Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Some Benefits of Castor Oil
I just had to share some information on Castor Oil. I use it to moisturize my body as soon as I get out of the shower. So far, I've been mixing it with Coconut Oil and applying it to my damp skin. I’m happy to say that it’s been working wonders. My dry patches have just about totally clear. I've also been adding a little of it to my hair for sealing since this Winter weather is so brisk. Normally, Castor Oil is too heavy for my hair but with the cold weather it has been working for me. I’ll continue to use it during this season until warmer weather comes.
So here a little FYI regarding this inexpensive household oil.
Many people do not know of castor oil as a topical ointment, but it has been medically used to treat multiple conditions. First, wrapping an infection with a castor oil soaked bandage or cotton ball overnight can remove swelling and infection. It also works excellently on ringworm, inflammation, and even sun burns. This is because ricinoleic acid in castor oil prevents the growth of bacteria, yeast, and viruses. The best way to use this as a topical cream is to presoak the infected area with Epsom salt to soften the skin. Then wrap the area with a cotton cloth soaked in castor oil.
As a topical treatment, castor oil is also widely used for skin health and beauty. Massaging the body with castor oil prior to a bath once a week will help the skin retain its natural healing properties as well as stimulate the body’s muscles and internal organs. Rubbing castor oil on hands and feet at night will help maintain healthy and soft skin, as well as reduce callous and dry skin . Most lotions include castor oil and other ingredients, such as coconut oil and aloe. This benefits of castor oil for skin beauty is something many people are already doing but not aware that they are actually using castor oil!
Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs soaked through the skin improve the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, eliminate toxins, and stimulate circulation. To make castor oil packs, one needs undyed cotton flannel, castor oil, a container, a plastic bag, and a hot water bottle or heating pad. All of these items can be purchased from any medical supply store without a prescription, but it is also important to consult a physician before using this remedy. Also, castor oil stains clothes, so be sure to use old clothes and an old blanket before using castor oil cold packs.
Industrially, it is one of the widest used renewable resources. Primarily, its health properties stimulate the body, reduce pain, and reduce infection. The benefits of castor oil are related to inflammation, digestion, and circulation. While there are many health benefits of castor oil, there is also a caution that when not properly used it can cause medical problems and in rare cases even death. Please remember to consult a physician before using any homeopathic remedy .