Castor oil has been recognised for its beneficial properties for a very long time. Modern appreciation of its complex structure has only enhanced its reputation, particularly as a hair loss salve. We look closer.
In our childhood, castor oil occupied a unique place. Understood to be ever so good for you, a spoonful could be offered either as medication or as punishment, such was its reputation for having a terrible taste.
Its ancient use as a laxative was described in a 3,500-year-old papyrus, by when it had already been in use for centuries.
Our ancestors were right to recognise the potency of castor oil. Using modern techniques we have a much better grasp of just what this versatile vegetable oil is capable of. That versatility sees it used for a breathtakingly wide range of purposes: soap; lubricant; brake fluid, paint, dye, coatings, ink, cold resistant plastics, polish, nylon, pharmaceuticals, and perfumes. More recently, castor oil has begun to appear in all manner of beauty treatments, including some aimed directly at hair loss.
Does It Work?
There are a few good reasons why castor oil has become the new go-to ingredient for hair loss sufferers. It is extremely high in vitamin E and a monounsaturated fat called ricinoleic acid.
Ricinoleic acid is important, it acts as a humectant… which means it prevents moisture being lost through the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. The combination means that when applied directly to the skin it can help balance PH levels and help prevent dandruff or flaky skin. In addition, it can boost circulation to the scalp… a vital element of healthy hair growth.
The properties of castor oil are seeing it pop up in all manner of beauty treatments so that it is now possible to get hair masks, shampoos, and conditioners which all contain it as their active ingredient. To see and feel the benefits regular, consistent, applications are required.
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Castor oil and its benefits have featured on these pages before, so it is nice to see the industry taking it on board. There is undoubted value in these ancient remedies that we are only recently beginning to appreciate.
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