There are Many Benefits to Castor Oil

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What Is Castor Oil?

Throughout history, castor oil’s most popular use has been for treating skin infections, lowering constipation and boosting the appearance of hair health, but research has shown that castor oil has even more important applications for supporting the immune system. Castor oil is capable of increasing white blood cells and the count of T-11 cells (a type of special white blood cells that act like antibodies) produced within the body’s lymphocytes that help kill viruses, fungi, bacteria and cancer cells.

Many of castor oil’s benefits come down to its chemical composition. It’s classified as a type of triglyceride fatty acid, and almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content is a specific and rare compound called ricinoleic acid. Castor oil is considered to be pretty unique because ricinoleic acid is not found in many other substances, and it’s such a dense, concentrated source. It is produced by cold-pressing the seeds and subsequent clarification of the oil by heat.

Aside from its primary constituent, ricinoleic acid, castor oil also contains certain beneficial salts and esters that function primarily as skin-conditioning agents. At the same time, they help stabilize the texture and consistency of products, which is why castor oil is used in so many cosmetics, hair and skin-care treatments.

According to the International Journal of Toxicology, castor oil and hydrogenated castor oil reportedly were used in 769 and 202 cosmetic products, respectively, during the time of an analysis in 2002! Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil is the name given to the type of castor oil used in cosmetics, which you might find listed on the ingredient label, especially in lipsticks.

Castor Oil Benefits

As an unsaturated fatty acid, ricinoleic acid found in castor oil has many healing abilities, including:

supporting the lymphatic system

increasing circulation

preventing the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds

fighting skin disorders and infections

helping to kill ringworm, keratoses, skin inflammation, abrasions and fungal infections

healing acne

helping hair grow

reducing itching and swelling on the skin

fighting toenail fungus

easing constipation

hydrating chapped lips

reducing painful sunburns

helping with pregnancy and inducing labor

and many more

If you need help determining whether this is best for you, or the amount, please contact us and we will help.

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Health and Wellness Associates

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Posted on October 21, 2016, in Rx to Wellness, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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