There was a time when almost every mom or grandmother would have had some castor oil in their medicine cabinet, but rather than just being an old-fashioned tradition, there are in fact some thoroughly modern uses for such a traditional staple.
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Reset your thinking on castor oil
It is quite conceivable that you might have some negative thoughts when castor oil is mentioned, as it has been viewed as a digestive aid by a number of generations, but as well-meaning as your grandmother might have been with this offering, it is time to reset your thinking on castor oil, as it has a number of health and beauty uses which make it far more relevant than old-fashioned.
There has been a real resurgence in the demand for castor oil since its benefits have started to be more widely understood and broadcast.
Strangely enough, despite the fact that it has been passed down as a digestive remedy in recent times, it was highly prized by the Egyptians as a beauty and cosmetic treatment. The perceived benefits of castor oil have virtually come full-circle again, as it is, fortunately some might say, no longer used by many as a medicinal laxative, and is now much more likely to be used as a beauty treatment these days.
It would be a bold and probably misleading claim to say that you could banish any blemishes completely with the use of castor oil, but it does have the right ingredients to give it a decent go at noticeably improving your complexion.
Castor oil is particularly rich in ricinoleic acid, which means that it is quite effective in targeting and killing the bacteria that is responsible for causing acid. The oil can be used to prevent as well as treat acne spots and it can also potentially help improve and possibly reduce any existing scars that you may have on your face.
You can realistically expect a castor oil beauty product to help smooth out any unsightly marks that you have and it also contains properties that can assist in breaking down the pigmentation on age or sun spots that you have.
Add in its potential to hydrate fine lines and wrinkles and you have an old-fashioned ingredient offering a new-age beauty treatment solution.
Relief for aching muscles and painful joints
Castor oil can be used as a massage oil and is regarded as a warm oil that could help to promote better circulation of fluids in your body.
This makes it a good choice as a massage oil and it can help to provide some relief if you are suffering from sore muscles. If you have overworked your muscles and for instance, your thighs feel like they are aching and burning as a result, applying a small amount of castor oil to the affected area and then working it in, should provide some noticeable relief.
Bearing in mind that castor oil contains a high percentage of ricinoleic acid, this makes it an effective treatment for easing congestion in your lymph vessels allowing things to flow more freely as a result.
This means that castor oil can help to soothe any joint pain that you are experiencing as it cats directly on the immune system by stimulating your thymus gland and increasing your white cell count.
Help with hair growth
Whilst you are going to be disappointed if you think that massaging castor oil into your scalp is going to result in voluminous hair growth, it does at least offer the promise of promoting hair growth by improving circulation.
If you heat the oil so that it reaches a temperature where is hot to the touch, and then allow it cool down again slightly until it is warm, this is the point where you can apply the oil to your scalp and massage it in.
Some people have reported a discernible difference in hair growth when they have applied castor oil on a daily basis to their scalp, for a period of at least two weeks.
These are just some of the benefits associated with castor oil and more uses are still being discovered. Hopefully, this knowledge will change your attitude towards a product that was almost exclusively known as a digestive aid not that long ago.
Kai Ward works in a health food store and leads a healthy lifestyle herself, being as green and eco-conscious as possible in today’s crazy world. Her articles focus on bettering your health and life using nature and the old-fashioned ways that suited our grandparents and great-grandparents perfectly.