This is not your grandmother’s castor oil. Well, technically it is, but while granny may have used the oil to ease stomach problems and constipation, modern-day experts say castor oil serves a variety of purposes in your beauty and wellness routines.
According to HGTV, castor oil is derived from the seeds of the castor bean plant and has been used for centuries for digestive issues and as an anti-inflammatory. Today, it is commonly used in many cosmetics and haircare products, says Dr. Victoria Rivera, a retired physician living in St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Here are some ways to use castor oil daily:
- Moisturize your skin. Castor oil is rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. Rivera suggests mixing one part castor oil with two parts of a carrier oils such as coconut, grapeseed, or olive oil. Always apply the oil to a small area of the skin first to ensure you are not allergic to the product.
- Enhance your hair. Jamaican black castor oil is often used in haircare products to prevent dryness says Jami Svay, a makeup artist from North Carolina. She says her whole family has been using it for years to tame flyway hair.
- Clean your face. Apply castor oil with a cotton ball to remove all dirt and bacteria from your face and while locking in moisture, experts tell HGTV. Rinse well after the application.
- Soften your hands. Rivera says that a little castor oil mixed with a carrier oil can help make your hands smoother, especially the skin around your nails. According to Healthline, castor oil is a natural moisturizer and is rich in ricinoleic acid which helps keep your skin hydrated.
- Use as an anti-inflammatory. The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil helps relieve pain and inflammation when applied topically. This may be helpful for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis.
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