Did you know that castor oil is both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and has a multitude of uses both medicinal and cosmetic? Castor oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of the castor plant, which is native to Africa and India. Organic cold pressed is best 🙂

Hair…

Castor oil has been shown to improve hair growth as it boosts blood supply to the follicles and stimulates growth. If you mix it with almond oil as a carrier oil (castor oil is quite thick) it’s much easier to apply. Massage a little into your scalp and leave in for a couple of hours or, overnight (cover your hair with a cap of some description) then thoroughly wash out. Use several times a week for best results.

Eyelashes and eyebrows…

Are your ‘face shapers’ and ‘peepers’ looking a little sparse? Apply a little castor oil overnight and they’ll be thick and darker in no time!

Skin…

From wrinkles and fine lines to acne; scars; fungal infections and minor wounds, castor oil is rich in both vitamin E and ricinoleic acid, which hydrates, softens, encourages the growth of healthy tissue and fights bacteria respectively. It’s low on the comedogenic scale, so shouldn’t clog your pores or irritate sensitive skin, but always patch test first.

Joint pain and tissue inflammation…

Soak a compress in castor oil (wring out the excess) and place on the affected area with a hot water bottle over the top and leave on for 1 hour.

Constipation…

Apparently, it’s also a powerful laxative if you’re feeling a little ‘stuck’! However, you should always consult with your GP or pharmacist before consuming it for such purposes, in order to ensure the correct dosage and that there are no contraindications.

Oil be back…

😉