Best Castor Oil Uses For Skin, Hair & Health
Castor oil aka Arandi Ka Tel or Erandela Tela is a vegetable oil which is popularly known for its many health benefits. It also does wonders for your skin and hair. So the other day my uncle was telling me how he drinks a teaspoon of this oil everyday and asked me to do the same. I was like no way am I drinking oil! The elders in your house have probably told you to do the same. Right? Castor oil is a well known home remedy for anything and everything and is being used since ages. You will surely believe me after reading these amazing benefits of castor oil for skin, hair and over all health.
CASTOR OIL FOR SKIN
1. Prevents Aging Of Skin
In our previous post we have listed out few best methods to achieve younger looking skin naturally and we definitely cannot ignore castor oil for this purpose. Castor oil penetrates deep into your skin and helps release more collagen and elastin which are great in preventing wrinkles and fine lines. It also repairs your skin and makes your skin look younger.
It also acts as a great moisturizer. Ladies, we all hate dark circles. But no fear when castor oil is here! Yes, it acts as a eye cream too and fades your under eye dark circles. Simply apply the oil on your face before going to bed, especially under your eyes and you will wake up with a soft and supple skin with a youthful glow on your face.
You know the drill ladies, CTM aka cleansing, toning, moisturizing is a must follow skin care routine. Castor oil does the job very well. Yes, just this oil does it all. This way you do not need three different products for three different jobs, just one is enough. You could use just this oil but if mixed with apricot/olive/jojoba oil, you will notice better results. Mix castor oil with one of the above mentioned oils and gently massage it on your face. The fatty acids of castor oil will prevent acne and blackheads. Then soak a towel in lukewarm water, wring it till excess water is removed and the slowly and gently rub it on your face. Do this everyday or however often you want and see the results for yourself. This will help in deeply cleansing the pores, completely removing your makeup, removing excess oil and dirt and moisturizing.
Also Read: Natural Face Cleansers For A Glowing Skin
3. Stretch Marks
They say you got to embrace your body with its imperfections and that is 100% true. Stretch marks are completely normal but if you really want to get rid of them castor oil is the one for you. Rub it on those marks and then tightly wrap it with a thick cloth so that it gets completely soaked in. Now this method definitely takes time but if you do it regularly then results shall be seen.
4. Prevents Acne
Many of us face acne problems. Ughh those nasty lil things. Well, castor oil gets rid of this too. It does this by fighting the bacteria that causes acne. First, wash your face properly, then apply it on the affected area and gently massage it in. Leave it overnight and then wash it in the morning. But be careful that you take little amounts of the oil as too much oil can clog your pores.
5. Heals cracked heels
Cracked heels are the worst. It looks really ugly, can get itchy and what not. Since castor oil has hydrating properties and can penetrate deep into the skin, it is a great healer of cracked heels. Massage a lot of oil on your heels before going to bed, do this everyday and you will notice results very soon. You could wear socks after applying the oil so as to not ruin your bed sheet.
CASTOR OIL FOR HAIR
1. Promotes hair growth
Castor oil makes our hair grow longer and healthier. It does so by increasing the blood circulation. Heat the oil and then gently massage it into your scalp. You can wash it off with a mild shampoo the next morning. It shows great results if applied everyday but not everyone might have the time to do so. So you can apply it once or twice a week but do it regularly. It also grows your hair on the eyebrows. Some people have very less hair on their eyebrows. Apply a little on the eyebrows so that they will grow dense. Then of course you can shape it as you want.
2. Treats and prevents scalp infections
Itchy scalp, dandruff, bald patches are common results of scalp infections. Castor oil can be used to treat the same. Since it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it can fights the organisms causing the infection and heal it.
3. Enhances hair color and prevents graying
This oil enhances your natural color and also prevents aging of hair i.e. graying. Since it has the ability to lock in the moisturize it makes the hair darker and also thicker. Simply dip your fingers in the oil and run them through your hair strands. It prevents graying by locking in the pigment and on already gray hair, it retains the pigment.
4. Conditions your hair
Have dull and dry hair? Castor oil to the rescue! It is very helpful to prevent and repair dull and dry hair. You can use it by mixing a little amount of it in the conditioner that you use after shampooing your air. Leave it for five minutes and then wash it off. It will smoothen your hair and make it shiny.
CASTOR OIL FOR HEALTH
1. Acts as a sleep aid
In today’s hectic life, many suffer from sleep deprivation. But without enough sleep our body will not be able to function smoothly. Hence, a good 7-8 hours of sleep is necessary. But if one isn’t able to sleep castor oil can make you fall asleep easily. For doing so, apply it on your eye lids and gently dab it with cotton and be prepared for a nice long sleep.
2. Reduces arthritis pain
Castor oil is a great joint pain reducer. Take a piece of cloth and soak it in the oil. Place it on the affected joint and place a hot water bag over it for an hour or so. You will be relieved of the pain soon. Castor oil helps reduce joint pain as it has anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Cleanses stomach
Castor oil is a great remedy for acidity, bloating, constipation. Take a half filled glass of cold milk and add 1 tsp of castor oil. Drinking this once a week is enough to completely clean your stomach and keep your body healthy. Or as my uncle said, you could directly have a teaspoon of it everyday.
4. Treats fungal infections
Now this problem can arise for anyone and castor oil treats it effectively. Heat it till it is warm and apply it onto the affected area and leave it overnight. Do this for a week and you will se improvement.
5. Boosts immunity
Castor oil boosts one’s immunity and is treated as one of the top immune boosting foods. It increases the defense mechanism of your body and prevents many diseases.
See! Castor oil has so many amazing uses for hair, skin and health. And all of them are highly effective too. This oil is basically the answer to most of the problems, isn’t it?