A timeless ingredient, with a variety of uses, castor oil is commonly used to soften the skin and hydrate the hair for added strength, fullness, and shine. Rich in ricinoleic acid, castor oil is a natural moisturizer that helps retain moisture in the outer layer of your skin. Perfect for use with a warming massage to soothe and relax sore muscles and joints, apply for bolder brows and beautiful lashes, smooth the appearance of uneven or discolored skin, and soften cuticles, calluses, and other dry areas. For deep absorption, apply castor oil over your abdomen in a pack.
Castor oil can be used internally as a powerful natural laxative. You can also use castor oil externally as an emollient to smooth the skin and soften scar tissue. Many use pure castor oil externally to relieve muscle spasming.*
- As a natural laxative, take 1 tsp. to 1 tbsp. orally.
- To prepare a castor oil pack for muscle and other pain, saturate a piece of flannel and place over the abdomen or other painful area. Cover the flannel with plastic; and apply heat to increase penetration.
- For softening and soothing, massage pure castor oil into the desired area.
Ingredients: Pure, Cold Pressed Ricinus Communis (castor) oil.
Castor oil is extracted from a plant called Ricinus Communis. Certified by laboratory testing to be free of pesticide residues.
Ricinoleic acid is the main component of castor oil, and it exerts anti-inflammatory effects. It is believed that the antibacterial properties of castor oil are mainly due to its high ricinoleic acid content.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Some of my readers have expressed concern about the effect on the workers of harvesting castor oil, since they have heard that the plant can be toxic in it's unprocessed state.
So I asked the company who makes the castor oil we sell (Heritage Products) about the workers doing the harvest and here’s their response:
“We have used our current supplier for many years and they source fine oils from around the globe. They are used to dealing with international issues, including worker safety. We have questioned them in the past regarding this and they have assured us that they monitor the safety of the workers when they conduct their audits of their suppliers.”
Not very hard or provable, I know. Not sure how you would even go about getting any kind of ‘certified’ safety document or assurance in these countries anyway – as they are largely unregulated.
Still, it is good to raise this concern and let manufacturers know that we are thinking and talking about this issue.
On the positive side, it doesn’t look like the harvest would cause problems, since the ricin has to be ingested, inhaled, or injected to cause toxicity: http://www.ehso.com/ricin.php
The reference Wikipedia gives for its assertion that there are allergenic compounds on the leaves of the plant which harms workers, is also unsubstantiated: http://www.linnaeus.net/problem_with_castor.htm
Since castor oil is used in the industrial sector as well as health sector, there is a fairly large production going on. One would think that providing workers with gloves or face masks would be a fairly cheap/easy protective measure, rather than having to continually find more workers, or having lowered production due to sick workers…