Castor oil is a species of plant from the spurge family. The oil is extracted from the ‘Castor bean’, which despite its name is not a true been, but more a seed. The Castor oil that we use is from the Mediterranean, where it is indigenous to the area. The Castor plant (Ricinus communis) also grows in Eastern Africa and India and is cultivated extensively in the USA. The Castor oil plant has a distinctive bright red flower in the female flowers and greenish / yellow in the male flowers. The leaves are glossy and grow to 15-45cm in length (depending upon variety and conditions). The height of the Castor oil plant can vary from a small shrub to 12 meters in height. The flowers of the Castor oil plant are green to reddish purple.
Like a coconut oil hair mask, a castor oil-based mask can help keep your hair and scalp moisturized. This oil is moisturized by occlusion. Using any oil as a hair mask will coat your hair and protect it from rough washing and styling. Castor oil has a very wide range of uses. From laxative to hair growth tonic. One of the major components to give castor oil its potent healing properties is its high content of ricinoleic acid which makes up 90% of castor oil. Ricionleic acid is a very potent anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
Here are some of the benefits of castor oil for your hair:
Using castor oil on your head to helps stimulate hair growth and can also reduce dandruff. Hair growth is promoted by the vitamin E, minerals and proteins found in castor oil. It also helps to improve blood circulation and thanks to castor oil’s anti-inflammatory properties it also helps those suffering from alopecia (hair loss). Thanks to its high concentration of vitamin E, Omega-6 fatty acids and protein, castor oil is great for hair growth. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that builds and repairs tissue in the body. The omega-6 fatty acids are vital for our health and we need to get them from food. They support hair and skin growth, bone health, metabolism and our reproductive system. You will find them in most vegetable oils. Protein is also important for hair growth. As the hair is made up of the protein keratin, a protein rich diet will help our body produce it and thus strengthen our hair. To get the most out of your castor oil, massage it into your scalp. Castor oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that can help your immune system fight scalp infections. Massaging it into your scalp and leaving it overnight will help treat conditions like dandruff.
The easiest way to get the benefits from the potent castor oil is to just spill some onto your hands and massage it in your scalp. Leave it on for 2-3 hours and then wash your hair like you do usually. Do this once a week for two months straight and you should see great results.
As always if you have serious symptoms please consult your doctor.