8 Uses and benefits for castor oil

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8 Uses and benefits for castor oil

Castor Oil Facts and Information:

  1. Is safe & effective for pet skin problems
  2. Deeply moisturize and heal skin
  3. Homemade natural mascara
  4. Assists fungal infections
  5. Relieves sore muscles
  6. Promotes hair growth
  7. Enhances hair color
  8. Powerful Laxative 

1. Safe and effective for pet skin problems:

Castor oil can be used to assist your pets skin and related issues. Itchy skin for a pets, are often caused by infection or fleas. Castor oil can assist in the reduction of fleas and infection, by applying to your pets skin/fur. (2)

2. Deeply moisturize and assist skin:

Castor oil naturally contains monounsaturated fatty acids. This type of fat can be used to moisturize the skin. Castor oil is often used in lotions, makeup and cleanser to help promote hydration.(2)

3. Strengthen Eyelashes Naturally: 

Pour two spoons of castor oil and two equal parts of sweet almond oil into the container. Once the oils have blended, use a clean mascara wand or an eyeliner brush to apply one coat of this mixture to your lashes.(2)

4. Assists Fungal Infections:

Proceed by rubbing Castor oil into the skin where a fungal infection has taken root. Apply 2-3 times daily up to 3 weeks. Castor oil may assist in the fight against that often causes plaque. Try brushing with castor oil to assist with any oral fungus.(2)

5. Relieves sore muscles:

Studies have found that when castor oil is applied topically, it may assist in the reduction inflammation and pain. The same study stated that the anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties found in castor oil, may be helpful for those with chronic skin and joint conditions. (2)

6. Enhance hair color & Promote Hair Growth

Castor oil may assist with hair color and hair growth because it is rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9. Omegas are not only good for your hair but your skin as well. Omegas have antiviral properties which fight scalp infections such as bald patches and dry flaky skin. The high concentration of omega 9 will not only moisturize your hair, but keep color in your hair from fading.(2)

7. Powerful Laxative 

Castor is probably best known for being a powerful laxative. Castor oil is classified as a stimulant laxative. It stimulates the muscles in your intestines to help move material through your bowels. Make certain to ask a doctor before taking castor oil orally. Do not exceed more than 3 TBSP a day.
Castor oil may cause stomach cramps and diarrhea. It should never be taken orally when pregnant or nursing.  (2)

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DIY Castor Oil Pack

What Is a Castor Oil Pack?

A castor oil pack involves the use of cloth soaked in castor oil which is placed on the skin. It's used by some alternative practitioners to enhance circulation and to promote the healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. Alternative practitioners also use it to improve liver function, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and to improve digestion.

Castor oil packs are made by soaking a piece of flannel in castor oil and placing it on the skin. The flannel is covered with a sheet of plastic, and then a hot water bottle is placed over the plastic to heat the pack.

Where to place the pack:

  • The right side of the abdomen. Castor oil packs are sometimes recommended by alternative practitioners as part of a liver detox program.
  • Inflamed and swollen joints, bursitis, and muscle strains.
  • The abdomen to relieve constipation and other digestive disorders.
  • The lower abdomen in cases of menstrual irregularities and uterine and ovarian cysts.

What you will need: 

  • Three layers of undyed wool or cotton flannel large enough to cover the affected area
  • Castor oil
  • Plastic wrap cut one to two inches larger than the flannel (can be cut from a plastic bag)
  • Hot water bottle
  • Container with ​a lid
  • Old clothes and sheets. Castor oil will stain clothing and bedding. (1)


How to use it: 

  1. Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping.
  2. Place the pack over the affected body part.
  3. Cover with plastic.
  4. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.
  5. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda.
  6. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25-30 times.


Source: 

  • Wong, Cathy. “How to Make a Castor Oil Pack to Improve Circulation.” Verywell Health, Verywellhealth, 6 Dec. 2018, www.verywellhealth.com/castor-oil-pack-88242.
  • Kubala, Jillian. “7 Benefits and Uses of Castor Oil.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 14 Apr. 2018, www.healthline.com/nutrition/castor-oil.

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