Castor Oil: 10 Amazing Health Benefits You Must Know

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Castor oil is a vegetable oil made from the seed of the castor bean through a cold pressing process. Castor oil has unique taste, odor & very pale yellow liquid. It has a sticky texture, gifted by nature and thick in consistency. 

Can be used by both vegetarian and non-vegetarian eaters. 

The boiling point of castor oil is 313°C (595°F) and density is 961 kg/m³.

Widely, castor oils are produced 270,000–360,000 tonnes annually for a variety of uses. 

History

In the 18th century, the name “castor” was given to the plant by an English trader who got confused with another plant/shrub “Vitex agnus” (also known as Castus – a Latin adjective meaning morally pure or guiltless).

Portuguese and  Spanish in Jamaica (a Caribbean island nation) called agno-casto.

Castor Oil is Gifted by Nature

Castor oil is one among the cold pressed oil and vegetable oil. They are available in our country easily and advised to use for many purposes. Thereby it can be called as multi-purposeful oil.

What Did Our Ancestors say About Castor Oil?

Many scholars and researchers say a lot about castor oil and it’s usage. In fact, it is one among multipurpose oils from ancient period. 

Our ancestors had been using the castor oil for varied purposes.

Castor oil was an integral product of their life and was dependent on it for many purposes. Castor oil helped them in many situations too. 

Here are 10 amazing benefits and uses of castor oil:

1. Castor Oil for Body

Castor oil always remains thick and it shows the purity of it. Consistency of the castor oil is the reason for its goodness. It has a lot of unsaturated good fat which is very important for our internal and external body health.

This is one of the most used oils by our ancestors. 

Our ancestors chose to use this oil not only because of the abundant availability but also this goes hand-in-hand with nature, geographic and climatic conditions.

Castor had been used for years. In our fast food life, we fail to choose the right one rather end up choosing the wrong one, live an unhealthy life and spend on medicine. They were used in body massages, small-small home remedies and many others too.

2. Castor Oil for Skin

Castor oil helps in getting rid of stretch marks which is a huge problem faced by many women. It is the best medicine for acne and scars too. 

Our faces would turn to be bright when we use it for cleansing. Skin diseases such as ringworm can be easily cured by using castor oil. 

In fact, sunburns and inflammation can be cured with the help of castor oil. It does magic in terms of menstrual cramps. It protects our skin from fungal problems too. 

Trust on our ancestors and start using healthy oils and say goodbye to medical expenses. 

3. Castor Oil as an Enhancer for Hair Growth and Beard

In Ayurveda, castor oil is called as Kashya!

Our ancestors practiced varied ways to use castor oil wisely and get benefited.  We must have heard or/and see our grandmother having long thick hair growth on the head and decorated with colorful flowers and ornaments. Likewise, our grandfather having a long thick natural beard.

But in today’s world, we have no time to take care of our hair and beard. Don’t women of this generation deserve a shining, lovely, soft, long and strong hair???  

Men of this generation longs for the beautiful, dark and thick beard. In fact, men feel insecure about it. We eventually run behind many fake fancy fashionable things while we leave the natural beauty products originated from our own country aside.

We believe those fashionable things will be the remedy for our poorly grown hair or lack of beard or baldness. Thereby, we cultivate and aggravate even poorer hair growth. Don’t we??? 

Hair, it’s health and length is always something which looks and long for. No women say no for growing healthy hair. No women agree to baldness or having poor unhealthy hair.

A good, shining, long and strong hair is like pride and crown for women. Likewise, even men long for dark, thick hair and beard. The dark thing beard is like pride and crown for men. In fact, growing proper hair and beard, maintaining the hair properly had become a great task for men.

Many fake companies and products make use of this to get money and increase profit. In reality, why do we have to urge to something fake and harmful when we have oils from our own country which are not only healthy but also pocket-friendly. 

Our grandparents used castor oil into their head and beard, massaged which lead to the free flow of oxygen in the blood and our pores gained a lot of goodness from the oil.

Let’s follow the footsteps of our ancestors and do the same not because it was done by our ancestors but because it contributed in long hair growth, eradicating splints, preventing our hair from turning grey, increasing the density of the hair and many others too.

Men on those days not only used it for the healthy growth of beard but also to look smart, organized and brave. Beard was like a jewel for men.

