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Benefits Of Castor Oil

From the shores of Eastern Africa comes an oil with therapeutic properties called castor oil.
The Ricinus communis is a foliage plant with palm shaped leaves. It was first discovered growing in the region of Ethiopia in Eastern Africa. At present India and Brazil are the two main countries which produce this plant in large scale.
Ricinus communis is one of the most poisonous plants in the world since it bears oval shaped seeds called castor beans which contain a toxin known as ricin.
So what is ricin? Ricin is actually the by product left over when oil is extracted from castor beans. You can read more about ricin here.
The oil extracted from castor beans is called ‘castor oil’ and has been used since ancient times to treat a variety of ailments such as constipation, skin problems, to reduce inflammation, to promote healthy, shiny hair and improve digestion. The two methods used to extract castor oil from castor beans are solvent extraction or by pressing the castor beans through a ma…