The Top 5 Uses For Castor Oil

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Castor oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the castor bean plant. It has reportedly been used since the Egyptians who believed it possessed medicinal qualities and was useful for healing the small intestines.

Today, castor oil has a number of incredible benefits and uses for our health and beauty and this article will reveal castor oils top five.

1. Castor Oil For Hair

Castor oil has an array of benefits for hair, but perhaps its most common use is for promoting new hair growth. (Read this: Castor Oil For Hair Growth). Regular application onto the scalp for a number of weeks will help to stimulate new hair growth while also working to thicken existing hair. Aside from promoting new growth castor oil is an important source of fatty acids which acts to moisturize the scalp and the hair. Applying castor oil to the ends of your hair can also help to reduce the appearance of damaged and split ends.

2. Castor Oil For Acne

Castor oil is highly beneficial for a number of skin conditions, and none more so than for acne. A common misconception with acne prone skin is that it should be dried out. This is actually counter-productive and causes the body to produce more pore clogging oil called sebum. Keeping the skin moist with a regular application of castor oil (often in the form of a castor oil soap) will keep your skin hydrated, your pores clear and your skin clear.

Perhaps pick up this castor oil soap from Amazon and let your acne worries blow away.

For more information on natural methods to help you clear acne, have a read of these related articles from the archive.

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3. Castor Oil For Inducing Labor

A slightly strange benefit of castor oil, this one but there is evidence to suggest that castor oil can help to induce labor in pregnant women. This is a highly contentious issue so be sure to consult with your midwife or doctor before trying any labor inducing procedure. Castor oil, taken internally, is a very powerful laxative. It forces the bowels to contract, but it also forces contraction of the uterus resulting in the induction of labor. One problem – while labor may begin, the diarrhoea may not stop meaning you’ll have the runs while also giving birth – perhaps not the best way to remember a very special day!

If you want to give this labor inducing method a go, try this more palatable castor oil milkshake recipe.

4. Castor Oil For Constipation

As previously mentioned, castor oil causes contractions of the bowels which can result in the onset of diarrhoea. This diarrhoea can cleanse not only the large intestine, but also the small intestine of all faecal matter meaning you won’t have to go again for at least two days. Castor oil is a very effective laxative and reliable way to naturally deal with constipation, but it may be just a little too powerful.

5. Castor Oil For Eyelashes

Women everywhere want longer and thicker eyelashes – and castor oil can help you get them. It couldn’t be easier. Simply apply a few drops of castor oil to your eyelashes (and eyebrows if you want to thicken and lengthen them, too), leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning with an oily make-up remover. Rinse with warm water and you’re done. Obviously you won’t have longer, luscious eyelashes immediately, but with consistent application you will notice gradual improvement.

For more information on getting long eyelashes have a read of this article: Natural Beauty Tips For Long, Luscious Lashes

Castor oil is a fantastic natural vegetable oil that has a wide ranging number of fantastic benefits and uses. Use it with care and consult with your doctor first.

I personally believe the best, most cost effective brand of castor oil available to buy is the Jamaican Black Castor Oil. You can pick up a bottle on Amazon for about $15 at time of writing.

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