Castor oil is a light yellow colored oil derived from castor beans. It is used as a lubricant, a purgative substance and for oil based products. Castor beans usually grows on tropical areas and usually seen as an ornamental garden plant on areas with milder climates. Presently, many cultivates it to manufacture biodiesel.
It has been used by many for several years already. It is common in Africa, Mediterranean basin, and Indian subcontinents. Nice to know fact also is that the famous company Castrol, an automotive lubricant company, got its name from Castor oil. Castor oil is widely use even before because of its lubrication property and high viscosity.
But aside from the industrial uses of Castor oil, this widely known vegetable oil has several benefits to offer to our body. Below is a few list of what we get from using this oil.
You may have heard of things about castor oil as a dangerous substance to take. BUT IT IS JUST A MYTH. The truth is that castor oil is one very effective natural way of loosens stool or bowel movement. It is actually safe to ingest and effective even for children. Although there is a limit on how much castor oil you can have to avoid any side effect.
Castor oil bean actually contains a toxin ricin that is toxic but is deactivated during the process of oil extraction. Some could say that the myth generally started when there were reports of deaths due to force feeding of more than the limit which resulted to unwanted dehydration. Dosage should be limited to 2 tbsp (adults) and 1-2 tsp (children ages 2 to 12 yrs old). Those who are below 2 yrs of age should not take more than 1 tsp. You have a choice of mixing it with orange juice to make the taste more acceptable.
Castor oil as a laxative is recommended because unlike other oils or laxatives, it acts on the small intestine first rather than on the colon. So you can assume that you will have a total cleaning of your bowels at least 2 hours to 5 hours after taking the castor oil.
Relieves Sore Muscles and Joints
Aside from its laxative effect, castor oil can also be used if you have sore muscles and joints. Castor oil, known to be a warm oil, is said to promote good fluid circulation of your body. It also has an anti-inflammatory and analgesic property that helps relieves your overworked muscles and joint pains.
It can be used as an oil for massages on the affected area after a practice or a vigorous workout. You may also add other oil like chamomile to make the massage more relaxing.
Cures Fungal Infections
Other than the two very amazing properties of castor oil, one more thing you need to know is that it has a very potent anti-fungal property due to its undecylenic acid content. Undecylenic acid is a byproduct of the ricinoleic fatty acid from the oil.
It is very effective in treating athlete’s foot, ringworms, and even crotch itch or tinea cruris. In comparison to the azole medicines for fungal infections, it is as effective plus it does not give any toxic side effects. Just heat some castor oil and cool it until it is bearable to touch then apply it to the affected area before you go to sleep and leave it overnight. Apply the oil for one week to see significant result.