It’s high time that we realize about this highly valuable oil and utilize castor oil in a wise and productive way. Let’s use castor oil for our hair growth and possess a long, healthy and natural hair. 

4. Castor Oil as a Rescuer for our Skin 

Skin is the largest part of our body. It is highly sensitive in nature. It is our duty to take care of our skin and look awesomely fit and glowing.

Skin is always something we notice first in a human body. Immaterial of the complexion of the skin, we all deserve healthy skin. Complexion does not define beauty or play any role in the skin’s health.

Indian’s skin complexion is simply pure wheat tone and we long for white pale skin tone. Our skin color was is in wheat color and is in accordance to our climatic conditions and surroundings of our region. 

Indian ancient practices and science always had reasons for what we are or our activities. That is, we are blessed with the pigment in our skin layer called “melanin”,  a very important pigment in our skin which decides our skin tone.

This melanin acts as a savior in preventing skin cancer. But we fail to realize the importance and go crazy behind whitening agents to turn our skin white and pale which increases the chances of getting skin cancer.  

Skincare has become a major issue and we suffer from pollution and run behind money ignoring our internal and external health.

Therefore, we end up spending on medicine and spending more money. Castor oil eradicates acne, rashes, sunburn, marks, dryness, etc.

It’s high time that we switch back to our ancestor’s technique of using oils wisely and living a healthier lifestyle. 

Castor oil has a thick consistency and density which contains good fat and gives warmth when we use for massage. It helps in opening the pores of the skin and purifying the skin and makes us feel relaxed. 

Our ancestors knew about these and used castor oil to rescue us from many of the skin diseases.

In our busy business world, we fail to take care of our skin and spend money on medicines and cosmetology. We fail to realize the value of castor oil which is one among our country’s natural resources.

Castor oil is the best remedy for wrinkles, pimples, sunburns and dry skin. A slight massage on our face and other body parts lead to magic. This oil massage was one among the mandatory practices of grandparents.

They lived naturally and happily with glowing, healthy and soft skin and wear proud of it. 

Let’s grab this chance and live our life with happy skin!

Castor oil is one among the most amazing oils which contribute towards our health and it’s an improvement.

Castor oil is full of goodness. It enhances both our internal and external health. It cures a lot of issues and prevents us from many dreadful and painful diseases. 

5. For Skin

Castor oil helps our skin to glow, grow, look fresh and young. It cures marks, dryness, acne, pimples, etc. It cures a lot of skin diseases and allergies. It helps in purification of our skin. It opens the pores of our skin and makes us feel relaxed when we massage. 

6. For Uterus and Pregnancy 

In our country, we had a practice of consuming this oil which had helped our women of olden days to get rid of cysts in their uterus and initiate delivery during pregnancy.

Fertility, pregnancy and post-pregnancy have become highly complicated due to improper food diet and improper lifestyle. Thereby we end up going for treatment and spending our time and money. We also have no 100% surety of getting cured and we get tired and frustrated with it. 

Let’s start using this natural medicine to help the most valuable part of womanhood, pregnancy! 

7. For Men

Castor oil does magic when it comes to growth of beard. Men in olden days used it on their beard on a regular basis. 

Growing a beard is an art and has become a tough task and this can be resolved easily with our castor oil!!! 

Fertility has become a huge issue for women and men. It’s because of unusual sleeping habits and eating habits. Even men get sperm issues, castor oil cures it and increases sperm count and quality. 

8. As Cleanser 

Women and men in ancient time used castor oil as a cleanser to clean and massage their reproductive parts which enhanced fertility.

Nowadays we use creams and cleanser made of chemicals that can harm our skin. Castor oil which purely vegetable oil and completely natural helps in this without any harm. 

9. For Curing dreadful diseases

Castor oil cures cancer and prevents us from getting affected by cancer. It cures rheumatoid arthritis and other neurological disorders too. Thereby it is very useful for old people and diseases affected patients.

It cures piles and helped to get rid of constipation. It clears the bowel and ensures good digestion. 

It enhances the immune system too. 

10. For hair

Castor oil is best for hair which was used by our ancestors to grow thick, dark, long and healthy hair.

Women of those days used to apply it on a regular basis as part of the remedy for menstrual issues

Why do we have to miss this chance?? Let’s start using this versatile star and stay fit and happy for longer years!!!

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