25 Little Known Benefits of Castor Oil in Everyday Life

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Hair loss is a very common problem found in most of the people nowadays. Food habit is not the only reason for hair loss, there are many other reasons for hair fall such as lack of sleep, water, stomach problem and many more.

Some time back I was also facing hair fall problem and then I was introduced to castor oil by one of my relative. Castor oil which is known for its magical hair growth properties helps in improving the quality of scalp, since castor oil is rich in chemical properties, anti-bacterial or anti-fungal properties. A disease free scalp that receives healthy blood flow can produce better and high quality hair and the growth of hair increases automatically.

Castor oil

So she told me that the application of castor oil before bed at night might control the hair loss problem. I had no other option but to try that also. And guess what?

I was amazed with the kind of results I have got. There was a drastic reduction in my hair fall.

Castor oil comes from the castor seed, Ricinus communis, which has a very unique composition. The useful properties of castor oil have been known since ancient times. Castor oil not only reduces hair fall but it has many other benefits. So today I am going to tell you the 25 amazing health benefits of castor oil.

Castor oil

1) Skin Problem

Castor Oil is very effective for any kind of skin related problems like sunburn, dry skin, stretch mark, warts, boils, athlete’s foot, acne and chronic itching. And to treat problems like sun burn, warts , skin tags, yeast infections, fungal infections or acne all you have to do is dip a cotton wool ball in the castor oil apply and directly to the affected area, leave it for an hour and wash it off after that. In order to get faster results repeat this in the morning and night.

2) Promotes Hair Growth

As discussed above castor oil is the best remedy for hair growth. It has omega-6 essential fatty acids, responsible for healthy hair. For the good results apply oil before going to bed at night and wash it off in the morning. You can also mix coconut oil or, almond oil with this and heat it a little and apply for the best results. This oil also helps to controls hair breakage and reduce split ends.

3) Treats Scalp Infection

With castor oil’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, you can fight pathogens and micro-organism, responsible for Scalp infection.

4) Thickens Eyebrows

Use of castor oil promotes hair growth and helps thicken your eyebrows and eyelashes. For that you can gently massage each eyebrow with castor oil before going to bed everyday and wash it of next day morning for better results.

5) Hair darkening

Castor oil helps in making your hair look darker because of its humectant properties. This along with its nutrients helps lock in moisture thus giving your hair a darker look. Mixing a little castor oil with your leave-on moisturizer and applying it will help get this darken tone to your hair

6) Ringworms

The active compound called undecylenic acid, found in castor oil, helps treat ringworms effectively commonly found across all age groups. Dilute 2 teaspoons of castor oil in 4 teaspoons of coconut oil and apply over the affected area and cover with a cotton cloth. For the best results keep it overnight. Repeat this until cured completely .

7) Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Application of castor oil everyday after washing your face can treat wrinkles and fine lines. delays the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, castor oil making the skin smoother, softer and younger.

8) Acne

Castor oil is rich in Ricinoleic acid which fights off the acne-causing bacteria. It effectively penetrates the skin layers, making it an excellent remedy for acne. Wash your face with warm water and simply massage your face in a circular motion with the oil. Keep it overnight and wash your face next morning with cold water.

9) Good for nail

Castor oil has Vitamin E which is excellent for treating brittle nails and ragged cuticles. Massage a small amount of oil for 2-3 months to get better results.

10) Moisturizer

If you looking for some natural skin moisturizer then castor oil is best for you . Apply a few drops on face and massage it well on your skin every night. The high concentrated fatty acids penetrate the skin easily and helps remove dry patches and restores hydration of the skin.

11) Stretch Marks

Castor oil can treats stretch marks caused due to pregnancy or excessive weight gain. Rub castor oil over the stretch mark regularly to get the good results.

12) Pigmentation

Castor oil is full of fatty acids, specifically omega-3 fatty acids hence it has the ability to reduce pigmentation. They also keep the skin hydrated thus stimulating tissue growth which in turn gives you blemish free skin.

13) Fade Scars

Castor oil can produce permanent solution for fading scars naturally. They penetrate deep within the scar tissue and plump it out while encouraging the growth of healthy tissues around it and helps fading scars slowly.

14) Antimicrobial

The antimicrobial and  pain-relieving properties of castor oil are effective for treating fungal skin infections , such as ringworm, minor cuts and scratches.

15) Constipation

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil promotes regular bowel movement. Consumption of one teaspoon of pure cold pressed castor oil for three days regularly can treat constipation.

16) Arthritis and Joint Pains

Castor oil is an ideal massage oil for relieving joint pain, nerve inflammation and sore muscles because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The below steps will show you how to use castor oil for arthritis and joint pain.

