Castor or ricin oil is a unique product, amazing properties of which are in demand in many industries from aircraft to food industry. It is obtained from the fruits of castor bean, a poisonous plant, noted in the Guinness Book of Records. Lethal dose is contained in all four seeds. However, to extract from them cyanide in its pure form is more difficult than from the fruits of almonds. The collection of raw materials is done manually and is associated with a fair risk. At the same time, the oil obtained by simple mechanical means is completely safe.
Preparation and precautions
Before you apply the oil as an external agent, you must check your sensitivity to the drug. To do this, rub a few drops on the inside of the wrist. If after 12 hours there is no redness, rash or itching in this sensitive area, you can safely use castor oil for cosmetic or medicinal purposes. In order not to provoke an allergic reaction, it is better to use it not in its pure form, but as an additive to a cosmetic agent.
When applying the bean oil inside, carefully study the label and make sure that the grade is intended for oral use, storage conditions are met and the shelf life has not expired.
Useful properties and indications for use
Castor oil contains several types of fatty acids. Almost 90% is accounted for by ricinoleic acid; in small quantities linoleic, oleic, stearic, palmitic, linolenic, and eicocenic acids are present. In addition, the substance contains vitamins A and E, essential oils, bioflavonoids and phytosterols. The chemical composition determines the valuable properties of castorca, which has: barrier, antiviral, bactericidal, antifungal, moisturizing, nourishing, resolving, antispasmodic action.
At home, castor oil is indicated to relieve pain in the joints, muscles and menstrual pain. It relieves insomnia and migraines. Effectively helps against yeast and other infections. Actively used for healing wounds, frostbites and sunburn. In addition, the urinogenital system, sore throat, tonsillitis and other diseases of the oral cavity are treated with castor oil, and they eliminate long-lasting hiccups.
When ingestion, ricin causes reflex motility enhancement, which is why it is as popular as a laxative and anthelmintic.
Bile oil eliminates various types of acne, hair loss, dryness, peeling and other cosmetic problems. It gives skin elasticity and smoothes wrinkles. It has a whitening effect in the presence of freckles and age spots.
Harm and contraindications
The beneficial properties of castorca in some cases may be unsafe. For example, the ability to cause a contraction of the myometrium is sometimes used to stimulate labor. At the same time, inadvertently taking the drug as a laxative, a pregnant woman can provoke unwanted contractions at any time. In case of poisoning, castor oil is often used to cleanse the digestive system. But this is unacceptable in case of poisoning by alcohol, benzene, organic acids and other fat-soluble substances.
General list of contraindications
- Sensitivity to ricinic acid.
- Children's age up to 12 years.
- Renal failure.
- Stones in the gallbladder.
- Ulcerative erosive inflammation of the digestive tract.
- Chronic colitis.
- Uterine bleeding, including menstruation.
- Intestinal bleeding.
- Sharp belly syndrome.
- Poisoning with fat-soluble substances.
- Poisoning with male thyroid extract.
How to use castor oil in cosmetology
Castor oil can be used for rubbing, massage, applications, wraps, as part of natural masks and as an additive to industrial cosmetics, to enhance its action.
|Application area||Amount of drug||Additional ingredients||Mode of application|
|To strengthen hair||1-2 tablespoons||Apply to the hair roots for 30-50 minutes. Wrap the head with a towel. Repeat 1-2 times a week.|
|To restore split ends||1 teaspoon||-||Apply daily.|
|Against hair loss||1 tablespoon||Vodka or lemon juice 2: 1.||Rub into the roots.|
|For eyelashes and eyebrows||3-4 drops||Burdock oil 1: 1 or vitamin A (one capsule).||Lubricate every other day.|
|For beard growth||1 tablespoon||Apply to the roots and hold for 30 minutes under a towel.|
|For face skin||1 teaspoon||Olive, almond or sea buckthorn oil 1: 1.||Use instead of night cream. Suitable for sensitive skin.|
|Against mimic wrinkles around the eyes||3-4 drops||-||Apply 2-3 times a month, slightly beating into the skin with your fingers.|
|To reduce scars and stretch marks||Depending on the area of damage.||-||Apply with massage movements 1 time per day.|
|Against freckles and age spots||1-2 drops||-||Lubricate 2 times a day.|
|For hands and nails||1 tablespoon||Linseed, sea buckthorn or olive oil 1: 1.||Replace regular cream 1-2 times a week or mix 1: 1 with it.|
|For legs||2 tablespoons||-||Apply on steamed dry skin, wear cotton socks.|
Use in folk recipes
Castor oil is an excellent aid in the complex treatment of diseases such as arthritis or hemorrhoids. It enhances the action of antihelminthic drugs, relieves cough with bronchitis and reduces inflammation in otitis and sore throat. However, using home remedies, it must be remembered that relieving symptoms does not solve the problem. It is important to find out and eliminate the cause of the disease. Choose the right strategy to combat the disease is best to help a doctor.
