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Health Benefits Of Castor Seeds And Castor Oil

Castor seeds are well-known for numerous health properties and chief among them is the use of castor seed oil as a cleansing laxative and purgative.  Some herbalists make the use of castor bean oil in order to treat food poisoning. In Chinese medicine castor bean seeds also popularly known as castor oil seeds are used to extract the castor oil and use it as an external application. Most people who grew up with home remedy grandparents may recollect having to consume castor oil as a child and remember its especially horrible taste. Nevertheless, are healthy dose of castor oil is the final word on stomach upsets especially those related to constipation.

Benefits Of Castor Oil

  • The oil seeds are also useful in treating inflammatory bowels and in appeasing the symptoms of dysentery.
  • Castor oil uses range from increasing the appetite after a prolonged fever and relieving the chest from congestion and mucous while curing runny noses.
  • The health benefits of castor are also applicable to external ailments such as ringworm, skin inflammation and skin burns.  A particular chemical compound in the Castor plant known as ricinoleic acid restricts the growth of harmful bacteria, fungus, yeast and virus on an external wound.
  • A poultice made from the oil of communis castor seeds has a range of benefits in external wounds and bruises and must be applied over the affected area for immediate positive effect.
  • The benefits of Castor oil can also be used as an external application in women who are breast feeding. It helps to promote lactation and by gently massaging Castor oil onto the nipples helps stimulate the mammary glands thus inducing lactation.
  • As a remedy for general skin health, gently massaging the body with castor oil helps the skin to rejuvenate and build up its natural healing properties while stimulating the internal organs and body muscles.
  • Castor oil health benefits are more obvious when used as an enhancement for beauty.
  • Gently massaging the oil into the hands and feet at night helps to sustain healthy skin, in addition to reducing callous and dry skin. Castor oil health benefits for enhancing skin beauty have been well-known for many years and have recently seen an upsurge in its popularity.  
  1. However it should be noted that women were pregnant or breast feeding should refrain from consuming castor oil. It can play a negative effect on pregnant women and can cause infants who are breast feeding to undergo severe diarrhea. However it is advisable to consult a medical expert or a gynecologist before using Castor oil on pregnant or lactating women.
  2. However as in all cases of excess, the benefits of Castor oil can be negated if taken without proper caution or consumed in large quantities. Especially, castor oil uses that revolve around treating stomach upset particularly constipation must be taken with great caution and should not exceed more than a teaspoonful of castor oil a day.
Submitted on January 16, 2014