the hair cuticle avoiding the loss of pigment, making each hair look thick and dark. After washing the hair, dry it with a towel and divide the hair into sections. Heat slightly one or two tablespoons of castor oil and apply it with your fingers along the hair, rubbing between the palms the separate strands to cover all the hair with oil.
Nail Moisturizer: It is an excellent cuticle moisturizer. Every night, massaging a few drops on the nails of the hands and feet (now that the time to wear sandals is approaching) will help us achieve hydrated, strong and healthy-looking nails.