Castor oil has been around for ages, it has survived through the thick and thin and gaining even more popularity now amongst the hair care industries.
When I was younger I used castor oil as a hot oil treatment and sometimes for the oiling of my scalp. To be honest, castor oil back then was my hair’s life savior. As when all went bad and I was in need of serious moisture and some boost for places that just seem to not want to grow thanks to my mishaps, using the castor oil diligently would whip things back into shape.
Castor oil, or formerly known as Ricinus Comminus Seed oil has been used widely for food preservation. Food grade castor oil is excellent as a mold inhibitor. Be cautious, as it must be food grade. The seed of the castor bean contains ricin which is toxic to the human body.
Castor Oil for the Hair
As I said before, it can be used as a hot oil treatment: take about a 1/4 cup of the oil and place it into a cup or bowl. Place that bowl over a pan that has boiling water, and allow the oil to get hot/warm. Use the heated oil on the scalp and hair and let sit for about 30 mins or more. Rinse and continue regimen as normal.
As a Scalp Oil, place the oil into an applicator bottle and apply it directly to the scalp, massage it in and enjoy the benefits of a non-itchy scalp and one that will remain moisturized.
As a sealant Castor oil, because it is fairly thick as an oil can be great as a sealant after moisturizing the hair shafts. It will really lock moisture in.
As a stimulant for balding hair. It is excellent for stimulating areas that just seem to not grow. Use a little, and massage it in, and it will help oxygen to flow to that area.
Castor Oil in other body product uses:
Can be used as a massage oil, it also helps alleviate wrinkles. Castor oil is also good to cut down on muscle aches and spots on the body.
Places you can get castor oil:
Health food stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joes and other natural food stores in your local area, or online at FNWL or if you like, you can get Jamaican Black Castor oil (review for that one coming soon!) from Sams24-7.com