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Today our topic is The Health and Beauty Benefits of Castor Oil. If you’re not aware of what castor oil is, it is a super thick vegetable oil that looks like something you would put your car engine.
What is Castor Oil
It’s derived from the castor bean, which has grown mostly in Brazil, China and India and it has been used for centuries in different cultures all around the world, both topically and through ingesting it. I want to cover both right now.
Should You Ingest Castor Oil?
First of all, some people say to ingest it, to drink it as a natural laxative. I 1000000% personally do not recommend doing this. The first and only time I have ever drank castor oil is when my midwife encouraged me to do this to go into labor.
My water broke before contractions started becoming more regular, so we were trying to get them to be more regular, so I drank somewhere between a third and half a bottle of castor oil and it created explosive diarrhea that did not go away for hours.
Healthier Elimination with Detoxy
Any time we were putting a laxative into our body we can actually weaken peristalsis and disrupt our body’s natural functioning. Except for extreme emergencies, I really do not recommend any laxatives across the board, including castor oil. It was a very unpleasant experience and one I would never want you to have.
If you’re looking to release more toxins and de-bloat, check out Detoxy. This something that I love to offer because I have had a lot of digestive issues myself and it’s basically nascent oxygen, it’s very gentle, non-laxative and non-habit forming.
We definitely don’t want to get into habit-forming supplements because again, that can be very disruptive to your body. Detoxy just goes in and is very natural. It helps to release old waste between the side of your GI tract and the waste itself. Check it out for yourself if you’re looking for something like that but definitely don’t try the castor oil.
Castor Oil Benefits
Stimulates better digestion
Some people say that you can also do a castor oil pack where the castor oil is put directly on your skin. You can wrap saran wrap and then you can put a heating pad on top and warm the castor oil, which is believed to penetrate transdermally and to help stimulate better digestion and toxin release.
Positive effect on the immune system
There’s a study published in the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine that found that castor oil packs may have a positive effect on the immune system as well as liver enzymes and cholesterol levels.
A doctor that I used to work with a long time ago in New York encouraged to do this practice when doing liver detoxes, so it’s something I have tried myself. To be honest, I personally didn’t notice a huge benefit, but that’s not to say it wasn’t doing something.
It’s believed in more holistic circles that the castor oil packs can help. For me, the Detoxy and just changing up my diet was the best way to release and relieve constipation but that’s what some people believe, I want to cover all sides here for you guys.
Castor Oil for Hair and Skin
The next is that some people believe that castor oil is really great for your skin and for your hair. This is topically, they say that castor oil can clear up acne. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which of course is why it would be also good for some forms of acne.
It can also be nourishing to the hair and the scalp to help boost hair growth and some people even use it to grow eyelashes. I have used more sesame oil on my own hair, but I think any type of massage and scalp massage is going to be great for hair growth.
As you guys can probably tell I’m not the hugest fan of castor oil. I think it’s pretty thick and pretty nasty. However, I do love to hear from you so please leave in the comments if you have felt that it has helped to boost your hair growth.
I do want to say that for hair, a scalp massage is great and using hair rinses like apple cider vinegar to clear residue. Also, building healthy hair from the inside out is very important with amino acids, foods like tempeh and beans and nutritional yeast. These foods are high in protein and B vitamins which are really great for your hair as well.
That’s my take on castor oil. Again, just to sum up, I don’t recommend drinking it internally. If you want to try a castor oil pack, if you want to try applying it externally, it certainly is a long tradition there and you can see if you find benefits.
Thank you so much for tuning in Beauty. I send you so much love. I am excited to connect with you more. Keep the questions coming. You can ask them also on our Feel Good podcast. We have our Thursday Q and A session where we answer questions from our community, it’d be a great place to ask me some questions or on social @_Kimberly Snyder. Until then, take care beauty and sending you so much love.
Castor Oil has worked wonders for my eyebrow hair growth but you have to use it consistently. I put it on with an old mascara wand.
Great tip, Beauty! Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx
Did absolutely nothing for my eyebrows.
You are amazing !
Thank you Beauty! You are amazing, too. Sending you lots of love xx
Xdear Kimberly , thank you much for your bright being your being
I love the way you write and now for the first time I hear your voice , beautifuly expressing from your knowledge , the castor oil I know from Maybe 30 years agoo , I was Reading in a book from Edgar Cayce
I did the castor oil on my belly wrapped
Thank you so much for sharing and reading along, Beauty! Sending you lots of love xx
Do you mix the castor oil or use it straight? Can it be any brand?
Hi Beauty! I’ve used it straight before for the belly wrap. I recommend looking for a brand that is 100% pure, cold pressed castor oil. Hope this helps! xx
The only thing I’ve used castor oil for is as a drawing agent such as drawing out a splinter from my hand or foot. I put a drop or two of oil on a 2×2 dressing and then wrap. It usually pulls out the splinter in a day.
Hi Beauty! That’s interesting – I’ve never heard of it used for that purpose before, but it sounds effective! Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx
I 100% agree about NOT ingesting castor oil. My mother always gave me castor oil as a remedy for digestive/constipation problems starting as a very young child. Not only was the taste and smell abhorrent the results were far too harsh for a young child (or adult as you know). That experience gave me a lifelong fear of ‘laxatives’. Your Detoxy has been the best thing EVER. I have often thought this would have made my life better if it had been around when I was a young girl! Thanks for this Vlog because everything you said is what I know from experience to be true.
Hi Beauty! I agree – castor oil is too harsh to ingest! I’m so happy to hear that Detoxy is helping you out 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and sending you lots of love! xx
I suffered from cystic acne throughout my teenage years and well into my late twenties. I make an oil face wash with castor oil, olive oil and jojoba. Only thing I can wash my face with that works! My acne healed through a myriad of things, but I would never go back to normal face wash.
Hi Brooke! Love that you found a natural method that works for your skin – thanks for sharing! xx
Good afternoon! Very helpful article. Castor oil is so healthy. I started using castor oil a couple of months ago and it markedly improved my skin condition. My wife persuaded me to do this and she was right. This is very good for your health. It is also used for bronchitis and colds, rubbing the chest to warm. Thank you for your advice on taking castor oil. I read that many people advise taking this oil inside, but this can cause side effects. So it’s better to limit yourself to external reception, as you said. Have a nice day!
Hi Dr. Warren! Thanks for sharing more about how castor oil has helped you by using it externally! It’s great to know that it has a range of different uses 🙂 Thanks for reading and have a great day too!
Really enjoyed this plus how honest you are about your experience with it. I use Jamaican Castor Oil on my scalp for hair growth. I have psoriasis of the scalp which led to heavy hair loss, especially after giving birth to my son. A woman recommended the castor oil from a beauty shop she frequents and I’m now full of baby hairs/fly always! I’ve tried other cheaper version which didn’t have the same affect as the darker thicker Jamaican version.
Hi Rocio, thanks for tuning in! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying the benefits of castor oil for your scalp – thanks for sharing! Sending you lots of love xx