|Application area||Amount of drug||Additional ingredients||Mode of application|
|For constipation||2 tablespoons||-||Take on an empty stomach.|
|Slag removal||1 tablespoon||During the week on an empty stomach.|
|Shock removal of slags||1 g per 1 kg of body weight||Once on an empty stomach.|
|From worms||2 tablespoons||100-200 grams of pumpkin seeds.||Eat sunflower seeds on an empty stomach, drink oil in 1-2 hours. Repeat for several days.|
|Slimming||Depending on the area||For massage - oil of lemon, cedar, grapefruit and lavender 1: 1: 1: 1: 4.||Massage and wraps 3-4 times a week for a month. For wrapping need linen cloth in three layers and cellophane.|
|With arthritis||3-4 tablespoons||-||Warm compresses for 20-30 minutes.|
|For muscle pain||1-2 tablespoons||-||Rub massage movements.|
|With headaches||2-3 drops||-||Apply at bedtime to the temporal area.|
|With colds and bronchitis||1 tablespoon||For inhalation - eucalyptus oil 1: 1.||Rub at bedtime chest and warm shelter. Inhalation is carried out after cleansing the respiratory tract from mucus.|
|With hemorrhoids and cracks||1 tablespoon,|
for trays 15 drops in 4 liters of water
|-||Use a cotton swab dipped in oil as needed.|
|Burns, wounds and abrasions||Depending on the affected area||-||Treat once a day until healing.|
|Anti-dandruff||1 tablespoon||Massage into scalp, rub off in half an hour.|
|Against nail fungus||1 teaspoon||Lemon or tea tree oil 2-3 drops.||Wipe nails 2 times a day.|
|Against acne||Depending on the affected area||Olive oil 1: 1 for oily skin and 1: 2 for dry skin.||Apply for a few minutes, rubbing massage movements. Cover with a warm towel. Change it several times. Not suitable for sensitive skin.|
|Against papillomas and warts||2-3 drops||-||Massage for 15 minutes clockwise.|
|With red eyes||1-2 drops in each eye||-||Bury 1-2 times a day.|
|With barley||1 drop||-||Dig in 1 time a day.|
|Otitis||3 drops in each ear||-||To drip or apply on a cotton wool turunda. Repeat several times during the day. Unacceptable in case of purulent otitis.|
|With angina||1 teaspoon||Tincture "Rotokan" and the solution of "Lugol" 1: 1: 1.||Lubricate the throat with a gauze cloth 3 times a day. Inevitable vomiting reflex.|
|To remove tick||3-4 drops||-||First, as a lubricant to remove, then to disinfect the wound.|
Opinions and reviews of doctors and cosmetologists
Doctors urge you to carefully read the contraindications before you take ricinous oil orally.
Episodic use is approved by experts, and is even prescribed for the release of the intestine before certain procedures and studies.
Alertness cause recipes shock cleansing the body. In addition to slags and parasites, a cocktail rich in castor oil can save a person from most of the intestinal microflora and provoke a long-term disruption of the gastrointestinal tract. Before the procedure should consult with a gastroenterologist.
Attempts to lose weight with regular intake of ricins can also be harmful, nutritionists say. The effect is short-term. Weight loss after castor application is caused by the release of the intestines and the release of excess fluid. It does not affect the deposition of fat, but it can disturb the water-salt balance, cause swelling or dehydration.
Opinions trichologists regarding the benefits for the hair are contradictory. On the one hand, no clinical trials have been carried out; on the other hand, there is a certain experience of successful popular use. Lamb oil really "awakens" hair follicles and enhances hair growth, making them beautiful and healthy. Ricin is prescribed as an additional agent in the treatment of scalp for dandruff, dryness, hair loss, not related to hormonal causes. In the end, much depends on the individual characteristics of the organism.
Dermatologists and cosmetologists advise to use for external use not pharmacopoeial, but hydrogenated oil. It is important to check the skin's response to the drug before use, especially in large areas, for example, during massage.
Most reviews emphasize that ricin acts gently, especially for sensitive and dry skin. Penetrating into the deep layers, it nourishes and efficiently repairs cells.
Does overdose happen and what to do with it
When overdosing, castor oil causes persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and, as a result, dehydration. Possible weakness, dizziness, hallucinations, loss of consciousness. Symptoms occur when the daily dosage is exceeded seven times.
The notorious dictator of Benito Amilcar Andrea Mussolini used castor oil to execute opponents of the regime. This means that accidentally poisoning with such serious consequences is impossible.
To eliminate signs of overdose, first of all, stop taking the substance. Symptomatic therapy is indicated. It is important to immediately replace the loss of electrolytes, intake of large amounts of fluid.
If neurotoxic symptoms appear, an ambulance should be called immediately. In a clinical setting, diazepam is administered intravenously, specific antidotes, loperamide and atropine sulfate, are used.
Useful information and tips
- High-quality oil has a slightly yellowish color, and the more transparent, the better it is cleaned. It is such a tool sold in pharmacies for medical and cosmetic purposes.
- Stored castorca in a dark cool place. Gelatin capsules - up to 2 years, oil in a sealed bottle - up to 5 years. Opened vial should be tightly closed and stored only in the refrigerator. The shelf life and use of clean oil after opening coincide. Cosmetic mixed with retsina is stored less than usual.
- Oral can be taken no more than three days in a row.
- Apply to the skin in its natural form or mixed with other substances can be no more than a week. After the course of treatment, a break is required.
- Castor oil has a faint odor and an unpleasant, glycerin taste. A thick and viscous fluid causes a gag reflex if swallowed. To facilitate the reception, it is recommended to immediately chew it with dried fruit.
- Calories - 899 kcal per 100 grams.
- To wash the oil off the hair, use a weak solution of vinegar before applying the shampoo.
- Moreover, it whitens the skin well, on the hair gives the opposite effect. Therefore, blondes should use it with caution.
- Thorough milk helps to thoroughly clean the face and hands after the procedures with castor oil.
- Useful properties used in everyday life for the care of leather products. It restores even the most neglected items and shoes.
The widespread use of proprietary products often leads us to forget about using simple homemade recipes. But castor oil remains a popular and indispensable product. Castor oil, as a magic elixir, returns beauty, youth and health.