Castor oil has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy for multiple conditions. It is extracted by cold-pressing castor beans. This method doesn't use any heat or chemicals and makes sure to extract only the pure oil retaining its beneficial properties.
Benefits of Cold-pressed Castor Oil :
Natural Laxative : Most well known for helping manage constipation due to its natural laxative properties. Usually a teaspoon directly consumed in the morning for few days helps with bowel movement. But, note that it can only be had occasionally in small amounts and not for long term use.
Moisturizer : It contains certain fat that acts as humectant (moisture retention properties). This rich oil on its own can be used as a natural alternative to store-bought moisturizers and lotions.
Pain-relievingeffect: This oil has impressive anti-inflammatory properties - when castor oil is applied topically, its known to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Helps keep hair and scalp healthy: The moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil make it an excellent option to keep hair soft and hydrated and help reduce dandruff symptoms.Dry or damaged hair can especially benefit from an intense moisturizer like castor oil. Applying fats like castor oil to the hair on a regular basis helps lubricate the hair shaft, increasing flexibility and decreasing the chance of breakage.
Before using on skin/ scalp make sure to test on a small patch of skin to check for allergy.
Women at all stages pregnancy are not advised to use castor oil as it can induce labor.
While it can be an effective way to alleviate constipation, you may get diarrhea if you take too much.