Castor oil is one of the most useful oils, with wonderful benefits to the skin. It is made of essential fatty acids that can deeply penetrate the skin, improving such skin conditions such as acne and wrinkles. It even has the ability to pierce scar tissue and pump it out.
Ricinoleic Acid (Fatty Acid)
Castor oil is derived from pressed seeds of the castor oil plant. These little seeds contain a beautiful oil that is rich in ricinoleiec acid, an unsaturated omega 9 fatty acid.
The main fatty acids that Castor oil contains are:
- ricinoleic acid 85 – 95%
- oleic acid 2 – 6%
- linoleic acid 1 – 5%
- source – Wikipedia
Unique from other oils
Castor oil is unique from other oils because it contains ricinoleic acid, and it is rarely found in other plants. This fatty acid makes up 90% of the oil. Research has been ongoing in learning the benefits of this unique oil. Anti-inflammatory treatments, accelerated tissue regrowth, digestion, ringworm and much more.
- Triglycerides found in Castor oil help to fight skin infections.
- Castor oil slows the growth of harmful microbes. The ricinoleic acid helps to protect the skin against invading viruses and bacteria.
Collagen and Elastin
Castor oil has the ability to stimulate collagen and elastin, two very important tissues found deep in the skin. When the rate of these cell tissues decline, we develop wrinkles and fine lines. Topically, castor oil will stimulate and hydrate the tissues, improving smoothness and plumpness.
Using castor oil as a preventative to wrinkles, will reduce the signs of aging skin.
Fatty acids are essential to hydration. When used in skin care, fatty acids are soaked up deep into the skin layers. Castor oil can be used as a nourishing moisturizer. When our skin is well hydrated we see less lines and dryness. Skin is more supple and smooth.
Castor oil is low on the list of non-comedogenic oils,(non-pore clogging) making it safe to use for people who struggle with acne.
Ricinoleic acids fight the bacteria that contributes to acne breakouts. People who suffer from acne have low essential fatty acids within the skins layers, so supplying the skin with a non-comedogenic oil, rich in fatty acids will help improve breakouts.
Having sun burned skin can be painful and damaging. Castor oil will improve the skin by healing the damaged tissues.
It helps increase cell turn over, promoting new skin layers, as well as providing the skin with nourishment for healing. Castor oil will also relieve the pain of a burn with its analgesic relieving properties.
Although scars are a lengthy process to improve, castor oil is wonderful for treating and breaking up scar tissue. If used daily, the scar tissue will slowly break down.
Castor oil can penetrate through tough, hardened skin, promoting cell turnover and new tissue formation to the area. You can soften and fade scar tissue naturally.
Ringworm is a fungus that effects the skin, scalp, and nails. it is regularly treated with castor oil. Castor oil contains undecylenic acid, which has germicidal and disinfectant properties. Compound undecylenic acid belongs to the group of medicines called antifungals. Massaging the oil on the effected area will began to treat this fungus. Continue daily until effected area is cleared.
These cysts can be painful and uncomfortable to treat. You do not want to squeeze a sebaceous cyst, it can become infected and be far more difficult to clear. Using a castor oil pack on the cyst will help kill bacteria, calm inflammation and pull out the fluids that fill the cyst.
Make a castor oil pack
When applying castor oil to the face, I like to apply the oil over the skin and place a hot, damp face cloth over the whole face. This is very relaxing and will help the oil penetrate deeper as it is heated.
Castor oil is an effective, affordable oil that improves many skin concerns. Using a small amount topically on the skin will reduce itchy dry skin, promote cell turn over, plump and smooth, as well as nourish, hydrate, sooth and fight bacteria.
Here is a video about 10 Castor Oil Benefits:
Castor Oil Applications
- Be sure to always wash your face before applying any product.
- Wash with warm to hot water to open the pores.
- Apply a small amount directly to the face.
- Try to apply a few hours prior to bed. Castor oil is sticky, and you do not want to have a fresh layer right before bed.
- Allow the oil to soak in (Use a hot wet face cloth if you have time. Place the face cloth directly over the applied area.)
- Apply a toner after half hour. You can pat dry any residue.
You can use a small amount of castor oil prior to makeup application if you allow half hour absorption time. Mist a toner right before makeup application and pat dry. This will eliminate some of the tacky residue castor oil can leave behind.
Castor oil is a must have, at home oil. You will continue to find useful skin care remedies. Many people have improved uncomfortable skin conditions using it.
I have two suggestions for the best organic castor seed oils:
A small sized cold pressed castor oil, that will be great for small application. The eye dropper will allow easy application for your desired amount. Use on the eye lashes, or for spot treatments, as well as a moisturizer.
A much larger, pure castor oil for a higher volume of use. Home Health castor oil is a best seller. I have used this brand for a long time. I chose the larger size for other home remedy uses. I recommend this brand for castor oil heat packs and pain relief packs.
What have you used Castor oil for? Lets start the conversation!
You can get both of these recommended brands from amazon.com. My trusted shopping choice.
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