Latin name: Ricinus communis
Sanskrit/Indian name: Eranda, Gandharva hasta
Castor oil, extracted from castor seeds, has a strong, unpleasant taste. It has been traditionally used as a remedy for a variety of children’s ailments, ranging from constipation to toothache. Because of its anti-inflammatory property, Castor oil is known to alleviate joint aches and heal fungal infections. It is also a strong laxative that relieves constipation.
Castor oil consists principally of ricinoleic acid. The oil is used externally to relieve various inflammatory conditions of the skin and mucus membrane.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The oil is effective in treating rheumatism due to its anti-inflammatory property.
- Often referred to as a purgative, the oil is a powerful laxative that relieves constipation.