- Apart from rubbing or massaging the oil directly on your skin, you can also make a castor oil pack, which natural healers have recommend for a wide range of ailments — from constipation to colds, Flu, fever, pain or parasites. There are many health benefits of this safe vegetable oil:
1. Safe and natural laxative
Castor oil can help to effectively reduce constipation. Oral ingestion of castor oil can "purge" the digestive tract within two to five hours. Adults can take 1 to 2 tablespoons, while children 2 to 12 years old should be given only 1 to 2 teaspoons. Infants below 2 years old are not advised to take it. You can mix castor oil with water or juice to make it easier to drink.
2. Muscle pain relief
Rub it on your muscles after an intense workout to promote blood circulation and relieve soreness. Mix it with essential oils for extra healing and soothing effect.
3. Alleviates joint pain
The ricinoleic acid in castor oil has a decongestant effect on the lymphatic system, which is responsible for collecting waste from your tissues and carrying it to your bloodstream to be eliminated, thus helping people with joint pain. Massaging castor oil on the joints can help ease the congestion and jumpstart your lymphatic system.
4. Helps treat fungal infection
Castor oil is believed to be just as effective as anti-fungal drugs in treating common infections like ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot. Simply warm the oil, apply onto the affected area before bedtime and leave it on overnight. Repeat for a week or until the infection has disappeared completely.
5. Promotes healthy hair growth
Massaging warm castor oil on your scalp (and even your eyebrows) may stimulate the follicles and result in extra hair growth. Do this every night, and you might see improvement in as little as two weeks. Castor oil may work on areas that have been affected by alopecia as well.
6. Enhances hair color
Castor oil locks in the moisture in your hair, giving it a richer and thicker appearance. Apply the oil by running your fingers through your hair.
7. Natural mascara
Melt a tablespoon of beeswax in a double boiler, then add 2 tablespoons of charcoal or cocoa powder (depending on your hair color) and castor oil and mix until you get the desired consistency. This homemade mascara contains no toxic chemical ingredients, unlike other conventional beauty products out there. Alternately, you can apply castor oil to your lashes every night to make them look fuller and thicker.
8. Skin moisturizer
The fatty acids in castor oil can nourish and moisturize dry skin. Simply rub a teaspoonful between your palms and apply all over your skin.
9. Skin blemishes and problems
It can help with skin tags, acne, warts and dermatitis.
10. Sleep aid
Dabbing a little castor oil on your eyelids can help you fall asleep much easier. Castor oil may promote a deeper and longer sleep.
11. Babies with colic
To use castor oil for colic, simply rub it gently all over your child’s abdomen.
12. Your pets’ wounds
If you see minor cuts or wounds on your dog’s or cat’s skin, dab a bit of castor oil to help facilitate healing, due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
13. Food preservative
Dried grain products can be coated with castor oil to prevent them not only from spoiling, but also protect them from microbes and pests.
14. All-around lubricant
Due to its consistent viscosity, castor oil does not freeze, so it can be ideal for lubrication of household items.