Castor seeds are obtained from castor plants and have been used as one of the chief ingredients in a variety of medicines.
Castor seeds are rich in oleic acid, ricinoleic acid, and linoleic acid which are extremely beneficial for human health. Along with fatty acids, castor seeds are also rich in carbohydrates and calcium.
100 gram of castor seeds contains 310-kilo calories, which is due to the fatty acid content. 100 grams of seeds contain 5.8 grams of total fat, 6.8 grams of carbohydrates, and 11.5 grams of protein and 110 grams of calcium(1)
Health Benefits of Castor Seeds
The health benefits of castor seeds are:
Benefits of Castor Seeds in Treating Rheumatism
Oleic acid, linoleic acid, ricinoleic acid and other fatty acids present in fatty seeds are extremely effective in treating rheumatism(2)
Castor seeds are effective in treating gout, a specific condition of rheumatism which can cause pain, burning sensation, and sudden swelling up of joints.
Castor Seeds Are Beneficial For New Mothers
Castor seeds and castor oil is beneficial in inducing labor.
Castor seeds also play a role in feeding. They stimulate the lactation process if the mother is facing difficulty in the same. The galactagogue properties are induced in the seeds due to their emmenagogue nature, making these seeds perfect for milk secretion. It also helps improve the quality of the milk(3)
Castor seeds contain fatty acids which ensure the normal supply of milk and increase the quantity as the child grows.
Castor seeds contain a toxic protein known as ricin, which is very effective in controlling birth even in small doses(4)
Castor oil has similar effects to germicidal cream which makes it a great ingredient for spermicidal lotions, gels, and creams.
Benefits of Castor Seeds in Reducing Menstrual Pain
Painful menstruation is the most common condition in females. Most of the females also suffer from obstructed and delayed menses. Excessive bleeding during menstruation can lead to anemia further causing depression, and insomnia.
Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid that helps ease the flow of menstruation and also plays a role in relieving extreme pains and cramps.
Good Skin Remedy
Castor seeds and castor seed oil is very beneficial and effective in fighting skin-related ailments.
Application of castor seed oil on acne, stretch marks, sunburn, and dryness help improve these conditions.
Castor oil is present in most of the skincare creams that help reduce the stretch marks.
It is also beneficial in treating skin infections such as fungal infections, warts, and yeast infections.
Castor seed oil is rich in fatty acids is a great skin moisturizer as it penetrates deep into the skin with ease. Being odorless it can be used by people who cannot tolerate strong fragrances.
Benefits of Castor Seeds in Treating Constipation
Castor seeds are highly effective in treating constipation. It is a great laxative and eases bowel movements(5)
One teaspoon of this oil is enough to serve the benefits of a laxative.
Its excessive use should be avoided to prevent diarrhea.
Improves Hair Growth
Castor oil is extremely beneficial in promoting hair growth. It can actually be an essential ingredient of hair care products.
Castor seed oil nourishes the hair from the root and enhances growth. It reduces split ends and controls hair breakage problem.
It can also be used to enhance the thickness of eyebrows and eyelashes.
Castor Seeds Have Antimicrobial Properties
Due to the antimicrobial properties, it can help treat fungal infections, scratches, cuts, and bruises.
It is also effective in treating external bruises and wounds.
Treats Ringworm Infection
Ringworm infection is extremely difficult to treat and if not treated can lead to chronic conditions.
The undecylenic acid present castor oil is effective in getting rid of ringworm infection with ease(6)
Castor oil is safe for most people but can cause stomach pain, cramps, nausea, and diarrhea in some. The outer coating contains a deadly poison that leads to such symptoms. It can also cause dehydration, blood cell destruction, shock, and severe fluid damage.