Castor oil is a vegetable oil squeezed out from the seeds of castor plant, Rici nus communis, found in Africa and India. But use of castor oil is limited not only to India, it is used all over the world for its medicinal properties.As a home remedy, castor oil is used widely for a number of problems and ailments. To name a few, castor oil helps deal with problems related to hair,skin, joints and intestine.
The oil also has omega-6 essential fatty acids, responsible for healthy hair.
Castor oil is crammed with fatty acids, specifically omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are the magic ingredient that helps reduce pigmentation. Ricinoleic acid is anti-inflammatory by nature. Castor oil is also used in medication for HIV positive patients, as compounds like Ricin have germicidal and antiviral effects. Castor oil is also use don burns and wounds to protect them from infections.
The history of castor oil goes back a long way, with Ancient Egyptians allegedly using it for their lamps around 4000 BC. Greek travelers like Herodotus recorded that the Egyptians also used it as an ointment. Cleopatra reportedly used it for brightening the whites of her eyes.