Castor oil has always been a good to go option for most of our problems.
It’s loaded with goodness of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, digestive soothing and skin-healing properties. It’s been used around the world since thousands of years owing to its medicinal benefits as it naturally helps to improve the immune function and accelerates the healing process. Castor oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of the castor plant (Ricinus communis). It has innumerable benefits; let us further discover some of them:
1. Boosts Immune System and improves blood circulation
Lots of researches have shown concrete results that castor oil can help to boost Immune System. The oil is said to improve blood flow, lymphatic drainage, thymus gland health, and other immune system functions. It is helpful in production of adequate levels of lymphocytes, which are then transferred to and stored in the lymphatic tissue. The function of lymphatic system is of regulating the blood circulation and digestive system thereby boosting the heart health and treating issues of digestion such as constipation.
2. Helps in Constipation
Castor oil is used as a laxative since the old days. It was used in the olden times as bowel cleanser prior to the surgery. It’s called laxative because it increases the movement within the intestines and helps in easy passage of stool. It is not only the safest option but along with that, it is more beneficial than any other laxative.
3. Heals Arthritis
Arthritis is inflammation of joints in body causing pain and stiffness and the best solution towards your problem of arthritis is castor oil. One well known research showed that if patients took supplementary castor oil and diclofenac sodium during the course of four weeks, they would experience marked difference in the pain before and after the consumption of the oil. Hence, it was called as the best treatment for arthritis. Castor oil can also prove to be effective for other pains and aches like sciatica and back pain.
4. Lactation and Induces Labor
Castor oil has proven to be beneficial to women during Lactation and Labor days. Galactagogue property in castor oil helps to stimulate milk production in new mothers. It improves both the flow of milk and the volume of milk produced. But note, only cold compressed castor oil is recommended for lactating mothers and it is highly advised consume it under your doctor’s supervision.
In older days, this oil was used to help pregnant women induce labor and nowadays, even science has backed the oil’s benefits. It is being given orally to pregnant women since centuries to help speed up the uterus contractions.
5. Promotes Healthy Digestion
Since ages, castor oil is considered as a potent cathartic, which means the element that stimulates the complete release of substances from the gastrointestinal tract promotes defecation. Consuming orally or applying castor oil pack in the abdominal region can help you achieve regular bowel movements which lead to increase in energy. Scientists have found a dual relation between this laxative effect and depression- removing infectious agents from the inner lining of the gut helps to alleviate the symptoms of depression.
6. Treats Skin Infections, Wounds and other skin ailments
Your outer skin reflects your inner health which is your immune system, gut, and hormonal balance. Firstly, castor oil is completely chemical free and absorbs directly into the skin compared to the store brought product which is full of chemicals. As mentioned earlier, C oil increases the circulation and blood flow, thereby promoting better defense against infections and supporting quick healing of wounds.
Apart from treating the wounds, castor oil is a great Moisturiser which keeps the skin hydrated and soft. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil can be used to soothe the area of skin affected by Sunburn. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can help you get rid of moderate acne and scars.
7. Hair Care
Along with the uses of skin, castor oil is an answer to various hair problems too. Applying some warm castor oil into your scalp and hair can help to improve the flow of blood to your scalp and follicles, thus, leading to hair growth. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of this magical oil can help you overcome your dandruff woes too. Last but not the least, castor oil is the cheapest and the most effective way to Condition and add that desirable shine to your hair.
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