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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Jackfruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe – Chakkakuru Mezhukkupuratti

Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe is a healthy recipe made from the seeds of Jackfruits, which most of us would otherwise throw out as a waste.

Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe

As I am sitting beside my window writing this blog post, I could feel a nice cool breeze flowing in through the window. It has been raining since evening here in Bangalore.

Though it’s not a heavy rain, but then it is enough to provide relief from the hot weather that we have been experiencing over the past several weeks.

And as I sit here writing the blog post and enjoying the nice rain outside, I am being tempted to shutdown my computer and go to the balcony.

Why?

jackfruit seeds stir fry

Because the rain is now transformed to a nice drizzle and the breeze is nice and cool. What better weather to enjoy a cup of tea and some nice pakoras.

I will have to rush to my kitchen and made some pakoras real quick and I am definitely going to do it as soon as I finish my blog post for today.

I am sure you can understand how excited I am to enjoy the weather as the rain is continuing.

Chakkakuru

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Anyways, let me tell you the name of the recipe I am going to share with you all today. It is “Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe”.

I learnt this recipe from my mom-in-law. To be frank I never imagined that we could make a recipe using Jackfruit seeds. Because most of us would be of the impression that seeds are to be thrown.

If you were like me and thought so, then you are definitely going to enjoy this tasty recipe.

jackfruit seeds stir fry recipe

Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe

As the name says this recipe is made of Jackfruit seeds. A delicious way to use seeds which not many are aware of!

Jackfruit and its seeds contain plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Its a healthy food to consume, when available.

This recipe is very famous in Kerala. I won’t say that this is an easy recipe to make but it tastes really good.  This can be served as a side along with rice, dal etc. And my favorite way to eat this recipe is just like that when it is hot and crispy. 🙂

Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2-3

Ingredients

  • Jackfruit seeds/chakkakuru – 1 cup
  • Mustard Seeds –
  • Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger – 1″ piece (crushed)
  • Garlic – 2-3 cloves (crushed)
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coconut oil/vegetable oil – 3-4 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Water – to boil jackfruit seeds

Method

  1. Peel the white skin of the jackfruit seeds with a knife.
  2. Pressure cook the seeds with enough water.
  3. Once cooked, let it cool down.
  4. Now peel the seeds and remove the brown colour layer slightly as much you could remove by scrapping with the knife.
  5. Cut each seed into four quaters along the longer side. Keep aside.
  6. Heat oil in a frying pan and add mustard seeds.
  7. Once the seeds splutter add crushed ginger-garlic and fry them well.
  8. Add onion and turmeric powder. Saute until golden brown.
  9. Add cooked jack fruit seeds, saute for few minutes in a medium heat. Add chilly powder and salt (if needed). Saute and fry it until light brown and becomes crispy.
  10. So the jackfruit seeds stir fry or chakkakkuru mezhukkupuratti is ready to serve.
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