When I was younger I remember an old lady in my neighborhood who everytime I went to her house to buy something she was always busy making castor oil.
For years I passed the trees back and forth but didn’t know that it was that tree she got the castor oil from. I used to pick the seeds and throw like stones. I never knew what it is I was doing and how valuable it was.
Fast forward to many years later I have learnt what castor oil is and how the tree looks. (Pic below)
Castor oil is a very valuable oil made from the castor beans. As you’ve seen above the beans grows in a bundle. They are then picked, dried, and taken from the casings and then they are roasted and ground in a mortar and pestle until it becomes powder. After which it is put to boil in a big pot and when water is almost dried out there is oil settled on top of the boiled water. The oil is then skimmed off and that my friends is how you get castor oil. It is a very long and tedious process but one that is worth every amount of money that it costs.
Scientific Name – Ricinus communis
Origin – Africa and India
There are a variety of uses for the castor oil. Some of which I am just learning myself.
Uses of castor oil
° castor oil is a very good laxative .
° is is very good for thickening thinning hair.
° it’s good as a hot oil hair treatment.
° is is good as a skin moisturizer.
° it is used to relieve muscle soreness.
° soothes joint pain.
° helps to treat fungal infection.
° reduces acne
° reduces skin pigmentation
° treat scalp infection.
° helps with back pain.
Castor oil is one oil which should be in every household. Check out my video below for more information on castor oil.