Castor Oil Review

Castor oil is a substance that has been used for centuries to treat a wide array of internal and external health problems.  It is said that castor oil is so beneficial because of it high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids.

Where does castor oil come from?
Castor oil is derived from the castor bean plan.  The bean; which isn’t really a bean, but a plan; is native to the continent of Africa.  The oil is extract from the leaves of this plant and the seed of this plant should be disposed of as it is extremely toxic.
What are the uses of castor?
In everyday scenarios, castor oil can be used to relieve digestive issues such as diarrhea and constipation.  This oil can also be use to treat ringworm.  Castor oil also contains ricinoleic acid which is ideal for treating skin aliments like cuts, burns, acne, eczema.  It can also be great for moisturizing and rejuvenating the skin .
Castor oil can also treat a number of major health problems which includes labor induction, sciatic nerve pain,  hair loss, arthritis, lymph problems, and tumors.

From all that information, I am sure you can guess what my family uses castor oil for!  Yup, OUR HAIR.  I recently began using castor oil after a friend and I decided to try the Green House Effect Challenge (post coming soon).  Castor oil was literally love at first use.  I really loved the thickness of the castor oil.  It made my hair super soft and very moisturized the first time I used it!  Love using a product that get my hair feeling and looking moisturized throughout the day.  The only down side to the use is that is has a smell that is not as pleasing as some of the other oil in my collection.   Also the product is so thick that it remains on your hair after you apply it to your hair.  However, it is pretty great that it washes off easily just using water.

I think use the castor oil in my girls’ hair, which is notoriously dry and you wouldn’t believe how long it kept their hair moisturized. I mean seriously Kae wore beads on her hair for a whole week and her ends were still moisturized after I took those beads out…that is use WOW in my book.  In addition her hair had nice shine to it that adored!

So tell me, do you use castor oil?  How do you use it?  What are you feelings about castor oil if you do use it?

Want more information on oils; specifically essential oils?  Check out this post by Untrained Hair Mom on essential oils.

Until Next Time!