Superfoods: Castor oil

After coconut oil, castor oil is probably my favourite oil when it comes to home remedies. I have recently started loosing a lot of my eyelashes and eyebrows and castor oil has been a life saver.

castor1ab.jpgCastor oil is a vegetable oil that mainly comes from India and Africa. The oil is pressed from the castor seeds also known as Ricinus communis. Castor oil has many benefits containing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The oil also contains large amounts of vitamin E, antioxidants, minerals, proteins, omega 6 and 9 and fatty acids. The antioxidants support the keratin in hair and make it stronger and less frizzy. Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid which is one of the reasons why it’s so great for hair growth. Ricinoleic acid helps to increase the circulation to the scalp, it also balances the scalp pH, which helps to replenish the scalp’s natural oils that are usually removed by toxin filled hair products. The anti fungal properties in castor oil fight off dandruff and scale infections.

The oil has been used for many years, traditionally for acne and other skin conditions. It was forgotten for some time, however it has been rediscovered recently and proven itself to be a very cheap alternative to all the toxin-filled products on the market. I use castor oil on my hair, eyebrows and eye lashes. Castor oil is extremely thick so I mix it with either argan or jojoba oil. Other oils that can be used are avocado, coconut or olive oil.

castor2.jpg2 tsp castor oil
1 tsp argan or jojoba oil
glass dropper bottle
clean mascara wand

I apply the oil in the evening to my eyelashes and eyebrows. For increased eyebrow growth I use one drop of oil on each eyebrow and massage it in with a cotton pad. For increased eyelash growth I use a clean mascara wand and apply it to my eyelashes carefully, the oil does sting if it goes into the eye.

For better head hair growth I first dampen my hair slightly with water and then apply 5-10 small drop to my scalp and massage it in. I then cover my pillow with a towel and keep it in over night. In the morning I use a little bit of conditioner which helps to remove the oil more easily. It is suggested to do this 2-3 times a week.

castor1aI ordered the organic castor oil from iHerb. They also have slightly cheaper oil in plastic bottles. For 5% off your order use code RDD731 at the checkout. I got my argan oil from Neal’s Yard in Wahda and Yas Mall, and jojoba oil from Organic foods and cafe. For more remedies for hair loss in the U.A.E. have a look here.

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