Castor Oil: The Secret to Longer Hair and Glowing Skin?

As we peruse the YouTube beauty reviews, there was a product that seemed to be all the rage amongst users looking to grow their hair.  Transcending age, race, and gender, the product that everyone is vouching for is castor oil.  Not to be confused with the oil for your car, this castor oil is derived from castor beans, used both internally and externally for thousands of years due to its many wonderful health benefits.  Among the proven benefits of castor oil is its ability to treat hair loss and skin blemishes.

The hair and beauty benefits of this oil are pretty impressive.  In the Netherlands, locals commonly refer to castor oil as the "wonder oil" because of its many uses.  This inexpensive at-home beauty treatment can be found at you local supermarket or drugstore.  In our online research, we found many people add castor oil to their conditioner or use the oil as a leave-in moisturizing treatment.  Applying castor oil to hair locks in moisture, softens, adds shine, and protects against heat and other damage.  Many YouTube users rub the oil into the scalp, helping to make hair grow faster due to its high content of omega-3 fatty acids.  Other sites claim the oil can even be applied to eyelashes for increased volume and length. The many cosmetic benefits of castor oil seem to be endless.

The antibacterial property of castor oil also makes it very useful as a form of skincare.  Treatment of acne and various skin infections is another important castor oil use. Using castor oil can effectively diminish moles, warts, and stretch marks.  Castor oil benefits the skin by moisturizing the cells.  Dr. David Williams cites the chemical makeup of castor oil as its source of hair and beauty awesomeness.  "Its effectiveness may be due in part to its unusual chemical composition," said Williams.  "Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids-almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content consists of ricinoleic acid-and, to my knowledge, ricinoleic acid is not found in any substance other than castor oil."  Castor oil contains Ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid that possesses anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic, or pain relieving, properties. This acid, as well as both linoleic and oleic acid, are also highly moisturizing. Castor oil is such an effective moisturizer and emollient that it is also used as an anti-wrinkle treatment.  When applied regularly, castor oil will increase skin's elasticity, make the skin appear more supple and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Many people have also found castor oil effective in lightening age spots and getting rid of stretch marks. 

With so many benefits to this natural oil, it's no wonder there are tons of online rave reviews for it.  Have you tried using castor oil for longer hair or clearer skin?  Tell us your experience in the comments section below.

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