Want an ingredient that can do it all? Then castor oil is your new bestie. This award winning ingredient can be used on your hair, nails and skin. Here’s how.
Enriched with ricinoleic acid, a monosaturated fatty acid, castor oil is great for strengthening and restoring dry, damaged hair. It is also known for promoting hair growth.
The average human hair follicle grows around a centimetre per month, but with the help of castor oil that could be tripled. Simply use the oil how you would a hair mask, making sure to saturate your roots.
For the dandruff sufferers, castor oil is a gift from the gods. Known for its ability to reduce inflammation, castor oil is an effective treatment. It will also help moisturize the scalp to prevent flaking. For best results use 2-3 times a week. You can now purchase castor oil shampoos and conditioners in drugstore such as Boots. With an average star rating of 4.5 the ‘SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil strengthen and restore’ seems to be a favourite. Or you could even add a few drops to your favourite shampoo.
Castor oil is a great treatment for those bothersome fungal infections. In a bowl, add 1 part Epsom salt and 3 parts water, along with some castor oil. Soak your nails in the solution for at least 15 minutes and repeat daily to fight that nasty infection.
To help grow your nails, massage a generous amount of the oil to your cuticles every night before bed and wait to be amazed. Those nail extensions will no longer be needed.
Because of its bountiful dose of vitamin E, castor oil is also great to moisturize the nail bed itself and could potentially improve the strength of nails with frequent application.
As the colder months start to approach, everyone knows that this means the hated chapped lips are making a return. Well, not this time they’re not! Take 2-3 drops of castor oil and rub it into your lips then you can wave goodbye to sore, dry lips.
We all have the one pair of uncomfortable shoes that cause scars but still insist on wearing them, right? Or that evil spot that decided to take over your chin and leave a scar, you know the one I mean. Well, here’s how you get rid of them and having glowing, clear skin. Apply castor oil to a cotton wool ball and, preferably leave it on the affected area over night.
Now that you have some tips to try, here are a few of the best rated castor oils that you can give a go.
Written by Bryony Ghai.