Castor oil is made by pressing the seeds of castor plants. It is a rich source of a mono-saturated fatty acid, Ricinoleic Acid. In southern parts of Tamilnadu, people use a spoon of castor oil while boiling lentils or meat (to soften).
Many ancient civilisations, including early Egyptians, Chinese and Persians have valued the castor plant for its many uses, such as fuel for lamps and as an ingredient in balms and ointments.
Common applications for Castor Oil
- Castor oil is an effective natural preservative for pulses and chilli powder.
Dried pulses and chilli powder can be evenly mixed with a small amount of castor oil to prevent them not only from spoiling but also protect them from microbes and pests. 1 Table spoon per Kilogram.
This is still in practice in villages over several decades, where people buy grains, pulses and freshly grind chillies and store for the whole year.
- Promotes healthy hair growth.
- Castor oil locks in the moisture in your hair, giving it a richer and thicker appearance
- Massaging warm castor oil on your scalp (and even your eyebrows) may stimulate the follicles
- Omega-6 fatty acid present in it promotes hair growth.
- KAJAL - Home made & Chemical Free
Melt a tablespoon of beeswax in a double boiler and add 2 tablespoons of charcoal and castor oil and mix until you get the desired consistency.
- Nourish and moisturize dry skin via its fatty acids
- Banishes blemishes
If you have items around the home that need lubrication, such as squeaky hinges, scissors or meat grinders, castor oil can come to your rescue. Due to its consistent viscosity, castor oil does not freeze, so it can be ideal for both hot and cold weather condition.