Description

Extracted from castor seeds, castor oil is a vegetable oil known especially for its regeneration properties and proven effectiveness in the field of natural care and beauty, where it has become an almost indelible ingredient in the composition of creams, lotions or natural soaps due to its curative properties.

History

Castor beans have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 4000 b.c. According to the Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical text from 1500 b.c., Egyptian doctors used castor oil to protect the eyes from irritation. The oil from the bean was used thousands of years ago in facial oils and in wick lamps for lighting. Castor oil has been used medicinally in the United States since the days of the pioneers. Traveling medicine men in the late 1800s peddled castor oil, often mixed with as much as 40% alcohol, as a heroic cure for everything from constipation to heartburn. It was also used to induce labor. At the present time, castor oil is used internally as a laxative and externally as a castor oil pack or poultice.

Properties

In addition to antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, castor oil also contains a large number of antioxidants that help the body fight actively against free radicals, being the only known source of unsaturated fatty acids, including ricinoleic acid, with a role in protecting and caring for your skin and hair. Thus, as a mask, both independently and in 100% natural combinations, which may include lemon juice or olive oil, castor oil succesfully fughts against baldness, regenerating the hair from the root to the top, also giving it a specific shine. Also useful for treating the skin, it combats dark rings around the eyes, requiring simple applications to act at night. By the same procedure, visible results can also be obtained in terms of softening the skin, its deep hydration and wrinkle blurring. Castor oil can also be used as an alternative treatment for low-risk conditions such as impetigo or fungal infections, also fighting against acne eruptions or eczema. Being an excellent foaming agent in natural soaps, castor oil acts as a repairer, emollient and nutritive, deeply cleaning without affecting the skin’s natural protection barrier.