What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is a kind of oil that is obtained from processing of castor seeds (Ricinus Communis). Generally, the color of the oil is pale yellow. The main benefits that people want is for treatment and therapy. In addition, castor oil is also used as a basic ingredient in the manufacture of massage oils, medicines, textiles, soaps, cosmetics, and other household products.
Benefits of Castor Oil
There are several benefits that you can get from taking castor oil, either by drinking it or applying it to parts of your body (skin or hair), including:
1. Drinking Castor Oil to Induce Labor
In several forums and articles, I found one of the benefits of castor oil is to induce labor. Generally, pregnant women simply take about 1-2 tablespoons to get the benefit. However, one thing you have to remember that it can cause side effects, such as abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Thus, it is advisable to consult with your doctor first before drinking it.
2. Castor Oil for Nail Fungus
If you are one of those who have nail fungus or a condition where fungi infect your nails. Usually it is toenails. One of the methods of treatment that you can do is using castor oil. This oil is known to be effective for treating this infection. To use, you simply need to pour the oil to a cotton cloth, and then wrap it on your infected nails.
3. Castor Oil for Acne
This oil also has great benefits for the health and beauty of your skin. One example is for the treatment and prevention of acne on your face. Its use is very simple, you just need to rub it gently on your face with acne, then rinse with warm water. This method has been known for a long time, because it is effective, safe and cheap.
4. Castor Oil for Varicose Veins
Castor oil also has properties to prevent blood clotting, while improving blood circulation in the body. Thus, it can be used as a therapeutic treatment for those who have problems with varicose veins. After a few times of use, you will feel the pain eased and swelling is slowly disappearing. For how to use, you have to warm the castor oil and then massage your feet with it for about 15 minutes.
5. Castor Oil for Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin disease that is quite difficult to control, even maybe there is no cure for it. However, some types of treatments were able to control and relieve the itch. One of them is using castor oil. Generally, the oil used by rub it directly on your skin, but some people said that if the oil mixed with baking soda would give you better results.
6. Black Castor Oil for Hair Growth
This is a benefit that widely known and used by many people. As discussed previously, if the oil contains essential nutrients for growth and development of hair. The regular use will help your hair to grow dense, become more black and shiny. So, for those who have problems with their hair, such as: baldness, hair loss, split ends, dry hair, dandruff, etc. then you can try a treatment with castor oil. In addition, castor the oil can also be used for eyelashes. One type of this oil is widely used for hair care purposes is the black castor oil.