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Castor Oil FAQs
What is hexane-free?
Hexane is one of the types of solvents used for extracting castor oil. Solvent-extracted castor oil are often associated with chemical impurities. A hexane-free castor oil product is ideally free of this chemical that could be harmful to your skin. Look for the cold-pressed type of castor oil instead. A cold pressed castor oil is pure and all natural. It’s gentle on skin and is generally safer to use.
Does castor oil have a scent?
Castor oil naturally has a mild and earthy smell. The scent is not too strong or overpowering, similar to the smell of ground nuts. It is could be quite delightfully sweet for some. This is true for unrefined castor oil. On the other hand, a refined castor oil loses its natural properties including smell due to deodorization process.
What does cold pressed mean?
Cold pressing is the process of extracting oil from the seeds of plants. This process is one of the most effective ways of taking oil from seeds. A screw press is used to compress the seeds and force the oil out. It does not use heat or solvents that could often result to loss of oil integrity and chemical impurities. A cold pressed castor oil is pure and contains the highest amounts of essential compounds.
Does castor oil work on stretch marks?
Yes, castor oil helps fade stretch marks. Often a result of severe stretching of the skin such as during pregnancy, having stretch marks could be upsetting. Using castor oil is a natural way of getting rid of them. The oil helps moisturize and lubricate the skin thoroughly. It is a great source of fatty acids and vitamin E that help restore broken skin. To use it, combine castor oil with coconut oil and massage on stretch marks. Wrap with a plastic film and use a heating pad to support the oil working on your skin.
Is castor oil edible?
Castor oil is generally taken as a laxative. However, not all castor oil products are created equal. You should look for a castor oil product that is specified to be “Suitable for Ingestion” if planning to use it for this purpose. This must be with proper care and dosage. Make sure to consult a medical expert and only take castor oil upon advice.
When is the best time to use castor oil?
Depending on your application, you can use castor oil anytime. It works perfectly for massage, skin care, or hair care. For most applications, using it before bedtime gives better results. Allowing the oil to sit during sleep gives enough time for the oil to absorb on your hair or skin.
What is the difference between refined and unrefined castor oil?
The difference between refined and unrefined castor oil can be traced back during the production process. Unrefined castor oil is obtained after the filtration process. When taken to refinery, it undergoes multiple sub-processes such as degumming, neutralization, bleaching, and deodorization. These processes diminish the oil’s natural properties. Unrefined castor oil contains all the natural compounds and the greatest concentration of nutrients of the oil compared to refined castor oil.
What does USDA Certified Organic mean?
A product can be USDA Certified Organic after passing the given criteria of USDA for organic products. USDA stands for United States Department of Agriculture. This federal department promotes product safety and protection of natural resources. With that, they enforce strict farming and production practices that manufacturers of organic products need to comply. If you want to verify the product you want to purchase, you can look for the USDA Certified Organic Seal on the product label.
Can I use castor oil for pregnant women?
Castor Oil is not safe to use on pregnant women. It may induce labor and could lead to bleeding or abortion. Always consult a doctor. Use castor oil only upon the advice of a medical or health professional.
Is castor oil safe for children?
You may use castor oil on children upon the advice or under the supervision of a pediatrician. When using it as a laxative to treat stomach upset, follow the general recommended dosage for children or your doctor’s prescribed dosage.
Hair Care FAQs
Can I use castor oil for colored hair?
Absolutely! Castor oil is one of the best natural remedies for treating dry and brittle hair. Chemicals used for coloring your hair may damage its protective layer. This leads to loss of moisture and split ends and hair could look dull and lifeless over time. Bring its vibrancy back with castor oil. You can mix it with other beneficial oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and argan oil to create special oil blends that complement your hair type. Castor oil is nutrient-rich, so it revives damaged hair to keep it shiny and healthy.
Can I leave castor oil and other essential oils on hair as a conditioner after shampoo?
Castor oil is a very lightweight oil you can leave on your hair after a shower. It provides your hair a protective coating like a regular hair serum. The oil is naturally rich in moisture, so your hair stays shiny all day!
Should I wash out castor oil after leaving it on the hair for some time?
