10 Ways To Use Castor Oil For Beautiful Skin And Hair
I’m always on the lookout for natural products that are good for the skin. If they’re also good for the hair then we’ve got ourselves a winner. Castor oil is very versatile, and can be used topically on the skin or to nourish the hair. Here are 10 ways to use castor oil for beautiful skin and hair.
What Is Castor Oil?
I used to grow castor beans. They’re an amazing plan, but what’s even more amazing, is the oil from the seeds. Castor oil has a distinct smell and taste, and has been used medicinally for centuries as a popular home remedy for many ailments. Most people associate castor oil with childbirth since it has been widely used to induce labor.
It has also been commonly used as a laxative, a detoxifier, and a treatment for coughs and colds. What most people don’t know is that castor beans are rich in ricin, one of the most deadly and poisonous substances on the planet. In fact, just one bean can kill an adult. This infamous bean has even been used as a biological weapon.
10 Ways Castor Oil Can Be Used
1. Skin Antiseptic
Castor oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it a natural remedy to prevent and treat blemishes and acne. It may seem counter intuitive, since oily skin is thought to cause acne, but castor oil is a great cleanser to unclog pores and get rid of blackheads.
The idea behind its effectiveness is the concept that like attracts like. Because oil dissolves oil, castor oil shines at pulling out dirt, sebum, and makeup residue from the pores, and it does it without drying or irritating the skin.
2. Natural Anti Wrinkle Treatment
The fatty acids in castor oil make it a luxurious moisturizer, humectant, and emollient. An emollient smooths and softens skin, making it softer and more elastic, while a humectant locks in moisture. Wrinkles are partly caused when moisture in the skin declines with age.
It deeply penetrates the delicate area around the eyes that is prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Apply a small amount of oil underneath each eye before you go to sleep. It will soften dry, scaly skin, and prevent premature aging thanks to the antioxidants in castor oil.
3. Relieves Inflammation
Castor oil boosts circulation, promoting healthy blood flow, which makes the complexion more supple and vibrant. It reduces swelling and puffiness as well. The main fatty acid, ricinoleic acid, is anti-inflammatory and can be applied topically to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Apply castor oil to sore muscles and arthritic joints. I like to rub it on my lower back when I feel the muscles being pulled and strained. Watch the video below to see how castor oil is used for joint pain.
4. Improve Hydration
Castor oil is a natural humectant, retaining moisture in the skin and hair, by preventing water loss. The oil is comprised of triglycerides that retain moisture in the skin, making it an amazing remedy for dry and aging skin. It’s especially good in the winter when humidity is low.
If you’ve used it before, you know how thick it is. It can be combined with other oils, that are less thick, to make it more manageable. And don’t forget to use it to remove your makeup.
Castor Oil can be used to treat fungal infections, such as ringworm and athlete’s foot. Soak a cloth or band aid with castor oil, and apply to the infected area. Undecylenic acid is the anti-fungal agent in the oil that combats fungus and candida. It is also anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, making it useful for treating, not only yeast, but bacteria and mold as well.
We all have various types of fungi and bacteria living on our skin. It becomes problematic when they grow out of control, becoming potentially harmful. Candidiasis is a common skin infection characterized by an itchy, red rash, commonly occurring in warm, moist areas like the armpits and groin.
6. Wart Removal Treatment
Warts are common in both children and adults, and can be very annoying to get rid of. They’re typically found on the hands or feet, but can appear anywhere on the body. Some warts will disappear on their own, however, some will not. One valid reason to remove them, besides being unsightly, is they can spread to other parts of the body. They can also be painful if bumped, causing them to bleed and possibly spread.
Castor oil is purported to remove warts with prolonged use. Apply a small dab of the oil, twice a day for a couple weeks, to see what results you get. It’s worked for many people so it’s worth a try. This alternative remedy beats getting your warts frozen or cut off, which is no walk in the park, and you won’t have to worry about scarring.
7. Ease Sunburn Pain
Castor oil is a great product to have on hand when boating, swimming, or hiking, in case someone gets a painful sunburn. It’s soothing and has that same cooling sensation you get when using aloe vera on your skin. Another great advantage of using castor oil for sunburns, is it prevents any blisters that form, from becoming infected.
And you know those cracked heels we all get as we age? Well, it’s great for those too. Rub the oil on your heels before going to bed, covering your feet with socks to protect your sheets. Repeat this process until your heels look like you want them to.
8. Castor Oil For Hair
The benefits of castor oil don’t stop at skin care, it can also be applied topically to the scalp to prevent hair loss, and thicken thinning hair. It’s also a fantastic conditioner for dry and damaged hair, as it is highly nourishing.
[Read More: 5 Home Remedies For Dry And Damaged Hair]
Jamaican black castor oil is the best form of oil to use for hair care. It can also be used to treat dandruff, and irritating scalp conditions. Apply to your scalp, and then comb the oil through to the ends of your hair. Don’t try to saturate it completely as it will be too messy. Put a shower cap over your head, and leave on for an hour or so before washing.
9. Castor Oil Packs Benefits
Castor oil packs are used on the skin to promote detoxification and to treat skin infections. A generous piece of wool flannel is soaked in oil, and placed on the skin for about 30 minutes to draw out toxins. Heat is applied over the flannel to increase its effectiveness. Keep in mind that it stains so take care to cover the flannel and surrounding areas with plastic or old rags.
Using castor oil as a pack reduces inflammation, detoxifies the liver, stimulates lymphatic circulation, and is a helpful remedy for the pain associated with menstruation and ovulation. It’s also been rumored to reduce stretch marks from pregnancy and weight gain.
10. Make Your Lashes Longer
If you’re like most women, you probably wish you had longer lashes. I know I do. Castor oil is rich in vitamin E, which is one reason it’s used in many beauty care products. It’s both moisturizing and conditioning, so may prevent breakage, but the jury is still out if it will make your lashes longer.
It’s a popular Ayurvedic remedy used to treat eye conditions. Give it a try if your eyes are bloodshot, puffy, and swollen, or if you suffer from seasonal allergies. The oil is good for treating dry eyes as well, because it inhibits tears from evaporating. Use one drop of oil in each eye before bed.
Organic Castor Oil
Always buy organic and cold-pressed castor oil that is hexane-free. Oil that is cold-pressed has a pale yellow hue, and is made by squeezing the beans at high pressure without using heat, which ensures the oil is not degraded. Here’s a good one.
If you want to do castor oil packs, you’ll need wool flannel and a heating pad, as well as the oil. This heating pad is extra large and sturdy, comes with automatic shut off, and both moist and dry heat therapy options. The heat penetrates deeply to soothe sore muscles.
Castor oil is a multi-purpose vegetable oil that is used internally and externally. It’s got a pretty amazing track record, having been used for centuries. Use it to treat fungal infections, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and hydrate and soften the skin.
It is used in beauty care products, like makeup and lotion, because of its anti-bacterial and moisturizing properties. And the best part? It’s super inexpensive.
Have you used this versatile oil? What condition were you using it for? Let me know in the comments:)