  • Take a piece of soft cotton fabric and fold it into squares.
  • Soak it in castor oil and press out excess oil.
  • Now place it on the affected joint.
  • Place a hot water bottle or heating pad on this and leave it for an hour.Repeat this process twice a week for good results.
  • If you want you can use plastic on top of the cotton fabric in order to avoid the bottle from getting oily.

17) The Lymphatic System and Liver

Just follow the same steps as above but using a larger piece of cloth instead of the smaller one as discussed above. This will help relieve and drain excess fluids from lymph and liver. You can place the pack on the abdomen and cover it with a plastic sheet and an old towel. Then place a pillow under your knew and lay flat on your back for a minimum of one hour to get best results.

18) Treatment of Mild Surface Tumours

It’s been proved that the castor oil increases T-cells production in human body hence castor oil is a great remedy for the treatment of Mild Surface Tumours.

19) Improves Immunity

Castor oil also helps increase white blood cells and helps boost immunity. Studies have proven that when castor oil was applied to the outside of the body, the white blood cell count was increased within 24 hours of application.

20) Heals cracked heels

Castor oil is a great treatment for dry and cracked heels. Massage oil into your heels before going to bed and cover with a pair of socks, and you will find that it quickly restores the moisture to your skin and adds softness.

21) Use castor oil as a lip balm

In case you are not aware, castor oil is actually added to many lip remedies so you can apply castor oil directly on your lips for healthy lip.

22) Dark eye circles

Apply oil directly to under eyes to treat dark eye circles

23) Makeup remover

Castor oil is a great make-up remover. Take some drops in a cotton ball to swipe off the make-up easily.

24) Alleviate Colic in Babies

Gently massage baby’s belly area with castor oil to alleviate the pain of gas and other tummy troubles in your infant and help them to sleep without causing any adverse side effects.

25) Menstrual Disorders

In the case of menstrual disorders castor oil can help relieve pain.

Castor Oil

Advice:

Pregnant and lactating women should consult the doctor first, if you want to use this oil.

Do not use too much castor oil on your face since it is highly concentrated and too much of it can clog the pores, leading to skin irritation or breakouts. So don’t be too generous with its usage.

Make sure you take the right dosage . If you want to use it internally, like to treat constipation. So it is advisable to consult the doctor.

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Trip to Kolkata – 20 Days of Memories in a City that Forgot to Move

As the flight touched down at the Kolkata airport and the pilot announced that the weather outside was pleasant (which is very unlike Kolkata), I was already feeling a pleasant warmth in the air. The warmth that you would normally feel when you are lying down with your head in your mom’s lap and your mom is running her fingers through your hair.

My daughter was so very excited to meet her little sister (my sister-in-law’s daughter). I could see it in her eyes.

It wasn’t Bhagalpur this time, instead it was Kolkata.

My sister-in-law is settled in Kolkata and made a very important decision in her life a few months back; investing in a house. She had just moved into her new house and our visit was also to celebrate her new house (the housewarming incidentally happened a few days before we reached and we couldn’t join her because of the Sports day at my daughter’s school).

There was another reason as well, for our trip to Kolkata this time. It was to celebrate Saraswati Puja. It was a long time that everybody in Puja’s family were together for Saraswati Puja and we wanted to do it this time. I too had never been a part of it and this time round, I had to.

saraswati puja

Saraswati Puja is a huge occasion in Bhagalpur. It is celebrated just like Durga Puja is celebrated in Bengal.

saraswati puja

And since there is a ritual of an “Akhand Jyoti”, which is a lamp that glows the entire night and stays lit until the immersion of the Idol, the occasion calls for some nice games and fun the entire night.

Akhad Jyoti

None of us would sleep the entire night. The night would stay alive with antakshari, rounds of ludo, snakes & ladders and other games.

It was so nice to be together for the puja. We had a lot of fun. But the happiest of all of us were the two little ones. The elder sister couldn’t let go off the younger one and she would ensure that she would be around the little one always. They were the ones who had the most fun and we enjoyed watching them together.

Saraswati Visarjan
Saraswati Visarjan (The Idol Immersion)

Kolkata – A City that Forgot to Move

I had been to Kolkata a couple of times before as well. But all of those visits would be for 2-3 days and hence we never found time to go around the city.

But this time, we were there for a good 20 days which included 3 weekends. And since all of the family were together, we felt it was the right time to visit some of the places of interest in Kolkata.

Kolkata was a victim of bad administration. The governments in the state seemed to have forgotten to work on developing the city. Kolkata is one of the four metropolitan cities in the country and if you have ever been to the other 3 metros (Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai), you would understand the reason why I called Kolkata, a city that forgot to move.

