Castor oil is one of those things that you frequently see in health stores but aren’t sure what they’re for. While not necessarily used as cooking oil, castor oil is still one of the most useful plant oils out there. Depending on the grade, it can be used as a food additive, for cosmetic purposes, aids to flavor, a mold inhibitor, and even an ingredient in pharmaceuticals.
So, what are the surprising benefits and uses for castor oil?
For Beautiful Skin
Are you starting to get wrinkles and age spots? Don’t fret and don’t buy that expensive wrinkle-removing cream, either! All you need is to apply a thin layer of castor oil on your face before going to sleep. The oil is a natural emollient that easily penetrates into your facial epidermis, keeping it healthy.
For Skin Infections
Castor oil has anti-microbial properties that help fight skin infections. If you have skin abrasions, an acne problem, dry skin, inflamed skin, a sunburn, or even boils, warts, and stretch marks, castor oil is your ticket to having flawless skin. Just apply it every morning and night on your problem area and watch your blemishes fade away.
For Fuller Hair
If you feel like your crowning glory is a little thin, give it a boost with castor oil. It has an uncanny ability to encourage hair growth. Dilute it with a lighter oil like sweet almond. Apply it to your scalp by gently rubbing it and wrapping your hair with a plastic cap or towel. Leave it for half an hour or longer. Clean it with shampoo and repeat once a week.
Castor oil can also aid in combating arthritis, constipation, ringworms, and eye styes.
There’s over a dozen things you can do with castor oil. It can be used for external or internal purposes. The health and cosmetic benefits are plenty and you’ll be glad you have a bottle handy in your home. Make sure you have one in your own medicine cabinet or kitchen supplies closet for future use.