Castor oil is derived from the seed of the castor plant, Ricinus communis . The plant is indigenous to east Africa and India but is now widely grown in
other tropical zones worldwide. The oil extracted from the seed has a thick consistency. For Jamaican black castor oil the seeds are roasted before the oil is extracted and that explains the dark colour and that makes it different from Cold pressed Castor oil. Castor oil generally has a mild odor and the taste is bland. One of the
more common alternative names is Palma Christi (meaning Christ’s palm) because the shape of its leaves resembles hands.
Benefits of Castor oil.
1. The most common and oldest use of castor oil is as a laxative in the treatment of constipation.
2. Castor oil is used in treating skin conditions such as abrasions, acne, age spots, athlete’s foot, boils, chronic itching, dermatosis, dry skin.
3. For pregnant women 39 weeks and over, castor oil can effectively and efficiently commence uterine contractions to induce labor.
4. Due to its well known anti-
inflammatory properties, castor oil is used as an effective remedy for arthritis.
5. Castor oil helps to thicken eyebrows and eyelashes. It prevents thinning and stimulates
rapid growth of hair.
6. Castor oil is used to
decrease inflammation and to help the liver to function optimally. It increases circulation of blood and lymph, enhances the immune system, improves elimination of toxic substances, and promotes the
healing of tissues.
7. Castor oil is used to regrow edges, to increase hair growth and also as a moisturizer.
8. Castor oil packs are also used to treat fibroid.
In the next post we will discuss how to use castor oil for healing and recipes used.
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