Castor Oil is also known as Palma Christi, agno casto (Spanish origin). Ricinus is the Latin name for a tick, which th eseeds resemble, and communis means general, common.
It is generally believed to be a native to Africa or India and the major Castor Oil producing countries include Brazil, China & India.
The parts used are the ripe seeds, and the oil can be obtained by cold pressing. This oil is remarkably stable and does not turn rancid easily. It has a distinct odor and is usually a pale yellow.
The ancient Egyptians used it as a purgative.
The Romans found it especially useful to rid oneself of skin 'defects'.
In North Africa it is the staple ingredient in many dubious 'magic' potions.
Back in the day when we were children Castor Oil was given to us when we were 'sick' with tummy aches and such. (of course it was yucky).
Properties & Uses:
been known to have cathartic properties. It is a laxative, acting on the small intestine.
There has been a long history of medical uses in both the East & West.
Castor Oil does have emollient properties on the skin, and due to its viscosity can be considered where moisture needs to be locked in or out.
Used in cosmetics as an ingredient in lipsticks, solid perfumes, hair products, ointments, creams, lotions, transparent soaps, suppository basis.
Hydrogenated forms are used as emulsion stabilisers.
Note: It has found little value in Aromatherapy, being very thick, viscous.
However, sulphated castor oil is water soluble so that, it does form the base of a common dispersant in water and so occurs carrying essential oils in many natural bath oil. (and not leave an oily ring around the bath).
Castor Oil has been found to be effective in treatments when applied to skin blemishes such as brown patches, liver spots, age spots, etc.
Here is some more information on Castor Oil I would like to share with you::
> Amazing Castor Oil: Ancient Remedy, Modern Healer
by Gabriel Cousens M.D., M.D.(H)
> Discover Castor Oil's health benefits by Edgar Cayces:
Here is a youtube video (should you want to make your own) on 'Castor Oil' packs.
Liquid Sunshine Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy by Jan Kusmirek
Carrier Oil for Aromatherapy & Massage by Len Price with Ian Smith & Shirley Price
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