The Main Uses and Benefits of Castor Oil.
This oil is produced from the seeds of Castor plant. It is important to know that hull of these seeds have a poisonous element, which is called ricin. During the production process of Castor Oil this element is removed and then this oil can be safely used as a medicine for many conditions.
Depending on how this oil is being consumed (internally or externally), there might be many different uses of it. When this oil is taken internally it is known to work as a laxative and it is beneficial for eliminating constipation. It is also worthwhile to mention that Castor Oil was used for many years in order to stimulate labor in women who are pregnant.
Topical application of Castor oil is known to be beneficial for treating conditions like Acne, Athlete’s Foot, Boils, Warts, Stretch Marks, Ringworm and many others. The main reason why it works effectively for so many skin problems is because it has anti-viral, analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory features. Most of these properties are due to Ricinoleic (85%-95%), Oleic and Linoleic acids that are found in this oil.
Does Castor Oil work for Warts?
One of the main reasons why Castor Oil is considered an effective remedy for wart removal is because it contains Ricinoleic acid. This acid is known to have anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties that are all beneficial for skin related conditions like warts. When it is applied directly on a wart it irritates it and within time works effectively to eliminate it completely from your skin. Based on many user testimonials it can be said that this oil tend to work best for warts that are flat or small and appear either on hands or face. However this doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t work on other types of warts. Before considering trying this oil for wart removal it is important to understand that there are no clinical studies that would support effectiveness of Castor Oil for wart removal. Due to this there is no guarantee that it would work for you; however since many people who tried Castor Oil had good results with this oil, it might be definitely worth a try.
How to use it for Warts?
One of the easiest ways how you can benefit from Castor is to apply a few drops of this oil directly on a wart and surrounding skin. In order to make this oil more effective and keep it in contact with wart for a longer time it is best to apply it before sleep. Also use either a bandage or duct tape to cover the area and don’t forget to remove it in the morning. It might be worthwhile to consider using duct tape for covering wart, since it is quite a well known and effective home remedy for wart removal so it can aid in speeding up the process. In most cases you should be able to get rid of a wart completely by using this remedy daily for 2-3 weeks.
Also it is worthwhile to mention that some people add a slice of garlic on a wart before they cover it with a bandage (after Castor Oil application). As it is quite well known garlic is also very effective remedy for removing warts so mixing these two remedies together might speed up removal. However this is just an additional option and you can use Castor Oil alone if you prefer so.
In case you want to make this remedy even more effective you can also try to mix this oil with some baking soda. You should add these two elements in proportions so that a mixture would be similar to a gum. Apply this mixture directly on a wart before going to bed and also cover it with a bandage or tape.
If you want to find out what other essential oils work effectively for wart removal read this article.
Are there any Side Effects?
Topical usage of Castor oil is considered to be safe in general and only causes side effects in very rare cases. Before trying this oil for treatment of any skin related condition it might be a good idea to test whether you have allergic reaction to it or not. You can do so by applying a small amount of this oil on the skin of your hand. It is also worthwhile to mention that when you use pure Castrol Oil directly on the skin, there is a small possibility that it might cause irritation for some people. In case you will experience this side effect, your skin might become either a bit itchy or red in color.