There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who has aged gracefully, all of life’s experiences traced on her wise face. She’s embraced her life, her loves, and her looks. The confidence and wisdom of a beautiful life lived is priceless and we should all strive to reach that serenity. But, unfortunately, thanks to the influx of social pressures, media misrepresentation of aging, and the subsequent tolls on our self esteem we are not all so confident or equipped for accepting these signs of age—even though we should be.
I can preach about the beauty of aging and most would want to agree that fighting the natural cycle of life is just plain wrong. But, it doesn’t take long after the first of life’s wrinkles appear for us humans (always a few years before we’re expecting the creases and several years before we’re ready for them) for us to start looking for a way to ‘fix’ them.
If you’re not ready and still putting up a fight against time, at least do so with natural means. Be gentle and tread lightly, for you’ve only one face. Luckily, there are many supporters of natural approaches. And many natural methods promise big results. Castor oil is one organic hope that is whispered among the aging. Here’s a look at just how much hope we should have for the substance.
What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is pressed from the castor bean. It is of vegetable, hulled and taken from a pure seed. It has quite an interesting (and noble) history. According to http://castoroil.org, castor oil was as an ointment and lamp fuel used by the Egyptians. It has even been claimed that Cleopatra used it to brighten her eyes.
Nowadays, castor oil is used by celebrities and naturalists alike. It contains ricinoleic acid which is said to have strong therapeutic capabilities.
Castor beans are also used to coat fabrics, in inks, textile dyes, and when preserving leather. It can also be used in the production or manufacturing of candles, crayons, carbon paper, ointments, and paints. Parts of its residue can also be used as fertilizer.
Is Castor Oil Safe?
If you are in a desperate situation of the self and skin, you may think, “it couldn’t hurt.” But of course, some approaches could hurt—a lot. So, is castor oil one of them? If you look back to the list of uses for castor oil, you may feel a bit apprehensive about using a fertilizer or textile dye as a skin treatment. The castor plant is, indeed, highly toxic because it contains the cytotoxin ricin. Ingesting as little as one milligram can kill an adult human. Despite this scary fact, the oil when extracted properly can be used safely because the ricin is no longer present in the oil. (Cornell University).
How is Castor Oil Used?
Castor oil has received high praise from many users. In addition to the rumor that it can diminish the signs of wrinkles, it has a long list of supposed benefits, some believe castor oil is able to:
- treat fungal skin infections
- sooth joint pain
- soften dry hair
- induce and ease labor
- serve as a sensual massage oil
- reduce cysts and warts
- treat eye styes
The validity of many of these claims has yet to be properly and scientifically documented, but that doesn’t seem to deter natural health specialists and followers to praise this oil. Although, the uses of the oil for health and body have changed over the years, as it is no longer used as a laxative due to its ability to severely upset the normal digestive system.
Does Castor Oil work?
That, judging by the fluffy and sometimes conflicting information, is up to you to decide. According to its properties, there is a chance it does. Castor oil can be absorbed very quickly into the skin, thanks to its low-molecular weight. This is said to encourage collagen production. It is an anti-oxidant. It cleanses and moisturizes while supposedly soothing skin irritations. (castoroil.org), Whether or not it can erase wrinkles, may be less relevant than we think. Healthy, moisturized skin may make a bigger difference than erasing one crease from the corner of your mouth. Perhaps we should be focusing less on how well it erases history and more on how it can help us maintain healthy skin by natural means.
How to Use Castor Oil
Convinced and ready to try castor oil? Here’s one suggestion by e-Topical on how to use castor oil for wrinkles:
- Start by gently cleaning your skin and drying completely with a towel.
- Use a cotton ball and toner, rose water, hazel, or similar product to remove the last bits of cleanser still in or on your skin.
- Rub the castor oil on your skin. You can use your palms, but remember to rub gently.
- Do this a few times a day. Before bed may provide bigger benefits.
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