Castor oil is a pale yellow liquid that’s extracted from castor seeds. It has been used as an alternative medicine since ancient times. Its health benefits come from the high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids, particularly the ricinoleic acid.
Even though castor oil has an unpleasant smell, it’s still widely used in cosmetic products, soaps, shampoos and many other everyday products. Women love it because it helps their eyebrows and eyelashes grow faster, as well as their hair. Many people us it as a remedy against constipation because it’s a powerful laxative. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil is very efficient when it comes to treating acne, stretch marks, scars, dry skin etc.
Although castor oil is mostly used for beautifying, it is also a powerful disease-fighter. Due to it’s many health benefits, castor oil is especially useful for treating arthritis, sciatica and backache.
First, you should keep in mind that castor oil should be used in moderation, otherwise overdosing may result in diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea or cramping. Follow the instructions on the package or consult a doctor before using it.
Arthritis – you can treat the inflammation, swelling and stiffness in your joints by massaging them with castor oil. Another way is to put castor oil on a clean cloth, cover the joint with it and hold a bottle filled with hot water on top for up to 45 minutes.
You can also take it orally, but not without consulting a doctor beforehand.
Backache – the procedure is the same as for arthritis – lie on your stomach and put the cloth on your back. Put a hot water bottle on top and let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Your backache will be gone after a couple of treatments.
Sciatica – frequent application of lukewarm castor oil directly to the affected area will provide instant relief.