Varicose veins(1) are twisted and enlarged veins occurs when a person’s veins become swollen and the veins become weak. It is a very common problem usually appears in the calves and thighs. This condition can cause pain, discomfort, feeling of burning, heaviness in the legs, restlessness, tingling, and fatigue(2). Try this simple home remedy to strengthen the walls of the blood vessels and to improve blood circulation on the veins.
Take two teaspoons castor oil, heat it mildly. Apply the warm castor oil on the skin over the varicose veins and massage gently. Do this oil massage continuously for 48 days. Then reduce the frequency to every alternate day.
How does castor oil treat varicose veins?
Castor oil do wonders for reducing inflammation and swelling in the veins. It promotes blood circulation (3) and prevents clotting of the blood. Applying castor oil regularly on the affected area gives quick relief from the pain. The swelling in the veins will also subside over a period of time. Try this simple and safe solution to get rid of varicose veins.
Castor oil in other languages
Castor oil is scientifically called as Ricinus communis (4), Arandi Kaa Tel in Hindi, Amanakku Enney in Tamil, Aamudamu in Telugu, Rerira Tela in Bengali, Erandela Tela in Marathi, Avanakkenna in Malayalam.
Castor oil health benefits
It is one of the multi purpose vegetable oils that has been in use for thousands of years. Castor oil is native to Africa and India and the plant belongs to the flowering spurge family. Castor oil contains anti-diabetic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing (5) properties in it. It also has beneficial components such as fatty acids, amino acids, flavonoids (6), terpenoids, phenolic compounds and phytosterols (7). Let’s see the various health benefits of castor oil.
Benefits for skin
Heals inflamed skin
Castor oil is considered as a natural moisturizer, it heals inflamed and irritated skin caused by acne, sunburns, and dry skin. Applying castor oil on skin clears dirt, excess oils, bacteria and dead skin cells without drying the skin.
Prevents stretch marks
Stretch marks are caused by the result of pregnancy and rapid weight gain (8). Castor oil is one solution for a variety of skin conditions. It is rich in fatty acids that makes it as an excellent moisturizer, so applying castor oil topically during the final two months of pregnancy prevents stretch marks.
Castor oil is an inexpensive and natural skin moisturizer. Take a drop of castor oil, clean the face, do gentle massage with castor oil in circular motion. The fatty acids (9) present in castor oil penetrates into the skin easily. This helps maintain hydration and removes dry patches on the skin.
Reduce acne and signs of aging
To clear acne, take few drops of castor oil. Wash face with warm water to open pores. Simply apply the castor oil and gently massage in circular motion. Let the oil to stay on face overnight. Wash the face next day morning with cold water. Repeat daily to clear acne. The same process stimulates the production of collagen and elastin (10). Castor oil deeply penetrate into the skin thereby it helps soften and hydrate the skin. Finally, it delays the appearance of aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines.
Benefits for hair
Promotes hair growth
As like skin, castor oil provides numerous benefits to hair also. It has become a popular treatment for growing stronger, healthier and thicker hair. Castor oil boost blood circulation to the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Applying castor oil on scalp and hair, reduces hair damage and increases hair growth. Applying oil on the hair ends reduce frizz and repair split ends.
Prevents scalp infection and premature graying of hair
Scalp infection causes dandruff, itchy scalp and bald patches. Castor oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties, so applying castor oil on scalp can fight pathogens and microorganisms causing scalp infection. To avoid premature graying, apply castor oil on hair. This helps the hair to retain its pigment and delays hair turning gray or white.
Acts as a hair conditioner
Castor oil is an excellent substitute for hair conditioners. Many of them have started using castor oil as a natural hair conditioner.
Other health benefits
Castor oil is considered great remedy to treat rheumatism, gout, arthritis, and joint pain. It contains anti-inflammatory property thus makes it an excellent cure for joints, muscles and inflamed nerves called varicose veins. Just take a piece of cloth, dip in castor oil and squeeze the excess oil. Apply the cloth on the arthritic pain area and cover with the plastic wrap. Place hot water bottle over the wrap and leave for an hour. This is the best home remedy to treat arthritis.
Treats back pain
One of the best alternative therapies for back pain is castor oil. Follow the same process in the above to treat back pain as well.
- Castor oil is an excellent remedy for ringworm.
- It helps to boost immunity and increases defense mechanism of the body.