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You should be using Castor oil; here's why..

Updated: Apr 28

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Transcending age, race, and gender, the product that everyone is vouching for these days is castor oil. This inexpensive at-home beauty treatment can be found at your local supermarket or chemist and brings with it a host of amazing benefits for skin and hair.

Not to be confused with the oil for your car, castor oil (also known as Ricinus oil) is derived from castor beans and has been used both internally and externally for thousands of years due to its many wonderful health benefits. This is why it is an ingredient that I use in both my body and shampoo bars.

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This oil is awesome for hair

Castor oil was used for centuries as a beauty treatment and has been replaced over the years by more conventional products. It is an affordable oil that blends well with other oils to form a wonderful hair and skin treatment.

One of the uses of this amazing oil is on the scalp as a deeply moisturizing hair treatment. The reason is it so effective is that it is naturally rich in ricinoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids.

Using it as a leave-in treatment will lock in moisture, soften, add shine, and also protect hair against heat and other damage.

Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties give it healing properties for conditions like folliculitis and scalp infections. But that is not all, as it can also darken hair and prevent premature greying!

This makes me want to start right away!

It is also amazing for your skin!

So it seems that the antibacterial property of castor oil also makes it very useful as a form of skincare. Who knew?!?

Castor oil benefits the skin on many levels but primarily does so by deeply moisturizing the cells.  Otherwise known as ‘wonder olie’ in the Netherlands, this oil is an amazing lubricant. It can be used as a soothing emollient to treat conditions like dry skin, dermatitis, sunburn, and open sores among others.

WOW… this is amazing!!

Did you know: Due to its high omega-3 content, using castor oil can also effectively diminish moles, warts, and stretch