Yoga & Wellness

Castor Oil to the Rescue

Home remedies are popular again and not without reason. Best things for our wellbeing usually comes from the Earth plus it is inexpensive and organic. One fantastic oil that was forgotten for a while is castor oil. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil which has been used for centuries for its therapeutic and medicinal benefits. It is believed that most of castor oil’s benefits are derived from its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids. Although it has a strong and rather unpleasant taste, castor oil is used in cosmetics, soaps, textiles, medicines, massage oils and many other everyday products. It is extracted by pressing the seeds of the castor plant, also known as Ricinus communis. It is a vegetable oil, and the plant is primarily native to Indonesia. Uses of Castor Oil:

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1. Arthritis natural remedy

The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil make it an excellent massage oil for relieving arthritic joints, nerve inflammations, and sore muscles. Make a small pad by folding a small piece of unbleached cotton flannelette into 3 or 4 layers. Dip the cotton pad into Castor Oil and place it onto the affected joint or muscle. Cover the pad with a plastic wrap. Place a hot water bottle or heating pad over the plastic wrapped cotton pad. The plastic wrap will prevent the water bottle or heating pad from getting oily. Leave the cotton pad on for 45 minutes to an hour, once per day. This Castor Oil pack can be reused. Just place it into a plastic zip lock bag and refrigerate it until it is ready to be used again.

2. Constipation remedy

Studies have shown that castor oil is an adamant laxative, which makes it very efficient against constipation. Therefore, simply take a teaspoon of castor oil in the morning. You can mix the oil with orange juice, cranberry juice, prune juice, or ginger juice to take away from the bitter taste without affecting the laxative effects. However, do not take it continuously for more than three days. If symptoms persist for longer than three days, consult your physician.

3. Heals Inflamed Skin

Castor oil is excellent when it comes to healing skin inflammation that can be caused by sunburns, acne, and dry skin. Take a cotton ball and dip it in castor oil, apply directly to the affected skin area and leave it on for an hour before washing it off. Castor oil has healing properties that help with skin inflammations of all sorts.

4. Wrinkle treatment

Castor oil is a natural emollient that penetrates the skin and helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin which can soften and hydrate the skin. Therefore, it is an excellent natural treatment for wrinkles since it restores and rejuvenates skin’s natural youthful appearance by making skin smoother, softer and pliant. Dip a small cotton ball into the oil and apply it on wrinkled skin before going to bed. Use only a small amount of oil when applying it to the skin near the eyes.

5. Reduces Acne

Those who have acne-prone skin tend to shy away from most oils as they tend to clog pores and aggravate their problem. But castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid that fights off the acne-causing bacteria. It penetrates the skin layers, making it an excellent remedy for acne. So wash your face with warm water that will help open your pores. Then massage your face in a circular motion with the oil. Keep it on overnight and wash your face the next morning with cold water.

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