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Castor oil is used for many health conditions for ages. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties makes it suitable for skin, hair aid for constipation as it is great natural laxative. It improves blood circulation when massaged on affected areas. It regulates menstrual cycles. Good aid in arthritis and rheumatism.
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Castor oil is tasteless and odorless oil, scientifically known as Ricinus Communis. It has been used as a medicine against almost all ailments in children and the elderly. These range from cough, cold, and fever, to constipation, indigestion, ingestion of any poisonous material, tapeworms and roundworms, skin diseases, and a number of others. Since stomach is the root cause of generally many health problems, so, whenever we have a health problem, we must thoroughly cleanse our digestive system and the problem would disappear. All the medicinal uses it has are mostly due to its germicidal, toxic, purgative, and disinfectant properties.
Health benefits of castor oil:
Boosts blood circulation: Immunity and proper blood flow go hand in hand. If your lymphatic system does not work, you will become chronically ill. The circulatory system is crucial to keep us alive by bringing oxygen to our cells. Castor oil has been shown to help in blood flow.
Treats Rheumatism and Arthritis: The ricinoleic, oleic, and linoleic and other fatty acids found in castor oil are very effective in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, and gout. They easily penetrate through the skin. Castor oil is mixed with other medicines for rheumatism to facilitate their penetration and enhance their effects. Other Benefits: Used as an effective purgative, ricinoleic acid in castor oil is anti-inflammatory by nature. Castor oil is also used in medication for HIV positive patients, as compounds like ricinoleic acid and ricin have germicidal and antiviral effects. Castor oil is also used on burns and wounds to protect them from infections.
Constipation: Castor oil is used to treat constipation. It may also be used to clean out the intestines before a bowel examination/surgery. Castor oil is known as a stimulant laxative. It works by increasing the movement of the intestines, helping the stool to come out.
Nasal Polyps: Castor oil is a great natural remedy recommended for nasal polyps. Castor oil can be used safely on the body and in the nose. The oil does not cause irritation in the nose when applied for healing of polyps. This oil is extracted from castor bean seeds with cold process technology, that keeps the oil pure. Since castor oil can shrink growths, it may be the best choice for nasal / nose polyps.
Soothes Dry Skin and removes blackheads:Castor oil helps in relieving dry and patchy skin. If you are troubled with a scaly underfoot, especially during winters, castor oil can be applied along with crushed kapur which helps in deep exfoliation and softens the skin of the sole of the foot, advices Dr. Deepali. For people with severely dry skin or dry hair, castor oil can be used once a week, but remember that no treatment should be done excessively. Castor oil is also beneficial for those suffering with a skin ailment called Atopic Dermatitis. It is a dry skin disease and is on a rise due to the climate change and increasing pollution. Applying castor oil on the whole body can help in keeping it nourished. Castor oil has a low comedogenic score, which means it is unlikely to clog pores in the skin, making it appropriate for use on sensitive skin with a low risk of developing blackheads. Vishal Bhandari, Founder of Soul Tree adds, "Castor oil acts as a natural humectant locking moisture in the skin specially during the winter season and shields your skin and hair from dust and dry heat."
Treats Wrinkles: Another piece of advice that William’s book offers is that castor oil can be a great natural remedy for wrinkles. It penetrates into the skin and boosts the production of collagen which softens and hydrates the skin. It rejuvenates the skin by making it softer and smoother. Apply a small amount of castor oil over the wrinkled area and leave it overnight.
Prevents Hair Fall: “You can apply castor oil once a week mixed with methi seed powder and use it as a hair mask along with steam. This prevents hair fall and also makes the roots stronger,” suggests Dr. Deepali.
To induce labour: A lot of pregnant women at full term are orally given castor oil, as it induces labour by pushing uterus contraction, according to gynaecologists. The ricinoleic acid in the oil activates EP3 prostanoid receptor in uterus, thus helping in delivery. However, it is not recommended in a lot of cases, as it makes the woman feel nauseous.
Relieves Menstrual Disorders: Ricinoleic acid, present in castor oil, is an emmenagogue by nature and stimulates menstruation in cases of delayed, painful, or obstructed menses. It also helps to relieve pain during menstruation.
For treating Keloids: Castor oil is a healing, soothing remedy that can flatten keloid scars naturally. Warm up some castor oil and massage it gently into the keloid growth on the shoulder, jaw, chest, back or earlobe. Repeat every night until the scar has faded completely.
To get rid of moles and cysts: Applying castor oil with a pinch of baking soda on the infected area is known to give the desired result. In fact, topical application of castor oil also solves the problem of cysts and corns by dissolving them. It is also said that castor oil helps dissolve cysts in the ovary as the fatty acid in castor oil is easily absorbed by the skin.
Acne: The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil make it useful in reducing acne. The ricinoleic acid produced by castor oil can inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes acne.
How to use Castor Oil
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. If you are uncertain about any of the information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication on an empty stomach. Measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/cup. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. You may take this medication with juice to improve the taste.
Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than directed. Do not take this medication for more than 7 days unless directed by your doctor. Serious side effects may occur with overuse of this medication.
However based on some research people take castor oil to treat constipation in adults is 10-15 ml. To mask the taste, put the castor oil in the fridge for at least an hour to cool it. Then, mix it into a full glass of fruit juice.
Because castor oil can cause the uterus to contract, it’s not recommended during pregnancy. It’s also not advised for regular use in children under age 12. If you’d like to give castor oil to your child, ask their pediatrician first. In adults over 60, castor oil may make bowel problems worse if it’s used over a long period. It can also lower the amount of potassium in your body.