Plenty of people tell us that castor oil is great for our hair—and like we’ve mentioned before, it’s all true. Castor oil carries ricinoleic acid and omega 6 essential fatty acids, which help accelerate blood circulation to the scalp, hence promoting hair growth.
Once I saw the amazing results from incorporating castor oil into my own hair routine, I began trolling the internet in search of more information on the product and looked up all the ways to use castor oil for beauty purposes. I’m happy to report there’s quite a few uses and benefits to using the product.
While it’s most common use is for beauty, it also has some health benefits including joint pain and sore muscle relief and laxative effects.
Keep scrolling to read more about castor oil and all of its amazing perks.
Joint Pain and Sore Muscle Relief
Castor oil has been used for years as a topical treatment to soothe sore muscles. By warming up the oil and massaging it on the affected area, it will relieve soreness by promoting fluid circulation which will help reduce the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles.
You also have the option of adding in an essential oil of your choice for a full spa experience. Castor oil can also be used topically to treat joint problems such as arthritis by decreasing congestion in the lymphatic system. If you exercise daily, definitely consider adding castor oil into your routine.
Promotes Hair Growth
Heating the oil and massaging it into your scalp will improve circulation to the hair follicles. You can also use this method on different areas of hair growth, such as your eyebrows or eyelashes to help them grow longer and fuller. Castor oil is packed full of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and antioxidants that help promote a protein called keratin.
It’s safe to use everyday and will not promote hair growth in unwanted areas such as your arms or legs. Applying castor oil to the scalp can also help prevent and heal dandruff and create smoother, shinier hair.
Most people are familiar with the discomfort of constipation. For years, castor oil was shunned because it wasn’t safe for any level of consumption, but thankfully now due to the oil extracting process, the toxins can now be removed, making it safe for use.
If you suffer from any degree of constipation, instead of turning to laxative pills and powders right away, try using castor oil. By mixing one teaspoon into orange juice or another fruit juice to mask the flavor, the castor oil will speed up digestion and cleanse the system.
Be careful not to ingest more than one teaspoon, because it can create problems such as nausea, vomiting, and loose bowels.
The ricinoleic acid in castor oil has antibacterial properties that can be used for treating infections ranging from acne to athlete’s foot. While some people are wary to apply oils to acne prone skin, castor oil will help clear the skin, rather than clog it. It will decrease the inflammation and hydrate and soothe problem areas. The anti-inflammatory components can also help with sunburn relief.
Castor oil can be used to treat more severe infections as well. Even when only applied topically, it increases white blood cell count, which are the blood cells that fight off infections and kill fungi and viruses. For most infections including athlete’s foot, all you need to do is warm up the castor oil and apply it to the affected area. You can wrap the area to ensure it doesn’t make a mess.
Castor oil can be found in most face creams, anti-aging creams, and body moisturizers. To save yourself money and trouble, just buy castor oil on its own and use it as a moisturizer. Its thick consistency keeps it in place and it will penetrate into your skin for a deep hydration.
You can use it on your lips as lip balm, on dry and cracked heels, dry nails and cuticles and any other dry area. Castor oil can also be used to treat and prevent scars and stretch marks because the fatty acids will be absorbed deeply into your skin and will help speed up the tissue growth. Castor oil is definitely a fantastic multi-purpose product that can help with a variety of problems. If you’ve been suffering from constipation, acne, scars, hair loss or sore joints and muscles, castor oil is a great tool for treatment and prevention.
Helen Sanders is the chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.