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Learn More About Castor Oil Products and Uses

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Castor oil is so versatile that you can use it in various ways. It is rich in nutrients and essential fatty acids that can help improve skin and hair. Castor oil has uses for skin, hair, household, and for health. Discover new terms related to castor oil and their meaning. Castor Oil Review compiled this glossary of terms linked to castor oil products, uses, and effects. Learn more how castor oil works and its benefits here.

Cold-pressed castor oil

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    A

    Additive – Castor oil has great antibacterial properties. This is why it’s used as additive in food. Food-grade castor oil is safe to mix in food and supplements. It prevents growth of fungi, bacteria, and mold.

    B

    Biodiesel – Biodiesel is a renewable fuel used to replace petroleum. It is clean-burning and eco-friendly too. The oil burns cleanly and does not cause air, water, or land pollution. Castor oil is one of the cheapest biodiesel. This is why farmers nowadays use castor oil instead of other biodiesel. It is very stable at low and high temperatures. It doesn’t evaporate or freeze easily, making it a convenient oil to use.

    C

    Cold-Pressed – Cold-pressing is the traditional way to extract castor oil. The beans are put on a machine where they are pressed. It is important to control the temperature when extracting the oil. This keeps the oil stable and helps retain nutrients and essential fatty acids.

    D

    DHT – DHT is short for dihydrotestosterone, a male sex hormone. It is one of the main causes of male pattern hair loss. High levels of DHT can lead to stunted hair growth or hair loss. DHT makes hair follicles narrow, which restricts the flow of nourishment. It prevents nutrients and oxygen from reaching hair roots.  This causes slow hair growth. Castor oil is a natural remedy against hair loss. It blocks DHT from making hair follicles thin.

    Applying castor oil on hair

    E

    Ecocert – Ecocert is an organization that certifies various products from over 80 countries. They are one of the largest organizations that help certify organic products. They are founded in France in 1991 and continue to evaluate various products.

    Essential Fatty Acids – Essential fatty acids are fatty acids that the body needs to remain healthy. Your body does not produce these fatty acids. You can ingest them if you take supplements or eat food rich in omega fatty acids. Your skin and hair need essential fatty acids to stay healthy too. They can be applied directly on skin and hair. Castor oil is rich in essential fatty acids that have moisturizing and healing properties.

    F

    FDA –FDA is short for Food and Drug Administration. FDA is a federal agency that sets standards and controls products related to public health. These products include food, supplements, medicine, vaccine, and cosmetics. They can restrict the selling of castor oil products marketed as treatment.

    Follicle – Follicle is a sac that covers the hair roots. It is made of various cells and connective tissues that help regulate hair growth. Damaged hair follicles can lead to slow hair growth. This can cause hair fall or hair loss too. Castor oil targets hair follicles to improve hair growth. The oil stimulates hair follicles to grow hair at an optimum rate.

    H

    Hair Growth – Your hair has a natural growth cycle. The cycle consists of the growth, resting, and shedding phases. Your eyebrows, lashes, and hair have different growth cycles. Head hair has longer growth cycle than other types of hair. Various factors can affect how your hair grows. The food you eat, your habits, and the products you use can speed up or slow down hair growth. They also affect the strength and thickness of strands.

    J

    Jamaican Black Castor Oil – This type of castor oil has a darker color and stronger roasted scent. The first step to produce Jamaican black castor oil is to roast the beans. This brings out the oil’s moisturizing and nourishing effects. It gives the oil the dark color and roasted scent too. Roasting castor beans make the oil highly moisturizing, which helps repair dry and damaged hair.

    Jamaican Black Castor Oil

    K

    Keratin – Keratin is a type of protein found in skin, hair, and nails. Your hair, nails, and skin can get thinner, weaker, and easily damaged. Castor oil contains antioxidants, which supports keratin to strengthen hair, nails, and skin. Antioxidants protect keratin from damage to prevent hair, skin, and nail damage.

    L

    Laxative – Castor oil is a natural laxative that helps induce bowel movements. It is used as natural remedy to constipation. You can take small amounts of castor oil to aid metabolism too. Castor oil should not be used as treatment for serious conditions and other long-term health concerns.

    M

    Moisturizer – Moisturizer increases the lipid contents on skin and hair’s surface. It helps trap water to prevent dryness. Castor oil is a great moisturizer, especially for oily skin and hair. It absorbs fast and doesn’t leave any residue.

    N

    Naturopathy – This is the practice of using alternative medicine such as oils and herbs to promote healing. Castor oil is used as treatment for various health conditions ranging from constipation to joint pain.

    O

    Organic Castor Oil – Organic castor oil does not contain any chemicals or synthetic ingredients. Most organic castor oil products have USDA certification. Organic castor oil and ingredients used to produce it are not chemically processed.

    Organic cold-pressed castor oil

    P

    Protein – Castor oil contains various types of protein that can help strengthen hair and skin’s natural barrier. Castor beans contain ricin as well, a type of protein that is toxic to the body. Ricin prevents the body from creating protein. Heating castor oil deactivates ricin, making the oil safe to use and ingest.

    R

    Refined Castor Oil – Refined castor oil is processed oil. The oils are refined to remove and add certain elements such as color, scent, thickness, and taste. Refined castor oil may contain small amounts of chemicals or additives.

    Ricinoleic Acid – Ricinoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that has the highest concentration in castor oil. Castor oil contains up to 95% ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid has many therapeutic effects that can ease skin and scalp conditions. This essential fatty acid is a natural stimulant laxative too.

    Ricin – Ricin is a toxic substance found in castor beans. A small amount of ricin can cause vomiting, nausea, and other symptoms of poisoning. Heating the oil during extraction can remove ricin and make the oil safe to ingest and apply.

    S

    Supplement – Supplements come in various forms such as pills and capsules. There are castor oil supplements you can take to aid digestion and improve your immune system. Supplements make it easier to take castor oil than drinking the oil.

    U

    USDA – USDA stands for United States Department of Agriculture. They are a federal department that oversees various laws concerning farming, forestry, and food. They provide USDA Organic certification to products that passed their evaluation.

    V

    Virgin Castor Oil – Virgin castor oil is very pure and didn’t go through processing. It does not contain chemicals or synthetic ingredients too. The process of extracting virgin castor oil may involve heat or not.

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