10 Ways You Should Be Using Castor Oil
Castor oil comes from the castor beans of a strange little spiky plant known as Ricinus Communis. Pale yellow in color, the pure oil should also have a thick and sticky consistency, with only a subtle fragrance. Its documented uses are seemingly endless, occasionally odd, and hark back thousands of years (the Ancient Egyptians applied it as both a facial oil and lamp fuel).
The natural moisturizer’s best properties by far lie in its ability to hydrate and heal; Castor oil is also referred to as palm of Christ, or Palma Christi, as it is believed to cure wounds and ailments.
At Organica, we decided to bottle this magic for our customers after discovering exactly what makes Castor oil so special. Firstly, it contains Ricinoleic acid, an essential amino acid with inflammatory powers. Secondly, the oil is rich in Omega-6, which boosts lymphatic systems to benefit the function of the heart, lungs, and brain. Finally, Vitamin E in the product is highly antioxidant, blocking free radicals to help keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
With all these benefits in every bottle, you’ll be even more excited to learn that we’ve rounded up 10 different ways you can use Castor Oil so you can really get your money’s worth!
Here are our favorite tried and tested uses of Castor Oil:
For The Face:
Castor oil offers lots of benefits for different skin types: for those with dry skin, it’s a great moisturizer; if you’re prone to acne, its antibacterial properties work wonders; and it can reduce inflammation in those with sensitive skin. When you mix the thicker Castor Oil with Rosehip Seed Oil or Argan Oil, you’ll have the perfect consistency for a hydrating, but not pore-clogging facial oil.
As above, Castor oil can be combined with other ingredients to help you get the most out of your beauty routine. Clay masks are popular right now, and with Castor oil added you’ve got the perfect clarifying combination. All you need are a few drops of oil added to water and the clay; don’t overdo it!
Many of us are incorporating oils into our facial skincare routines, as a way to cleanse and moisturize your skin in one step using all-natural plant oils. Castor oil is great for this purpose because it can help draw out impurities in the skin, leaving you blemish and blackhead free.
For The Hair:
This is another method where just a little Castor Oil can go a long way. If you’re up for a little DIY haircare, adding Castor Oil to a clay-based hair mask can moisturize and control lawless locks. If your scalp is quick to become oily, you need not worry that adding oil to a mask would make the problem worse as this recipe only uses a teaspoon of oil balanced with other scalp-optimizing ingredients. Here’s how to make it:
Mix ½ cup clay powder, ½ cup green tea, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, and 1 tsp castor oil. Apply to wet hair for 30 minutes. After rinsing the mask, follow with shampoo and conditioner.
Use this mask maybe a couple of times a year, when your hair and scalp is in need of a full detox. The clay cleanses the scalp, the green tea contains hair health-boosting antioxidants, while the apple cider vinegar balances your scalp’s pH and the castor oil reduces inflammation.
If you’re hoping for healthier hair, want to encourage hair growth, or have an irritated, itchy head, then you need to improve the circulation of your scalp. Castor oil is great at this, increasing the blood flow and boosting hair health with its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Massage a couple of teaspoons into your scalp, pop a shower cap over the top to prevent the oil from staining your pillows, and rinse with shampoo in the morning.
Moisturize Dry Ends
For split ends and dry tresses, your best bet is a thick oil to bring back much needed moisture and encourage further growth. Castor oil’s consistency is perfect for this and can work wonders on the lengths of your hair. Apply a small amount to the ends of your hair every other day as a minimum.
For The Body:
Castor Oil’s emollient and humectant properties make it the ideal body oil to hydrate and replenish skin - it’s also perfect for reducing the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy. To personalize your all-natural body oil, try mixing it with your preferred essential oil for added fragrance and health benefits.
Heal Minor Cuts
Next time your kids scrape a knee cap or you give yourself a papercut, reach for the Castor Oil. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties mean its great for encouraging healing and soothing pain - you can even use it as a remedy for blisters.
Target Joint Pain
In particular, the healing powers of Castor Oil can be applied to achy, suffering joints. Many swear by the process of using ‘Castor Oil Packs’, a DIY method for relieving painful symptoms. A flannel or piece of cloth is soaked in the oil, then applied to the target area of the skin with a heat source (i.e. a hot water bottle) for 30 minutes to an hour. You’ll have to be patient for this one, but we think it’s worth it!
The circulation-boosting benefits of Castor Oil can also be harnessed by using it as a massage oil for sore, aching muscles. Try rubbing a small quantity of the oil into your thigh and calf muscles after a run, and you’ll be amazed at how much better your limbs feel the next day!
Did You Know About Castor Oil’s Deadly Secret?
Despite all that healing power, the castor bean plant actually holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s most poisonous plant. Raw castor beans contain ricin, a lethal toxin that could kill an adult with consumption of just four to eight seeds! Not to worry though, all the poison is removed from castor oil, in a similar process to that used for extracting cyanide from almonds, so the oil itself is completely safe!
Here at Organica, we believe transparency and purity are important, which is why our Castor Oil is free from additives; we only bottle premium, cold-pressed oil.
Why not give it a try today, and see which of our top 10 favorite uses works for you? We look forward to hearing your feedback in the comments.
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