I recorded another video for you all about castor oil! In case you can’t watch, the article is right below :). Enjoy!
Did you know that castor oil is awesome? I’m sure if you are like most people, you very well may think of it in unpleasant terms. However, when it comes to healthy skin and body care, castor oil is right up there on my favorites list. In Leah’s Natural Minute today, I’m going to give you 3 used for Castor Oil that will have you singing its praises as well!
Three Natural Beauty Uses for Castor Oil
- Facial cleansing
- Hair growth
- Hair conditioning
- Castor Oil as a Facial Cleanser
This may seem odd at first thought, especially if you are someone with oily skin. However Castor Oil can be a wonderful replacement to your regular facial wash if it hasn’t been doing its job lately. What makes Castor Oil work as a facial cleanser particularly for oily skin is that it contains Linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is a naturally occurring omega-6 fatty acid. Omega fatty acids are the good fats that are necessary for a number of healthy body functions.
Oleic acid, Linoleic acid’s counterpart, is very prevalent in acneic skin (source: J Am Acad Dermatol. 1986 Feb;14(2 Pt 1):221-5. Essential fatty acids and acne.). By adding a source high in Linoleic acid to the skin, the skin’s environment is balanced out, thus leading to less breakouts and blemishes. Since Castor oil is very high in Linoleic acid, it does a great job of this. Castor oil is also high in Ricinoleic acid, another omega fatty acid, which gives it its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. This is also great for problem skin.
- Castor Oil for Hair Growth
The Ricinoleic acid in Castor Oil is what is presumed to be responsible for its popularity as a hair growth agent. The understanding is that bacteria and fungi at the hair follicle can inhibit hair growth. Castor oil reduces these because of the Ricinoleic acid and thus creates an environment where the hair can grow unrestrained.
There are a number of ways to use Castor oil for this purpose. Think growing eyelashes thicker (more hairs growing over time), growing eyebrows fuller, as well as growing hair thicker. For each of these applications, you’d want to apply the Castor oil directly to the skin where the hair follicles begin.
- Castor Oil for Hair Conditioning
In addition to Castor Oil helping with hair growth because of Ricinoleic acid, it also can help condition and nourish the hair on our heads. Castor oil contains omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids as well. When applied to the hair shaft, the omega 9 fatty acids help nourish the hair follicle and condition the hair while the omega 6 fatty acids help smooth rough hair cuticles, reducing split ends and damage.
So, as you can see, Castor oil is a great addition to your healthy self routine. This article is just scratching the surface. I encourage you each to give it a try and see for yourself. As always, it’s important to give a natural solution time to work, so start looking for results in a months’ time. Also, it’s very important to make sure that if you are experiencing health concerns that require a doctor’s care, that you run everything you are planning to add to your daily routine by that doctor. Just be sure it’s a doctor that is just as much for the natural way as they are for the allopathic way.
Hoping for you the best until next time!