Derived from the castor bean, castor oil is a vegetable oil that has numerous uses. Like olive oil, it is not just used for food. It’s moisturizing qualities are perfect for other applications. In food, it’s used as a preservative or wax, but outside of the edible industry, it can be used as a polyurethane. These uses are great, but we’re in the health and beauty world, so how can it help us?
The FDA has deemed it ‘safe and effective’ as a laxative. It’s interaction with the small intestine will help aid the digestive process. When applied directly to the skin, the oil can help moisturize in products like lotion, shampoo and lip balm. It’s anti-inflammatory effects can also help bumps, bruises and rashes when applied directly.
Have a stye in your eye? If you put a few drops of castor oil into your eye, it can help remove the stye by circling around and loosening in a painless way. It’s odorless and tasteless nature make use much easier for those who are sensitive to such things. Also eye related, many people use castor oil to promote eyelash growth. Nowadays there are many products on the market promising to give you the perfect eyelashes. Problem is, oftentimes these are pill or topicals that have not been on the market very long. The long-term effects are still being discovered. Using a pure product like castor oil will prevent any scary side effects and also give you the results you are looking for.
Finally, the lubrication properties of castor oil are great for everyday household use. Is your refrigerator getting stuck? How about that screen door that makes a painful noise every time it is opened? Apply a small amount of the oil and it will lubricate any surfaces that need it. Oftentimes people use products with harmful chemicals for these types of household tasks when it isn’t necessary. It’s time to start researching your products and finding alternatives. As a health and beauty expert, I’m amazed at how many people fall for marketing gimmicks. People go to the drug or cosmetic store and buy the most expensive product with the fanciest packaging, even though it often has the most harmful additives. If your problem is moisturizing, figure out what ingredient moisturizes, then buy it pure or wholesale. Buying the ingredient in bulk will be cheaper and more effective than buying a fancy product.
Castor Oil – What It Can Do For You