Castor oil is a thick, odorless oil made from the seeds of the castor plant.The most popular mention of its use dates back to ancient Egypt — Cleopatra reportedly believed the oil would brighten the whites of her eyes.

Today, most of the world’s castor oil is produced in India. Modern research backs up some of its traditional uses, including laxative effects, anti-inflammatory properties, among others.

Castor oil is considered safe if used as directed, and can be found in a range of skin and hair care products sold today. Pure castor oil is also available at many specialty health stores.

Here are some of the benefits of castor oil:

Boosts the Immune System

Taking small amounts of castor oil can help improve blood flow, encouraging the creation of the lymphocyte white blood cells that fight bacteria, thus enhancing the health of the thymus gland, which produces T cells for the immune system.

Eases Burns

Castor oil is known to alleviate the effects of painful sunburn. It contains ricinoleic acid that can guard blistered skin against infection. It also reduces the inflammation caused by excess sun exposure.

Eases Migraines

Castor oil relieves the symptoms of migraines and severe headaches. Consuming a small amount of castor oil can be beneficial thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits. Since migraines often link to gastrointestinal issues, detoxifying the gut with castor oil may help decrease the intensity and frequency of migraines.

Reduce Hair Loss

Applying castor oil to the roots of the hair on a regular basis is an age old Indian practice. This helps to improve hair and scalp quality, and encourage hair growth — thanks to the oil’s vitamin E and omega-6 and-9 fatty acids, as well as ricinoleic acid.

Reduce Arthritis Pain

Castor oil is also known to alleviate joint pain caused by arthritis. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil can reduce pain and swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis cells. Both massaging the joints with castor oil and drinking a few teaspoons in warm water can have beneficial effects.

Corns/Calluses

The best method to treat corns and calluses is to mix castor oil with hot soapy water. Use a pumice stone on the corn and follow-up with hot water and a castor oil soak. This treatment will soothe the callus and help it heal.

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