The power of Castor oil
Castor oil, also known as castor oil and miracle oil, you have undoubtedly heard of it. The ingredient is known for its laxative properties. But did you also know that this versatile commodity has been used in personal care products for centuries?
First things first: what is it?
Castor oil is a natural oil that originally has a thick, viscous texture with a pale yellow color. It is extracted from the seeds of the Ricinus communis tree by harvesting, drying and pressing them. They also call the Ricinus communis tree miracle tree, and for good reason.
Let's start with its laxative powers. Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, which stimulates bowel movements and can help relieve constipation. But don't worry if you see it on a product label! Castor oil is a versatile ingredient and can be used for all sorts of things. It doesn't make you sprint to the toilet. ;)
A versatile ingrediënt
Castor oil is very popular in healthcare. Research shows that castor oil also has anti-inflammatory, healing and antimicrobial properties. These super powers are used in the treatment of all kinds of ailments. From arthritis to burns and even infections. Although this substance has many benefits, it is always wise to consult with your doctor before using it for medical purposes.
But there's more.
Thus, it also ensures radiant skin and long locks. This is due to its moisturizing and softening properties. It is therefore widely used in personal care products, such as creams, lotions as well as our Orange Vanilla and Raspberry Lemonade lip balm. For example, it can combat dryness, help with acne and reduce scars. Before you get started with it yourself, it is wise to first check whether you will get an allergic reaction. Apply a small amount to the skin and see if you get any redness or itching. Isn't this the case? Then you are good to go.
Do you suffer from tired eyes? A touch of castor oil around your eyes can help with swelling, dark circles and dry eyelids. In addition, it can stimulate and strengthen hair growth. You can apply some castor oil to the scalp, but also to your eyelashes. Bring on that glow from skin to hair!