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Organic products have been the subject of increased attention in the United States due to the many benefits that these products can have on skin, hair, and other aspects of health. Products such as organic castor oil also have beneficial effects on the environment, reducing the need for products that may accomplish the same tasks, but are synthesized in labs or manufactured in factories. 

Organic castor oil is an example of a product that has received much attention due to its many uses both in human health and as a household product.

Environmental concerns have become increasingly more important. Products like organic castor oil that can meet many of our health and home needs, but are also less taxing on the environment, are naturally becoming more significant.

Organic products may be described as a trend or a craze. However, these products are a good craze due to the natural ingredients, and the reduced environmental impact.

What Is Organic Castor Oil?

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Castor oil is an often colorless liquid harvested from the seeds of the castor oil plant, which belongs to the genus Ricinus. The seeds are harvested by pressing. Castor oil has been known since ancient times with the seeds appearing in Ancient Egyptian tombs (along with the better-known mummies) and the oil mentioned frequently by Ancient Greek writers like Pliny and Herodotus.

The sole species in the genus Ricinus is Ricinus communis, the castor oil plant, which can grow into a small shade tree in places like Greece that provide the right natural setting.

Castor oil has an interesting story because its uses, which will be detailed more in the following sections, are so varied and have changed over time. Castor oil has been used as lamp fuel, especially in ancient times. It also has been given as a substance to drink at various times in history and in this manner can be used as a laxative. ​

It has been used in this fashion in Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional form of medicine that like organic products, has experienced some increased attention. Many people may know castor oil for the benefits that it can provide for the body, such as the skin and hair. Castor oil is a triglyceride that contains many ingredients that are beneficial to human beings.

The following is a list of some major constituents of castor oil:

  • Vitamin E
  • Fatty acids, especially ricinoleic acid
  • Antifungal and antibacterial compounds
  • Omega fatty acids

These are natural ingredients that are often available as supplements. It should not be surprising that the natural combination of these ingredients in castor oil is the main part of why this organic oil is so useful as well as beneficial.

Of course, this leads to the question of what precisely is organic castor oil and why should anyone care about it. Organic castor oil is different from run-of-the-mill, mass-produced castor oil. The process that leads to the creation of this beneficial oil is designed to retain all the important ingredients that make this substance so powerful.

Like other organic products, castor oil made organically is not produced by processes that involve addition or exposure to unnatural chemicals that alter the characteristics of the product.

Many men and women, not to mention scientists in laboratories, are discovering that it is difficult for Man to improve on what Nature has already created, and organic castor oil is an example of not re-inventing the wheel. There are many benefits of organic products, and the benefits of organic castor oil are numerous.

Some major advantages of this product include:

  • It is an oil produced from a beneficial plant that has been used by humans for over 4000 years
  • It has a wide variety of uses for both inside and outside the body as well as around the home
  • Organic products support local farm workers and organic communities
  • Organic products are biodegradable and beneficial to the environment
  • Organic castor oil retains nutrients that are lost in non-organic oil
  • Organic products often are more effective than their non-organic counterparts
  • Organic products can increase energy levels

Organic vs. Non-Organic Castor Oil

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Of course, this leads us naturally to the discussion of the ways in which organic castor oil is different from non-organic castor oil.

Superficially, this encompasses several layers of difference in terms of how the product is produced, where it is produced, who is involved in the production, what is contained in the end product, and what the end product is like. Castor oil is often added to other natural oils like an almond and coconut oil to confer a number of benefits, and this true of the organic and non-organic varieties.

The discussion of the general benefits of organic versus non-organic products is a long one and has been touched on above. Many people focus on the added health benefits that organic products like castor oil provide health-wise.

With non-organic products, the inorganic manufacturing process often removes or alters the natural ingredients of the product. However, organic products provide general environmental benefits, both in terms of energy use, disposal, waste products, and the like.

In terms of castor oil, the main difference between organic castor oil and non-organic castor oil is that the quality of the ingredients of castor oil may be lost when treated inorganically. Castor oil contains many important ingredients like ricinoleic acid, omega fatty acids, and Vitamin E.

These components are key to the uses of castor oil that will be described in the next section. As an example, castor oil not only can strengthen and add shine to hair, but it can be used to heal wounds. Castor oil produced organically retains the quality and quantity of these ingredients increasing its benefit.

Fortunately, castor oil products produced organically have become widely available. This allows men and women who are interested in getting all the benefits of castor oil, while also promoting environmentally friendly practices, to obtain this product. Cold-pressing is a way of producing castor oil organically from the castor oil seed or bean.

Some men and women also choose to mix their castor oil with organic oils like organic coconut oil or organic almond oil. Both of these oils contain natural vitamins and nutrients and confer several health benefits that are similar to organic castor oil.

Uses & Benefits For Skin, Hair, Health & Home

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It should not surprise you to learn that castor oil has become so popular because the number of uses are numerous. Considering how long castor oil has been around, the fact that the uses of castor oil have increased over time should come as no surprise.

What follows is a list of some uses for organic castor oil:

  • Acne
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Improves Health of Hair and Scalp
  • Laxative
  • Moisturizer
  • Wound Healing

As mentioned above, the benefits of castor oil come from its unique combination of ingredients including several fatty acids like ricinoleic acid. Although, like other natural oils, this oil has properties that transcend merely the list of its ingredients.

Some more known uses of castor oil include its hair and skin benefits. In addition to those, its anti-inflammatory and wound healing benefits, combined with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits are also very significant.


Moisturizer

As a moisturizer, castor oil bears similarity to coconut oil, another natural oil. The use of castor oil obtained organically as a moisturizer can be attributed primarily to its mono-unsaturated fatty acid component. Ricinoleic acid is a humectant that coats the skin and retains moisture, greatly preventing water loss.

Castor oil is thick and can be combined with lighter oils like almond oil or olive oil to use the mixture as a moisturizer. Castor oil is also added to products that are not made organically like makeups or lotions.


Hair Health

Castor oil lubricates the hair naturally by coating and softening the hair shaft and reducing the chance of breakage. Because castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties, its use as a conditioner can benefit the hair and scalp.

Organic castor oil is known for treating scalp conditions such as dandruff which can result from seborrheic dermatitis. Because castor oil is so thick, it’s benefits to the hair shaft, follicle, and the scalp are great and a common use for this ancient and natural substance obtained from the castor oil seed.


Other Benefits

There are other benefits of castor oil as the uses of this product are almost too many to name. Many men and women like to have it in the home, not for uses on their hair or on their skin, but as a laxative, or as a substance to have on hand for its wound healing properties.

Organic Castor Oil: Conclusion

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Living a lifestyle that makes use of organic products not only can be beneficial on an individual level but also has environmental benefits.

Leaving aside the overarching benefits of castor oil and the comfort that comes from knowing you are using an organic product, organic castor oil can cause improvements to skin, hair, and wounds in a manner difficult to match.