Often overlooked due to its thick, sticky consistency — castor oil is loaded with fatty acids, such as ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid actually helps to make castor oil exceptionally good for healing. Conditioning with castor oil can help to smooth hair’s texture, seal split ends and help to repair damage. Castor oil is capable of penetrating through the hair follicle — allowing it to breathe new life into damaged hair. Massaging castor oil into your scalp and allowing it to penetrate deep into the hair shaft can also help to thicken hair. Some say that castor oil can also help hair grow longer, and that it can even help lost hair grow back!
Castor oil is not just extremely effective, it is also quite affordable. In addition to fuller eyebrows, thicker hair and longer lashes, castor oil can also be used for many other purposes. For example, castor oil can be used topically to help prevent dandruff and protect the scalp from fungal and bacterial infections.
Many years ago, castor oil was used for a wide variety of ailments. That was before the advent of modern, manufactured medicine. Castor oil can be applied topically and used to treat infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm. Topical application can also be used to enhance the flow of lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic system. The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil also make it a great choice for reducing joint pain, arthritis, and other aches and pains.
Castor oil was not just applied externally as a medicine back in the day. It was also often taken orally to treat a number of different conditions. Constipation was often treated with a few tablespoons of castor oil, as it provides natural lubrication for you digestive system. Castor oil was also often used to help treat dysentery, inflamed bowels and many other gastrointestinal upsets and disturbances.
Castor oil can also be used to provide relief from migraines and sunburns, as well. Castor oil is truly one of natural medicine’s most versatile oils.