The Benefits of Castor Oil
Castor oil has been used as a form of medicine traditionally in India, and other countries around the world, for centuries. In India, it is widely available and used in ayurvedic medicine. From its traditional roots in India, Ayurveda has been around for more than 3,000 years. This makes it one of the oldest medical uses in the world. It’s based on various holistic treatments that are used to bring balance to the body through herbs and other natural remedies.
Castor oil’s various health benefits have made it a staple in Ayurveda throughout each season.
What is castor oil and where does it come from?
Castor oil is created from the seeds of a perennial flowering plant called Ricinus communis. This plant can be found all over the world due to its use as an ornamental piece, however, it is indigenous to the Mediterranean, Eastern Africa, and India. It is rich in fatty acids including omega-6 and omega-9. It is also high in ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid is a unique fatty acid that mediates most of the oil’s beneficial effects on the body. It is also packed with vitamin E, minerals, and proteins.
What are the health benefits of castor oil?
This list could get long but we will package it up for you. Castor oil offers anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, immune-boosting, and analgesic properties. This makes it extremely versatile and very helpful for many health issues. A great aspect of this oil is that it’s tasteless and odorless, so adding it to meals, drinks, smoothies, etc. will not change your perception of your food. It is important o note that although this oil is easy to use and covers a lot of health benefits, it is not suitable for everyone and you should consult a physician before usage, especially when pregnant.
How to use it.
For digestion aid.
If you suffer from constipation or gas issues the ricinoleic acid in castor oil acts as a stimulant that aids in easing these issues. It’s also safe to use for children. Massaging a baby’s abdomen with this oil will also help with constipation, gas, and colic.
Historically, castor oil has long been used to treat age spots, rashes, stretch marks, and sunburns. And now that we know that it exhibits anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, it makes sense that it can quell skin issues.
Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil makes a great acne treatment. Start by dabbing a small amount to the affected areas. This makes a big difference in the size and redness of inflamed patches of skin caused by acne.
Pain and muscle aches
Continuing on the topic of anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil is great for relieving sore joints, sore muscles, or pain due to arthritis. The ricinoleic acid penetrates deep into the muscles, where it can put its anti-inflammatory properties to work.
As a natural detoxifying agent.
There is a commonly shared belief among health professionals that Castor oil detoxifies the lymphatic system by removing its toxins. This is crucial for the healthy elimination of toxins from the body.
Caster oil safety concerns.
Precautions with castor oil include dehydration, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, and possible skin irritation. Pregnant women need to avoid castor oil due to the fact that it can induce labor.
There isn’t a lot of research on its exact mechanisms of action, but hopefully, in the coming years, there will be more science-backed evidence as to why and how it works all of these wonders on the body. If you do choose to use Castor oil, be sure to use only high-quality products. Make sure to talk to your doctor about your supplement use and the natural remedies you’re incorporating into your daily life.