Castor oil has long been prized as a home remedy and for its health benefits. Drinking it may help relieve constipation, although you need to be careful about the dosage. You can mix it with a variety of other ingredients and apply it to your skin to help fight acne and relieve dryness and itching. It can also be used topically as a hair care product, or to help fight fungal skin conditions. It may also provide joint pain relief if you rub it into the affected area and then follow up with a hot pack.
- The active components in castor oil made from the castor seed is triglycerides and ricinoleic acid which makes it potent for use as internal and external treatment.
- According to WebMD, castor oil can be used to help relieve symptoms of constipation because when taken orally it acts as a stimulant to the intestines.
- A possible use for castor oil is to act as a hydrating agent for dry skin. It does this by drawing moisture from the air to hydrate the skin.
“Good for the skin, digestion and hair, castor oil is a tried-but-true remedy.”