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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Chakka Varatti Recipe – How to Make Jackfruit Jam

Chakka Varatti Recipe is a sweet recipe made out of ripe Jackfruit and is also called as Jackfruit Jam.

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It feels really good when you take a break at least once every year. I think it’s much needed for everyone. You don’t just enjoy the break, infact you tend to become more productive after you come back from the break. Since it was vacation time for my daughter, we planned for a trip to Hyderabad and Kerala.

And this time I took a real break from blogging and cooking as well. It was all fun time with my little daughter.

It wasn’t really a break for my husband as it was for me because he was on an official trip and I on my vacation break.

So though it wasn’t really a good time to plan a vacation to Kerala or, to Hyderabad we still had to take a forced vacation to these places.

It was terribly hot in both these places but it was fun.

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My hubby had to go for an official trip to Hyderabad so we planned for the Hyderabad trip. And then we had some function and ceremonies in Kerala, so we planned for Kerala trip. We planned it in such a way that we could attend the functions there and also get a much-needed break from work.

In spite of the scorching heat, we did enjoy our trip. If I talk about Hyderabad trip, it was just awesome, I am still not able to come out of those lovely stays in Hyderabad.

Second, I liked two things about the Kerala trip. First one was the road trip to Kerala. And the second thing I liked about the Kerala trip was the Jackfruit season. Though most of us don’t like summer season but it’s this summer season when you get those juicy, pulpy and sweet fruits. And jackfruit is one of them.

Chakka Varatiyathu

Jackfruit has lot’s of health benefits too. It strengthens the immune system, protects against cancer, aids digestion, boosts energy, lowers blood pressure, controls asthma, strengthens the bones, and prevents anemia.

Let me ask you a question. Have you ever tried jackfruit jam? If not, then I must tell you that you are missing something. But, better late than never.

So today I am going to share with you a recipe called Jackfruit Jam which is also known as Chakka Varatti.

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Chakka Varatti Recipe

Chakka varatti recipe is easy but very laborious and time-consuming. And the most difficult part of the whole process is to pull out the fruits and get it deseeded. Total time in making this recipe also depends on the quantity you are making. But trust me the taste is worth the effort.

Chakka Varatti Recipe – How to Make Jackfruit Jam

Ingredients

  • Ripe Jackfruit – 2 cups, (deseeded and chopped)
  • Powdered jaggery – 1 to 2 cups (powdered jaggery gets dissolve easily with water)
  • Ghee / clarified butter – 3 tbsp
  • Water – 3/4 cup

Method

  1. Dissolve the jaggery in warm water. Filter if necessary to remove any dirt or stones. Set aside.
  2. In a heavy bottom kadhai or pan cook the jackfruit in 3/4 cup water until soft.
  3. Mash it well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add the jaggery water to it and cook on low heat, stirring constantly.
  5. When the mixture starts thickening and starts sticking add the ghee and keep stirring and cook until it reaches the jam consistency and the mixture starts to leave the sides.
  6. Remove from the heat and let it cool down.
  7. Once it gets cold, store in a air-tight jar and refrigirate.
  8. It tastes great with bread, roti or parathas.
  9. This recipe can also be used to make many delicious and irresistible dishes, like elai ada (pan poli), payasam, sweet idli etc and many more.

Notes

Empty into a dry, air-tight container and refrigerate. Take out small portions when needed.

This preserve stays fresh for a long time if used with care. Do not use wet spoons or put your hand.

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