Castor oil is a powerful natural oil that has laxative, oxidative, mitigating and antibacterial properties. The oil is derived from the ricinus communis plant and is often a part of homemade skin and hair products thanks to the rich content of vitamin E, proteins, minerals and other essential nutrients. Here are 12 great uses of castor oil you probably didn’t know about:
1. Hydrates your skin
If you’re suffering from dry skin or dermatitis, castor oil will hydrate your skin and keep it moist. For best results, apply a thick layer of the oil on your skin every day.
2. Reduces wrinkles, scars and stains
Apply some castor on scars or wrinkles every day to reduce their appearance and keep the skin hydrated and smooth.
3. Prevents stretch marks
Mix a tablespoon of castor oil with 2 tablespoons of almond oil and apply the mixture on the affected area. Rub the oil for about 10 minutes, then wrap the area in plastic wrap and leave it to work for 30 minutes. Thanks to the unsaturated fats in the oil, it will improve the quality of your skin and reduce the visibility of your stretch marks.
4. Boosts hair growth
Using castor oil on your scalp will adjust its pH levels, reduce the risk of dandruff, repair split ends and reduce the risk of hair breakage. The oil will make your hair thick, shiny and looking great. Apply some of the oil on your scalp and hair and rub it in nicely, then put a shower cap on and go to sleep. Rinse with water in the morning and repeat the process every day to boost your hair growth.
5. Thickens eyelashes and eyebrows
Apply the oil on your eyelashes and eyebrows for 2-3 weeks to boost their growth and thicken them.
6. Removes calluses
Castor oil is one of the best natural remedies against calluses and dry heels. Here’s what you need to do to remove calluses:
Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes, then rub the callus with a pumice stone to remove the dead and dry layers of skin. Now, rinse with water and pat your feet dry, then soak a cotton ball in castor oil and apply it over the callus. Secure everything with a bandage and leave the remedy to work for a few hours. Repeat the process every day until the callus is gone.
7. Repairs split hair ends
To treat and prevent split hair ends, apply some castor oil on your hair a couple of times a week.
8. Prevents dry lips
To hydrate your lips and prevent them from drying out, mix 1 tablespoon of castor oil, some lemon juice and glycerin. Apply the mixture on your lips whenever you feel they’re dry. You can also make a lip balm with castor and almond oil for the same results.
9. Soothes sunburns
Apply some castor oil on the affected area to calm your skin and keep it hydrated.
10. Treats broken nails and prevents nail fungus
Apply a mixture of castor oil and olive oil on your hands and nails to reinforce their structure and keep your nails from breaking off.
11. Relieves sore muscles
Rub your muscles with castor oil after a strenuous workout to relieve the soreness.
12. Relieves digestive properties
As a natural laxative, castor oil can easily relieve constipation and similar digestive problems. Just put 1-2 tablespoons of the oil in a glass of fruit juice and drink the mixture to get some much-needed relief.
WARNING: as it has the ability to induce labor, pregnant women should avoid using castor oil.