Kolkata seemed to be stuck in the 1940s. Old buildings on the verge of crumbling, poorly maintained infrastructure and a lack of proper communication within the city were just some of the things.

In spite of all this, I liked the city. It felt as if I was in my native. There was something that gave me that feeling of affinity as if I am a part of the city. And probably that is why I felt pity on her and the neglect that she was subjected to.

Gangasagar – a Pilgrimage

I like beaches and hence the idea of visiting Gangasagar, which is a pilgrimage near Kolkata got me excited. Now if you are wondering as to what does a pilgrimage have to do with beaches, then let me clarify.

gangasagar

Gangasagar is an island to the south of Kolkata. We were planning to visit there to take a dip in the Holy Ganga. And my love for beaches indirectly meant I was in love with water. The thought of lying immersed in the sea itself was exciting.

ganga sagar pilgrimage

The best experience was about the travel. We experimented with pretty much every conveyance that was available. We started with a train journey, followed by an electric auto, then a steamer to cross the ocean, and then a bus journey to reach Gangasagar.

When we jumped into the water, we heard people calling out and asking us to move out because the tide was growing. We were disappointed but didn’t have a choice. So we had very little time to enjoy in the water. But we still had the most of whatever little time we had.

On the shore were some shops selling handmade items from seashells. They were beautiful but overpriced, as expected considering it was a tourist spot.

vendors at gangasagar

If you visit Gangasagar, don’t miss going to the Kapil Muni temple. Kapil Muni was a saint and is considered responsible for bringing river goddess Ganga to earth.

kapil muni ashram

We were dead tired by the time we came back from Gangasagar. While the trip is ideally an overnight stay, we had to finish it the same day because of time constraints. In spite of all the tiredness, we truly enjoyed the trip.

Ecopark – Kolkata

This was one of the very few places in Kolkata that were well maintained. We had plans of visiting the Ecopark and the Science City in Kolkata. Science City turned out to be a nightmare because the place was completely mismanaged and pretty much everything there was in a non-working state.

The aquarium was ill-managed and so were all the science models.

But Ecopark was a completely different experience. The park was well organized and maintained with themed sections. The rose garden, the bamboo garden, and the artist’s cottage were the best attractions.

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rose garden

rose garden

rose garden

artists cottage

There was ample space for the kids to play and they too had a real good time.

kids enjoying the play area

flowers in ecopark

kids enjoying the play area

There was also a musical fountain event scheduled for around 6 PM. We have seen such musical fountains at Akshardham in Delhi and also at Lalbagh in Bangalore. The event at Ecopark was not quite upto the mark though as was the one at Lalbagh. The coordination expected between the fountain and the music being played was missing.

musical fountain ecopark

As a grand finale to the trip, we took a boat to the Eco island. Amazingly designed and beautifully built the Eco island has a lot of attractions including the fine dine restaurant Cafe Ekante.

The restaurant was an experience in itself. Tasty food was just one of the many things that we experienced. Heartfelt hospitality, well-planned maintenance were a few others.

As we took the boat back to the park followed by the walk to the exit, we felt like we were taking a few memories along with us; memories of some beautiful moments that we spent along with our family.

Belur Math and Dakshineshwar Temple

Belur Math is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and mission and was established by Swami Vivekananda. The primary attractions of the place is the “Sri Ramakrishna Temple” and “The Ramakrishna Museum”. The temple is a beautiful architecture in itself and the best part about the Math is that it doesn’t represent any one religion. Instead, it is a representation of all religions.

ramakrishna temple

belur math

If you cross the Hooghly river, on the other bank is situated the Dakshineshwar Temple where the presiding deity is Bhavatarani, an aspect of Kali.

It was also well maintained and in spite of the fact that there were stringent security arrangements, things were coordinated well and it did not take us more than an hour to complete the darshan.

dakshineshwar temple

The architecture of the temple building is also worth seeing. I was awed at the precision and styling of these buildings that were built when there was no technological support. They were so beautiful and exhibited the talent of the engineers and sculptors of those years.

The Longest Few Hours

20 days seemed so less. We could hardly blink our eyes and we were getting ready for our flight back home.

The last few hours before we set off to the airport were the longest few hours in the entire trip. And just about a few hours before we could leave for the airport, Puja hurt herself in a slip and fall event.

We thought of spending a few hours together. And chit-chats soon turned into games. We traveled over to our childhood days and started playing some of the touch and run games.

And suddenly, Puja tripped and fell on her left hand fracturing her hand.

It was painful, extremely painful.

But I could still see a smile on her face from between the tears. The smile said that it was probably another way of making the trip a memorable one because I am sure none of us would ever forget the trip.

And then after a few hours, we took the long flight back home. All of us…. reflecting on those moments we spent together.

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