Castor oil or castor oil: properties, uses and precautions due to its toxicity


For nails, hair loss, eyelashes, eyebrows … castor oil is famous for being used in many natural remedies for thousands of years and if you did not know it until now, you will want to start using it. Of course, taking into account some precautions that we tell you.

What is Castor Oil?

The castor oil or also known as castor oil  (by its English name: castor oil , but do not worry, this oil has nothing of a beaver) is obtained from the seeds of the shrubby plant Ricinus communis , native to the India.

And although this oil has been used for many generations, today we know that its consumption internally is dangerous due to the toxicity it can cause. For this reason, we recommend that the use of castor oil is exclusively external and topical.

The use of castor oil in home remedies as well as its use in cosmetic products is very common , although it should be noted that it is mainly well known for its ability to strengthen nails , stimulate hair growth and combat hair loss .

We tell you in detail what are the properties of castor oil and in which cases it is beneficial to use it and its contraindications.

We emphasize that this oil should not be ingested due to its potential toxicity and that is why it should only be used externally, applying it directly to the area to be treated.

Properties of Castor Oil or Castor Oil

Castor or castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, omega 9, vitamin E , minerals.

Castor oil or castor oil has action:

  • Painkiller
  • Regenerating
  • Antimicrobial
  • Laxative
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-inflammatory.

Castor or castor oil uses

From ECOagricultor we only recommend the internal use, that is, its intake, of Castor Oil under the supervision of a professional because it is toxic.

If it is used as a laxative in cases of constipation, it is recommended to do it under the supervision of a professional.

Castor oil has traditionally been used to combat hair loss (it is applied externally and locally on the area to be treated, giving a gentle massage) and due to its stimulating and regenerating action it is widely used in these cases. What you may notice is that, using this oil on a regular basis, it improves hair health. If you are concerned about Alopecia, you will like to read my post Natural Causes and Remedy Against Hair Loss .

Harden the nails . It is applied locally on the surface with a cotton ball or directly by massaging it. .

Strengthen the eyelashes and make them more abundant and long. In this case you can apply it carefully with an old mascara brush that we will have previously cleaned and removed the remains of mascara or mascara.

Castor oil helps reduce dark circles marks

Improves wound healing and, in general, improves the condition of the skin. .

It is used to soften and soften corns , massaging the area or patting it with a clean cotton ball or gauze.

Castor oil is very effective in repopulating the eyebrows. Applying a little castor oil daily we get thicker and denser eyebrows .

Castor oil helps to eliminate fungus (both from nails and skin), always applied externally.

Does this oil also serve to cleanse the skin? Include castor oil in your facial care routine from time to time. With a little oil on a cotton ball, it is passed over the face and neck to clean them. It can even be used as a makeup remover to remove impurities. .

It is a natural remedy that reduces inflammation of the joints and muscle tissues. Massage with castor oil and another base oil on the painful, inflamed or tired area and you will see that it improves.

Stimulates lymphatic circulation . You just have to give a massage with a little oil on the area to be treated and we will be improving the lymph, a very important part of our immune system .

In cases of menstrual pain, castor oil can be used, along with another oil, to relieve pain by massaging the area. Castor oil has an analgesic effect and can reduce pain (also back pain, joint pain, etc.)

It can help prevent skin tags like stretch marks.

Inhibits the growth and development of bacteria and viruses.

It turns out to be a very useful natural and home remedy to combat fungi, such as athlete’s foot

How to use Castor Oil

This oil has a very dense texture, much more than other oils.

To apply castor oil on the skin and hair you can wear alone or mixed with other oils such as olive oil , oil of rose hips , the hypericum oil , with shea butter , the coconut oil , the argan oil … so it will be easier to apply.

Castor Oil Contraindications

The consumption of castor oil or castor oil is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation .

Castor oil has traditionally been used to induce labor , but this use may not be safe and could have negative consequences for the mother and / or baby.

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