10 Benefits Of Castor Oil

10 Benefits Of Castor Oil

August 24, 2018

Castor oil is a staple in my beauty cabinet. I've used it many different ways. Read on to discover the beauty health benefits of Castor Oil...

 10 Benefits Of Castor Oil

1. Moisturizing

Castor oil is very moisturizing. It is rich in Ricinoleic acid (approximately 90% of castor oil is ricinoleic acid), which is a monounsaturated fatty acid. This fatty acid is great for your skin and it acts as an humectants. Humectants retain moisture in your skin by preventing water loss. It is an inexpensive and safe moisturizing oil to include in your skincare routine. It is a very thick oil, so it is common to mix it with another lighter oil.

 

2. Heal Wounds

Castor oil promotes wound healing. Castor oil, when applied to a wound, helps create a healthy environment for the wound to heal. 

An ointment used to treat wounds, Venelex, was clinically tested for the treatment of wounds. This ointment contains castor oil and Peru balsam. It has been shown to stimulate tissue growth and decreases the risk of infection because is creates a barrier between the wound and the environment. 

Castor oil also reduces the wound from drying up and cornification, which is the build up of dead skin cells which prevent the wound from healing. 

 

3. Anti-Inflammatory

Castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties from the main fatty acid of Ricinoleic acid. When applied topically, castor oil reduces inflammation and swelling. Castor oil has also been shown to reduce pain

 

4. Reduces Acne

Castor oil helps reduce acne caused by inflammation. One study found that castor oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that were powerful in stopping the growth of several bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, which contributes to acne. 

 

5. Keeps Your Hair Healthy

Castor oil is a very intense moisturizer and it is great to use as a condition hair mask. The fatty acid in castor oil helps lubricate the hair shaft, which increases the flexibility of the hair and reduces the risk of breakage. It also helps promote healthy hair growth. Check out this easy DIY eyelash and eyebrow lash growth serum.

  

6. Joint Pain Relief

Castor oil helps alleviate joint pain. People with arthritis don't have a properly working lymphatic system (which collects waste from your tissues and eliminating it through your bloodstream), which contribute to their joint pain. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil has a decongestant effect on the lymphatic system. A study has shown castor oil is an effective treatment to relieve pain for those with knee osteoarthritis.

 

7. Muscle Pain Relief

Rubbing castor oil on sore muscles helps relieve pain and inflammation. Due to castor oil's anti-inflammatory properties, it promotes blood circulation and relieves swelling and soreness.

 

8. Helps Get Rid Of Warts, Skin Tags, & Other Skin Problems

 Castor oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce skin tags and warts. One study found that castor oil has an effect against occupational dermatitis. 

 

9. Treats Fungal Issues

Candida albicans is a type of fungus that causes dental issues. One study found that castor oil eliminated Candida albicans. Castor oil has also been shown to treat a painful denture related condition. The study showed castor oil reduced inflammation.

Castor oil has also been shown to be effective to significantly reduce candida when people soak their dentures in it.

 

10. Healthy Scalp

Castor oil is very moisturizing for the scalp and reduces dry, flaky skin on the head. Dandruff has been connected to seborrhoeic dermatitis, which is an inflammatory skin condition. Castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties which have been an effective treatment for dandruff caused by seborrhoeic dermatitis. 

 

My favorite castor oil that I regularly use is by Home Health, check out the prices and different sizes available on Amazon.