HEALTH BENEFITS OF CASTOR OIL
The ricinoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid and other fatty acids found in castor oil are very effective in the treatment of rheumatism, arhtritis & gout. They easily penetrate throught the skin. Castor oil is many a times mixed with other medicines for rheumatism to facilitate their penetration and to enhance the effect.
Ricinoleic acid present in castor oil is an emmenagogue by nature and helps open menstruation in cases of delayed, painful or obstructed menstruation. It also helps to relieve pain during menstruation.
Castor seed oil is widely used as a laxative (better to call it a purgative). It is thus a very effective treatment for extreme cases of constipation where bulk laxatives do not work.
Ricinoleic acid is anti-inflammatory by nature. Castor oil is also used in medication for HIV positive patients, as compounds like ricinoleic and ricin have germicidal & antiviral effects. Castor oil is also used on burns & wounds to protect them from infections.
The germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties of ricin and ricinoleic acid that is present in castor oil protects the hair from microbial & fungal infections, the two prime causes of hair loss. In addition to this, the fatty acids in it nourish hair & prevent the scalp from drying by retaining moisture well.
Castor oil seeds contains undecylenic acid, which due to its germicidal and disinfectant properties, is useful for treating skin diseases and skin ulcers, particularly those which are caused due to bacterial or fungal infections.