Castor oil is pressed from the seeds of the castor plant, and although most people know it for its strong laxative effects, it can also be used externally for many things: it beautifies hair and skin, and it’s very cheap.
The beneficial effects of castor oil are mainly due to the fatty acids it contains, which have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it is also high in vitamin E and minerals. Although allergic reactions to castor oil are quite rare, it is worthwhile to have a so-called skin test before using it.
Castor oil is a great benefit for people with dry, itchy, flaky or reddened skin, as it nourishes and moisturises the skin, reduces inflammation and stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, which are essential for maintaining youthful, firm, wrinkle-free skin.
It also cares for our feet and skin
Mix equal amounts of castor oil and coconut oil and massage into the skin. After 20 minutes, shower thoroughly. You can also use castor oil for a facial massage (in the evening) or add a few drops to your night cream for an even more effective moisturiser.
Good for hair, eyelashes and eyebrows
Castor oil is very good for hair and even eyebrows and eyelashes, stimulating the growth of hair follicles and making hair healthier, shinier and thicker, as well as dry, thinning hair. The acids in castor oil also make the scalp healthier, so it’s also a good treatment for those who suffer from dandruff or itchy scalp. Mix the castor oil with coconut or sweet almond oil, massage into the scalp and along the hairline and go to bed. Wash your hair thoroughly in the morning. Repeat up to twice a week. To make the eyelashes and eyebrows thicker and stronger, dip a clean ear cleaning stick in castor oil and apply to the eyebrows and eyelashes in the evening before going to bed. Repeat daily for a few weeks.
It is also recommended for expectant mothers
Pregnant mothers should also use castor oil daily to help maintain skin elasticity and reduce the risk of stretch marks. In addition, castor oil also helps to relieve the itching of the skin that is common during pregnancy. Mix one tablespoon of castor oil with two tablespoons of sweet almond or wheat germ oil and massage the abdomen, thighs and breasts daily.
Also good for foot care
Castor oil can also be used to care for the feet, especially if they have developed painful calluses. Thanks to castor oil, you can not only prevent inflammations, but also very effectively care for and moisturise the skin of the feet. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes, then use a pumice stone to scrub off the dead and hardened skin cells. Rinse and gently pat dry. Dip a clean cotton pad in the castor oil, then apply to the callus and secure with a plaster. Put on a thread sock and go to bed like this. In the morning, remove the cotton wool and wash your feet.