According to Botanical.com, the castor bean plant is a native of India, and has taken root in countries on the Mediterranean Sea. Depending on where it is grown, its size can be 30-40 feet like a tree, or as small as a five-foot bush. The seeds from the plant can be deadly if chewed and ingested, because they contain ricin. On the other hand, the castor oil properly extracted from the castor beans are also used for a variety of medicinal and therapeutic purposes, including helping your eyelashes and hair regrow.
Natural News reports, “Castor oil is high in ricinoleic acid. This acid is a very effective natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. This can help keep any fungus or bacteria from inhibiting hair growth. Since the oil is also very thick, it may help to prevent hair loss simply by helping to coat the hair and protect it from falling out.
“Castor oil is also high in omega 9 fatty acids, which are nourishing to both the hair and the follicle, as well as the surrounding skin. Castor oil has a unique ability to be deeply penetrating, and this helps it to deliver its nourishment deeply into the pores and the follicles that produce hair. . .
“If you’re looking to regrow the hair on your head, you can use castor oil as a scalp treatment. . . You can add some melted coconut oil, apricot kernel oil or another lighter oil to help get it spreadable enough.
“If you’re simply looking to help thicken hair that is thinning at the edges of your hairline, you can use pure castor oil, with a light hand of course. Another use is to apply the oil to eyelashes to help thicken and strengthen them, as well as to help prevent thinning and shedding.”
You can bet your grandparents, or great grandparents always had some castor oil on hand for times when constipation was a problem. Unfortunately, ingesting castor oil is not easy, as the taste is downright nasty.
HomeRemediesWeb.com suggests ” . . . simply take a teaspoon of castor oil in the morning. You can mix the oil with orange juice, cranberry juice, prune juice, or ginger juice to take away from the bitter taste without affecting the laxative effects. However, do not take it continuously for more than 3 days. If symptoms persist for longer than 3 days, consult your physician immediately. . .
“Castor oil is normally safe if used in moderation. However, pregnant and lactating women and people with intestinal blockage, acute inflammatory intestinal disease, appendicitis, or abdominal pain should not take Castor Oil without their doctor’s approval.”
As reported by HomeRemediesWeb.com, “Castor oil is a natural emollient that penetrates the skin and helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin which can soften and hydrate the skin. Therefore, it is a wonderful natural treatment for wrinkles since it restores and rejuvenates skin’s natural youthful appearance by making skin smoother, softer and pliant. Dip a small cotton ball into the oil and apply it on wrinkled skin before going to bed. Use only a small amount of oil when applying it to the skin near the eyes.”
Don’t call castor oil old-fashioned. Refer to it as ancient wisdom. Castor oil is a powerful example of how nature’s plants and medicinal herbs, just like organic food, have been provided for us as medicine.