Everyone knows the significance of castor oil in promoting good hair and skin growth. But castor oil has other numerous medicinal and therapeutic uses which makes it a very important oil in our daily life. Castor oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of castor plant, also known as Ricinus communis. It is a vegetable oil and the plant is largely found in Africa and India. The high content of its unsaturated fatty acids (ricinoleic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid), vitamin E, proteins and minerals makes it a very beneficial oil. Hence here are some of the ways in which castor oil if found to be beneficial for other health benefits.
To increase immunity
In naturopathy, castor oil is used to strengthen the immune system by increasing white blood cells and thus it helps to fight against number of illness. Studies have proved that castor oil also increases the T-cell count (type of white blood cells) and promotes the production of lymphocytes in the blood within hours of application. Both t-cell and lymphocytes are very vital part of body defence mechanism that helps to kill viruses, fungi, bacteria and cancer cells.
To induce labor
Many women uses castor oil to induce labor pain while facing complication during child birth. Castor oil helps to induce labor by pushing uterus contractions as the ricinoleic acid in the oil activates prostanoid receptor in the uterus which further help in delivery of child. But it should be noted that in many cases castor oil makes woman feel nauseous, hence should not be used without taking medical help.
Promote hair growth
Castor oil is found to be very effective home remedy for promoting hair growth. When applied on scalp it promotes blood circulation to follicles, leading to faster hair growth. It also reduces spilt hair and controls hair breakage.
Help to reduce moles and cysts
Castor oil is applied topically to get rid of moles and cysts on skin. Applying castor oil with pinch of baking soda found to be very effective in dissolving cysts and corns.
Act as disinfectant
Castor oil possess anti-microbial properties and hence can be used as excellent disinfectant for wounds and cuts. It is found to be very effective in treatment of fungal skin infections such as ringworms. It can be used as a first aid treatment because of its anti-itch and pain relieving properties.
Castor oil is also beneficial as a laxative and when taken orally it helps in constipation. Studies have shown the ricinoleic acid present in oil get released in intestine and start functioning as a laxative. The heat created by castor oil helps in the process of digestion and proper cleaning of bowel system.
Relief joint pain
Castor oil is mainly used in treatment of joint pain such as in arthritis and chronic back pain. Castor oil possess anti-inflammatory properties which makes it as an ideal massage oil in relieving joint pain, nerve inflammation and sore muscles. Applying castor oil on joints and then placing a hot water bag helps to give relief from muscle ache and pain associated with swollen joint such as in arthritis patients.
Therefore try to incorporate this highly beneficial oil in daily home remedies to get rid of daily health related problems without spending more on expensive tablets and medicines.