Castor oil is extensively used in Indian household and beauty department of home remedies. Castor oil is extracted from seeds of Ricinus communis and usually called as ‘arandikatel’. Castor oil is used as a carrier oil with many essential oils as a medium for therapy and remedies.
Castor oil is used in cosmetics, soaps, textiles, massage oils and even in medicines. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, apart from these, castor oil can have following uses
1. Heals Inflamed Skin
Some people have sensitive skin, which can get inflamed due to many reasons such as superficial cuts, bruises, dry and patchy skin, etc. It has anti-inflammatory properties which will calm down the skin and heal it.
Acne prone skin is essentially oily sometimes and the application of oil on the face can scare you. Generally, oil clogs the pores and acne breakout can happen. But castor oil has anti-bacterial properties.
The ricinoleic oil present in castor oil help in fighting acne bacteria. Massage a few drops of castor oil the skin, leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning with cold water.
The most inexpensive moisturizer on the market is castor oil. The oil will perfectly hydrate and moisturize your dry skin. The skin will look young and revitalized.
The high concentration of fatty acids in the castor oil goes deep in every layer and provide nourishment to the skin. You can find organic cold press castor oil in the market which can work beautifully with the skin.
Castor oil helps with building collagen and elastin in the skin. It will hydrate and soften the skin. It helps in fighting fine lines and wrinkles appear on the skin. Apply a few drops on the affected areas and wash it off in an hour.
5.Prevents Stretch Marks
During pregnancy, the baby grows every day. Hence, the skin around the belly grows in multi-folds and eventually after the childbirth the skin sag.
For prevention of stretch marks, lightly massage castor oil around the belly. You can apply in the last two months of the pregnancy.
Definitely not an overnight treatment as we all look for getting rid of acne scars and blemishes. But it works like a charm in long-term care of your skin.
Castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties, hence it helps in keeping acne away from your skin too. The application of castor oil will plump the skin and regenerate new cells, hence fading of scars and blemishes and hello to new skin.
Many women complain about uneven skin tone and sometimes the application of makeup doesn’t cancel out the unevenness.
Like an everyday ritual, apply castor oil to the face and over the time course, the skin will have even skin tone and lesser and lesser pigmentation, dark spots marks.
8.Good For Joint Pain
Castor oil is extensively used for joint and arthritis pain. The anti-inflammatory property of castor oil will help relieve the pain. You can use a piece of cloth dipped in castor oil and wrap around the affected area.
Also, give a heat treatment such as a heating pad or a hot water bag and leave it for 30-40 minutes.
9. Treat Fungal Infection
Castor oil can fight fungal infections and pathogens. Fungal infections such as dandruff, itchy scalps can be taken care of due to castor oil’s anti-fungal properties. It can also treat ringworm infection.
Simply mix castor oil and coconut oil in the ratio of 1:2 and apply to the affected area.
Castor oil in a carrier form will relieve itchy and inflamed skin. Sunburn is caused to excessive time out in the direct sun.
Sun can potentially burn the first layer of skin. As a home remedy applying castor oil, it will soothe and moisturize the skin.