Castor Oil For Hair
Using Castor Oil For Hair Health
Using castor oil for hair health or hair growth isn't all that new. Many of us remember taking a spoonful of castor oil once a day when children, either to keep us healthy or simply to remind us that not everything good for us necessarily had to taste good. As we grew up we tried to distance ourselves from castor oil bottles as much as possible.
Eventually we learned castor oil for the skin, castor oil for hair, and castor oil to treat various ailments were all good ideas, and that the oil wasn't something known only for its slightly unappealing taste. When one first considers all the benefits castor oil can provide, it begins to sound like one of those miracle foods or supplements which can cure cancer, prolong life, and everything else including grow hair.
There are many claims regarding the benefits of castor oil for hair including growing it. Such claims may or may not be a bit dubious, as there's not much we really know about growing hair, or keeping it for that matter. What is known, and has been proven however, is castor oil is good for the hair. Castor oil has for years been known as a very good skin conditioner, and as a substance which promotes healthy skin, so it's not really surprising that it benefits the hair as well.
Whether or not it will actually grow hair or not, castor oil for hair does seem to help in slowing hair loss, is a great conditioner for dry hair, and also helps keep the scalp moisturized and healthy, which means it can serve to effectively prevent dandruff. One of the reasons behind this is castor oil is rich in vitamin E, which in turn is a highly beneficial nutrient as far as skin, nails, and hair are concerned. There are anti fungal properties in castor oil which contribute to hair health in that fungal infections are sometimes a direct cause of hair loss.
A Rather Thick Oil - If there is a disadvantage or drawback in using castor oil for hair it would seem to be due to its viscosity. Castor oil is a rather heavy vegetable oil, and one that can be a little difficult in getting out of the hair once applied. When used as a scalp conditioner it is sometimes recommended that one try to avoid getting the oil in the hair, though it is never explained quite how that can be done, especially if a liberal amount is to be applied to the scalp. Fortunately, pure castor oil is odorless, and neither our scalp nor our hair have taste buds. Castor oil can be mixed with other herbal oils to lighten the consistency, and can be combined with a lightly scented oil such as rosemary oil if desired. Regular applications of castor oil to the head will certainly give one a healthy scalp and shiny, more attractive hair. More hair or thicker hair? The jury is still out on that one.
One Bottle Per Household - Whether one uses castor oil for hair or skin, it has so many uses that every home should have a bottle. Castor oil is an effective laxative and while not being harsh, it can be applied topically to deal with muscle aches and pains, and allied topically or taken internally to combat inflammation. Taken internally, castor oil is known to have certain cleansing and purifying properties. Compounds contained in pure castor oil have known antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Castor oil also has properties as an insecticide, but not-to the extent that would cause any problems to humans (we seldom drink it by the bottle).