Updated: Apr 18, 2019
Do you want longer lushes lashes or fuller eye brows? Do you have a thinning hair line? Are you tired of dealing with dandruff? Pretty Nourished has got a secret.
Mother nature blessed us with this powerful beauty serum and I want to share it with you. It offers potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can be utilized to treat a host of problems... and its affordable and you might already have it.
"Castor oil is most commonly used as a natural treatment for thin or sparse eyelashes," says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. "It is rich and fatty acid's and helps coat hair shaft themselves to enhance shine and make the hair itself look thicker. In addition, castor oil has antimicrobial properties. By reducing levels of east along the hair follicles, it can help reduce inflammation and subsequently allow hair follicles to function optimally."
Castor oil is made from the castor plant, or Ricinus communis, which is native to India and Africa, though it’s used around the world. You’ve probably seen it in many different types of soaps, cosmetics, massage oils and even medicines.
Surprisingly, castor oil is also one of the best things you can do for a hair if you want to have more lustrous, healthy looking locks, as t’s rich in protein, minerals, and vitamin E, in addition to providing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds.
What you will need for the Castor Oil Hair Growth at-home treatment:
an old T-shirt
applicator brush/ a brush you wont use again
Put on the old T-shirt to prevent staining your clothes. Section off your hair. Put on the rubber gloves and begin applying the castor oil to your scalp using the applicator brush. Massage the oil into your scalp. Apply castor oil to the rest of your hair, using the comb to ensure even coverage. It doesn’t need to be soaked through with oil, but all of your hair should be moist.Once applied, put the shower cap on, ensuring all hair is tucked inside.Clean up any oil drippings with the towel.Leave the shower cap on for at least two hours. This gives the oil enough time to penetrate the scalp, hair follicles, and hair shaft.After two hours, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.
* In my personal experience, sitting in the sun or running the blow dryer on the head can acelerate the process. Heat allows the castor oil to work more effectively.
Castor oil can also help fight scalp fungal infections.
Thanks to castor oil’s antimicrobial properties, it has the ability to fight bacteria that causes dandruff. It also contains ricin that serves as a fungicidal and germicidal. The ricin and the oil’s antimicrobial properties work together to protect the scalp from infections that can lead to dandruff and conditions like seborrheic dermatitis. As it’s also packed with rich nutrients, it helps to moisturize the scalp to fight both the itch and the flakes.
To get rid of flakes and dandruff using castor oil, follow this recipe:
1 tbsp castor oil
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of one-half lemon
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and the warm it up in the microwave or on the stove top. Be careful to not let it get too hot or it could burn your scalp. Pour it in your hands and massage the oil into your scalp for several minutes. Leave it on for 30 minutes, or ideally overnight for maximum benefits. Afterwards, rinse well and wash as normal.
Reverse your Gray hair with Castor oil:
If you’ve just discovered a gray hair or two, applying castor oil can prevent your hair from losing more pigment. A combination of mustard seed oil, jojoba oil and castor oil applied to the roots can even help reverse gray hair.
To make your own gray hair fighter follow this recipe:
2 tbsp castor oil
2 tbsp jojoba oil
1 tbsp mustard seed oil
Combine all of the oils in a small bowl or other container and stir well to combine. Gently massage the mixture into wet hair and then allow it to soak in for about 20 minutes. Afterwards, rinse your hair well with warm water and then wash as normal. You can use this treatment as often as once per day.
Have you tried it? Do make sure when purchasing your castor oil that you purchase organic and in a glass container when possible.
Castor oil ranges from $6-$15 per bottle.