The benefits of using castor oil have been lauded throughout the ages. While many know castor oil as the remedy for constipation, it also has a variety of other uses; both for health and beauty.
Here are a few uses for castor oil that should may make you want to run out and get a bottle for your home!
Healthy Scalp and Hair
Castor oil is said to be good in remedying hair loss and encouraging hair growth. This is because it has antibacterial and antifungal properties which promote a healthy scalp. Regular application is also said to increase circulation to the scalp thus improving hair growth. If your hair is weak and unhealthy, this should help too.
How To: The easiest way of applying the oil to your scalp is by parting your hair and massaging the oil in a little at a time, and a section at a time – using a dropper would make this easier. One you feel like you’ve covered your whole scalp, give yourself a good head massage for about five minutes to increase circulation and absorption of the oil. Then put on a shower cap and go about doing your chores around the house while you let the castor oil do its magic. It’s best if you can leave this on for a few hours or even overnight (if overnight, make sure you cover your pillow with a towel to avoid oil stains on your pillow). Once the time is up, just shampoo it out. You may have to rinse and repeat a few times to make sure that you get the oil out, otherwise you’ll be walking around with a greasy-looking mane.
Note: You won’t need much oil for this so start off with just a small amount. If you don’t feel you have enough then add on, but don’t go overboard as removing it all may be time-consuming.
Thicker Eyelashes And Eyebrows
Overplucked your brows? Or perhaps you’ve grown tired of your super thin once-trendy-brows and would now like them to be a little thicker. And how about sparse lashes? Do you long for thicker sweeping lashes? Well, it’s castor oil to the rescue!
How To: The easiest way to do this would be to use an old mascara wand. As you should be careful of getting castor oil in your eyes, applying it with your fingers may be a little clumsy. Use a clean old mascara brush, or use a cotton bud, and dip into some oil, then apply carefully along the lash line and eyebrows. Do this every night at least 30 minutes before you sleep. This will allow it to be absorbed instead of rubbing off on your pillowcase.
Note: Castor oil can cause serious eye irritation so be cautious when using it around the eyes.
Castor oil is great for moisturising the skin and keeping it smooth and healthy. It penetrates the skin to soften and hydrate and also promotes the production of elastin and collagen, which gives the skin a more youthful appearance and prevents stretch marks and wrinkles.
How To: Use it how you would a moisturiser, albeit sparingly, and massage into your skin.
Note: Castor oil can cause serious eye irritation so be cautious when using it around the eyes. Use sparingly if you’d like to use it for the wrinkles around the eyes.
Skin infections can also be treated with castor oil as it has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes and relieves pain and irritation while also speeding up the healing process and preventing infection.
How To: Just massage castor oil into the affected area. As mentioned, don’t overdo it and just use a small amount at a time. Do this daily and your skin will start to feel and look better.
If you’ve never used castor oil before, it would be wise to test it on a small area of skin first 24 hours prior to check for any adverse reactions.