If applied before bedtime, you may leave the castor oil overnight without having to wash it off. Then wash your hair as usual the next morning during a shower. Unless you have used castor oil as a supplement to your hair care products such as a rinse-off conditioner or shampoo, there’s no need to rinse it off.
Will my facial hair grow if I apply castor oil on my face as I would on my scalp and eyelashes?
Castor oil will not promote hair growth on body areas where it doesn’t grow naturally. A woman applying it on her face will not grow a beard eventually. However, castor oil is an effective hair growth remedy when applied on the scalp. Mix it with coconut oil to enhance benefits and consistency for easier application.
Skin Care FAQs
Should I use a moisturizer if I have oily skin?
An oily skin is a sign of a dry and dehydrated skin so using a moisturizer is definitely necessary. A moisturizer helps keep moisture from escaping out of your skin to keep it hydrated. A hydrated skin looks glowing. To combat your oily skin, use castor oil with jojoba oil to help balance your skin’s oil production. Castor oil suits all skin types, including oily skin!
What causes premature skin aging?
Premature aging can be due to many factors, which could be either naturally occurring or lifestyle-induced. The most common and hardly inevitable is the sun. Long exposure to UV rays from sunlight damages skin, creating dark spots and uneven skin tone. Stress, smoking, poor diet, and too much alcohol can also make your skin look dull. Chemical products, lack of sleep, and lack of exercise can make your skin lose its natural and youthful glow. You can avoid them by living a healthy lifestyle and committing to a nourishing skin care routine.
What damages the skin?
Skin damage could be due to many factors and overexposure to sun is the most detrimental. It causes for dark spots and uneven skin tone to appear. Other factors include harsh products, smoking, stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, and lack of exercise.
I do not have time to go for a regular facial, what do you suggest?
Try castor oil for oil cleansing at home. It is very simple to do with minimal materials needed. Doing it regularly helps combat some of the most common skin issues like oiliness, dryness, and clogged pores. It removes skin impurities that result to blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. Oil cleansing with castor oil makes skin look brighter and glowing.
I am past my puberty, why am I still having acne breakouts?
Although past puberty, you can still experience acne breakouts due to infection on clogged pores. Too much oil, dirt, and dead skin cells are formula for bacterial growth that leads to acne breakouts.
How do I get rid of acne on my chest and back?
To get rid of acne on your chest and back, use pure castor oil. It contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce acne and essential nutrients that keep skin looking healthy. Simply take a cotton swab, dip it into the oil, and dab on affected areas. Apply castor oil on acne at least twice a day for best results.
Should I exfoliate?
Yes. Skin care basics require you to cleanse, moisturize, and exfoliate. You can do a simple exfoliation at home using a gentle exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells. It brightens your complexion and makes skin smoother.
Can I wear makeup over essential oil products?
While you can mix different essential oils to create oil blends, wearing makeup after applying essential oils on your face may not be a good idea. The ingredients in makeup may cause bad reactions when in contact with essential oils.
Essential Oils FAQs
What is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil is vegetable oil taken from fatty portions of plants such as seeds or nuts. It is typically thick in nature and is used to dilute highly concentrated essential oils. Carrier oils are commonly used for massage to help “carry” the therapeutic properties of other essential oils effectively.
How do I store essential oils?
Always keep your essential oils in a cool dry place. Exposure to sunlight, oxygen, and bacteria can break down these products and diminish their beneficial properties. Make sure to keep them tightly covered every after use.
What are amber glass bottles?
Amber glass bottles are the most ideal containers for essential oils. Their dark brown color help protect the product from sun exposure, which makes it less potent.
What is the shelf life of essential oils?
The shelf life of essential oils typically varies. Most essential oils can last from 18 to 24 months. Proper storage greatly affects how long essential oils last. Make sure to store them in a cool dry place to avoid sunlight and heat exposure.
Are essential oils edible?
Some essential oils are safe for ingestion. Always check the label and usage instructions before you consider taking essential oil products. It is also best to take essential oils under the supervision or upon the advice of a doctor to ensure safety.
Can I use essential oils on my pets?
Most animals are more sensitive than humans are to essential oils. There are certain essential oil products that may be harmful to pets. If your pet has a health issue, consult a veterinarian before treating with essential oils.