Castor oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of the Castor plant known as Ricinus Communis. This vegetable oil has been a long time natural remedy for many skin conditions and ailments, the most well known being as a natural laxative. Native to Africa and India it can also be found in the Mediterranean basin. Pale yellow in colour it is a thick, almost sticky consistency and due to its lubricating properties and high viscosity Castor oil has also found much use for industrial purposes. Add to that its uses in soaps, paints, dyes, inks, nylon, waxes, plastics to name a few, and you have a seriously versatile and in demand product.
So for our purposes lets just talk about how awesome Castor Oil is on your skin and hair.
Because it is a thicker oil Castor will remain on the surface for some time and thanks to the high concentration of fatty acids it easily penetrates deep into the skin. When that happens the skin becomes moisturized and dry areas disappear.
You can also treat sunburns with this oil as it will soothe and repair the skin.
Castor Oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with Ricinoleic acid which does an excellent job eliminating the bacteria that cause the acne problem. Acne tends to be more of an issue where there is excess sebum and oils aid in balancing that natural production instead of just stripping it away. Usually when the oils that are produced by the body get stripped away it will deem the area as dry and create a larger amount to help out. In reality this has just created an excess of sebum which has compounded the problem.
Because Castor absorbs at a slow steady rate and does a great job penetrating the skin layers and you have a fantastic product for helping to get a nice, clear complexion. The only thing you need to be aware of is to not overdo it with too much Castor as it can be drying.
For the same reasons as it works on acne, Castor oil works well on minor cuts and scrapes. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties come to the rescue again.
The Undecylenic acid in castor gives it strong anti-fungal properties making it an excellent treatment for athletes foot, jock itch, and ring worm.
Castor Oil has a large amount of Omega-3 fatty acids. These help to hydrate the skin and stimulate healthy tissue growth so well that Castor oil can be used to treat spots and uneven skin tones.
Now this isn’t some sort of miracle cure but just some good ol common sense. Stretch marks come from the skin stretching beyond its capabilities over a very short period of time. If the skin is more elastic, the resulting stretch marks will be minimized. So by applying Castor Oil (as well as other hydrating oils such as Avocado Oil) The skin will become hydrated by the fatty acids, and make the skin more elastic.
This isn’t an overnight effect but over weeks and months castor can reduce the visibility of blemishes and scars. The fatty acids and deep penetrating ability go to work and aid with the growth of new tissue around the scar tissue thus reducing the effects of the blemish.
Castor is a humectant meaning it locks in moisture. When used in hair it locks in the moisture making the strands look darker and fuller.
Once again we come back to fatty acids. This time Omega-9’s which are essential in healthy hair. These moisturize the hair leading to less breakage and less split ends. Castor also increases blood circulation in the scalp which causes the hair follicles to increase the rate of hair growth.
Castor oil helps your hair to retain its pigment. So while it won’t stop the graying process, it can certainly help to slow it down.
Microorganisms can lead to scalp infections and scalp infections can lead to thinning or bald spots as well as dry scalp, and dandruff. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of this oil can help to reduce or eliminate these.
These are but a few of the many benefits of Castor Oil. Combined with other oils the range of benefits increase again. You can see Castor oil at work in our Oil Cleansing Method face oils and in our Ink’d tattoo balm.
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