Castor Blaster: What The King Of Oils Can Do For You
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Seems like we’ve all forgotten about castor oil, and need a little reminder.
A spoon of castor oil was my grandma’s cure for a lot of things, ranging from constipation and worms, to colds and reduced hair growth. Castor oil is made by pressing the seeds of the castor plant (Ricinus communis), which is native to India and Africa. It is now cultivated in countries such as Algeria, Egypt, and Greece as well. The oil is used all over the world for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Castor oil contains vitamin E, proteins, and omega 6 and 9 too.
Why you need to have a bottle of castor oil at home:
- Natural laxative – Known as a stimulant laxative, castor oil lubricates the intestines, and gets things moving. Your digestive tract will feel the effect of the oil in 2-5 hours. Adult dosage would be 1-2 tablespoons, while children till the age of 12 should be given 1-2 teaspoons. Be warned, it tastes pretty foul. You can mix it with some orange juice to make it more palatable.
- Eases joint pains – Joint and tissue pains can be really painful. Massaging your joints with castor oil is known to help with the pain and discomfort. In alternate therapies, a castor oil massage is considered an option to jumpstart the lymphatic system, and to provide relief to people suffering from arthritis.
- Good for your hair – Massaging warm castor oil on your scalp (and even on your eyebrows) is known to stimulate hair follicles and boost circulation, resulting in extra hair growth. Castor oil may work on areas that have been affected by scalp conditions, since it has antifungal properties. You’ll see a change in the growth and quality of your hair, after about 2 weeks of regular application.
- Helps with muscle pain – Peppermint oil and castor oil, mixed together, is a wonderful concoction to rub on your muscles, to help ease muscle soreness and improve circulation.
- Fights fungal infections – Due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, castor oil is effective in treating conditions like ringworm and athlete’s foot. Apply castor oil on the affected area, and leave overnight. The infection will be gone pretty soon.
- Skin problems – The fatty acids in castor oil help nourish dry skin. People with oily, acne-prone skin usually avoid any and all oils. However, castor oil, when applied to clean skin, helps fight acne-causing bacteria, and reduces blemishes too. It also helps restore the skin’s moisture balance.
- Anti-ageing remedy – Castor oil, due to its viscous nature, stays on the skin for longer, and permeates deep down into the skin’s layers. This stimulates collagen and elastin production. Fine lines and wrinkles get delayed, giving way to smoother, softer, younger-looking skin. A few dots of castor oil, massaged around the eyes, will get rid of your fine lines and crow’s feet.
- Boon for colic-prone babies – Colic in babies, in the first few months of being born, causes immense grief for both parents and the baby. Gas is supposed to be the reason for these colic pains. Massaging the baby’s tummy with castor oil is known to be beneficial in such cases.
- Boosts immunity – Alternate medicine practitioners feel that the consumption of castor oil boosts immunity. Castor oil promotes better health.
- All-rounder – Since castor oil doesn’t freeze, it’s a great lubricant to have around the house. It is ideal, since it doesn’t react to hot or very cold temperatures. You can oil hinges and locks with it.
It’s good to have a bottle of castor oil lying around the house; you never know what you may need it for!