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Old Fashion Castor Oil

Have you been shopping for moisturizer or some type of lotions lately? There are the really good smelling ones, the ones that make you sneeze and your eyes water, the ones that are “the best in the world”, the ones the movie actors use, and so on. You know the drill. Marketing makes it really confusing on what we should buy. Most everyone loves to save a few dollars when buying lotions and potions. What if one old remedy could be great even for today’s world at a fraction of the cost? Interested?

According to Natural News, castor oil has many benefits for the skin and hair because of its extremely thick and sticky consistency.


They state if you’re looking for a cheap and natural remedy for many common skin and hair complaints, try castor oil as it will definitely be worth your time.

Castor oil is also reported to be great for regrowing and thickening hair, eyelashes and eyebrows.  By applying a hexane free, organic and cold pressed castor oil to the eyebrows every night after washing the face, they will really start thickening after about 3 months.  Castor oil is high in ricinoleic acid and is a very effective natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.  This makes it hard for any fungus or bacteria from inhibiting hair growth.  It may help to prevent hair loss simple by helping to coat the hair and protect if from falling out because it is very thick.

Omega 9 fatty acids are also contained in castor oil that is nourishing to both the hair and the follicle while nourishing the surrounding skin.  It has a deeply penetrating ability, which helps to deliver the nourishment deeply into the pores, and follicles that produce hair.  With its high gloss it will lend glossiness and shine to your hair.  It only takes a little as it goes a long way.  Just add a tiny bit to the very ends of your hair instead of putting it up near the scalp, if you’re just looking for a natural hair smoother.

Apply a couple drops to your hands and rub and smooth through the ends.  Be sure you don’t use too much as you will end up with a heavy greasiness rather than that subtle shine.

For regrowth on your head, use castor oil as a scalp treatment, but it can be tricky to get on the scalp without thinning it out with lighter oil.  Try adding some coconut oil, apricot kernel oil or another lighter oil to help get it to spread enough.   If you only want to thicken hair that is thinning at the edge of your hairline, you should use pure castor oil with a light hand.  Applying castor oil to the eyelashes will help thicken and strengthen them while helping to prevent thinning and shedding.

Other great uses of castor oil are for scar tissue reduction and shiny, smooth lips.  The deep penetrations through multiple skin layers offer keloid types of scars and other scars help for the hardened tissue.  Castor oil has the ability to soften the skin so much that it is thought the softening helps to break down deep scar tissue so it may be smoothed out.  This oil has also been shown to help reduce the inflammatory response in subcutaneous tissue.  This is probably the reason it seems to speed wound healing and may also contribute to its ability to reduce scarring more quickly.

If you want those soft and pliable lips, castor oil will help those dried out and peeling lips by giving that added hydration.  The lips are smoothed with the fatty acids and protects them due to the castor oil’s naturally thick and immovable nature.  It doesn’t budge without being wiped off and imparts a natural shine to the lips, ideal for both improving the appearance and health of the lips.

Another great benefit of castor oil is for reducing or eliminating bruising.  One woman who fell and ended up with a huge bruise on her chin and wrist mixed organic sugar into castor oil to make a thick paste to apply.  She used it every 20 minutes and left it on for 20 minutes at a time, alternating with ice.  The next morning she was entirely better and had absolutely no bruising.  A bruise spot she had missed seeing and hadn’t treated was still hurting and bruised the next morning.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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